Craving a food adventure beyond the kitchen? To save you having to ransack search engines for the best vegan restaurants, cafes, street food or quick bites around the UK, our Editor has tried and tasted various plant based eateries to bring you this month’s hot spots.
The Tipsy Vegan (Editor’s Pick)
68-70 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AR
As I wandered along St Benedicts Street in Norwich in the rain, searching for The Tipsy Vegan, I nearly jumped for joy when I caught sight of the sign in the distance. Whenever, I end up at dedicated plant based eateries, I always tend to have high hopes and try and go sparingly on food beforehand so I can eat lots when I arrive.
This trip was no diﬀerent, and as my stomach began to cry out for some satisfying and delicious plant based food, I was really relieved by how quick the service was.
Like any other restaurant, it was Saturday night and therefore virtually full for the entire evening, so if you are making the journey to Norfolk — for what the restaurant claims is the only fully plant based one throughout the whole of the county — then make sure you book in advance. There is nothing worse than being hungry; in a town or city you don’t know too well, with the added negative of not being able to eat anywhere either.
Often I look at the menu of a restaurant before I arrive, particularly when unsure of what I may be able to eat. However, knowing that nothing was oﬀ limits on this menu, I hadn’t bothered with checking it out before arriving. As I scanned down the list of meals, I was filled with excitement at the wealth of options, but also slightly concerned by how I could possibly choose something from such a tasty-sounding variety of foods.
It was clear from reading the menu that this was a restaurant that wanted to show that plant based eating needn’t mean missing out on the foods that you know and love. Brunch options included pancakes & bacon, brunch tacos and the flagship Irish breakfast whereas for lunch you may be tempted by a steak sandwich or tempeh ribs.
For dinner though, there was only one thing I was craving — the restaurant’s beer battered tofu, house chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce. There is nothing better than going to a restaurant and eating something you would rarely make for yourself at home. I was in the mood for something comforting and this meal certainly didn’t disappoint. The crispy and crunchy batter was concealing a huge slab of smoked tofu, and with chunky home-made chips, mushy peas and delicious tartare sauce on the side, this meal was incredibly filling.
I nearly couldn’t manage dessert, but decided that leaving without something sweet wasn’t an option. Aﬅer going back and forth between the gin & blueberry cheesecake, the mini donuts and the chocolate & salted caramel tart, I settled on the tart upon recommendation from the waiter. Served with vanilla ice cream, it accompanied the
Of course, as the name indicates The Tipsy Vegan isn’t just about food. A huge range of bespoke cocktails accompany the food menu plus a range of hand-picked beers, ciders and wines, meaning there is something for everyone.
Despite the packed restaurant, staﬀ members still managed to be friendly and bursting with energy, and completed The Tipsy Vegan experience seamlessly. Get to Norwich and experience The Tipsy Vegan for yourself.
430 Abbeydale Rd, Sheﬀield, S7 1FQ
This Sheﬀield diner doesn’t do things by halves. Freak shakes, pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese bacon burgers. It is your ultimate one stop shop for convincing friends and family that plant based eating isn’t all lettuce and carrots. The bold pink and blue interior means you won’t be able to forget this place in a hurry. Sheﬀield is the place to be.
Harvest Vegetarian Kitchen
Glan Llyn Rd, Bradley, Wrexham, LL11 4BB
Recently opening as the first fully plant based takeaway in North Wales, this Wrexham-based eatery serves delicious Chinese food that seeks to replicate the traditional meat-based dishes that customers are used to. This husband and wife team don’t want anybody to miss out on the Chinese food they love, but also want to show anyone how tasty plant based food can be.
Tinto Hotel Vegan Night
44 Biggar Road, Symington, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6FT
This monthly night provides a flavoursome three courses that is sure to whet your appetite. Fritters, tagine, bourguignon, arancini and pineapple ravioli are just some of the things gracing the menu. If you can’t make it along to one of the hotel’s vegan nights, though, there are always some plant based options on the main menu.
111 Mayflower Street, Plymouth, PL1 1SD
With a menu boasting many fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, this brasserie first opened in 2013 as a vegetarian restaurant, but then made the switch to a 100 per cent plant based menu two years ago. This Plymouth eatery is filled with lots of exciting vegan options, such as KFC-style buckets, burgers, pizza and lots of cake. If you want a treat, head to the south west.
The Nourish Co.
23 Crouch St, Colchester, CO3 3EN
This eco-takeaway opened to provide nutritious and nourishing food-to-go for the community of Colchester. The eatery’s flagship lentil and mushroom sausage rolls dispel any myth that healthy eating has to be anything other than delicious — plus with raw yet indulgent puddings from local bakery The Moral Munch you don’t need to kick yourself for having a treat.
The Honest Vegan
336 Lisburn Rd, Belfast, BT9 6GH
Any eatery that does baked buﬀalo cauliflower bites for starter and pancake stacks or grilled breakfast for a main course is a place we want to be eating. The Honest Vegan serves a plethora of amazing baked goods too; check out their Instagram if you don’t believe us. If it’s healthy you’re aﬅer, then try a wholesome Bhudda bowl packed full of greens, seeds and roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes. We’re just hopping on a plane to Belfast now.