To celebrate World Vegan Day taking place this year on 1 November, we’ve rounded up a selection of vegan eats, accommodation and experiences from across England.
From vegan fish and chips in Hackney, to luxury eats in the New Forest – there are plenty of places to get your plant based fix.
Vegan-friendly experiences and stays
Vegan Chef School, Battersea, London
Vegan chef Day Radley and health coach Chantal Di Donato launched The Vegan Chef Institute on World Vegan Day last year, to provide ‘a progressive centre of learning and innovation’ for the burgeoning vegan movement. The Institute kicked off with a fast-track vocational course designed to propel keen home cooks into their first job as professional vegan chefs. For information on classes see the website.
Luxury hotel launches vegan tasting menus and afternoon tea, New Forest
Those visiting Careys Manor can enjoy a fine selection of plant-based delights from across the hotel’s three restaurants. The luxury hotel has teamed up with London-based superfood company Spring Green to launch a selection of vegan dishes in its three eateries – the Cambium, the Thai Zen Garden, and French bistro Le Blaireau. Cruelty-free toiletries and vegan spa products are also available whilst a 10% discount for all guests travelling to the hotel without a car is on offer.
Plant based hospitality in Scarborough, Yorkshire
Peasholm Park Vegan B&B in the iconic seaside town of Scarborough provides cruelty free, complimentary toiletries in all bedrooms, a Fairtrade hospitality tray with fresh soya milk, a free vegan-friendly eating out guide and a vegan bar. It strives to always be compassionate, and as environmentally friendly as possible, using ethical suppliers for the vegan stock and cleaning products, and the energy supply is with the green energy company – Ecotricity
Breathe the sea air at a vegan B&B, Hastings
Head to the south coast for a cosy stay at Bay Tree House set in a Victorian villa and tuck into a vegan breakfast to start the day. Just a 20 minute walk from the centre of Hastings with a good range of vegan friendly eateries, the B&B also offers in-house classes and workshops, from Yoga to Tai-Chi.
City breaks for Vegan eats
Dine out in the ‘world’s vegan capital’, Bristol
According to a 2018 survey by foodie website Chef’s Pencil, Bristol tops the list for the most vegan-related searches on Google. It’s hardly surprising then that the city is the destination for those seeking plant-based delights. Bristol boasts a vast array of vegan and veggie eateries, including: VX Bristol – serving up vegan junk food; mezze bar Koocha, offering plant-based Persian cuisine; and No.1 Harbourside – part of a trio of local, sustainable restaurants on the city’s lovely waterfront.
Popular Cambridge Vegan restaurant sets up near Smithfield Market, London
Stem + Glory’s offer is entirely vegan and is made fresh on the premises. In Cambridge and now at Smithfield Market in the City of London where they also serve a popular tasting menu. Their kimchi pancakes (made with daikon pickle salad, dehydrated black olive salt, nasturtium leaf + jang sauce) is legendary, as is their yucca 'ribs' with a smokey chipotle sauce. They have a vegan bar serving cocktails, mocktails, craft beer and vegan wine.
Vegan fish and chips in Hackney, London
Britain's first wholly vegan fish and chip shop was opened last year in Hackney by local family-run friary Sutton and Sons. Offering ‘prawn’ cocktail, ‘fish’ cake and ‘chicken’ and ‘fish’ burgers, Sutton’s specialty is traditional-style fried ‘fish’ made from banana blossom (the purplish fruit found at the bottom of a cluster of bananas).
The Allotment vegan eatery, Manchester
Award-winning restaurant Allotment, which gained a winning reputation for locally sourced, seasonal fare in Stockport’s Old Town, has re-opened in a bigger site in Manchester city centre. Led by chef-owner Matthew Nutter, its innovative but unpretentious fine-dining menu includes options that are gluten-free as well as vegan, and its three-, seven- and 10-course tasting menus have seen it deemed the ‘Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the UK’ by The Times.
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