Food crazes and diet fads come and go, but one that is certainly here to stay is veganism, as the number of vegans in Britain has risen by more than 360 per cent in the last decade ¹.
Veganism is predominantly a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty, to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. The plant-based diet avoids foods such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey.
But we’re a nation which loves to experiment, particularly in terms of our food choices. The increase in the number of Brits following a vegan lifestyle has had a direct impact on the hospitality trade, as restaurant owners and chefs look to offer new additions to their menus and create quirky dishes, which complement the growing demand for vegan meals.
To make sure there’s enough choice for vegans, tastecard, the UK’s largest dining club membership has put together its top seven vegan restaurants across the UK, all of which offer 50% off or a 2 for 1 discount on food with a tastecard membership.
Grill Market - London
10, Theobolds Road, London, WC1X 8PN
Located in both Holborn and Chelsea, Grill Market provides Londoners with fresh, fast and healthy food. The food centres around the famous grill, where a variety of vegan dishes are cooked and put in generous boxes, full of freshly made salads.
A chain of Italian restaurants across the UK, Zizzi’s boasts a huge menu incorporating special dietary needs into its offering. Vegan eaters have access to their own menu, which includes dishes such as Vegan Rustica Margherita pizza and a Vegan Lentil Ragu to name a couple.
1847 Brighton – Brighton
North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YW
With three other restaurants across the UK, in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, owner Damien Davenport wanted to take vegan/vegetarian dining to a whole new level, creating a modern and creative menu using local produce and suppliers. Dishes include pressed potato, red pepper mousse, Quince, charred broccoli, salsa verde, and chickpea flatbread, cavolo nero, mushroom, toasted quinoa, yogurt and chilli.
The Warehouse – Colchester
12 Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT
An independent, family run restaurant with an exciting, varied menu where there is something for everyone. The venue hosts ‘Vegan Night’ every Wednesday from 6pm, offering a selection of vegan specials, desserts and wines.
Bean There – Cardiff
138 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, CF14 3LZ
Disguising itself as an unassuming coffee shop, the restaurant is actually renowned throughout Cardiff as a delicious Mexican eatery, serving some of the tastiest vegan creations in the city.
Pure on Raw – Sheffield
244-246, Shalesmoor, Sheffield, S3 8UH
A café which offers a truly enlightening and vitalising dining experience. The food is nutritious, pure and harmless and the owners believe that organic, live, plant-based food is key for our wellbeing.
The Kitchen @ The Lancrigg Hotel – Lake District
Lancrigg Country House Hotel, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9QN
Lancrigg House sets itself apart from others in the Lake District, serving only vegetarian and vegan food. The offering is described as ‘real’ meals, which arrive straight from the earth and onto your plate free of additives, preservatives or colouring.
Matt Turner, Founder and CEO of tastecard, says: “Veganism has become an increasingly popular lifestyle choice, and, as such, restaurants are adapting to this change in attitude.
“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with a number of standalone vegan restaurants or those which offer vegan dishes on the menu. Not only are these venues fantastic for vegans, but they’re also great for meat and fish eaters too, who want to try something different.
“It’s nice to eat out of your comfort zone now and again, and that’s the great thing about a tastecard membership. Our 50% off or 2 for 1 offering is available across a huge range of restaurants which all offer a wide range of cuisines.”