There’s been an explosion in interest in veganism in the UK, with loads of people turning to the meat and dairy-free diet due to concerns about animal welfare, the environment and health, joining the 3.5m British people who already only eat plants.
If you’re a vegan or just interested in trying out different kinds of food, here’s our quick guide to some great restaurants on the Great Western Railway network.
Established in 1988, when Soho was still the wild West End, Mildreds is perhaps London’s best-known vegetarian restaurant. It now has four outlets offering good quality food that’s all about tastiness rather than virtue signalling. Most of the dishes are either vegan or include a vegan alternative.
Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen
If you’re looking for something special, then look no further than Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen. Here you’ll find vegan cooking at its slickest. As well as offering an à la carte option, the restaurant does a good five-course taster menu for £45 (wine match is extra). It’s an indulgence you won’t regret.
Happy Friday Kitchen
Happy Friday Kitchen serves all the dishes you would expect from any casual hipster eatery, including burgers, chilli dogs, pizzas and mac and cheese, but here, everything on the menu is 100% vegan. There’s even a kids’ menu, proving that veganism can be fun for all the family, even the pickier among us.
The Vegetarian Food Studio
This award-winning vegan restaurant, offering Indian cuisine, is an oasis of vegetarianism in an otherwise meat-loving city. It has a friendly atmosphere and a cohort of steady regulars, making it a local favourite. A spacious interior means it’s perfect for larger groups.
Purezza is a vegan pizzeria. It was the first of its kind in the UK when it opened in 2015, and offers a good range of toppings, including dairy-free cheeses. Try the Margherita made using smoked mozzarella, or the delicious artichoke, olive, mushroom and smoked beetroot special.