Vegan-Friendly Weekend Breaks in the UK
Whether you’re thinking about using up the last of your holiday days or simply looking to book a little treat, these vegan-friendly getaways are well worth the journey.
There are plenty of delightful places across the UK for vegans to escape to – and there’s more than salad on their menus. Here are our top 10 vegan-friendly homes away from home:
Iconic British holiday resort Butlin’s was given the inaugural PETA Holiday Award for its top vegan options and animal-free entertainment – and it’s easy to see why. Butlin’s menu offers more than 100 vegan options for the whole family to enjoy, including everything from bangers and mash, chilli sin carne, and Quorn buttermilk-style burgers to chocolate brownies and cinnamon cheesecake.
Firmdale Hotels is a chain of luxury hotels in London. Located in the West End, they’re perfect for a weekend party in London’s nightclubs or a more sedate trip to the theatre. Each location offers vegan afternoon tea, and the Ham Yard Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, and Soho Hotel have vegan lunch and dinner menus in their restaurants. Delights include a starter of roasted Jerusalem artichokes with seeded avocado purée and a chocolate sable, saffron yoghurt, saffron orange confit, and kumquat sorbet dessert.
Hilton hotels are adding more vegan options to their menus in order to reduce their carbon footprint – a win for both the planet and animals. You can find delicious new vegan options at 20 locations, including Hilton Newcastle, Hilton Croydon, and Hilton Leeds. PETA’s favourites include the hearty Plant Burger; the Plant Power Bowl with seaweed, tenderstem broccoli, radish, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate; and the Vegan Knickerbocker Glory, complete with chunks of chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.
Hilton London Bankside Hotel
Hilton’s London Bankside hotel is home to the world’s first-ever vegan hotel suite. Following consultations with The Vegan Society, the suite was created using 100% cruelty-free materials – including pillows filled with buckwheat husks, desk chairs made from the pineapple-leaf material Piñatex, and an entirely vegan in-room menu. This suite is the ideal haven for enjoying guilt-free luxury – in your vegan bathrobe, of course.
Malmaison is a chain of funky boutique hotels located throughout the UK. The hotel rooms have an eclectic, modern design. Each hotel’s restaurant has a vegan menu with good options for starters, mains, and desserts. Menu highlights include grilled garlic and lemon asparagus, squash and red onion tagine, caramel roasted pineapple, and salted caramel ice cream with almonds. Some locations offer a vegan afternoon tea – please check when booking.
With over 800 locations in the UK, a Premier Inn shouldn’t be too far away, no matter where you are. Guests can order a full fry-up – including THIS Isn’t Bacon and Garden Gourmet Sensational Vegan Sausage – as part of the hotel’s unlimited breakfast. Many Premier Inns partner with branded restaurants – including Beefeater – to offer tasty vegan options like the Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger topped with vegan sloppy joe mix and a sweet potato curry. And Brewers Fayre has a Smothered No Chicken dish – a Meatless Farm chicken breast covered with barbecue sauce, Violife vegan cheese, THIS Isn’t Bacon, and sliced tomato and served with chips, salad, and vegan coleslaw.
This budget chain offers vegan items at its Bar Cafés, located in more than 190 of its hotels.
You can enjoy a big brekky, featuring mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, and Quorn sausages, and treat yourself to either the Moving Mountains burger with thick-cut chips or the Keralan cauliflower curry with naan and onion bhajis for dinner. For dessert, order the pancake stack, served with berry compote, vegan ice cream, and a Biscoff crumb – heaven on a plate!
Warner Leisure Hotels
From country manors to seaside pads, Warner Leisure Hotels’ 15 locations across the UK offer a variety of destinations. Whichever you choose, you’ll find tasty vegan fare for every course. Load up on breakfast with the likes of scrambled tofu, vegan sausage, and crushed avocado on sourdough toast. Each hotel’s Market Kitchen restaurant changes its menu daily, but expect British classics like vegan cottage pie and beetroot Wellington as well as dishes inspired by cuisine from around the world.
Fully Vegan Accommodation
And don’t forget these top independent accommodations that offer a personal touch and impressive vegan food at their unique locations.
This B&B in Penzance, Cornwall, is not only vegan but also eco-friendly, as it’s entirely powered by renewable energy.
At breakfast, you can feast on homemade bread, smoothies, freshly pressed juices, or a full English with tofu scramble, rashers, sausages, and more. Packed lunches and evening meals are available, too.
Goats & Oats at Garsdale
Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this cosy B&B offers stunning views and a 100% plant-based menu. Delicious breakfast options include fluffy pancakes, homemade granola, and a full English with tofu scramble, vegan black pudding, and vegan haggis. Packed lunches are available to order, too, so you can refuel as you cycle, hike, or stroll through the countryside.
Hempsall Farm Luxury Vegan Glamping
Hempsall Farm offers glamping in the scenic Cambridgeshire countryside. This cosy site features three luxury safari tents, each with its own wood-fired hot tub and far-reaching views of the countryside. And the best bit? No longer a working farm, the onsite paddocks are a permanent home to a variety of animals, including pigs, goats, and cats.
This award-winning vegan B&B in Northumberland features breakfast delights such as a full English plate, savoury pancakes with tempeh, overnight oats, and BreakfastBockerGlories – layers of crunchy homemade granola, berries, and organic vegan yogurt.
You can also book a vegan afternoon tea and order cakes or a picnic hamper for that special treat!
The UK’s first 100% vegan hotel is now open in Pitlochry, in the glorious Scottish Highlands. Saorsa 1875 has everything vegan: bedding, toiletries, cleaning products, electricity, staff uniforms, cocktail bar, restaurant, and cookery classes. Dogs are welcome, and the owners are passionate about sharing the best of Scottish vegan cuisine. Innovative dishes on the menu include watermelon sashimi, pea houmous, Scottish mushroom pie, and matcha pudding with meringue.
What You Can Do
If you’re staying in accommodation that isn’t 100 per cent vegan, please help the venue along by asking for more vegan food and cruelty-free bedlinen. You can use your voice to speak up for animals and spare them exploitation by being a pioneer for compassionate change.
If you’re feeling inspired to help animals, why not join our Action Team? From speaking out against animal testing to protesting against the cruelty of factory farming, there are many ways for you to make your voice heard: