On the Menu – Vegan Options at Chain Restaurants
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!
On the Go
Following discussions with PETA, Bagel Factory became the first UK chain to offer bagels with vegan cream cheese. You’ll find its stores at several major train stations around the UK, and it has several plant-based options to grab on the go.
Beloved for its on-the-go goodies, Benugo offers all sorts of vegan eats to take away. From the Blueberry Coconut & 5 Grain porridge to the Vegan Reuben Bloomer and a vegan cookie, there’s plenty to enjoy at this lunchtime favourite.
LEON has some fantastic vegan options, including the PETA Vegan Food Award–winning Love Burger, cheesy vegan Jack Wings with BBQ sauce, and more. The popular takeaway spot also offers delectable egg- and dairy-free sweet treats, such as Jaffa Cakes and Raspberry & Rose Donuts. Be right back – taking an early lunch break!
Did you know that Caffè Nero was the first coffee chain in the UK to launch a vegan cheese toastie? The groundbreaking Sundried Tomato & Pesto Tostati contain dairy-free mozzarella, vegan pesto and tomato mayonnaise, sun-dried cherry tomatoes, and salad leaves. The chain also offers a selection of vegan snacks – we love the dark chocolate bars.
For a one-of-a-kind sandwich, try Costa’s Smoky Ham & CheeZe Toastie, which offers an accessible, more animal- and eco-friendly way to enjoy familiar flavours. Or go for the All Day Breakfast Panini: vegan sausage, beans, mushrooms, and non-dairy cheese tucked into a stone-baked ciabatta. Other vegan options include soups, rocky road, and the PETA Vegan Food Award–winning Chocolate, Caramel & Hazelnut Cookie.
Whether you’re after something hot or cold, vegan options are there for the taking at EAT – including the Mushroom Melt, a satisfying toastie loaded with mushrooms, Gouda-style non-dairy cheese, and vegan garlic mayo. Its great range of plant-based grab-and-go dishes also includes the Chana Gobi Wrap, Vegetable Gyoza, and Spiced Lentil, Spinach & Sweet Potato soup. Foodie vegans will appreciate the chain’s attention to taste, variety, and colour.
With locations throughout the UK, you’ll never be far from Greggs’ famous vegan sausage roll, which the popular chain introduced following a PETA petition signed by over 20,000 supporters. You can also grab the meaty, delicious Vegan Steak Bake or the Mexican Bean and Sweet Potato Wrap. Enjoy them with a side of Southern Fried Potato Wedges followed by a Glazed Ring Doughnut. Thank you, Greggs.
Whatever the time of day, Pret has you covered. Breakfast options include the Very Berry croissant, coconut porridge, and the Acai & Almond Butter Bowl. For lunch or a light dinner, you can choose from a variety of soups and sandwiches, including the Avo, Olives & Toms baguette and Red Thai Veg soup. And of course, the chain offers a selection of plant-based milks for hot drinks – as well as sweet treats including the Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cookie and Almond Butter Bites, which are PETA office favourites.
In addition to offering plant-based milks for all its drinks, the coffee chain also stocks an array of vegan food options – from snacks and desserts to heartier protein-filled bowls. Try its Five Grain Oatmeal porridge for breakfast, the PETA Vegan Food Award–winning Vegan Mac for lunch, and the Chocolate & Raspberry Vegan Cake for dessert.
Subway’s vegan sub and signature loaded wrap both feature a patty packed with sweet peppers, spinach, garlic, red onions, and chilli. The popular sandwich chain offers a selection of vegan sauces to spice things up, including a garlic aioli, and the Italian and Hearty Italian breads are both vegan. Delish. And a vegan meatball sub is planned for 2020!
West Cornwall Pasty Co’s Thai Green Vegetable Curry pasty won a PETA Vegan Food Award – and for good reason. It’s a combo of super-tasty veg, subtle Thai spices, and coconut. The chain also offers a Wheatmeal Vegetables option. More, please!
Vegan sushi (including Avo Baby Rolls), the Quinoa Burgers Tokyo Wrap, the Vegetable Fusion Gyoza – all these and more delicious plant-based delights are available across the nation at this high-street favourite. The chain’s vegan options are healthy, nutritious, and 100 per cent animal-friendly.
Ask for the vegan menu at Wagamama and you’ll have delicious options for every course, including watermelon tuna – yes, you read that right – the Avant Gard’n (featuring a vegan egg), and the PETA Vegan Food Award–winning Vegatsu. You really can’t go wrong whatever you opt for, but we suggest trying the Mixed Mushrooms + Panko Aubergine Hirata Steamed Buns as a starter and the Mango + Matcha Layer Cake for dessert. Kids will find plenty of vegan options on their menu, too!
Whether you’re after something hot or cold, Wasabi has plenty of vegan dishes on its menu. There’s a large assortment of vegan sushi and tofu options – recent additions include the Tofu Teriyaki salad and Tofu Tom Yum Soup – as well as yummy mochi treats that’ll satisfy any sweet tooth.
YO! Sushi’s menu is packed with vegan goodness, including the gorgeous yasai roll, shiitake mushroom ramen, inari “taco”, glazed aubergine nigiri, and mushroom teriyaki burger – and a chocolate pot to finish it off! You’ll still find old favourites like the pumpkin katsu curry and PETA Vegan Food Award–winning vegetable yakisoba, and the chain has switched to egg-free mayo, so the avocado maki is now vegan straight off the belt. There’s way more to sushi than just dead fish, you know!
Burgers and Fast Food
With 30 vegan options, Frankie & Benny’s has something for everyone. Its vegan menu includes mushroom ravioli, calzone, hot dogs, pizza, pasta, burgers, and more – depending on how ambitious you are, you may need a few visits to try it all. But leave room for dessert, as choices include the dreamy Chocomisu and the Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake.
Pizza Hut is the only nationwide chain that offers a vegan stuffed-crust pizza. With a variety of vegan options, from the classic Margherita to the BBQ Jack ‘N’ Ch**se – heaped with BBQ jackfruit and Violife cheese – and the Pepperphoni, there’s something for every pizza lover. Just pick your favourite, share a side of Southern Fried Nuggets, and finish up with the all-new vegan caramel cheesecake. Amazing.
With two yummy plant-based burgers on the menu, you’re in for a treat at GBK. Try the Californian, which is topped with vegan Cheddar, or bite into the Jack-in-a-Bun, made with Korean pulled jackfruit.
This chain of burger restaurants with locations in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sheffield, and elsewhere has six vegan burgers on the menu. The Cajun Vegetable & Bean, Thai Vegetable, and Veg-Mex burgers are just a few of the animal-friendly options available.
From salads to wraps, eating vegan at Nando’s is easy with a few substitutions. Try the Supergreen or Sweet Potato & Butternut pitta with a side of chips and chargrilled veg – just order your main without mayonnaise.
Papa John’s was the first national delivery chain to launch vegan cheese pizzas in the UK. Build your own, or choose from one of the seven vegan options on offer – like the Vegan Sausage & “Pepperoni” pizza. Vegan sides include the Sheese Potato Tots, Cauli Wings, and Sheese & Marmite Scrolls – get a pizza that! And what better way to finish than with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Coconutterly Caramel’d vegan ice cream or a portion of Cinnamon Scrolls drizzled with vanilla icing? You’ll find the latter on the main dessert menu, but they’re suitable for vegans.
Diners at Beefeater can enjoy several vegan options, including the Fake and Ale Pie, and the Sloppy Joe burger – featuring a Beyond Burger patty topped with soya mince, mixed peppers, green lentils, tomato, chipotle chilli and herbs and sandwiched in a brioche-style bun and a Gin Fizz Sorbet for pud.
This popular pub-restaurant chain has revamped its menu to include new plant-based options. Choose from the Vegan Sloppy Joe Burger in a brioche-style bun and the Fake and Ale Pie with butternut squash, mushrooms, and a rich ale sauce.
Ask for the vegan menu at Greene King’s Flaming Grill pubs, where you’ll find dishes such as “fish” and chips, a vegan cheese pizza, and a chickpea and sweet potato curry. Save some space, because they offer two proper vegan desserts (no fruit salad!), including warm apple pie with ice cream.
Start with a sharing plate of vegan nachos – or by tucking in to the famous unlimited salad bar – before moving on to dishes like the enticing Thai Green Curry, The Purist burger (featuring a Moving Mountains patty topped with Violife vegan cheese), or Chili Non Carne. And why not finish with a tasty Chocolate Orange Slice? You could even begin the day with a vegan fry-up.
Hungry Horse vegan options are available at over 280 pubs across the UK. They include plant-based delights such as the Fish-Free Fillet & Chips, Chickpea & Sweet Potato Curry, and Black Forest Pie Cake.
You’ll find a Wetherspoon’s on almost every high street. Its vegan menu includes two burgers and a Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Curry as well as plenty of tempting sides. And for a sweet treat, ask for the British Bramley Apple Crumble without ice cream or custard.
Marston’s PETA Vegan Food Award–winning vegan menu takes pub dining to the next level. Its inventive and extensive menu features Buffalo cauliflower wings, jam-packed burritos, and the Moving Mountains B12 Burger served with chips, sweet chilli coleslaw, and onion rings. Desserts include a berry-citrus sundae and a classic apple pie with ice cream.
Premium Country Pubs offer a full vegan menu with a choice of three starters and six mains, including a Spiced Coconut Curry that’s a must-try. Top it all off with one (or more) of the five desserts – the Salted Caramel Billionaires Bar, Warm Blueberry & Almond Polenta Cake, and Coconut Sorbet. Yum!
Main meals include the Lentil & Sweet Potato Cottage Pie and the delicious Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Katsu Curry. If you’re in the mood for a burger and chips, ask for the vegan version of the Jerk Bean Burger. For dessert, check out the Caramel Iced Bar – iced caramel mousse with Biscoff biscuit and fresh strawberries.
Table Table’s menu of pub classics now includes a few vegan options to enjoy guilt-free. Try its Sloppy Joe Burger or Fake & Ale Pie, and then polish off a Coconut Sorbet for dessert.
In the mood for a seriously delicious vegan roast? Toby Carvery will sort you out. Vegan options include Allotment Pie, Lentil & Sage Lasagne, Roast Mushroom & Ale Pie, and the Very Vegan Burger, featuring a Beyond Meat patty.
With four starters, a host of mains, and plenty of delicious desserts, you’re spoiled for choice by this extensive vegan menu that’s available at the nearly 200 Vintage Inns nationwide. Our go-to dishes are the Spiced Squash Coconut Curry for a main and the Caramel Biscuit Cheesecake for dessert.
ASK Italian is a must for those looking for vegan Italian dishes. If it’s pizza you’re after, there’s the Vegan Super Green or a build-your-own option, or you can choose from five different pasta dishes. If you’ve got a big appetite, there are Baked Dough Balls, Bruschetta, and Minestrone Soup to start and dessert options including the Blood Orange & Chocolate Tart,
There’s plenty of choice at Bella Italia, from vegan cheese pizza to spaghetti with “meatballs” – or for something a little different, give the brand-new Oumph! Burger a try. Make sure you leave room for the decadent Vegan Cookie Dough Al Forno for dessert. A treat for the senses, the cookie has a melty middle and is topped with vegan vanilla gelato and caramel sauce.
This Italian café offers a separate vegan menu, including the Veganese – a plant-based take on Chicken Milanese – lots of pasta, bruschetta, olives, and fancy Italian breads. And if you’re in need of a morning pick-me-up, the chain also offers a variety of non-dairy milks for coffees as well as its much-loved vegan croissants and chocolate Saccottini pastries.
This popular high-street pizza place has numerous tempting vegan options on the menu – starters include baked garlic mushrooms filled with non-dairy mozzarella, and among the pizzas are the award-winning Giardiniera and the all-new Calzone Verdure. You can add vegan mozzarella to any vegetable-topped pizza of your choice to create a delicious dairy-free pizza. Finish off with a chocolate and amaretto parfait.
Vegan at Prezzo? It’s a yes from us. Italian-food lovers can go for the Penne Arrabbiata or the Marinated Aubergine Paccheri or order a pizza (the bases are vegan) without cheese and top it with their favourite veggies.
This Italian restaurant chain has three vegan pizza bases and three plant-based toppings – the Margherita, the Zucca, and the award-winning, brand-new Jackfruit Italian Hot. The chefs use Mozzarisella, a plant-based cheese made with Italian rice milk. To top it all off, for dessert, there’s vegan gelato and sorbet, the Golden Millionaire’s Slice, and a dessert calzone.
Bill’s vegan menu ticks all the right boxes with a great selection of delicious and filling plant-based options. Try the Pea & Watercress Soup followed by the Carrot, Cashew Nut and Mushroom Wellington or a satisfying salad bowl, and finish with the Bill’s Vegan Ice Cream.
Giraffe’s vegan menu offers a plant-based take on favourite dishes from around the globe. Highlights include vegetable gyoza, a beetroot and quinoa burger, a jackfruit curry, and a chocolate and coconut torte served with non-dairy ice cream.
If tapas and fajitas are your thing, Las Iguanas is the place to go. It has a dedicated vegan menu featuring dishes such as the Bahian Jackfruit Curry, the Fiesta Ensalada, nachos with vegan cheese, and the Chocolate Coconut Tart (you may have to ask for the vegan versions of certain items). Pass the patatas!
The UK’s biggest Mexican restaurant chain is taking vegan food to the Mex level with an impressive offering. Chiquito’s vegan menu boasts a full vegan breakfast, nachos, banana blossom croquettes, Baja jackfruit tacos, the Vegarrito with Oumph! vegan meat, a banana blossom burger, churros with chocolate sauce, and kids’ options. ¡Arriba!
The vegan options on Café Rouge’s à la carte menu include a wild mushroom risotto, a vegetable tagine, a vegan burger featuring a Moving Mountains patty, and more. The popular chain offers soya milk, so vegan diners can enjoy tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
You can get the Beyond Burger loaded to the rafters with non-dairy cheese, lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayonnaise at All Bar One. For a slightly lighter bite, grab the Chilli ‘Non’ Carne Tacos or try the tasty Supergreen Noodle Laksa, and finish off with the Biscoff Cheesecake.
Whether you’re looking for a full cooked breakfast or a three-course meal, Cosy Club’s extensive vegan menu has got you covered. With over 20 branches nationwide, including in Bournemouth, Leicester, and Manchester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try all its tempting vegan dishes, including the PETA Vegan Food Award–winning “fish” and chips, a delicious BLT sandwich, and a chocolate and orange torte.
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 the Moving Mountains Hot Dog, Beyond Cheese Burger, Supergreen Salad, a cooked brunch, and two choices of dessert – including the extremely tempting Dark Chocolate & Orange Torte.
Slug & Lettuce has some standout plant-based dishes on its menu – including the Vegan Feast With Friends sharing plate, which features sloppy Joe–topped nachos, baked falafel bites, sticky BBQ jackfruit steamed buns, and more. You can also count on the chain to serve up a great burger or hot dog showcasing “meaty” delights from Moving Mountains. For something lighter, opt for the Smoked Cheeze & Beetroot Tart.
Note: Please always be sure to double-check the ingredients before purchasing anything on this list, as manufacturers are at liberty to change them at any time.
As more and more consumers become aware of the horrific abuse and suffering of the animals bred for our plates as well as the environmental and health benefits of eating vegan, the demand for vegan options is only going to increase. And the more tasty plant-based foods that are available, the more people will buy them. Every time you order or request a vegan meal, snack, or drink, you’re casting a powerful vote with your wallet.
If your favourite restaurant is missing from the list, let it know: reach out on social media or send the company an e-mail to ask for vegan cheese or vouch for non-dairy milk – the power is in your hands! And if you’d like more advice on vegan living, order a free vegan starter kit today or take our 30-day vegan pledge: