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:
- Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, London
- Adiva Restaurant, London
- Alyn Williams at The Westbury, London
- Amico Bio, London
- Arabica Bar & Kitchen, London
- Cafe Below, London
- Cantina Laredo, London
- Caravan King’s Cross, London
- Carnevale Restaurant, London
- Charlotte’s W4, London
- Cinnamon Kitchen, London
- Food for Friends, Brighton
- Ganapati Restaurant, London
- Grain Store, London
- Hotel Chocolat, Roast + Conch, Leeds
- Hungry Donkey, London
- La Polenteria, London
- Laxeiro, London
- Lotus Restaurant, London
- Niche, London
- NOPI, London
- Ottolenghi, London
- Ottolenghi Spitalfields, London
- Pachamama, London
- Raw at La Suite West, London
- Red Onion, Glasgow
- River Cottage, Axminster
- River Cottage Canteen, Bristol
- River Cottage Canteen, Winchester
- Sagar Vegetarian Restaurant, Hammersmith, London
- Sagar Vegetarian Restaurant West End, London
- Tanya’s, London
- The Gate Hammersmith, London
- The Gate Islington, London
- The Modern Pantry Clerkenwell, London
- The Red Duster, Cowes
- Tierra Kitchen, Lyme Regis
- Vanilla Black, London
- Woodlands Marylebone, London
- Woodlands Restaurant Piccadilly, London
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!
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