On the Menu – Vegan Options at Chain Restaurants

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How to eat vegan at chain restaurants PETA Unless you haven’t taken a stroll down a UK high street in quite some time, you can’t have failed to notice the plethora of animal-free food popping up at every turn. Increased demand for vegan options has opened up a whole new world of delicious, animal-friendly dishes appearing on menus at restaurants, pubs and fast-food chains alike that do not involve grinding animals’ bodies up into nuggets or burgers.

We’ve put together our ultimate list of high-street vegan eats in places that may surprise you  – all tried and tested by us, of course!

Pub Chains

Toby Carvery:

“A vegan at a carvery?” you ask. You bet! Toby Carvery’s vegetarian menu includes a nut roast wellington which is suitable for vegans. Ask to have the butter held, and you’ll be good to go! Those around you who have opted for slabs of festering flesh will no doubt wish they had followed your lead.

JD Wetherspoon:

You can find a Wetherspoon’s on almost every high street. Its brand new vegan menu includes pasta dishes, curry and tempting sides.

Loungers

Ask for the vegan menu at this relaxed café-and-bar chain, which has 48 branches across England and Wales in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. There’s an extensive selection, featuring ciabatta sandwiches, tapas, cooked breakfast and even two choices of dessert – including an extremely tempting-looking dark chocolate and ginger torte!

Vegetable Thai curry at the Edmundo Lounge. They have a vegan menu! Very impressive #vegan #vegansofig #veganfood #whatveganseat #curry #thaifood #plantbased #veganfoodshare #healthyfood #govegan #wholefoods #carbthefuckup #eatlikeyougiveafuck

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Pizza/Italian

Zizzi:

This Italian restaurant chain has delighted vegans by launching a new pizza topped with wonderful, melty vegan cheese. The new menu uses Mozzarisella, a plant-based cheese made using Italian rice milk. And top it all off, there’s also a vegan-friendly coconut and mango swirl gelato for dessert. Mamma Mia!

Vegan Pizza (Zizzi) Cropped

PizzaExpress:

We got quite excited when PizzaExpress announced its new vegan Pianta Pizza. In fact, all its pizza bases are dairy-free, so feel free to choose. If you take in your favourite vegan cheese and ask nicely, you can even have it added to your pizza.

Vegan pizza is life. #pizza #pizzaexpress #pianta #veganpizza #pizzalover #vegan #veganuk #veganism #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat #whatfatveganseat #easytobevegan #eatingoutveganuk #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram

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Carluccio’s:

This Italian café offers a separate vegan menu, including spaghetti, bruschetta, olives and fancy Italian breads. All you have to do is ask for it. The restaurant also offers soya milk for coffees.

Vegan meal out 💃🏻 #vegan #nomeatnoproblem #veganrestaurant #food #carluccios #veganbeginner #happywednesday #veganmenu

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Portuguese

Nando’s:

One of the UK’s favourite restaurants, from salads to wraps, eating vegan at Nando’s is easy with a few substitutions. Try the portobello pita with a side of veggie strips, just hold cheese and mayonnaise.

Burgers

The Handmade Burger Company

This chain of burger restaurants, found in a bunch of different locations, including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Sheffield, does a good job of labelling the vegan items on its menu. The chickpea-and-quinoa burger, veg skewers and super salad are all free from animal products, along with the essential side dishes: chips, onion rings and corn on the cob.

A meal fit for thegods😊…sweet potato vegan burger with veggie skewers and sweet potato fries #vegandiabetes #veganfoodpornshare #veganuk #vegandeutschland #veganburgers #vegetarian #veganburgertime #hclfvegan #handmadeburgerco

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Oriental

Wagamama:

There are several vegan-friendly dishes on Wagamama’s main menu including yasai gyoza (steamed vegetable dumplings), noodle-tastic yasai itame, and other options which can be veganised simply by switching up the noodles and leaving out the fish sauce.

Healthy dinner with the gang #wagamama #Wagas #veganwagamamas #veganwagas #whatveganseat #vegansofig #vegansofinsta #vegan #veganfoodporn #vegannoms #raw #rawvegan #rawvegansofig #glutenfree #rawtillfour #wheatfree #healthyvegan #lowfatvegan #eatclean

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Yo Sushi:

Our top vegan choices from the Yo Sushi conveyor belt include vegetable yaki soba, firecracker rice and vegetable gyoza dumplings. There’s way more to sushi than just dead fish, you know!

That's how you do @yosushi 😋. It was all #vegan a lot of #avocadomaki with no mayo, vegetable firecracker rice (waiter knew I was vegan so he made sure it was suitable) and pumpkin #katsucurry

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Latin/Mediterranean

Las Iguanas:

If tapas and fajitas are your thing, Las Iguanas has got you covered. It has a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu with all dishes clearly labelled, such as the yummy mushroom fajitas. Pass the patatas!

When you order a whole bowl of guacamole to go with your #vegan chilli 💚 #whatveganseat #lasiguanas #holyguacamole #veganfoodshare

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Giraffe:

You don’t have to stick your neck out very far to find a Giraffe restaurant. Here, you can graze on tapenade and a selection of other meze as well as a vegan breakfast!

THANKYOU @giraffesnaps for including amazing vegan options on your menu. This was SO delicious! #giraffesnaps #vegan #veganmenu #veganoptions #fitfood #foodstagram #healthfood #healthybodyhealthymind

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The Real Greek:

Offering a wide selection of traditional hot and cold Greek meze, The Real Greek clearly labels which items on its main menu are suitable for vegans. Slow-cooked beans in an herby sauce and grilled aubergine are both highlights of this menu.

Leon:

This expanding chain, found at stations and airports all over London, offers wholesome options, such as a gobi curry lunchbox, fresh salads, hummus and flatbread, and almond “milk”shake in three different flavours! Its website clearly marks vegan options.

Lunchtime treats @leonrestaurants. Roasted vegetable salad with Leon baked fries and hummus. All #vegan. #lunch #whatveganseat #leonrestaurants #leonbakedfries #eattherainbow #veganlunch #hummus #roastedveggies

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Fast Food

Pret A Manger:

From its avocado-stuffed Supergreens sandwich and hearty soups to its more-ish smoothies and coconut yoghurt pots (we’re obsessed), Pret is a winner for vegans.

#breakfast #pretamanger #london #coffee #sandwich #avocado #smoothie #mango #vegan #food

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Starbucks:

For caffeine addicts, Starbucks offers breakfast and lunch options to complement your soya latte, including a gluten-free hummus-and-veggie salad wrap and creamy soya porridge.

Staurbucks

Subway:

The Veggie Delite sandwich is a safe bet for vegans – and piled high with as many vegetables as you can fit on a sub, it’s a healthy option, too. (Just avoid the flatbread, as it contains dairy products.)

Subway

The West Cornwall Pasty Co.:

An on-the-go grab for all commuting “veg heads”, it offers two animal-free pasties, a veggie and a wholemeal, and all the pasties are glazed with a recipe suitable for vegans – so it’s no surprise that it walked away with a PETA Vegan Food Award in 2013.

West Cornwall

Hotels

Travelodge:

In 2015, this hotel chain launched its unlimited breakfast, which includes clearly marked vegan options. Not limited to just a fruit salad, compassionate travellers can help themselves to a proper vegan breakfast, with Linda McCartney sausages and plenty of sides.

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With more and more consumers becoming aware of the health benefits of eating vegan as well as the horrific treatment and suffering of the animals bred for our plates, the demand for vegan options is only going to increase! And the more that are available, the more people will buy them. Every time you request or order a vegan meal, you are casting a powerful vote with your wallet.

Let us know if you’ve spotted any other great vegan food picks at well-known restaurants by leaving a comment. And if you’d like more advice about vegan living, order a free vegan starter kit today:

Comments

  • Amy commented on September 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Timely post for me- I will be on holiday in England and Scotland in October. I hope people post with other suggestions as well. I will be mostly avoiding the cities in favor of out of the way spots. I had no trouble on past trips as a vegetarian, but I think I’ll have much more difficulty as a vegan. I’m thinking it will be mostly self catering!

    • Peter commented on September 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Hey Amy.
      As you said, being a vegetarian in the UK is extremely easy! Even in rural locations you’ll be able to find places with at least one veggie option on the menu. Most rural towns will have a Wetherspoons or a Yates’s.
      As for veganism, you’re definitely right that it’s going to be harder to find options. My advice would be, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any items that are vegan or if they can knock you up something that fits your dietary requirements.

      Hope you have a nice trip 🙂

      • Rob commented on April 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

        You’ve obviously not been to northern Scotland. Cook at home or chips is the usual option.

    • Heather commented on October 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Visiting the Yorkshire Dales? At Aysgarth Falls Hotel, we always have good veggie and vegan food. Ring if you want to check what’s on the menu today. 01969 663775

    • Sam Brown commented on May 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Although my friend runs vegan kitchen in newcastle (which is where I get all my vegan goodies ) – I still struggle when Im not at home, for example we are travelling to York for our anniversary at the end of the month, and im finding it difficult to find somewhere to eat, I have to agree though, things are getting better.

      • Rebecca commented on May 13, 2015 at 9:16 pm

        There is a wonder veggie and vegan cafe in York called Goji. It’s in the centre of town and absolutely delicious. There is also a vegan restaurant called El Piano, very yummy.

    • Joanne Nugent commented on May 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      I realised that most of my favourite dishes are vegetarian.I prefer plain mushroom pizza,spinach or veggie lasagne to meat lasagne and when out with a friend to the Hilton,I ordered crisp flatbread with mushrooms and cheese nachos with guacamole and I didn’t miss the meat at all.

      I am new to going vegetarian and had ordered some chicken pakora at the time but didn’t even enjoy that at all compared to the veggie dishes.

      Also,Glasgow was named as the top city for vegans and vegetarians which is good news.

  • Viv commented on September 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    The Wetherspoons Freedom Salad is delicious but my local has run out of it several times. Eiither it’s very popular or they don’t get many in.

    • Sammy commented on September 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Mine tried to say once they had ‘run out’ of the salad- in fact they had just run out of rocket- so ask if it’s all the ingredients they have run out of and if they could make something similar with what they have got.

  • Pam commented on September 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    There is a vegetarian country house hotel in Cumbria….I know, it’s amazing to find a veggie friendly place in the north of England but it is there!! It’s called the Lancrigg Country House Hotel and is all vegetarian and most of their meals can be vegan too. Having been there several times I can highly recommend it. It is in Grasmere on Easedale Road.

    • Pete booth commented on September 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Lancrigg is awesome for both its location and food. We have been many times knowing that we can eat as well as -if not better- than visitors to other hotels down the road in Grasmere. Unsurprisingly Lancrigg gets a lot of drop-in visitors for meals. Great vegan eating.

    • Chris commented on October 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Two more superb veggie/vegan restaurants in Cumbria – Fellini’s and Zeffirellis, both in Ambleside. Also with cinemas and film & meal deals. Well worth a visit on a rainy Cumbrian evening.

  • Sue commented on September 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Just be careful when eating in Subway as they quite often cut your sub with a dirty knife they’ve used on other subs that contain meat!!!

    • Helen commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

      When I’m not too embarassed about being awkward I ask them to change their gloves.

    • Marie Hodgetts commented on December 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I had so many arguments with the staff at my local Subway over this that I stopped using it and wrote a complaint. I received an apology but my 16 year old nephew (a meat eater) has seen them do this as well. He once told someone who was ordering a salad sub that they had used the knife and board for his meat sub and was told by the staff to stop causing trouble!

      • robby commented on October 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        when i ordered a veggy sub in Subway I was asked if i wanted them to change their glo0ves. I said no it was okay

    • Kav commented on March 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      I avoid Subway completely as even if they clean the knife or have clean gloves, they’ve been picking up all the salad with meat-contaminated gloves all day…

      • Jayne commented on May 7, 2016 at 1:30 am

        I always ask them to change gloves, I have so far not had a problem with Staff, although Customers tend to give you a dirty look

  • Leigh-Catherine salway commented on September 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I worked at a Toby carvery. I am a vegan. No need to ask to hold the butter as they don’t put them on those dishes as they are vegan and shown as such on the menu . so the chefs would absolutely not put butter on. Even if you ask for bread with the meal Toby carvery do a dairy free spread. Buying those dishes also entitles the diner to have the unlimited vegetables from the carvery deck. . Avoid the mashed potatoes as it has butter in. The beef gravy is also suitable for vegans. I checked the ingredients on packet and it tastes way better than the vegetarian gravy which is quite strongly flavoured with onions. Sadly no vegan dessert yet on menu.

    • Anne commented on September 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing those details – really useful to know!

    • Claire commented on September 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      I’ve just seen the new Toby revised menu – and it’s down to just 1 vegan option. The lentil shepherd pie is gone. Only the wellington left unfortunately.

    • Eloise commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      That’s really interesting. I tried Toby Carvery after advice from a vegan blogger who told me about the vegan options. It’s a shame the choice is reduced now, I hope it’s not the slippery slope. When I went they were really helpful and knowledgable, and produced an enormous plate of vegetables just for me. I wish they’d label the beef gravy as vegan and mention they have dairy free spread also. Soya milk would be nice too!

  • susan richardson commented on September 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Bisto gravy is vegan, and not too bad taste wise.

  • Janet Adams commented on September 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Tampopo has many already vegan meals and several more as vegan options, all absolutely delicious!

  • Roro commented on September 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    The handmade burger company also have a vegan burger now 🙂
    Awesome blog post and really handy for a new vegan like me!

    • Anne commented on September 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for sharing – we’ll add them to the list!

  • Zoe commented on September 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Just to note – the wrap in Starbucks is not vegan in Northern Ireland and they’ve stopped doing the mezze salad too.

  • Leigh-Catherine salway commented on September 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Also two great vegan restaurants in London are 222 veggie vegan north end Road South Kensington. Every day buffet lunch from 12 til 3.30 . price is £7.50. Dessert not included but they do yummy desserts. Some can be done as take outs too . Nearest tube West Brompton and buses pass nearby also. They do a la carte in evening. Also Tao a vegan thai / Chinese buffet great windmill street. Nearest tube station is piccadilly circus. Prices are £5.50 weekdays £6.90 weekend and public holiday’s. No desserts but there was some fruit there. Take out box is £3.50. However it is a short walk ( or two stops on tube) to Covent Garden. Nearby is New Row. There is an ice cream shop called la gelatiera. Each day they have around 3 – 4 vegan ice creams / sorbets. They are delicious. Vegan selection always front left corner of freezer when you look through glass.

    • Alison commented on September 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Oooh ice cream sounds yummy thanks for the tips x

    • Teresa commented on October 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      222 is brilliant. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • caroline higson commented on September 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    staff at toby told me to always ask to hold butter not for the obvvegan mains but fir veggies which are all pre glazed withbutter. they can do you some and withhold butter and bring massive plate out! also buffet saladbar has vgn options like cous cous, tom pasta, salad. bases are vegan so can ask for no cheese. garlic bread n wedges also vgn. you can see from their allergy list what is suitable.

  • caroline higson commented on September 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    sorry, saladbar comment and bit after that I was referring to pizza hut:p

  • Soraya commented on September 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the tips – really good to know that chains cater for vegans/strict vegetarians as i get so cross with mayonnaise being put in sandwiches (hello Marks & Spencers!). To AMY who is planning on travelling to England, I’d say it’s very easy to eat well here – just be clear when you go into a restaurant/cafe, what you can and cannot eat and offer suggestions as to what the chef can cook you if it’s not on the menu.

  • Caroline commented on September 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Spoke too soon! ! Toby cavery just sent email and they have removed the sheperds pie option at my branch! I assume all other bra ches are the same. Only one option now, and still no pud, despite a flurry of emails from us all a few months back asking politely for some 🙁

    • Anne commented on September 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Thanks for sharing that info – although it’s disappointing news. We’ll be updating the blog.

  • Lauren bacon commented on September 10, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Had Pizza at Pizza Express very nice

  • Cheryl Pierpoint commented on September 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I’d avoid Subway like the plague! So much cross-contamination from meat products. They never change their plastic gloves and are always dipping their hands into the meat for the person who’s before you and then dipping that same hand into the so called ‘vegetarian’ cheese! Yuk! No thanks!

    • Ruth Verity commented on October 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I’ve been into Subway where the staff have actually asked me if I wanted them to change their gloves when either ive mentioned i ont want meat or ordered a ‘veggie’ meal…….Maybe this only happens at ome branches…..

    • Stu commented on December 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I’ve always found the ones round here (Bournemouth) excellent – asking everytime if I’d like them to change ytheir gloves and fetching different coloured knives.

  • Lynda Healey commented on September 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Please don’t eat ANYTHING from Subway. ALL their meat is killed by the non-stun halal method. This means that animals are terrified whilst being handled and restrained at the time of slaughter, they often have limbs broken. They are hung upside down and watch as their neighbour’s throat is cut whilst the slaughterman sings out Ali Akbar, dedicating the slaughter to Allah (a muslim god). The animal’s throat is cut whilst fully conscious. It suffocates and chokes on its own blood in a prolonged futile battle to escape and breathe. It dies very slowly and excruciatingly painfully. SUBWAY SUPPORT THE HALAL INDUSTRY BY PURCHASING ALL THEIR PRODUCE FROM HALAL SLAUGHTERHOUSES.
    Also, for YOUR health sake, be aware that Subway used the “yoga mat” chemical in their bread, you know, the lovely colourful squidgy exercise mats, all soft and spongy, to make their bread feel soft and last forever. They don’t care about the harm it does to your stomach and bowels.

    • nancy coupe commented on November 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      oh my god! how can humans be so cruel to gods creations and liove with themselves this is why i refuse to eat any meat at all!

    • Ian commented on January 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Allah is not ‘a muslim god’. Islam is monotheistic, they worship one single god, which is the same one single god that christians worship. Christianity, Judaism and Islam and all branches of the same religion, and all worship the same god. Allah is just a different name for the same god.

  • Eloise commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Lynda Healy I agree with what you say but there is no humane way to slaughter animals. Abbatoirs that stun are equally horrific. I really think we need to move away from the idea that there are humane ways to slaughter animals because there isn’t.

    • angela stark commented on November 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Yes – It is a similar argument with ‘organic meat’ . I get sick of the issue there…..all about the animals ‘having a good quality of life’ rubbish.
      It’s even worse. How can you treat an animal so ‘kindly’ (even give it a cute name in some cases) then slaughter it?

      When I hear this I do ask …..and how long was their life? Usually it’s a few months in the case of lambs certainly. Their arguments are pathetic really….and cruel. Something sick and twisted about that.
      We live in a sheep farming area (or should I say – a sheep factory) and we have to listen to the ewes crying through the nights (as well as the days) for their lambs to respond with a cry and run towards them. But of course they have been fattened up and taken to the livestock sales.

      I have long been a strict veggie (almost 30 years now) and often eat vegan.

  • Thomas commented on September 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    It is all nice to read but as a vegan I don’t go out for a meal unless it is a true vegan restaurant (not much luck in the Scottish Highlands) as all the above chains do sell meat dishes primarily. I personally can’t have a meal in a restaurant that also sells dead animals, sorry

  • Jennifer commented on September 20, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Lynda, I agree and Eloise I totally agree about their being no humane way to kill an animal (aside from necessary euthanasia, of course!) , however, I stand by Lynda in the plea against supporting halal killing.

    Atheism may influence me, but mainly much as I despise slaughterhouse methods, I believe halal is much, much crueller.

    I wouldn’t eat at Subway anyway. Aside from the above, being vegan doesn’t mean I don’t have tastebuds, and I’m not particularly interested in eating just bread and vegetables! I know many vegan friends feel the same way. I would say sort it out, Subway but if they did-they may get more customers and given their support of halal, I would much rather they didn’t!

  • Toni commented on October 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I couldn’t agree with Lynda anymore!!! Subway are awful for many reasons but the main being the halal meat.. and all in the name of religion!! I am also atheist so this makes it even more maddening!

  • Marilyn Aylett commented on October 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    When I was out recently I bought some guacamole, hummous, pitta breads and orange juice from M and S and sat in the car and ate it. Think it cost about 5 pounds and was yummy. Also bought some olives. Just a suggestion.

  • Kelly commented on October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I do not think you should be promoting Subway in any way at all since they serve Halal meat

  • Elizabeth Bennett commented on October 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I have emailed Subway about my local subway having the veggie cheese alongside meat and there is cross contamination as bits of meat drop over the cheese and nothing has been done about it even though they replied and said they would look into it. I think they need lids over all the meat products and the cheese too. In the summer flies could land on the food.

  • S H commented on October 9, 2014 at 7:31 am

    “Those around you who have opted for slabs of festering flesh will no doubt wish they had followed your lead.”

    As a vegan, this annoys me. The writer of this article is the epitome of why so many people think vegans are self-righteous and hateful towards meat eaters. It was an unnecessary addition to the article.

    • Elle commented on January 19, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Agreed! I came here looking for advice on possibly moving to veganism from being a meat eater in good spirit, and this immediately put my nose out of joint! Totally unnecessary!

  • Megan commented on October 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    A couple notes
    -The veggie pattie and Subway is not vegan so go for a veggie delight. I know some people don’t agree with the ethics there but when I’m in a jam it’s my best bet for getting some veg easily and for a good price!

    Also, Gourmet Burger King has a vegan option not actually on the menu (you have to ask – unless that was only at the branch in Bath), which is grilled aubergine & pineapple with satay sauce. I had it without the bun and it comes with a side salad with vegan dressing, delicious!

    I also enjoy Mission Burrito – I get the small wholewheat vegetarian burrito with guac (it is vegan), salad and salsa. One of the types of beans uses a beef stock so make sure to go with the vegetarian ones they suggest. They also introduced a specifically vegan sweet potato/squash chilli for a while that was magnificent but I haven’t seen since.

  • Jane bailey commented on October 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    the Thirsty Scholar, Oxfrod rd., Manchester best vegan breakfast, soya milk and vegan food

  • Emma Barber commented on October 13, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Really PETA, encouraging people to eat at Pizza Express! You do know at least all their chicken is Halal? Vegan pizza or no vegan pizza, I would not give them my money.

  • Me commented on October 15, 2014 at 12:06 am

    The whole point of halal meat is for the animals to suffer as little as possible. Why would a religion require MORE suffering? Just use your common sense. The animals are supposed to die instantly with a single cut, rather than having the experience prolonged. Stunning IS allowed. I would expect non-halal slaughterhouse workers to be much more cruel as they are not doing anything holy, and just see the animals as stock rather than beings deserving respect. Now I don’t support any kind of slaughter, but really, the idea that halal meat is much worse than western meat is just tabloid propaganda. Also, there is no ‘Muslim god’. They worship the same god that Jews and Christians do.

    • Me2 commented on October 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you for your rationale response. There is no humane way to kill an animal and stunning isn’t even 100% effective with workers who don’t care. Encouraging people to avoid places selling halal is absolute media propaganda and only promotes hate.

      This is an excellent article and I am happy to try these new options. However, I agree it was unnecessary for a “slabs of festering flesh” comment. Another slippery slope toward a hate fueled world where people should be free to choose their own way of living.

  • Emma commented on October 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I’m looking on the Nando’s wesbite and they have a feature which means you can filter out all the non-vegan options yay! Downside is it only shows a salad as the only vegan main option booo 🙁

    • Georgie commented on December 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

      It only shows the salad since the other items need adaptations. They have an allergy list in the restaurant (you have to ask for it) which shows that the veggie pita/wrap is vegan without the mayo/yoghurt. All the marinades are vegan. The bun is no longer vegan as they added milk. Make sure you double check if you eat there though as it could change. My order is always the hot veggie wrap, no yoghurt, with avocado & then I cover it in lemon & herb sauce! A few of the starters & sides are vegan too.

    • Colette commented on December 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

      If you watch the YouTube video that’s linked, the lemon & herb dressing isn’t vegan as it contains shellac.

      • Georgie commented on June 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

        All the sauces state that they are not vegan as nandos cannot guarantee that the lemons used are not waxed with shellac. The sauces don’t have shellac listed as an added ingredient. That’s vegan enough for me but others might disagree, I’m sure I regularly unknowingly consume shellac in this manner when eating out in restaurants & buying pre-made food. I was wrong about the bun though, it’s just the nandino or starter sized bun that contains milk now, but the ingredients seem to change quite a bit so double check!

    • Ian commented on January 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      The filter is full of shit. It includes the items cooked on the same hot-plate together with the meat. Your options are Nandos are chips, Salad and Hummus, nothing else.

  • Carol Dyer commented on November 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I went to the lamb inn in Burford recently, and long as you ring before, they will do you a separate vegan menul including starter and dessert, with three choices, I can recommend the vegan pannacota!

  • Jono commented on December 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

    great list but be carefIul of cross contamination. I tend to keep away from pizza because chefs will pick up meat and then put their hands in the vegetable bowls and I stopped eating subway because they pick up salad, push it down on the meat and then pick up more salad. Some places will cook vegies in the same area as meat but guess this boils down to how anti-contamination you are. I’m under no illusion that everything I eat is completely contamination free but I do my best.

  • Heather Clifford commented on December 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    i went to Pizza Hut yesterday and they were great, I asked for the allergen menu and it was clear and easy to read on what was and wasn’t vegan
    The Pan base is vegan (obviously without the cheese) both the tomato pizza sauce and the BBQ one (my favourite) are vegan so just load it up with your favourite veggies. Also the potato wedges and some of the dipping sauces are vegan. And don’t forget you get free unlimited salad bar too with vegan croutons and bacon bites! 🙂

  • Natasha commented on December 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Gourmet Burger Company/GBK do an off menu vegan burger called the ‘Hippy Dippy’ it’s also gluten free! Well worth asking for.

  • Natasha commented on December 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Sorry meant kitchen!

  • Hannah commented on December 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hey, I’m veggie and work at Nando’s and we actually have this big book of everything we possibly sell and say what’s in it and who it’s suitable for. I’ve studied this book and well if you want something more filling then one mushroom in a pitta then we actually do a vegan option which is the “veggie” pita, burger, or wrap. Don’t confuse this with the “beanie”. The beanie contains eggs.
    So just ask for the veggie without mayonnaise and you’re sorted 🙂
    Our burger buns used to contain milk but they don’t anymore- if you ask staff they most likely won’t know as it has changed twice in the past two years but everytime it does that book is updated! So, even better news… This also means the garlic bread is vegan too! The actual spread contains no dairy products it’s made from oils etc and is completely fine!
    Chips normal and peri are vegan, corn hold the butter portion on the side, side salad, garlic bread, ratatouille are all vegan and I’m pretty sure the beans may be as well but just ask to see the book! 🙂
    The macho peas, rice, creamy mash, sweet mash all contain butter.
    I always try and help vegans get the best meal they can, and there is quite an option! 🙂

  • Ashley commented on December 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Which breads are Vegan at Subway? When I asked, the employees went back and checked and told me that their White(Italian) breads, and other breads, contained dairy. Or were they wrong?

    Could it be that my subway is the only one who uses dairy in their White (Italian) bread and every bread?

    I read some of the posts and what is this Veggie Cheese that everyone is talking about that Subway has? (Once again, My subway probably doesn’t have it, lol)

  • Gareth Slade commented on December 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Just leaving a comment so I can follow this thread. I’m still not sure I agree with those “cross-contaminate” people out there. We want to avoid animals suffering but you are making out that their flesh is evil in some way which is just plain weird.

  • Flo commented on December 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been the best burger I’ve found yet in the building I work in. The staff are all really friendly so they’ll change things around if you’d like to have a vegetarian option instead of a vegan one and switch the cheese and mayo etc with avocado or chilli sauce. Amazing sweet potato fries too!!!

    My second favourite has to be Las Iguanas too! 4 options and all SO tasty!

    Another really good one had to be Cabana, the Brazilian restaurant. It does a really good stew with rice for vegans.

    I have to say though, aside from chain restaurants. Beetroot (in Soho, London) is the best place I’ve been to yet for cheap fast food that’s super healthy and vegan. They do have a few dairy options for hot drinks but generally you can eat just about anything and it’s all so yummy!!!!! Highly recommended (along with Mildreds, also in Soho but everyone knows how amazing Mildreds is!)

  • Paul W commented on April 9, 2015 at 7:27 am

    As a vegan student studying abroad in London, I’ve had an *incredibly* hard time eating at Pret.

    The daily rotating menu has made it impossible for me to have a single “safe option”, with few chances that something on the “vegan list” will pop up.

    I’ve tried about five different locations, each on different days, and I’ve only seen a vegan soup (Tomato) once. Many of the sandwiches are /almost/ vegan, with one or two (nonessential) ingredients that bar us 🙁 Again, there are technically many options for vegan eaters, but availability is a big factor here!

    This is just personal experience though, so maybe I’m unlucky. I’m sure if it’s listed here it’s served at least some well! 🙂 Le Pain Quotiden is a wonderful chain as well, that specifically caters to vegans. A little pricey, but well worth it in my mind!

  • Rhian commented on May 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    My brothers girlfriend works at subway and she’s told me that the veggie delite isn’t guaranteed to be vegan because sometimes it has dairy products in. Always vegetarian though.

  • Tanya commented on August 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, just to let you know I had an email from West Cornwall Pasty company regarding an issue I had in the Hereford store. This clarifies a few things:
    “Our Wheatmeal Vegetable Pasty is currently the only vegan friendly product we have; this is the only product which is not glazed with egg.

    Although the vegetarian pasties are kept and handled separately, they are cooked in the same oven as other products.”

    Good to know! My issue was that nothing was labelled as vegan and when I asked the server said nothing was suitable for vegans. Contradicting information! However this email has clarified the situation and they responded well to my issue.

  • floopyloopla commented on October 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Following an experience in Giraffe I would like to point out in case you are vegetarian or vegan they fry products in the same oil as all their other meat/fish products.

    I recently wrote to them querying this and I am still awaiting a reply although they were quick enough to claim to care about special diet/allergen concerns before I actually described my experience.

  • Helen commented on October 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Eat, wasabi and itsu have some nice options too

  • Paul commented on October 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Wonderful info on eating in the UK as vegans but why all the American terminology have the butter held and hold the mayonnaise cheese ?

    • Olives commented on March 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

      UK speak that way too

  • Audrey commented on October 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Social Bite in both Glasgow & Edinburgh offer a vegan wrap .. It’s very tasty. Social Bite is an establishment whose profits go to support the homeless and 1/4 of their staff were previously homeless.

  • Ellie commented on November 18, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I’m afraid that the ‘Handmade Burger Co’ onion rings aren’t vegan, they aren’t even vegetarian! I asked them once why they weren’t labelled as vegetarian (I was hoping that it was just a mistake), and they told me that it’s because they’re not because of “how they’re cooked”.

    I’m, not sure if this is the same for all of the Handmade Burger Company restaurants, but unless they are labelled as suitable for vegetarians/vegans then they’re not.

  • Paul Hiley commented on November 24, 2015 at 8:06 am

    My wife and I have just returned from Lanzarote where we were amazed to find a new, completely vegan cafe. How things have changed from a few years ago when we couldn’t even by soya milk In the Spanish supermarkets!

  • Anna Lorini commented on January 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I’m a 66 old Italianvegan lady. I’ll be in London for 3 weeks in June/July for a stage in Newington Green (N168NA) and I’m looking for a cheap accomodation with other vegan people. Any suggestion?

  • Mel commented on January 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks

  • Jack commented on March 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

    My wife is a vegan, we once went to a lovely posh restaurant in Sheffield and they had a very nice vegan menu. My wife loved it!

  • best indian restaurant in charlotte commented on March 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

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  • Olives commented on March 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Hi peta gonna try some of these out but i suggest removing the pizza express as I ordered a veggie one there once and underneath all the toppings was a hidden piece of death-ham! I was extremely upset and angry they are not trustworthy.

  • Cate commented on April 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I think we vegans need to speak up, in a nice way, when we go to a restaurant and there’s nothing we can eat on offer. It may be difficult to do this because you feel impolite, but how are those running restaurants going to know that they’re not serving what at least some people want unless this is pointed out to them?

  • Joanne Nugent commented on May 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    How hard can it be for restaurants to offer veggie/vegan alternatives? They may think that not many people are,but they would get more business if they did.

    I also hate the fact that some places only have 1 veggie option from either the starter or main course.Why not give people a choice from at least two.

    There is a pub around from where I stay and it is good as it gives an option of lentil cottage pie and veggie burger.More places should do this.

  • Katie commented on May 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Muffin break do a vegan muffin and soy milk options for drinks!

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