by Laura Barns
Our Vegan Eats tour of tasty vegan-friendly spots in the UK has FINALLY brought us to Birmingham. Home to a bigger canal network than Venice (seriously, Google it), a chocolate factory Willy Wonka would be proud of, some serious shopping destinations, AND the writer of this blog post. Brummies, welcome home.
As well as all the above, there are a shed load of tasty vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in Birmingham. Here are a handful of our favourites. Did we miss yours? Let us know over on Instagram.
Photo credit: Vegan Munch
Where: 638 Bristol Road, B29 6BJ
Vegan döner kebabs and shawarma – are there any sweeter words when you’re craving some real deal naughtiness? At Vegan Munch, you’ll find some of the most authentic, traditional vegan döner, shawarma, salad boxes, hot wraps, hummus and more. All the ‘meat’ is completely soy-based, marinated and seasoned with their own secret blends, giving it immeasurable flavour.
Photo credit: The Veggie Chippy
Where: 228 New John Street, B19 3UA
No longer do vegans in Birmingham have to wander the streets craving this Friday-night-favourite in vain. The Veggie Chippy serves up everything you used to love from your local fish and chip shop, but, you guessed it, with a fully plant-based spin. Think battered wonders like cod, chicken and sausages but all with the green leaf stamp.
Photo credit: Natural Bar and Kitchen
Where: 24 Suffolk Street Queensway, B1 1LT
Birmingham's first vegan bar and kitchen has now become a firm favourite in the city, and with our friend Tyler Bate, professional Vegan Wrestler, serving up healthy plant-based food in a modern, dynamic way, you can spoil yourself (without spoiling yourself) at their buffet, or via the a la carte menu.
Photo credit: The Warehouse Cafe
Where: 54-57 Allison Street, B5 5TH
Delicious, hearty and healthy food comes together with a real sense of community spirit at The Warehouse Cafe. The menu is a mouth-watering medley of plant-based dishes, making the most of seasonal, organic and local vegetables sourced from nearby farms, allotments and community projects. Their huge Buddha bowls and salads are practically medicinal.
Photo credit: Land
Where: 26 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU
Land is the best for elegant, imaginative platefuls inspired by… well, the land. The menu changes with the seasons, so you can guarantee you’re in for something fresh (and sustainable). Choose from the two or three-course set menu, with an equally exquisite wine pairing to match, or go rogue and choose your own dishes. Just make sure you get the pumpkin creme brulee for dessert.
Photo credit: Craft
Where: The ICC, B1
Treat yourself to a feast at this family-owned restaurant which has tradition at heart via contemporary execution. Craft combines seasonal British classics with a twist – and plenty of delicious vegan options to boot – in a range of different settings, from dining room, to bar, to garden or exclusive private dining pods. Craft is led by groundbreaking Chef Andrew Sheridan, who rose to fame on Great British Menu alongside hospitality and restauranteurs Emma and Sam Morgan and Aktar Islam.
Photo credit: Cherry Red's
Where: 88-92 John Bright Street, B1 1PU
Cherry Red’s has become somewhat of a Brummie institution in recent years, thanks to its relaxed, positive vibes, lengthy beer selection and most importantly, its inclusive menu. Whilst not strictly vegan, they cater to those following a plant-based diet and then some. Go for the chunky burgers, stay for the insanely fluffy American-style pancakes.
Photo credit: Cafe Soya
Where: 2 Upper Dean St, B5 4SG
Local vegans wouldn’t be impressed if we left this gem off our list. Cafe Soya offers a unique menu based on a fusion of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, using only the freshest, seasonal, exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs. One look at their menu will have you practically walking to Birmingham. Our personal favourite? The mock crispy aromatic duck pancakes, which are as flavoursome and satisfying as the real thing.