No Meat? No Problem!
With more and more of us trying new diets, there has been an increase in the number of restaurants/cafes catering to this. Many seem to be under the impression that Scotland is just haggis, neeps and tatties but it’s far more than that.
In this post, we have rounded up some of our favourite vegan and vegetarian eateries in Scotland. Let’s begin with the restaurants and cafes you should pay a visit to Scotland’s grand capital first.
Urban Angel is situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, making it an ideal meeting point for those looking for some great food, coffee and a relaxing atmosphere. For the past 15years, Urban Angel has been serving the city of Edinburgh, both locals and tourists alike using carefully sourced ingredients. The cafe takes food very seriously and that’s why there are options for all (vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free). Some of the delicious food and customer favourites include Eggs Benedict, Vegetarian Haggis, however, there’s also the healthier options of bespoke salads and acai bowls. Lush goodness all around!
Pumpkin Brown is renowned for its vegan lunches and raw food. That’s right raw food, but don’t worry it’s perfectly edible. They proudly state “Clean. Raw. Delicious.Plant-based. Organic.” on their website so you’ll be in good hands. Their only secret, if you would call it that, is that there’s no refined sugar in their food and drinks and no dairy or gluten. But that’s not it, Pumpkin Brown is extremely considerate of their customers, so much so that they cater to all types of food intolerances. The cafe is in one of Edinburgh’s most popular areas, the Grassmarket, making it easy to pick up some raw but exceptionally fresh and healthy goodies. The raw carrot cake is apparently delicious! Food is also available to take away if you run out of time exploring the city.
The Auld Hoose
There’s perhaps no other place like this in the city of Edinburgh, and it’s easy to see why. The Auld Hoose is the home of ‘Edinburgh’s Largest Nachos’ and there’s absolutely no denying this. They quite simply serve pub-style food in very generous portions, this includes nachos (of course!), burgers, hot dogs and burritos. But what’s even better is lots of the dishes are vegan and vegetarian so you can still enjoy some goodol’ pub classics! There’s also a jukebox like no other in fact it’s a legend in Edinburgh, renowned for having the best selection of metal, punk and goth music. Definitely a must visit if you love big portions and great music. One thing to note is that children are not permitted on the premises, all guests must be 18 and over.
Who doesn’t love a scrumptious sweet treat that is a cupcake or any cake? Well in Cuckoo’s Bakery, the cupcakes are bakedfresh every day from scratch, none of your left over from yesterday nonsense. All cakes are Edinburgh born and bred! You can also order these cakes online for a collection or delivery of cupcakes in Edinburgh. Free delivery is offered within the city bypass when you spend over £35. You find Cuckoo’s at Dundas Street and Bruntsfield Place. One cupcake you should certainly try if you’re vegan is the ‘Oreo and Chocolate’ and the ‘All the Shook Up’ if you’re gluten-free!
Moving away from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh to the city of Glasgow, where the Clyde and Rennie Mackintosh reign supreme.
‘Let’s meet, not meat’ is something that runs here at the V&V. The cafeserves 100% plant-based food, including healthy soups, breakfast, sandwiches, toasties, and pies. Although the signature dishes are pakoras and curries (a pakora toastie is a firm favourite). With everything on the menu being vegan, it’s no wonder why so many keep returning and putting the V&V cafe on the map!
Bloc is most certainly not your average bar, it’s modern, forward thinking and a live venue in the centre of Glasgow. 7 nights of the week means 7 different DJ’s here, all of whom showcase their talents and genres, all completely free of charge. Blocdescribes their environment as unpretentious and relaxed. They pride themselves on offering guests that little something different and that is why they try to satisfy everyone with the dishes they serve with a wide of vegetarian and vegan food available. So if you’re in Glasgow and look to go somewhere that’s cool and caters to you then head to Bloc in Bath Street.
In 2016, Picnic was established by Michelle Morrow to offer a healthy and ethical alternative to other Merchant City eateries. There’s a real focuson fresh, whole, organic food using cruelty-free ingredients here. Picnic ultimately provides its customers with delicious nutritious food in a stylish comfortable environment. Be sure to try out some of their great salads, wraps, and bagels, as well as handmade cakes (don’t worry they’re healthy). Picnic also try to be as friendly as possible to both the customers and environment as they only use recycled or fully biodegradable packaging and your four legged friends are welcome too. Whether it’s a quick coffee or a light bite, Picnic is certainly worth trying out, no junk food here!
The Hug and Pint
Since opening in 2015, the Hug and Pint in the West Endhas established itself as one of the live music programme here has been one of the strongest Glasgow has seen, having featured both well known and up-and-coming local artists. The Hug and Pint also happens to be a vegan bar and eatery.The chefs create exciting and original food, the like of which you won’t find anywhere else in Glasgow. The menu is inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines and the kitchen uses no animal products whatsoever. At the bar, a wide range of craft beers (vegan friendly), ciders, spirits and a rotating selection of wine by the glass is served. With an ever changing menu and music scene, no experience will be the same here, no matter how many times you visit.
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