Did you know that there is now an estimated 3.5 million people who identify as vegan in the UK? That’s roughly 7% of the population; a massive increase from 2007 when the figure was a mere 2%. The increase is said to be because people are increasingly becoming aware of the meat industries effect on the environment as well as animal rights issues.
Despite this increase in veganism, eating out at restaurants can still be difficult. There are, however, some fantastic vegan restaurants in the region. Here’s just a selection….
This multi-award winning restaurant has been serving vegan food, gluten-free meals and tapas since it’s founding in 1997. Their Dhal dish has been on the menu for 21 years so it must be good. The food is also nut and palm oil free.
The Grumpy Panda is the North East’s first American-style, vegan diner serving burgers, rib dogs, grilled sandwiches, breakfasts, pancakes, waffles and shakes! Recent reviews have said that the food is outstanding and milkshakes delicious. The owners felt like the North East was lagging behind with it’s vegan scene so decided to open the diner after starting out with event catering.
A vegan cafe and certified hippy house in Withington, Manchester. Serving freshly made coffee, cakes, breakfast, shakes and comfort food. The catch is …. GOOD VIBES ONLY!
The Allotment is a unique vegan restaurant located in the heart of Stockport Old Town. They boast that they’ve created the best vegan & gluten-free food like you’ve never tasted using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
I was interested as soon as I knew that there was an eatery dedicated to desserts only! Serving 22 flavours of ice cream at any one time as well as vegan cakes, pastries and chocolate slabs; this place is not to be missed for those with a sweet tooth.
The Plant Academy is all about celebrating eating vegetables. They don’t believe that plant based food has to be boring, repetitive and tasteless. The bistro offers a selection of plant based meals and cakes to satisfy your taste buds. I also think we need a #ThisNorthernGirlCan interview with the founder, Eleanor who is a recent university graduate.
The Green Guerrilla is a vegetarian and vegan street food business, catering at farmers’ markets, food festivals and music events. They’ve recently attended Durham Farmers’ Market and will soon feature at the Bishop Auckland Food Festival so look out to see if they’ll be attending your local foodie event on their Facebook page.
The Bohemian couples the love of gorgeous vegan food with vinyl music. The owners have created a space for like-minded people to get together to eat, drink, relax, indulge and be happy. They also do a vegan afternoon tea priced at £17.95 per person.
Shanti Cafe, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Shanti Cafe is in one of our favourite Northern spots – here are some posts that we’ve featured previously featuring Saltburn. This cafe serves wholesome food at affordable prices, with all food made fresh on the premises with love.
The post was written using the website; happycow.net; an informative platform for finding vegan and vegetarian eateries throughout the world.
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