World Vegetarian Day: OpenTable reveals Top 40 UK Restaurants for Vegetarians

World Vegetarian Day 2015

World Vegetarian Day 2015

Today is World Vegetarian Day and to celebrate OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has released a list of top 40 restaurants for vegan and vegetarian friendly dining in the UK. The list is based on OpenTable restaurant experts’ recommendations and diner reviews.

Vegetarianism is steadily on the rise. Last year it was revealed that 1 in 8 Brits now adhere to the vegetarian diet, including popular celebrities such as, Daisy Lowe, Ellie Golding, Joana Lumley and Alexa Chung. As a result, UK restaurants are increasingly offering up a wider selection of vegetable based dishes on their menus.

Gone are the days when meat free options were just an inconvenient afterthought, nowadays UK menus are awash with beautifully designed, innovative dishes such as Raw’s Courgette Spirals with Summer Herb Pesto and Cashew Nut Cheese, Amico Bio’s Pearl Barley and Cannellini Beans Soup or Food For Friends’ Tahini Marinated Roast Aubergine. Veggie options are now becoming so superior that even carnivores are being tempted away from less adventurous meat options.

OpenTable’s top 40 feature some of the best restaurants across the UK, including fine eateries in London, Brighton, Winchester, Bristol and Lyme Regis.

Mike Xenakis, Managing Director at OpenTable, comments “Vegetarian and veganism is continuing to grow at a rapid rate in the UK and as such OpenTable is committed to providing these diners with the same high quality selection of restaurants it offers all customers. This list is a brilliant guide to some of the best restaurants across the UK for delicious meat free choices. Each and every restaurant on this list proves that skipping on the meat doesn’t mean skipping on the flavour.”

Competition to make the list was fierce so whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescetarian or a devout carnivore where better to enjoy the nation’s best veggie food than at one of OpenTable’s top 40? Check out the full list here.

OpenTable Top 40 Restaurants for Vegetarians are:

It is worth noticing that some of the restaurants above are not strictly vegetarians or vegans but cater for meat free eating. I would add Tibits (W1B) and Chutneys (NW1) both in London plus Terre à Terre in Brighton to this list.

Tonight though I will be celebrating World Vegetarian Day at The Gate. Can’t wait!

Do you have a favourite vegetarian restaurant? Please share it with us in the Comments box below.

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The Hidden Soy In Our Diets

The Hidden Soy In Our Diets

Praised for its health benefits, soy has, traditionally, been consumed in Asia as soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy sauce etc.. A staple of vegetarian and vegan diets, soy is high in protein (it is a complete non-animal protein), low in fat and a good source of fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin Bs and omega-3s.

Its protein content has also given soy a prime role in meat replacement products, yet only a small proportion of soy grown around the world is actually consumed directly by humans. Did you know that 75% of the world’s soy goes in fact to feed chickens, pigs, cows and farmed fish? I was very surprised to learn that, if you follow a standard omnivorous diet, you probably consume on average 61 kg of soy per year.

How is that possible? Simply because over the past decades, to meet our ever growing global appetite for animal products (meat, fish and dairy), intensive farming has favoured soy feed. Soy is rich in nutrients, cheap and enables speedy growth in industrial feedlots.

Unfortunately, all this comes at a high environmental cost, the basis of WWF current campaign on Hidden Soy. This “hidden soy” is grown predominantly in South America, where irresponsible soy expansion is having a devastating impact on some of the worlds’ most valuable ecosystems, such as the Amazon, Cerrado and Gran Chaco. Large areas have fallen victims to deforestation, which leads to the loss of valuable natural habitats such as forests and savannahs, and has negative impacts on communities and workers.

WWF has released the infographic below highlighting how much soy is in the diet of the average European and how this impacts the environment. It also explains how we all can help preserve these regions by eating less meat, fish and dairy and by supporting responsibly produced soy. Don’t forget to spread the word by sharing this campaign on social media using #hiddensoy.


A Collaborative Post with WWF originally published on The Flexitarian