Follow a plant-based diet? Or maybe you’re planning on introducing more vegan food into your diet? You’ll find no shortage of brilliant vegan restaurants across the North and Scotland.
In celebration of World Vegan Day in November, we’ve put together the ultimate list of places to wine and dine, snack or brunch in the region. And the best thing? All of them have either exclusively vegan or very vegan-friendly menus.
Dig into some delicious grub at the following restaurants located along our network:
V Rev Vegan Diner, Manchester
Location: 20-26 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
Craving some comfort food on your next trip to Manchester? Head to the trendy Northern Quarter to find this all-vegan venue. V Rev Vegan Diner is situated on Edge Street and it specialises in plant-based fast food.
Order up a moreish ‘beef’ burger, savour a seitan fried ‘chicken’ bun or tuck into a jumbo hotdog covered in crispy onions and secret sauce. V Rev also have four different vegan mac and cheese options to salivate over, as well as an amazing milkshake (dairy-free, of course) menu.
- The Egg Café, Liverpool
Location: Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool L1 4ED
Liverpool has long been known for its independent restaurants and that includes this vegan/veggie gem. The Egg Café is a short hop from Liverpool Lime Street station, and it’s one of the best places to grab brunch in the city if you follow a plant-based diet.
Order up a wholesome full English breakfast complete with tofu eggs and hash browns or satisfy your sweet tooth with moreish banana pancakes. You’ll also find lots of light bites for lunch, from bean burgers to rich soups accompanied by freshly baked bread.
- Novapizza Vegan Kitchen, Edinburgh
Location: 42 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TH
Love pizza, but struggle to find good vegan options? Edinburgh has your back with Novapizza. The Italian restaurant in New Town is run by a family from Rome, so you know you’re getting authenticity when it comes to the toppings and dough.
Must-try pizzas on the menu include the capricciosa, topped with artichoke and mushroom, and the ‘beef’ Bolognese. Or you could tuck into a big bowl of tasty vegan pasta instead. Flavours range from tomatoey amatriciana to creamy carbonara. There are also plenty of gluten-free options on the menu if you have more specific dietary requirements.
- Make No Bones, Sheffield
Location: 10 Hicks Street, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8BL
Nestled inside a cosy former pub, Make No Bones is one of the best kept secrets among vegans in Sheffield. The plant-based restaurant primarily serves up comforting bites like chunky burgers, loaded fries and spicy battered avocado wings.
If you’re planning a trip to the city over a weekend, book a table at Make No Bones for their vegan Sunday Roast. Choose from either vegan chicken or vegan beef paired with numerous tasty trimmings, from maple butter carrots and twice roasted potatoes to soft and fluffy Yorkshire puddings. You won’t be disappointed.
- Tharavadu, Leeds
Location: 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
If you can’t get enough of Indian food, Michelin-recommended Tharavadu is a must-try. The curry house is situated in the heart of Leeds and is well-known for having a huge range of plant-based dishes on its Keralan-inspired menu.
Order up flavourful chickpea, potato and lentil curries or share a selection of Indian
snacks, from poppadoms to veggie bonda (deep-fried potato balls). Tharavadu’s venue is also very sleek and modern, plus it’s just round the corner from Leeds station, making it ideal for dinner before you jump on your return train.
- Simple Goodness Vegetarian Takeaway Bistro, Penrith
Location: 22-23 Devonshire Street, Penrith CA11 7SX
Planning a weekend hiking in the Lake District? Penrith is the gateway to the region and the location of our next vegan-friendly venue. Simple Goodness is a lovely little bistro that’s found inside the Devonshire Arcade Food Court, right in the heart of the town.
While not exclusively vegan, at least 50% of the menu is dairy-free and meat-free. And 100% of it is utterly delicious! Pop in for lunch to try the hearty lentil pie, fragrant Madras curry or a range of vegan sandwiches. Wash it all down with some homemade fruit juice or a steaming plant milk coffee.
- Vegano, Newcastle
Location: 33a Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4HZ
Another vegan Italian in the North to put on your bucket list is Vegano. The Newcastle-based vegan restaurant is only a few minutes’ walk from the station and the perfect venue to grab dinner before heading home on the train.
Inside, the interiors are cool and modern (think hardwood floors, industrial-style furnishings and a huge wall mural), while the menu will 100% get your tastebuds tingling. It’s not exclusively Italian; alongside delicious pizza and pasta options like plant-based Bolognese or classic Hawaiian, you’ll also find burgers and kebabs up for grabs. Don’t forget to order dessert either. Options range from homemade tiramisu to New York cheesecake.
- The Orchid Vegan Restaurant, York
Location: 16 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6LP
Craving some tasty Asian cuisine? It’s often hard to find good vegan options – but not at this fantastic venue in York. Situated within the City Walls and only a short stroll from the River Ouse, The Orchid consistently has rave reviews about its mouth-watering Chinese grub.
Tuck into noodle dishes drenched in flavoursome sauces or try one of the restaurant’s imitation meat dishes such as crispy soya-based roast duck pancakes or vegan chick’n in black bean sauce. There’s also vegan prawn crackers and vegan prawn toast to snack on, plus a tempting selection of dairy-free desserts if you love to finish off your meals with something sweet.
Already popped a few of these fabulous vegan restaurants on your dining out bucket list? Why not book your tickets in advance to save yourself time at the station?