Posted: January 1, 2019
Veganuary in Bristol
For a lot of us the festive season is all about overindulging in food and drink. So if you got a bit carried away with the cheese board over Christmas, why not give Veganuary a go? It might seem a little daunting at first but the Bristol City Centre BID have made it easy with this guide of where to get the best vegan nosh…
A well known face on the street food market scene, Bun Fiction have taken up residence at Kong’s of King Street to bring you their gourmet vegan sandwiches. Proving that vegan food isn’t all salads and raw veg, these guys are pioneers of plant-based junk food, and they even do a fully vegan roast service on Sundays!
Whilst most chain restaurants offer a few vegan alternatives at a surcharge, Bella Italia have created an entire vegan menu with multiple options on almost all courses and even let you swap regular cheese for vegan cheese and pasta for spiralised veg at no extra cost! We can’t wait to try the spiralised veg with lentil and mushroom ragu.
Another Italian restaurant with a separate vegan menu, this time a Bristol independent, Aquila understand that all most vegans are looking for in a menu is a bit of variation. With this in mind most dishes on their vegan menu are available as a starter or main, leaving you free to create your ideal meal.
Not your average cafe, Friska offer a huge range of vegan lunch options including wraps, hotpots, pho and sandwiches, and with all of them coming in at under £6 you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck. They’ve also got plenty of vegan friendly drinks on offer, including milk alternatives for your caffeine fix.
Bringing Latin American food, drink and vibes to the UK, Las Iguanas divides their menu up by country, and vegans will be pleased to hear that they are catered for in every cuisine. They’ve even taken on the tricky area of vegan puds and come up trumps with not one but four options! Hurrah!
Local, seasonal and fresh are three words that come to mind when we think of No.1 Harbourside’s menu. Divided evenly into meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan, it’s clear to see that plant based options are not an afterthought at this waterfront restaurant, and their drinks menu is equally as inclusive of vegans.
Pret have four entirely vegetarian sites across London, so it’s no surprise that they have an abundance of veggie and vegan options available in all their cafes. Just head to their website to check out the extensive vegan menu or pop into their brand new cafe on Baldwin Street.
When you think of pizza you think of cheese, and therefore definitely not vegan friendly. The Stable however are an inclusive bunch and have put a lot of time into creating some top notch vegan friendly pizzas. The Hazelnutter is a personal favourite, consisting of spinach, field mushrooms, caramelised onion, green beans and vegan mozzarella, topped with hazelnuts.
A vegan menu designed around the idea that meat free shouldn’t mean taste free, Wagamama launched their vegan menu last year to high praise from both vegans and meat-eaters alike. It’s as extensive as the regular menu and so tasty that they believe it’ll inspire non-vegans to “menu hop” from time to time!
Aiming to be as colourful and varied as their regular menu, Yakinori have created a fantastic vegan menu that has our mouths watering just reading it. With an abundance of options for all courses, you’re bound to find something to suit even the fussiest of vegans. The pumpkin katsu curry is not to be missed!
If you like your vegan eatery to be a little but punny then Hummusapiens is for you. This is a pop-up happening in Small Bar from the 7th-22nd January, so don’t leave it too late to try their all vegan menu that consists of delicious dishes such as build-your-own hummus bowls, avocado and vegan chorizo brioches and Lebanese jackfruit wraps – yum.
Head on over the road to the Beer Emporium and you’ll find Pepenero for Italian fast food, freshly made, organic and with a large Vegan selection. They also have a good selection of non-alcoholic beers too if you’re also doing dry January.
We couldn’t write this article without including Greggs and their now infamous (or famous? bit of both) vegan sausage roll and their excellent social media skills at dealing with the haters. Word on the street was they were all sold out in Bristol on release day but we’re sure you’ll be able to find one in the City Centre.