Veggies are spoilt for choice with restaurants across the country featuring top notch vegetarian menus. We’ve rounded up our favourite three.
The Tavern, Cheltenham
Delicious seasonal food, a lively atmosphere and a bar team to be reckoned with is the order of the day at Cheltenham’s favourite local The Tavern. Using the best of local produce, our chefs create comforting, taverna-style food inspired by flavours from Europe and beyond. Our vegan menu for lunch and supper is packed full of flavour. Start with the likes of ‘Salt ‘n’ Pepper Tofu with spring onion, chilli & sweet chilli sauce’, followed perhaps by ‘Cottage Pie’ or ‘Spaghetti Bolognese with lentil, mushroom and tomato ragu’. Finish with an utterly sinful pudding – picture ‘Blackberry and Coconut Pavlova’, ‘Chocolate and Orange Ice cream’ or ‘Almond Rice Pudding and Poached Rhubarb’. Come for brunch instead and tuck into scrumptious veggie options including ‘Shakshuka with spiced tomato sauce, spinach, baked egg and grilled baguette’.
The Gate, London
Tasty enough to seduce even the most hardened of carnivores, The Gate was feeding vegans long before it was trendy, and counts the likes of Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow as fans. It serves modern Indo-Iraqi Jewish-inspired cuisine and a menu that is 90% plant-based. The aubergine schnitzel with cashew cheese and pesto is excellent, as is the courgette flower – lightly battered, stuffed with vegan ricotta and roasted butternut squash and served with beluga lentils and aioli. Then there’s the puddings – the chocolate snowballs, banoffee pie, mango and passion fruit cheesecake and tiramisu are all a delight. Look out for the monthly vegan supper clubs at the Marylebone branch featuring five courses and wine pairing. All the wines are vegan, and many are natural and organic
Wild Thyme, Norwich
Named the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, Norwich has plenty of meat-free options to shout about. Coming out on top is Wild Thyme, in the heart of the city centre. Situated in the former fire station stable, the interior is cosy with exposed brick, wooden pillars and huge windows. The café uses locally-sourced ingredients to conjure up vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw dishes. Influenced by cuisine around the world, highlights include: ‘sticky cauliflower taco’, ‘Indian spiced black bean burger, curried mayonnaise, carrot, beet & pumpkin slaw, thyme baked sweet potato wedges’ and ‘raw vegan chocolate orange and coconut cheesecake with Italian orange sorbet’. Furthermore, Wild Thyme have invested in a hydroponic growing system (the first in Norfolk) to grow their own micro leaves, shoots and leaf salad.