For the past 24 years, November 1st has been celebrated around the globe as World Vegan Day (WVD).
With more than 3.5 million British people now identifying as vegan in the UK alone*, it is a lifestyle choice that is more popular than ever before.
WVD first began back in 1994 when Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society, wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the society’s formation in the UK and the conception of the term ‘vegan’.
Fast forward to now and we want to show our support for World Vegan Day and the fantastic vegan food offerings in our region.
So with that said, here is our very own guide to some of the best vegan food spots in and around Warwickshire. Bon Appétit!
Boston Tea Party
Since starting out in Bristol in 1995, Boston Tea Party (BTP) now have over 20 cafes dotted around the UK. The ones to mention in and around Warwickshire and the West Midlands include:
- Birmingham Corporation Street
- Edgbaston, Birmingham
- Harborne, Birmingham
The local BTP in Stratford-Upon-Avon is a much-loved lunch spot that is popular with both locals and visitors. What we love about their menu (apart from the fact that everything on there is served all day) is that nearly every dish can be adapted to be vegan or vegetarian.
Why not give the aptly named ‘Vegan Boss’ a try? A plant-based breakfast feast of scrambled tofu, sweetcorn fritters, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, spinach, hash browns and toast.
For a lighter start to the day, they also have the Brown Rice Porridge. A winter warming combination of coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, blueberries, mango, and cinnamon.
If it’s a hearty brunch you’re after then the Vietnamese Banh-Mi should catch your eye. A colourful bowl of goodness filled with BBQ pulled jackfruit, pickled vegetables, vegan mayo, coriander and Sriracha chilli sauce, all served with a toasted baguette and pickled coleslaw.
All of their coffees can also be made vegan plus there’s a range of fresh smoothies to choose from. Trust us when we say you’ll be spoilt for choice!
RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Hidden atop the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the RSC Rooftop Restaurant offers much more than just panoramic views of Stratford-Upon-Avon and beyond.
Whether you’re going to a show or just visiting for the day, the menus here are bound to impress any vegan guest.
As well as the vegan high tea menu which incorporates a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies including sandwiches, cakes and scones served with soya cream and jam, the restaurant also provide vegan pre-theatre and dinner menus. You can view them all here.
The a la carte vegan dinner menu is available from 7.45pm Monday to Saturday and has three tempting courses including a mushroom, spinach and chickpea masala curry accompanied by lime and coriander rice.
No matter what menu you order from, the kitchen at the Rooftop Restaurant will make your dish from scratch using ingredients from independent sources.
The Rooftop Restaurant also offer gluten-free dinner and afternoon tea menus.
The Stag, Redhill (Alcester)
Set in a charming 500-year-old coach house, the Stag at Redhill is a historic hotel, restaurant and bar just 3 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon.
With traditional beamed ceilings, an open fireplace and stylish decor, the Stag’s restaurant is the place to be if you’re looking for a cosy atmosphere and some hearty vegan dishes to keep the chilly November days at bay.
To celebrate WVD, the team have been busy preparing some exclusive specials including the Beetroot Risotto and Red and Puy lentil Cottage pie (pictured below).
The Bell, Alderminster
One of Warwickshire’s hidden gems! The Bell is a former eighteenth century coaching inn turned country pub with a multi award-winning restaurant and boutique B&B on the historic Alscot Estate.
With 97% of their produce coming from the surrounding areas and vegetables grown in the Alscot Estate’s garden kitchen, you can rest assured knowing the team have got you covered when it comes to great tasting, locally sourced vegan food.
To celebrate World Vegan Day 2018, the team have pulled out all the stops to offer some irresistible WVD specials on both their a la carte and prix fixe menus. These include:
- The Nourish Bowl (pictured below). Quinoa Salad, Marinated Beetroot, Chickpeas, Carrots, Mouli, Avocado & Salsa Verde Dressing;
- A chickpea & courgette burger served with spicy indian vegetable chutney, salad and sweet potato fries.
The chefs here are happy to cater for other special dietary requirements and requests, including gluten free.
Last month, The Bell were runners up in The Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018 for ‘Best Place to Drink’ and ‘Best Sunday Lunch’.
Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Here at Shakespeare’s England, we believe that there’s always room for dessert so when you can get sorbet and ice cream that’s this good, it’s not to be missed.
Hooray’s sell over 10 different vegan gelato/sorbet flavours including mango, kiwi, chocolate, coffee and pink grapefruit just to name a few!
With an ever-changing menu and new vegan recipes, who knows what dairy-free delights await your visit but what we can tell you is that you’ll get unique flavours and fresh ingredients.
Mother and daughter team, Sara and Sasha Young opened the Hooray’s shop in 2013 and have supplied Stratford-Upon-Avon and the surrounding areas with delectable delights ever since.
Proudly independent and now regarded as one of the best gelaterias in the UK, the Hooray’s team make over 38 flavours of artisan gelato and sorbets, all from their on-site kitchen at the back of the shop.
Purity Brewing Company, Alcester
Established in 2005, Purity Brewing Company is an award-winning award craft brewery based on a working farm just 20 minutes drive from Stratford-Upon-Avon.
With five delicious vegan-friendly AND gluten-free beers, each with their own distinctive taste, character and brewing process, there’s something for everyone.
• Lawless Lager – Brewed with Eldorado hops, unfiltered and unpasteurised then matured for 40 days for a smooth full flavour and citrus kick.
• Longhorn IPA – A full bodied Rye IPA with enticing hop aromas, sweet rye malt and decisive bitterness.
• Bunny Hop – This one truly lives up to its name! An extra pale, extra hoppy beer with pronounced bitterness
• Saddle Black – A returning favourite from Purity, this Black IPA delivers roasty malt flavours and a bitter bite.
• Session IPA – This unfiltered IPA is infused with real grapefruit peel and brimming with tropical fruit notes and hop aromas.
Purity were recently named Brewery of the Year 2018 by The Good Pub Guide. Join them on one of their award-winning brewery tours every Saturday at 11am and 2:30pm.
The FarGo Village Vegan Festival, Coventry
Plus visit Fargo Village’s very own vegan brewery, the Twisted Barrel Brewery and Tap House, vegan supermarket The Green Unicorn Vegan Store AND vegan café Totally Vegan!
Friday 30th November 5pm – 10pm & Saturday 1st December 11am – 6pm.
This guide was written in collaboration with New Shades of Hippy, a green lifestyle and travel blogger based in Warwickshire.