London – Where to eat as a Vegetarian or Vegan in the Capital
Visiting the Big Smoke is something that anyone with dietary requirements like ours should jump at the chance to do. While my home city of Newcastle has more choice as a vegan diner than I originally anticipated, London – in comparison – is teaming with places to eat. On a recent visit we almost gorged ourselves on food and decided I’d share some of the best we encountered. With places like Temple of Seitan – the UK’s first fried fake chicken shop – and a vegan kebab shop setting up here since our trip I’m excited to return! Of course there are more places to try than we managed in our 3 day trip, and if you’re struggling to find somewhere the Happy Cow app (available on Andriod and iOS) is s really helpful tool to download.
With three location in the capital (Soho, Camden, Kings Cross). Mildred’s is one of the best known and loved places to eat for vegetarians and vegans. We visited the Soho restaurant on a Saturday night and the queues were quite literally out of the door. We perservered, however, and Mr. Canny sampled the best burger he’s had sonce becoming vegan. I wasn’t as overwhelmed by my Mushroom Pie, but the Seasonal Fruit Crumble I had for dessert compensated. There was a large selection of main courses to choose from. Mildred’s is a vegetarian restaurant but vegans are accommodated. There are also gluten free dishes on offer too. We felt the prices were incredibly cheap for London and the quality of the food was exceptional. I bought Mildred’s recipe book after the meal but have yet to try out anything myself. I’ll have to rectify that!
Food purchased by the weight of the plate is something I encountered while visiting Mr. Canny’s family in Brazil. Apparently it’s a big concept over there and we were surprised to find it on the shores of Blighty in a restaurant in Mayfair. Tibits is another extremely popular eatery in the capital but we managed to get a table reasonably quickly on a Sunday afternoon.The concept is simple: food is laid out, buffet style, and you choose what you fancy. Like Mildred’s, Tibits is a vegetarian restaurant, but vegan dishes are marked as such.I felt it was on the expensive side, with four plates of food and drinks in excess of £50 for us. That said, we were completely full and it was nice to try out a variety of different vegan dishes. The staff were also constantly topping up the buffet which meant the food was fresh, something you don’t necessarily encounter in other restaurants of this ilk. Go with an appetite!
222 Veggie Vegan, West KensingtonHaving mistakenly read 222 was a vegetarian restaurant we were surprised (and happy) to see it was 100% vegan when we arrived. With gluten free and raw also highlighted on the menu we felt that there was a great understanding of dietary requirements from the team here.Although we visited on an evening Dinky was made to feel welcome by the staff. Her favourite dish was Hearts Desire, an artichoke heart salad served with a miniscule amount of roasted pepper sauce. Mr. Canny tried out their Seitan Stroganoff while I had the Spinach Raclette. We felt the prices – like Mildred’s – were very cheap compared to what we were anticipating for London. The Chocolate Gateau I had for dessert was one of the best vegan puds I’ve had. Moist and rich, the ice cream it was served with stopped it from becoming too sickly. It is apparently a buffet style restaurant through the day and is a must-visit if you’re in the area. You can find out more here.
Yorica, SohoFinding a wholly vegan ice cream parlour in London made my trip. Located not far from Mildred’s in Soho, there is a vast array of flavours to choose from. If you’re visiting with children, or big kids like us, they’ll love the sprinkle station where you can add your own toppings. Prices were reasonable too, and we appreciated the eating area to sit and enjoy our ice creams after wandering round London’s tourist attractions.
Cookies and Scream, Various
You want to try the most wickedly indulgent vegan and gluten free baking in the capital? You absolutely have to try Cookies and Scream. A small family run business, every product is egg, dairy, wheat and gluten free. They’re blinking delicious to boot. I’m the worst food blogger as I didn’t take a photo of my donuts but this gives you an idea of what they have on offer. A chocoholics paradise!
Comptoir Libanese, South KensingtonWe stumbled across this eatery near to the Natural History Museum. The queue was long so we decided to go for a bite to eat to shelter from the rain nearby. While the menu we were handed was not labelled with vegan markings their website is, so if you want to check what is suitable you can filter out allergens or specify dietary requirements.Mr. Canny started off with a soy milk latte while we perused the menu.Their Falafel are some of the best we’ve tried, and as vegans we eat a lot of the stuff! Made with a mixture of broad bean and chickpea, these had a lovely crispy coating and were served with a light tahini dip. I could have sat and ate them all day and I can only hope one day Newcastle may see a Comptoir Libanais open up here. We hope this whistle-stop tour of our culinary adventures in London gives you some inspiration for the next time you’re visiting our capital.
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