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London’s top vegan-friendly restaurants – update

Words by Keven Amfo

20 January 2022

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Whether you’re vegan for the month or forever, these delicious restaurants throughout the capital are worth a visit.

Some time ago, we published a list of our favourite vegan-friendly dining options in the capital. Circling back to this way of eating – it being Veganuary and all – we’re excited to refresh that list. A couple of the listings remain, and there are some new additions. Indulging without guilt? Yes, please.

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Holy Carrot

Holy Carrot

2-4 Hans Crescent, SW1X 0LH

Located within Urban Retreat in Knightsbridge, this new-ish addition to the vegan dining scene has been a big hit – tables in the intimate dining room are hard to come by. However, we highly recommend trying to book in, as much of the menu is so delicious and will widely appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike. The comprehensive cocktail menu is led by the dramatically presented The Devil, a spicy tequila-based concoction; several unique alcohol-free options also cater to non-drinkers. The Crispy Maki offers a crunchy, flavourful take on veg-based sushi with a tempura exterior. The Sticky & Sweet Orange Cauliflower lived up to its reputation as one of the best dishes on the menu, melding several textures for a lush and tasty main. Don’t miss dessert – the Baked Creme Patisserie, albeit somewhat of a soupy mess, is delectable as was the Chocolate Cheesecake: a rich indulgence for any chocolate lover, vegan or not.

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Mallow

Mallow

1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE

Helmed by the team behind Mildred’s, the beloved London mini-chain, this new Borough Market restaurant is open from dawn till dusk. We found something to love on each of their menus – breakfast and brunch feature primarily classic items, but done differently. The Thali plate is a flavoursome and unexpected breakfast item; pair it with their signature Bloody Mary for an extra kick. Later in the day, we enjoyed the Mediterranean-inspired small plates; we advise ordering a few for mezze-style sharing. Regarding mains, the Pasilla Padron Oyster Mushroom Tacos are exceptional – full of flavour, we could have eaten another entire order. Their menu rounds out with a selection of desserts, fresh juices, and notably, a comprehensive selection of natural wines.

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Wulf & Lamb

Wulf & Lamb

243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP
66 Chiltern Street, W1U 4EJ

A carryover from our previous list, this plant-based restaurant has since added a second Marylebone location, featuring a similar globally-minded menu that carries through from breakfast to dinner. Most of their ingredients are organic, and nearly everything is made in-house. We love the Breakfast Burrito, which incorporates Caribbean ingredient ackee with the typical fixings, alongside house-made cashew sour cream for a tart finish. The Japanese-inspired offerings on their lunch and dinner menus – think Katsu Curry and a Chilli Bao Bun – are particular standouts. They may be best-known for their iteration of Mac N Cheese, and it’s for a good reason; their cocktail list is remarkably inventive and incorporates homemade juices and infusions.

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Farmacy

Farmacy

74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH

Another from our first list, Farmacy has been a Notting Hill destination since 2016. The stylish restaurant offers centre bar seating, which creates a bit of ambience – it’s fun to eat here. The entirely organic menu utilises many vegetables that are naturally and sustainably harvested on the restaurant’s own biodynamic Kent Farm. Serving brunch, afternoon tea, lunch, and dinner, the cuisine draws from across the globe: expect unique marrying of flavours and diverse options. We love the Earth Bowls, each of which offers a filling and satisfying meal. The desserts are outstanding; Sticky Toffee Pudding tastes like the original dairy-filled version, and the Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies are as good as they sound. Offering a shop with merchandise and apothecary items, plus cook at home meals, Farmacy has grown into an entire operation; there is a pop-up restaurant in NYC as well through mid-February.

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Club Mexicana

Special mention…

Club Mexicana

Kingly Court, W1B 5PW

Vibrant, playful, and fun, this vegan Carnaby Street Mexican spot is perfect for enjoying an impromptu dinner after a few drinks with friends. The casual environs feature pop neon and loud music, a willing backdrop to some quite delicious food. The menu is limited, featuring nachos, tacos, burritos, and bowls, but everything we tried was excellent. Plus, they have frozen margaritas!



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