Dining Out as a Vegan – High Street Chain Restaurants
For those embarking on Veganuary for the first time, dining out may seem like a daunting task. We have visited many restaurants in the 2 and a bit years of being around/aware of veganism and have reviewed what’s on offer. It isn’t the minefield you’d think, although I’d always counsel vigilance even when you have informed the restaurant/cafe of your dietary requirements. We have tales from independents and chains alike where we have been given eggs or dairy products, even when we’ve specified we’re vegan!
We’ve run through some of the more well known chains which offer a vegan menu/options. It is lovely to still eat out with friends even if they don’t share your lifestyle choices, and we’ve given plenty of options below to chose from.
Turtle Bay, Nationwide
Great to see chain Turtle Bay expand the vegan offering and include labelling on its menu to make it easier for us to order. We recommend the Ital Rundown with Dumplings if you make the trip.
Jamie’s Italian, Nationwide
Vegan options are highlighted on the menu at Jamie’s Italian, which makes eating out on the high street easier.
Las Iguanas, Nationwide
We will be featuring a more comprehensive recent review of Las Iguanas and their vegan options as it has been a while since our last post, so keep an eye out in the next few weeks on the blog.
While we’re looking forward to the Seitan Katsu Curry arriving in restaurants very soon, we have quite the vegan menu on offer to work through. You can read more about some of the dishes we’ve tried here.
Vegan pizza on the high street is not as rare as it used to be but we’d definitely recommend PizzaExpress as one of the leaders to try out if you’re new to dairy free cheese topped pizza. You can read our review here.
One of the first chains to offer vegan cheese, Zizzi have released new pizza toppings in 2018 to strengthen their offering against stiff competition from other UK restaurants.
ASK, like its sister chain Zizzi, has a menu on offer that features pasta, pizza and vegan dessert. You can read about what’s on offer here.
Toby Carvery, Nationwide
Not the most obvious place for a vegan to visit and be accommodated, but Toby Carvery were one of the leaders on the high street for offering a vegan alternative in their branches. You can search on the blog for our reviews of two separate visits to the restaurant and its vegan dishes.
Harvester have a vegan breakfast option, as well as a few meat free dishes on their standard menu. Like Toby Carvery, it may not be where you’d imagine to find a plethora of vegan friendly meals but we were happy to be proved otherwise.
Pizza Hut, Sit-in only
Violife topped pizzas (available at an additional charge) and well-stocked salad bar await vegans at this popular high street chain. Read our review of the pizza here.
Handmade Burger Co, Nationwide
Quite a few vegan-friendly burgers are available from Handmade Burger Co. There’s also vegan cheese available, as well as dairy free milkshakes, Find out more here.
Yo Sushi, Nationwide
Yo Sushi have a range of dishes that are vegan friendly. Ask to see their allergen menu before ordering, which will help in identifying plates on the belt which are SFV.
Having recently updated their vegan offering to include two meat free burger patties, Nando’s are acknowledging the public interest in plant based foods and ensuring they stay relevant in the market despite their BBQ chicken background. Find out more about the vegan food available at Nando’s here.
We hope this guide has been handy and we look forward to sharing more tips with you over the next month.
Thanks for reading,