Nowadays vegan options are endless and everywhere. Ready-to-eat protein packed products line supermarket shelves, most recipe books boast a selection dedicated to elevating the veg in your diet and restaurants boast delicious, healthy and tasty options on their menu.
If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, we’ve rounded up nine of the best restaurants in London to get your favourite dishes veganised.
From McDonald’s alternatives to the eggy eggless bap, read on to find out more.
So you’ve successfully made the switch, you’ve been getting creative in the kitchen, trying out new vegan products and BAM! Pangs of hunger cravings for a McDonald’s you’ve been dreading finally hits. Rather than giving in to temptation, head to Crouch End to try out the new vegan fast food specialist giving McDonald’s a run for their money.
Ready Burger is a new fast food restaurant that’s 100% plant-based and 110% delicious. Made to the highest standards and with sustainability at the forefront of the brand’s message, now’s the time to get your meaty fix in full.
Expect cheeseburgers, chicken subs, crispy fillets and bacon double cheeseburgers to be making an appearance on the menu. And it’s all incredibly reasonable too, with the ready burger starting at just £1.99.
Where: 16 Park Road, Crouch End, N8 8TD
Just because you’ve turned vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a good ol’ hearty roast. Get your Sunday fix at The Spread Eagle.
Known for being London’s first 100% vegan pub, The Spread Eagle boasts three super tasty roasts. Instead of a pork roast, you’ll find these serving up a pot roast celeriac with potato crackling, plus a tasty walnut and cashew nut roast for those wanting something with a little bite.
For a wellington moment, try the beet wellington wrapped in crispy pastry. All of the roasts come served with potatoes, parsnips, carrots, seasonal greens, gravy and a yorkie. Very rare to find a vegan yorkie on the menu!
Enjoyed one too many cocktails last night and need a hangover cure that’ll knock you into shape? Look to EggRun, the egg joint that’s making waves on the vegan egg options in the city.
Nuzzled amongst their real egg options, you’ll find the VeganRun lingering on the menu. Packed inside the vegan brioche, expect vegan scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, vegan cheddar cheese, chilli, chives, spring onions and a special secret sauce.
Saturday mornings just got a whole lot better.
Where: 46 Fish Street Hill, Monument, EC3R 6BR
There’s no better burger in London than Honest Burgers. It’s a small-chain restaurant that has heaps of local feel. The rosemary salted chips are enough of a reason to head there but for a real, eat-your-heart out moment order in a towering Bacon Plant.
The bun is topped with a plant-based burger, THIS Isn’t Bacon, vegan smoked gouda, shoestring fries, vegan bacon ketchup, chipotle ‘mayo’, spinach and pickles. And it comes with the said-mentioned chips.
Don’t even think about it, just order.
Where: Various locations
For an authentic chippie experience, it’s got to be Sutton & Sons, East London’s answer to the vegan chip takeaway. Although still selling normal battered fish options, they’ve noticed a real interest in vegan cuisine and launched a huge vegan fish and chip offering.
Try their signature recipe made using banana blossom for an authentic vegan take on your typical cod and chips. It’s marinated in seaweed and samphire to give it the fishy flavour before being deep fried in their special batter. The menu also boasts other fun veganised takes, including ‘prawn’ cocktail, ‘scampi’ and ‘fish’ burgers. Don’t miss out on their stellar vegan battered sausage too.
Where: STOKE NEWINGTON, ISLINGTON & HACKNEY CENTRAL
Having first launched in 1988, Mildreds has been knocking out vegan food before it became cool. Still to this day, they continue to provide vegan dwellers with hearty, healthy and delicious vegan options. One being their legendary Big Brunch, available on their weekend menu.
A fun take on the classic English breakfast, this dish comes complete with house baked beans, vegan cumberland sausage, scrambled clean bean tofu, slow roasted tomatoes and mushroom, spinach and a side of toasted sourdough.
Where: Soho, Camden, King’s Cross & Dalston
The milkshake that will bring any vegans to the yard is The Vurger Co.’s biscoff number.
The fast food joint with a difference, The Vurger Co. is a 100% plant based venue that serves up some of the best vegan junk food in the city. Think New York Melt burgers stuffed with a Beyond Meat patty, double vegan cheese, gherkins, tomato and house-made burger sauce; the Buffalo Vurger, a crispy ‘chicken’ patty drenched in buffalo hot sauce, topped with vegan mozzarella slice, gherkins and crispy onions; and tasty shroom dippers.
But it’s the shakes you’re all here for. Flavours include chocolate hazelnut, salted caramel popcorn, oreo, strawberry, banoffee and, of course, biscoff. Top it off with a squirt of vegan whipped cream – yum.
Where: Shoreditch & Canary Wharf
Sure, London is home to hundreds of incredible pizzerias but for a true vegan pizza experience, it’s got to be Purezza.
Hailing from the seaside city of Brighton, Purezza now boasts two London locations and serves up some of the best pizza in the city. And it’s 100% vegan. The pizza dough is made fresh daily and matured for 48 hours using an organic wholegrain flour. They boast a whole host of delicious toppings and options.
For the BBQ lovers, try The One That’s Telling Porkies. Think a white base with melted cheddar, mixed wild forest mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, BBQ pulled porketta and balsamic glaze. We also love The One and Only, Parmigiana Party – it’s a red tomato base with smoked mozzarella, aubergine parmigiana, crumbled sausages and topped with nutritional yeast. Add a portion of cheese stuffed dough balls (pictured below) onto your order too – you will not regret it.
If you’re wanting barbecue flavours without the meat, Hot Box has a fiery jerk cauliflower dish on the menu.
Raising the humble veg to the next level, the cauliflower is marinated in a homemade jerk barbecue seasoning and is served with candied pineapple slice, toasted cashew and coconut creme fraiche.
Where: 6-48 Commercial Street, E1 6LT