With over 7 million Brits now identifying as vegetarian and over 3.5 million as vegan, the number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants is bound to skyrocket in the next few years to keep up with foodies’ demands. In fact, the number of vegans in Britain has risen by over 360% in the last decade alone and this trend is showing no signs of slowing down.
With a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle being especially popular with the younger generations, it’s a surprise that it can still be a hassle finding a good place to eat out if you are a strict herbivore, with many restaurants still offering a very limited vegetarian or vegan menu compared with the choice that’s offered to the meat eaters.
To celebrate National Vegetarian Week and all our vegetarian and vegan friends, here at Fed Up & Drunk, we have compiled a list of our favourite vegetarian and vegan eateries across the country.
Canterbury’s only plant-based foodie pub, The Monument is a vibrant vegan haven. Just a short walk from the city centre, vegans and their carnivorous counterparts across Canterbury rave about the fantastic range of plant-based meals on offer. From burgers, hotdogs and vegan twists on classic pub dishes to a great selection of local and vegan real ale, craft beer, and cocktails to choose between, this pub is not to be passed on by anyone, vegan or not.
An utterly unique eatery and the winner of many prestigious awards, Terre à Terre’s menu is full of internationally inspired dishes that challenge the preconceived idea about so-called “boring” vegetarian food. Crafted carefully and creatively with a comprehensive collage of flavours, shapes, and textures, the playful nature of their dishes is reflected in their names; Bangkok Broken Balls, Rosti Revisited, and Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish to name but a few.
One of the original vegetarian restaurants in Brighton, this popular eatery is still going strong after more than 21 years. Offering a compressive selection of vegan options including an entirely vegan dessert range, Wai Kika Moo Kau prides itself on catering for all dietary needs. With an international menu of Greek, Italian, and Mexican dishes, you will never run out of options.
A vegetarian’s dream, every downright delicious dish in this popular pub is meat-free and is sure to convert even the most carnivorous out there. Try the famous burger – more than a match for its meat counterpart – or the Indian platter featuring delicately spiced curry, basmati rice, poppadoms, mango chutney and salad. The bar also stocks an excellent range of wine and local ale to accompany your marvellous meal.
A café with a conscience, Chia Naturally Healthy is all about the healthy, clean, plant-based movement. With a menu full of foods with bright, bold and beautiful colours, sit back in the cosy environment and sample delicious dishes such as creamy garlic and thyme wild mushrooms on toast, lemongrass and coconut noodle broth, and beetroot burger with krispy kale, along with plenty of raw options and hearty comfort food, such as nachos with bean chilli, guacamole and salsa.
Situated in the heart of the Brighton Lanes, this Brighton institution has been delighting diners with its outstanding vegetarian cuisine for over 35 years. Since opening in the early 80s, the restaurant has progressed from a café-style eatery to a fine dining restaurant without the pretensions usually associated with such a place.
The vegetarian dishes on menu are as exceptional as you’d expect from a restaurant that boasts so many accolades. The menu changes seasonally and makes use of fine locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, with a focus on nutritious, nourishing food.
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