The UK’s Best Vegan Fish and Chips Spots
Have you tried vegan fish and chips? Restaurants are rushing to meet the growing demand for animal-friendly, plant-based fare with vegan cheese pizzas, “bleeding” burgers, and yes, even vegan fish and chips! Vegan versions of this traditional dish are a healthier option for those wanting to experience a British classic without contributing to the environmental destruction and animal suffering caused by the fishing industry.
Here’s our list of the best places in the UK to find tasty vegan fish and chips:
This popular chain of lounge bars, with 29 locations around the country, offers an extensive vegan menu – and the star of the show is its PETA Vegan Food Award–winning “fish” and chips, featuring battered tofu and a generous portion of chunky chips served with mushy garden peas and tangy tartare sauce.
Greene King’s Flaming Grill chain has put vegan fish and chips on the menu at pubs around the country. The fish-free fillet is cooked in golden breadcrumbs and comes with oven-baked chips and your choice of mushy or regular peas.
Another pub chain with locations across the UK, Hungry Horse serves crispy “fish” fillets with chips, peas, and a lemon wedge.
The Veggie Chippy
The first-ever vegetarian chippy in the UK has a menu loaded with tempting dishes. Try the soya “vish”, the battered “vod”, or the “vish fingers”.
Earth and Stars
This pub’s crispy smoked tofu and hand-cut chips make a delicious fish-free meal.
Forgan’s Broughty Ferry
Forgan’s special vegan fish main is coated in a beer batter and plated with thick-cut chips, vegan tartare sauce, lemon, and crushed peas. It won a PETA Vegan Food Award in 2020 for Best Vegan Fish!
This vegan eatery offers a game-changing plant-based fish burger made from fried celeriac wrapped in seaweed with chips on the side. You’ll want to leave room for dessert, as the dairy-free cheesecakes are sensational.
This vegan café/bar is a great spot to experience protein-rich tofu turned into delicious dill and lemon marinated tofish ‘n’ chips
JJ’s offers customers a choice of two vegan fish options: banana-blossom vish and soya-based tofish. If you’re not in the mood for something fishy, you’ll find tons of other vegan options, including battered sausages and “cheesy” chips. The new Manchester restaurant has an entirely vegan menu!
Another traditional chippy that’s added a vegan menu to cater to the growing demand for plant-based “fish”, Brockley’s Rock serves everything from fishless fingers to vegan fish fillets – our favourite is its soya-based scampi.
This popular US chain has come to the UK with vegan versions of some classic British fare – including tasty tofish and chips.
The Dove and
Delicious beer-battered vegan fish and chips, complete with homemade tartare sauce and a side of mushy peas, is on offer at both of this pub’s locations.
Loving Hut’s massive plates of “fish” and chips won’t disappoint, but have a friend order the delicious salted and spiced vegan prawns so that you can try them both!
For something a bit different, try this vegan burger bar’s Fillet-Om-Phish: battered aubergine, tartare sauce, nori, lettuce, and vegan cheese. Seriously, it works. You’ll thank us.
With a lunchtime menu featuring tofish and chips, Vegan Express is the perfect place to grab a midday meal.
This seaside chippy has many vegan items on the menu, all cooked in a separate fryer. Choose classic battered vegan fish, calamari or crab cakes, or go for a Scottish delicacy such as vegan haggis fritters.
This eatery’s “happy fish” and chips is delicious marinated tofu wrapped in nori and beer battered, accompanied by chunky chips, minted peas, and homemade tartare sauce.
Horse and Plough
As part of its brilliant vegan menu, this pub offers vegan fish and chips with a twist – instead of the usual tofu, it’s battered tempeh.
The Turks Head
The banana blossom vegan fish and chips is the highlight of The Turks Head’s extensive vegan menu. Don’t leave before trying the vegan Cajun mozzarella sticks and the vegan dessert of the day, too. You’re welcome!
A favourite spot of all vegan seafood lovers! The world’s your oyster mushroom at The Harbour: go for its banana blossom vegan fish and chips with vegan tartare sauce, or if you want something different, try the salt and pepper vegan squid rings.
Simpsons Fish and Chips
This traditional chippy won the National Fish & Chip Award in 2016 – just try its tofish and chips to see why! It also serves battered vegan Richmond sausages and Biff’s jackfruit burgers.
Sea animals are caught and killed for their flesh by the billions, and many “non-target” animals such as birds, dolphins, and turtles also fall victim to fishing nets. Fishing fleets and factory trawlers are reducing once teeming seas to dead zones. Many fish are left to suffocate on the decks of boats, whilst others’ gills or bellies are cut open while they’re still alive.
Not only does eating fish contribute to suffering on a massive scale, it’s also bad for our health. Fish flesh can contain massive amounts of toxins such as mercury, and one-third of fish caught in British waters has been shown to be contaminated with plastic microbeads. By choosing a vegan option, we can protect our health, fish, and the oceans.