Vegan Pizza in the North East

Last week’s National Pizza Day posed an interesting question for me. I had a plethora of suggestions for our veggie and meat-loving readers, but I wondered where in the area served up a top notch dairy-free cheese option for us vegans. We can walk into most Italian restaurants and ask for a Marinara, and now with a huge rise in the number of supermarkets selling cheese alternatives there’s been an upturn in the availability of a vegan Margherita in the Toon too. We aren’t short of options at all and I will share with you some of those I’ve encountered over the last year. Enjoy!

Central Oven & Shaker, Newcastle City Centre

We were surprised to learn that Central Oven & Shaker in Newcastle offers not one but TWO vegan pizza options on request. I only found this out after a Twitter conversation with them and had to pop in to give them a try. Using Bute Island Sheese (which, incidentally, is the same company who produce Sainsbury’s dairy-free options), the Four Shroom and Roasted Veg pies can be veganised. Oddly, I was never a fan of this type but have found over the last month or two it has become more palatable.

I tried the Shroom, which was topped with Shiitake and Porcini amongst others, while Mr. Canny’s Veg was a mix of peppers and courgette.

At £9.50 each per pizza we thought it was good value for money. It’s a shame the dessert options for those who are dairy and egg free is the standard – and rather boring – sorbet here, but we’d definitely return for the savoury options.

I find it strange the availability of vegan cheese is something they don’t shout about online or on their menus, and hopefully our blog will help get the message out there that Central offer more than Marinara to those who are dairy-free.

Cal’s Own, Jesmond

Holder of an Association Verace Pizza Napoletana accreditation (only the 2nd in the UK), Cal’s Own has been merrily crafting incredible pizza for a while now. On our last visit we took along our own vegan cheese (which you can read about here) but was recently told they have it available on request for vegans and those who are dairy-free. I’m sure Cal’s Marinara pizzas are fantastic, but there is something about melty cheese that really hits the spot.

Boho Vegan Pizza Co, Newcastle City Centre

Served up at The Bohemian, their vegan pizzas feature a departure from the usual Mushroom or Margherita toppings. Pulled Jackfruit, anyone? Insanely popular during our Vegan Restaurant Week, they are definitely a must-try. You can find out more here.

MOD Pizza, MetroCentre Gateshead

Dairy-free pizza is available on request at MOD Pizza, which is located in the shiny Qube development of Intu Metrocentre. You get to choose your own toppings on these wood-fired bases and we piled ours with veggie options. Definitely one to try if out shopping or on the way to the cinema.

The Wood Oven, Wylam

We were happy and surprised to learn that Wylam independent The Wood Oven had vegan cheese available all the time. A great atmosphere and lovely pizzas. We highly recommend booking in advance as it is very popular with locals.

Sale Pepe, Jesmond

A Jesmond Italian restaurant that participated in our Vegan Restaurant Week, Sale Pepe found the dairy and egg-free options so popular during the week they have started to offer them as standard. The first time I’d tried out a vegan Calzone, you should follow them on Twitter for more information about what vegan dishes they have on offer.

Zizzi, Nationwide

Everyone knows about Zizzi offering a special vegan menu now, right?! You can read about our first experience here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


  1. Kelly Hurst

    This is so exciting, I am not Vegan but Lactose intolerant so going out for an Italians is usually out of the question. looking forward to trying these Vegan Pizzas

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      So many options now. Definitely a market that is growing in the Toon!

  2. Kate

    The Herb Garden serves vegan pizzas which have no cheese on at all, but are absolutely delicious.

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Many restaurants will serve a pizza without cheese for vegans, but I wanted to champion the places who have gone to the trouble of sourcing a dairy alternative for us.


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