Many vegetarian places are hugely popular with veggies and non-veggies alike and, lucky for us , London offers some of the best vegetarian food available. The capital’s veggie restaurants and cafés vary from offering light bites and food on the go to fine dining. They take their influences from the UK, the Mediterranean and of course South India amongst many other cuisines.
Stay with a selection of the best in London.
Vanilla Black takes inventive vegetarian cooking to the highest level. This Michelin recommended restaurant originally opened in York before moving to its current location in the heart of the city. Since then it has delighted restaurant goers with its funky, modern take on vegetarian fine dining.
The mouth watering culinary creations on offer include such delights as “fried mushroom mousse and pernod pancakes with whipped cider, fennel and butternut squash”.
A great location for a treat or a celebratory meal. The set menus help to provide a more affordable option. Lunch is available at £18.50 for two course or £23.50 for three.
Vanilla Black is at 17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB.
Hammersmith’s The Gate has been a favourite with vegetarians since opening in 1989. Run by the brothers Adrian and Michael Daniel, the food is a fusion of Asian flavours mixed with Mediterranean influences. Starters cost around £6 with mains varying from £10 to £15.
The restaurant also periodically offers cookery workshops and the chefs have published two recipe books. Due to the ongoing success of the place, the brothers are opening a second restaurant in Islington on 1 June.
The Gate Hammersmith is at 51 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QL.
Food for Thought
Covent Garden’s Food for Thought is a well priced, friendly café that is a great option for a quick bite while out shopping. The menu changes regularly but often includes bean stews, quiches, burritos and much more. You can get a fantastic main with a plate stacked full of salads and sides for between £5 and £8.
As the café is quite small and gets pretty busy. It can be a good idea to go either a bit before or after the lunchtime rush.
Food for Thought is at 31 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9PR
Serving up a buffet of wholesome salads, bean- and pulse-based concoctions and much else besides, this friendly and inviting vegan café has become a favourite among London’s vegetarians, and visitors to Soho alike.
All the food on offer is organic, wholesome and well priced. All you can eat costs between £6 and £9 depending on the time of day.
Vitao is at 74 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TE.
With restaurants in Hammersmith, the West End and Covent Garden, Sagar offers some of the best-value vegetarian Indian food available in London. The menu is based on dishes from south India and offers incredible value with selection plates and Thalis available at lunchtime for around £5. They also serve these preposterously large crispy roll things.
Sagar Hammersmith is at 157 King Street, London, W6 9JT
Sagar West End is at 17A Percy Street off Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1DU
Sagar Covent Garden is at 31 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS
Primrose Hill’s Manna has been nominated as the best vegetarian restaurant in London during this vegetarian week. Its an accolade that is much deserved.
Manna offers modern, stylish and inventive vegetarian food that takes in a huge range of influences. With dishes varying from organic bangers and mash to burritos, Indian dishes and tofu based concoctions, there is something for everyone here. Starters are approximately £8 with mains coming in around £14. Truly exciting veggie food.
Manna is at 4 Erskine Road Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ
Situated in Piccadilly, Tibits is one of the capital’s best vegetarian and vegan buffets. Offering eat-in and take-away options, Tibits serves up a diverse selection of enticing fresh flavours with dishes taking in salads, African cuisine, Asian influences and much more.
With all this on offer alongside a well stocked bar, Tibits is a great place to drop into if you’re out in central London.
Tibits is at 12-14 Hendon Street, London, W1B 4DA