10 Vegan Cheeses Available in the UK That You Need to Try Right Now

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Where to find vegan cheese in the UK

Vegans love cheese. That’s right – it may come as a surprise to some people, but plant-eaters enjoy a bit of cheesy goodness as much as the next person. The difference is that dairy-free cheese is made without harming animals – and it’s usually lower in fat than cheese made from the milk of cows, sheep or goats and has no cholesterol.

Here’s our ultimate rundown of vegan cheeses available in the UK. Whether you’re looking for cream cheese, sandwich slices or pizza cheese that melts, you’ll be able to find a vegan cheese for every occasion:

  1. Best for bagels – Tofutti Original Creamy Smooth
    This is a classic “cream cheese” with a lovely smooth, spreadable texture. You’d never guess that it’s made from tofu!
  2. Best for sandwiches – Violife Cheddar Flavour Slices
    These slices are not only tasty but also ultra-convenient. They go perfectly between two slices of bread with some crisp lettuce and a splash of vegan mayo. They’re available at Holland & Barrett, independent health-food stores and at some branches of ASDA and Tesco.
  3. Best to add to a salad – Vegusto No-Moo Herb
    This is a firm vegan cheese, delicately flavoured with parsley, chives and basil. Toss it with some mixed leaves, sundried tomatoes and a splash of olive oil for a sophisticated light meal.
  4. Best for “cheese” and crackers – Tesco Free From Rich Soya Smoked
    The smoky flavour is what sets this “cheese” apart. We love it on crackers or oatcakes, possibly with a little dab of chutney. Delish!
  5. Best for pizza – Veganic Vegan Pizza Cheese
    This dairy-free cheese does exactly what it says on the tin – namely, goes all lovely and gooey when sprinkled on top of a pizza alongside your favourite vegan toppings.
  6. Best for sauces – VBites Cheezly Edam Style (Melting)
    This cheese is wonderful in a homemade sauce, creating just the right texture and a great cheesy taste. Your vegan lasagne will never be the same again!
  7. Best for melting – MozzaRisella
    Made out of rice milk, this Italian “cheese” is a vegan version of – you guessed it – mozzarella. With its mild flavour and soft texture, we can’t get enough of it melted on top of pizza, pasta or anything else you might fancy.
  8. Best “blue cheese” – Vegourmet Jeezini Blue (With Mushrooms)
    If you’re craving a cheese that’s slightly more piquant, this vegan blue cheese, flavoured with dried mushrooms and fancy truffle oil, is just the thing. And as opposed to dairy-based blue cheeses, you won’t be eating mould!
  9. Best for dipping – Sweet Chilli Creamy Sheese
    Warning: this vegan cream cheese is seriously addictive. It has a satisfying kick and tastes great with tortilla chips or breadsticks.
  10. Best for impressing your friends – homemade vegan cheese
    Whipping up a batch of homemade vegan cheese is unexpectedly easy. There are many mouth-watering recipes out there that include everything from sunflower seeds to aubergine and coconut to cannellini beans, but this is one of the simplest (although it does involve some soaking time, so be sure to plan ahead).Raw Cashew Cheese
    Raw cashew cheese
    1 1/2 cups raw cashews
    Cold water sufficient to cover the cashews by 2 inches
    1/3 cup water
    2 tsp fresh lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic
    1/2 tsp sea salt

    • Place the cashews in a medium bowl. Add the cold water and let soak for 2 hours. Drain.
    • Combine the cashews, 1/3 cup of water, lemon juice, garlic and sea salt in a food processor and blend, scraping down the sides occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until very smooth.
    • Transfer to a small bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 day and up to 2 days. Refrigerate until ready to use or for up to 5 days.

    Makes 1 1/4 cups


Let us know if we’ve missed any grate vegan cheeses by leaving a comment below!

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  • C.R. commented on August 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    The way cows are treated in the dairy industry really disturbs me. And I’ll bet that calves are torn away from their mothers even on ‘humane’ farms.
    In addition, I have a bad reaction to dairy, especially if it’s ‘concentrated’ (like in a glass of whole milk). After several incidents of stomach trouble from eating just half a bowl of yoghurt, I’ve discovered that I’m lactose-intolerant.
    I’m not looking to go vegan, but I need some tips on ditching dairy. I’ve given up drinking milk, but I’m having problems giving up cheese, yoghurt, and my favourite treat: ice cream. Any help is much appreciated 🙂

    • Melinda Wells commented on August 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      For Ice Cream, Booja-Booja – especially their Hunky Punky Chocolate is fantastic. I’m trying different cheese substitutes at the moment – “Original Creamy Sheese” is a good cream cheese alternative, For Yoghurt you could try CoYo Coconut yoghurts or there is a decent soya alternative – i’m not that into yoghurt so I only use it when making cakes. Hope you find this helpful and I can assure you your body will thank you for it. Best of luck

    • Leti commented on August 5, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Alpro vanilla,dark chocolate and gingerbread desserts are delicious yogurts and you can also get plain alpro yogurt and add fruit.

      • Linda Savage commented on January 21, 2016 at 3:46 am

        I buy Alpro yogurts in the cooler cabinet with real fruit in, they are delicious,we have used Soya milk for 30 years it is lovely in tea,you need to let coffee cool slightly before putting in otherwise it curdles unless you heat it first..Coconut milk & almond milk is lovely in cereals but we use Soya milk in with that too.I am finding cheese the hardest to give up but there are loads of Vegan cheeses I am trying right now.

    • Aleksandra Bartkowiak commented on April 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Morrisons sells vegan ice cream,vanilla flavor. Its absolutely delicious! I think its from Sweden.Quite a big tube cost only £2.

      • bethan miles commented on May 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        I agree! We also found the same brand in chocolate flavour in our local tescos, delicious! And a fraction of the price of some other non-dairy ice-creams, which I have seen in much smaller tubs for £4.95…!

      • Araxy Camp commented on May 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        Wow, great update. Thanks.
        Anyone else found some, please post

    • karen commented on November 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Walls make a dairy free ice cream and it’s better than dairy icecream. I’ve already converted 5 people who now agree it’s better. http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=263585215&gclid=CNealaTKlNACFVW7GwodFuQJoQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

  • Dawn worsnip commented on August 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Great. But aside from the Holland &Barrat and Trsco cheese. Where can I get all of these cheeses?

    • Dan commented on August 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Hey Dawn, ASDA has Violife too. And check out local health food shops. More and more shops are catering to vegans.

      • Carol commented on September 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        I can’t understand everyone’s enthusiasm here….
        That Violife is like eating plasticine.
        NOTHING tastes nice!
        The bread is always stale
        The cheese variations are revolting
        The milk chocolate is like a dry dark chocolate.
        I just wish I could find something nice and not so expensive!

      • Paulette Fay commented on September 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

        Try the smoked it is really nice

    • Harry commented on August 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Try your local health food store. Every large town or city has one.

      • Sarah F commented on February 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        Yes, and in the main they’re Holland & Barrett.

    • Trish commented on May 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Tesco’s larger stores now have 3 of their own brand of vegan cheeses, only one of which is mentioned above. Smokey, strong, medium and they do a tubbed cheddar-like spread which I love on crackers, toast and in sandwiches. I also use the cheddar like version to stir through mushrooms to give me cheesy mushrooms on toast for breakfast. Add a little smoked-paprika to the mushrooms for some zing before stirring the cheese spread through. They also sell the violife in both the slices and the chunk.

      • bethan miles commented on May 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        …and at the moment they are on offer-3 for 2..!

  • caeolyn commented on August 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I love animals and am vegetarian but would like more information obiut beinf vegan. Many thanks……………. cazzie

    • Anne commented on August 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Caeolyn,

      Our free vegan starter kit has tonnes of info about switching to a vegan diet – you can order or download a copy here: http://peta.org.uk/vsk

  • Leti commented on August 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I’d recommend alpro chocolate milk cartons. They’re really nice!

  • Harry commented on August 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Tesco Free From Rich Soya Smoked is made by Sheese but repackaged for Tesco – you don’t mention Sheese in this list, so thought I’d point that out. Better to buy it at an independent health food store branded as Sheese than at Tesco if possible.

  • Colette Orton commented on August 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    You missed Vegourmet Jezzini. It’s amazing cooked.

  • Stephen commented on August 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I can not support PETA or any of their work since reading too many articles such as this one!


  • Mike OLIVE commented on December 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I am nearly 79 and I have been a vegetarian since 7 years old. I have recently been trying to be vegan, with some difficulty, but trying to persevere.
    Is it possible however to truly be a vegan?
    I check all ingredients carefully, but this is no guarantee.
    I wear man made materials, but what glue is used in shoes? What fertilizers are used on land to grow soya and other vegetables and nuts? Bone meal and animal blood ???? I discovered that Worcester sauce contains anchovies and liquorice alsorts contain beef fat! HELPPPP!

    • Ruby commented on January 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Mike.
      The most important thing is to avoid harming animals wherever possible. It is not always possible to avoid all animal-products, but by choosing not to eat meat and dairy products, and choosing to wear clothing from natural or synthetic materials, you are already making a huge difference for animals. There is some further information here about trace amounts of animal products in food: http://www.peta.org/living/food/making-transition-vegetarian/ideas-vegetarian-living/tiny-amount-animal-products-food/. Thank you for choosing to live a cruelty-free lifestyle!

    • Trish commented on May 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Mike, I agree it can be a torturous process. The most innocent of products hide ingredients I can never understand is added in the first place. My own pet hate is the frequency with which I find Milk, in its many forms, on an ingredients list for no logical reason. There are vegan versions of just about everything you want out there somewhere, and it is becoming easier as the demand for vegan products rise and become more obvious. The internet is an amazing research tool. I find everything I want by asking Google and if you aren’t already on facebook, sign up and follow the many vegan orientated groups which fire recipes and information at you several times a day. They are simply invaluable and can take a lot of the hard work out of following as cruelty free lifestyle as possible. Good luck.

      • Mike OLIVE commented on September 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

        A VERY belated thanks Trish, for your comments, which I have only just seen!
        I chose to be Vegetarian when I was 7, after reading ‘Dr Doolittle’!

  • Carla commented on January 5, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    For Christmas I got Smoked Paprika and Ale & Mustard artisan nut cheese from Tyne Chease. Not the cheapest but perfect for Chease and biscuits. Now want to try the other flavours.

  • Julia wst commented on January 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Do they contain whatever it is that causes migraine? Love cheese but gives me terrible migraine.

  • Tracy commented on January 25, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Are any of these cheeses also non-GMO please?

  • brenda smith commented on March 8, 2016 at 9:02 pm


  • Billy bob commented on March 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Slightly shocked that PETA would promoting vegan cheese made from palm oil, a large threat to orangutans and their habitat. What gives PETA??

  • Tabitha Metcalfe commented on April 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve just bought a range of delicious vegan cheeses from Nutcrafter Creamery (based in Scotland) and available online direct from them….. Really delicious cheeses and better value than Tyne Chease I think. Not cheap, but hey, we don’t buy expensive meat and fish!

  • Kirsty Wilson commented on April 10, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Vegan food is great .

  • Hollie commented on April 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Can’t wait to start this journey.

  • Ewizabwef commented on June 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm


  • Linda commented on July 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Are there tests or ever evidence that say I, a cheese lover who hasn’t had any cheese for 48years can actually eat vegan cheese or non dairy any sorts without getting auras or migrain. I used to eat a lot of cheese, but one day I was eating a pizza & had the worst aura at 15. Now there are loads of things I can’t eat. Choc, cheese, peanuts, oranges, black currants, wine, wheat germ. Dairy. There are other things that I don’t care about also. I get loads of allergies including mucus & asthma, hay fever, sinus, urticaria, do these cheeses also have a way of causing migraine. I would love to eat something i like. I have to watch my husband eat cheese daily. It’s still hard after all these years to watch.

  • minnie king commented on August 31, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I haven’t found anywhere else in the UK that sells it but Simply V , a wonderful all Vegan shop in Cardiff sell a Vegan Chili Cheese by Wilmersburger which is absolutely divine! If you are ever in that area it’s a must try and also to support this one off shop. On another note if anyone else knows where to buy this I would love to know as only go to Wales 2 or 3 times a year…

  • Sharon commented on September 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    No one seems bothered about carragreen which is in alpro foods. This seems to be a very unhealthy gum substance made from seaweed. Its getting in so many ‘healthy’ products and its bad!

  • Sharon commented on September 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I am trying to become vegan and this is a great site but everything contains carrageen! I hate that stuff! Its so bad for you! I know its not from animals but neither are a lot of poisons. Animal health is important but so is human health!

  • Dairy free products commented on September 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Taste good.. I always love Vegan.. I always enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for this

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