Over the last 12 months I’ve seen a surprising increase in the number of new eateries either dedicated to vegan cuisine or that has extensive and tasty vegan options as part of its menu.
So I’ve pulled together my Top 5, you may agree, you may disagree with my choices; in which case let me know!
In no particular order…
Peacock Pub, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
This is the only 100% vegan eatery on the list. It produces great vegan versions of pub classics; ranging from fish, chips and mushy peas, pies, mac and cheese bacon burger, all day breakfast and everyone’s favourite comfort food, sausage, chips, beans and curry sauce! They also serve lighter bites, Sunday roast, desserts and a great selection of vegan wines
The portions are very generous and the prices reasonable. The pub itself is very welcoming with a shabby chic vibe.
Zizzi, King Street, Nottingham
This is the pizza place other pizza places have to beat! They do good vegan options that includes vegan pizza (with vegan cheese), vegan pasta dishes and a couple of great desserts. All the utensils, plates and boards are clearly marked ‘vegan’. Add a few extras like caramelised onions to your pizza and the price can go up to nearly £12, so not the cheapest on the block but certainly the best.
Cafe Roya Wollaton Street, Beeston
If you want something a bit more upmarket (and pricier) then this restaurant is the place to go. Its quite small so booking in advance is most definitely advisable. Both its lunch time and evening menus are exclusively vegan and vegetarian and Dee the chef produces some inspired dishes that stand up to any meat and fish versions. There is also a few interesting ‘specials’ if the Japanese Okonomiyaki pancakes, Kentucky fried cauliflower or the peanut butter double chocolate and pecan brownie doesn’t do it for you!
The Robe Room, High Pavement, Nottingham
The Robe Room is the newest kid on the block. Housed in the National Justice Museum (Galleries of Justice as was) it serves vegan and vegetarian food using ingredients from the Fair share food scheme. Some of the helpers are from Pulp Friction, a charity helping young adults with learning issues to develop work readiness
It serves a range of light lunches from soups, sandwiches to salad bowls. I can personally recommend the ALT; a vegan version of the BLT using smoky roasted aubergine, a taste sensation. The soya cappuccino is pretty awesome too.
The Kiosk, Cobden Chambers, Nottingham
The Kiosk was once a small restaurant housed in a shipping container in Sherwood (The container is still there only its morphed in to a pizza place run by the owner Beth’s brother.
Now the Kiosk moved in to trendy boho Cobden Chambers. Thankfully the food is still the same Moroccan, middle eastern inspired jewels. Although it is an allrounder when it comes to menu choices Beth puts as much thought and effort in to the vegan options as she does the meat, fish and veggie versions. Her salad dishes are imaginative and colourful with a choice of Cornish new potatoes with capers or Green cabbage, peas and carrots, or home-made beans or Egyptian rice salad. They are served with delicious turkish breads, sourdoughs or gluten free wraps.
The only downside is its opening hours; Thursday – Saturday 9-4pm, Sunday 10-2pm
I’ll be off around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire over the coming months trying some new places, so expect an updated version soon.
And please let me have your top vegan places to eat