Christmas has been and gone, and if you’re anything like us, you probably overdid it on the food and drink and are planning a little bit of a January cleanse. Whether your New Year’s Resolution this year is to cut out certain foods from your diet, you’re planning on giving Dry January another go, or you’re going to attempt a vegan diet for Veganuary, you’ll probably need a little bit of help to get you through the month. Fortunately, Food & Drink Guides is here to help you achieve your goals.
From making improvements to your health to having a positive impact on the planet, there are plenty of reasons to give veganism a go, and in 2020, it’s never been easier to adopt this lifestyle. To keep up with the growing demand for vegan and vegetarian dishes, most restaurants nowadays offer at least a small selection of meat-free meals, but a small selection of dishes are unlikely to see you through the month and perhaps even encourage this lifestyle going forward.
To make the start of your year that much more manageable, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite restaurants that offer plenty of tempting vegan choices to make your Veganuary one you’ll never forget.
For even more options, be sure to pick up a FREE copy of one of our regional eating out guides to discover more vegan-friendly restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes in your area.
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Weymouth, The Secret Garden is a haven of tranquillity – especially for anyone looking for a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free treat. Draw up a chair in the courtyard and soak up the sunshine, or settle inside at a rustic table, surrounded by leafy house plants.
When we visited the café last year, we enjoyed vegan delights such as the spicy vegan kidney bean and black bean burger, topped with fresh chillies, grilled pineapple, and vegan cheese, and accompanied by crisp sweet potato fries and vegan mayonnaise, and the vegan waffle with peanut butter and Nutella.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants to open in Brighton, Wai Kika Moo Kau is still going strong after more than 20 years. Today it also offers vegan options aplenty, with an entirely vegan dessert range, and can cater for pretty much every allergy under the sun, tailoring dishes to specific dietary needs.
The international mix of flavours includes Greek, Italian and Mexican, with the likes of halloumi wraps, tapas platters, nachos and burritos. You can choose almond, soy, coconut or organic dairy milk for your coffee, create your own juice combinations, pick from an exciting range of shakes and smoothies or savour an organic vegan cider.
The Vegetarian Food Studio is an award-winning family-owned vegetarian and vegan restaurant situated in the Grangetown area of Cardiff. Now in its 17th year, this fantastic establishment serves delicious home-cooked Indian food, following recipes that predominately come from the Gujarat region of India. It’s a firm neighbourhood favourite and has scooped several regional and national awards thanks to its superb menu, friendly service and excellent value.
There’s a vast selection of dishes to choose from, ensuring there’s truly something for everyone. Popular options include vegetable samosas, desi chana, chilli paneer and Gujarati thali, all of which can be enjoyed in the relaxed restaurant or taken away.
Since 1962 Hendersons has been one of Edinburgh’s vegetarian hotspots. Having started out as an outlet for Mac and Janet’s farm produce, Hendersons is now a fully-fledged vegetarian and vegan restaurant, serving Edinburgh’s foodies locally and ethically sourced produce. Over the decades, Hendersons has grown rapidly and now also boasts a deli and a bistro.
Perhaps Hendersons’ most popular dish is their vegan haggis served with steamed and pickled turnips, roasted Brussels sprouts and tarragon whisky sauce — the perfect Scottish vegan plate. If you have room for dessert, direct your attention to the specials board to see what tasty vegan sweets are on offer each day.
This pub is a vegetarian’s dream – every dish on the menu is meat-free. That’s not to say vegetarian and vegan diners shouldn’t bring their carnivorous companions along too, though; the dishes are so downright tasty that they’ll impress even the most devoted meat-eater. The bar stocks an excellent range of local ale and wine to accompany your vegetarian feast.
When we visited the restaurant, we plumped for the famous burger, which was full of flavour and more than a match for its meat counterpart, and an Indian platter featuring delicately spiced curry, basmati rice, poppadoms, mango chutney and salad. We finished up with a great craft beer at the bar. Make sure to keep up to date with everything The Gardeners Arms has to offer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Located on Welsh Back, overlooking the pretty cobbled street and the Floating Harbour, Three Brothers Burgers is the perfect spot in which to enjoy a quality burger in the heart of central Bristol. Sat in the outside terrace, which is adorned with colourful festoon lights, when we visited Three Brothers Burgers in our hometown of Bristol, we loved soaking up the lively atmosphere of this popular and thriving restaurant.
Although not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, the vegetarian and vegan menu is an absolute highlight. Enjoy delicious burgers such as the vegan avocado ranch burger with guacamole, fresh tomato, vegan smoked gouda and ranch sauce, the vegan bacon cheeseburger, the Hawaiian burger with caramelised pineapple and Pepperjack, or the veggie mountain burger with a double stack of potato rosti, vegan cheese, gherkins, crispy onions, and American mustard.
Cutting edge for gastropubs of this kind in the area, The Barley Mow in Westminster wows the city with its stunning vegan menu full of delicious, far-from-boring dishes. If you’ve never visited this charming and welcoming gastropub located on Horseferry Road, about a 10-minute walk from the Houses of Parliament and Victoria Station, the vegan menu gives you the perfect excuse to head on down to this popular haunt – not that you’d need an excuse mind you.
Every dish on this cutting-edge menu is not only vegan-friendly, but homemade from scratch, including the burger buns, chips, and tartare sauce. Their reimagined British pub classics, like their mixed bean and mushroom sausage and mash with onion gravy and chutney and their Tofish and chips – seaweed-wrapped beer-battered Tofu with hand-cut chips, mushy peas, and homemade vegan tartar, are must-tries. Our favourite dish, however, has to be their whole food, plant-based Buddha bowl; a big and beautiful jam-packed bowl featuring turmeric-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, and harissa butternut squash with homemade guacamole, hummus and tasty toasted seeds.
Bringing a classic taste of New England to the centre of Nottingham, Annie’s Burger Shack prides itself on serving the best burgers in town, all served on a toasted sesame bun with crisp iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato and mayonnaise, and your choice of fries or wedges. What makes this eatery extra special though is its meat-free selection. Every recipe on the menu can be adapted to make it vegan or vegetarian, incorporating mouth-watering, tried-and-tested alternatives that do not compromise on flavour.
Their most popular choice is perhaps The Bacon Cheddar burger, topped with bacon and melted American-style Cheddar cheese, but if you’re a blue cheese fan you might want to opt for their Bacon Blues burger instead, topped with two thick slices of bacon and generous chunks of the tastiest blue cheese. With an incredible 34 burgers to choose from, no matter your tastes, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect burger to suit your palate.
A Brighton institution that has been delighting diners with its outstanding vegetarian cuisine for more than 35 years, over the years Food for Friends has grown from a café-style venue to a fine dining restaurant but has kept its unpretentious, friendly, and welcoming charm. Relaxed and inviting, this stylish, calming, and light, bright and airy restaurant is famous for its sensational range of inventive vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Boasting plenty of accolades and featuring in The Good Food Guide for five years running, Food for Friends focuses on delighting diners with food that is not only nutritious and nourishing, but full of fantastic flavours that will excite even the most adamant meat-eaters out there.
Wahaca’s fresh Mexican street food brings the vibrant flavours of the Mexican markets to the UK, using locally sourced ingredients to recreate Mexico’s mouth-watering flavours. The balanced menu focuses on small plates to share, which are just as colourful as the surroundings. Choose two or three plates and pick from dishes such as grilled chicken and avocado tacos, toasted quesadillas with cheese and a range of Mexican fillings, or salad-topped tostadas. Bigger plates come in the form of burritos filled with the likes of slow-cooked pork pibil, as well as salads and new Mexican bowls with layers of rice, beans, salsas and flavour-packed toppings.
The menu also features plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices and great lunch options, including a Mexican bowl and a drink for those looking for a quick and healthy meal for one.
This Veganuary, Wahaca is offering their vegetarian street food dishes for just £1 when you present the waiter with the email offer and order at least one other street food item or bigger food dish off of the fantastic menu. Whether the cauliflower bites take your fancy, you’re craving their mushroom and grilled cheese tacos, or you’d like to try one of their new veggie specials such as the new sweet Romano pepper filled with Riverford Organic squash, herb rice and olives with ancho relish and a cashew nut mole, there’s plenty here to see you through the month.