As you will know by now, I am not exclusively a vegetarian or vegan and really enjoy eating meat, but I am not against different forms of diet and I am always up for something different. As I have a couple of friends who are vegetarian and vegan I thought it would be a good idea to list some of my favourite vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants that I have dined in up and down the country.
The first 2 I need to mention are both in Glasgow and that’s with good reason – Glasgow is a very vegan-friendly city and actually was awarded the title as Most Vegan-Friendly City in the UK by PETA. Mono is a mishmash kind of place that combines at cool record shop, gig venue and completely vegan restaurant all under one roof. Everything on the menu is freshly prepared and home cooked and the Seitan burger is a particular highlight. If you don’t fancy a burger there are pizzas and other lighter options too and if you only have one drink there – make sure it is their home-made ginger beer! The staff are really friendly and make you feel at home.
Saramago Café Bar
If you want something a little fancier, head to the Saramago Café. The place is lovely inside and the vegan menu comes with great offers such as 2 or 3 course options as well as the incredibly great value for money – 4 tapas for a tenner. The interesting thing about this café is that they have one of the widest selections of teas available I have ever come across, and I would highly recommend that you try one of these.
Fellini’s is the not only the best vegetarian restaurant in the Lake District, but a really cool art-house cinema too. The restaurant downstairs has a menu inspired by the Mediterranean that makes use of locally-sourced ingredients to create spectacular dishes such as baked ricotta cheese with basil oil, slowly roasted plum tomatoes, parmesan and thyme or; champagne and mushroom risotto with parmesan oil and crunchy moreish parmesan crisps.
Located in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury, it is arguably the city’s best vegetarian restaurant and has been serving delicious food for over 18 years. Greens is known for using local produce to make seasonal dishes and one of my personal favourites comes from the International menu – the Indian-spiced chickpea parcel served with sweet potato and spinach and a tomato and yellow mustard sauce.
Terre a Terre
This vegetarian restaurant in Brighton is situated in the Lanes and very close to the seafront. The restaurant was founded by 2 very clever chefs who took the inspiration for their menu from their travels around the world. All the dishes here have a multitude of tasty and interesting layers of flavour including the likes of the incredible smoked tofu cooked with mustard seed and capsicum pickle and served with wasabi sauce a cracking sweet ginger relish.
There are many other places in the country that cater to vegetarians and vegans and because more and more people suffer from allergies and intolerances to certain ingredients there are restaurants who are meeting this demand.