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.

Wagamama, Nationwide

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.

PizzaExpress, Nationwide

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.

Zizzi, Nationwide

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, Nationwide

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, Nationwide

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.

Nando’s, Nationwide

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,

Pip x




  1. Katie Bryson

    Wow it’s amazing how Veganism has become so mainstream now… absolutely brilliant to see so many chains offering plant-based alternatives. Thanks for this round-up it’s super useful. Happy New Year!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Happy New Year! It has never been easier to make the switch and I hope those taking part in Veganuary find it useful 🙂


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