When you think of Great Britain, a roast dinner, fish and chips and afternoon tea definitely spring to mind. What truly makes Britain Great is our ability to turn any dish into a pastry or gravy covered delight. It’s what we are good at. If you’re worried you might miss out on such dishes due to a vegan lifestyle, fear not. There are plenty of veganised versions of your favourite British classics, from wellington to sausage rolls.
How do you like your eggs in the morning? We like ours made with tofu and scrambled. Yep, who ever said that you miss out on all things delicious by being vegan has never had a Mildred’s full English brunch. The veggie and vegan connoisseurs whip up a feast of eggs(ish), vegan sausages, chargrilled tomatoes, beans and mushrooms with a thick slice of sourdough to help fuel your day.
If there’s one combination us Brits love it’s pastry, meat and gravy, and one dish that fulfils that holy trinity is the beef wellington. Bill’s has launched a brand new Veganuary menu and we are definitely rejoicing over their carrot, cashew nut and mushroom wellington with butterbean mash, long stem broccoli and rich vegetable gravy. Delicious.
It’s not quite fish and chips wrapped in newspaper on the beach but this will definitely do. Veganising a British classic can be a tricky and controversial job but by CHLOE. has managed to nail our favourite takeaway with their crispy battered tofu and chunky chips, mushy peas and vegan tartare sauce.
Almost too pretty to eat, Café Forty One serves up the most amazing crumbles all year long. Each season brings a new exciting, seasonal goodie baked into their delicious almond vegan crumble. Vegan British comfort food at its finest.
Us Brits love to shove any old filling into shortcrust pastry and call it a pie, whether its classic apple or hearty steak and ale. You might think its an impossible task to find a vegan alternative to the chunky meat pies with lashings of beef gravy or liquor but fear not, Pieminister has delivered. Feast on hearty mushroom or creamy vegan chicken with dollops of mash and minty peas. Who ate all the pies? Us.
It is only right that we feature a vegan afternoon tea because Britain is the birthplace of this humble tradition. After the Duchess of Bedford would become snackish around 4pm, afternoon tea was born and thus we have her to thank. At the Egerton House Hotel you can indulge guilt-free with a veganised version of this British tradition. Even your hounds can come along and have doggy afternoon tea to match.
If you’re yet to try one of Gregg’s vegan sausage rolls, where have you been? The veganised version of the bakery’s baked good got a lot of air time in 2019 and for good reason – it’s actually really good. Since the launch of the beloved vegan sausage roll the chain’s numbers have upped and dare we say it, the it might be as good as the real thing.
Warm sticky toffee pudding really comes into its own in the dark, winter months and for those doing Dry Jan, you needn’t miss out. Farmacy restaurant is on hand to fulfil our vegan sweet tooth cravings with their no-dairy version. It’s finished off with a big scoop of vegan ‘nice’ cream. Yum.
Vegan guru and former Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson’s café Tell Your Friends has everything and more a vegan could want. If you’re British you have to like gravy and if you don’t, well you might as well be from another planet. Roast dinners are us Brits’ holy grail and Tell Your Friends’ vegan roast with all the trimmings and gravy gives us our much needed roast potato and yorkie fix.