With the opening of Our Kitchen, the trendy new vegan restaurant on Bold Street, it had me thinking. It wasn’t that long ago that a vegan meal was fairly difficult to find in Liverpool. However, there seems to have been a shift in recent years with more and more people adopting a meat-free lifestyle and this is being reflected in the restaurants, cafes and kiosks that are opening. It’s an exciting time to be a plant-eater and I thought I’d showcase some of the best vegan eateries in Liverpool.
Back before vegan food was trendy, the Egg was one of the only herbivorous hot spots in Liverpool. Based just off Bold Street, this rustic cafe is tucked away behind a mysterious purple door. The café itself is quite a large loft space situated over two levels. The atmosphere is always fantastically relaxed with a real happy hippy vibe. As well as tasty food on the tables, there is also an ever changing array of eye catching artwork on the wall.
The entire menu is vegetarian and quite a large proportion of it’s also vegan. Whether you’re after something traditional like a full English or a Sunday roast, or something a bit more adventurous like spicy bean burgers, the Egg has something for everyone. My personal favourite is the scrambled tofu.
The Old Hardware Shop
The Old Hardware Shop is a vegetarian and vegan café situated all the way out in leafy Woolton. It may be a bit far for those of you who prefer the city centre but it’s most definitely worth the journey. This café is somewhat on the small side but it’s packed full of character. You’ll notice the bright and friendly atmosphere the moment you walk through the door.
What really sets this place apart from the rest is the menu. Visitors can choose from a vast array of vegan food, including sandwiches, bagels, hot dogs, soups and of course, an all-day breakfast. It’s the ridiculous amount of options that really impressed me. Just take the sandwiches, they offer fillings such as ham and cheese, fish fingers, sausages, bacon and tuna- all vegan.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, The Old Hardware Shop also does the BEST vegan milkshakes in town- with many different flavours to choose from and cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top.
Located just outside of Chinatown, Yuet Ben has been offering up northern Chinese cuisine for nearly 50 years! Although not technically a vegetarian restaurant, Yuet Ben offers a separate vegetarian menu which offers many vegan dishes.
The restaurant itself has a stunning interior and the owners always go out of their way to make customers feel at home.
Food-wise, Yuet Ben has it all- whether you’re after a full set meal or just a single dish. I think this particular restaurant is a fantastic option for groups with different dietary requirements- it has something for everyone, whether you eat meat or not.
One of the newer additions to Liverpool, Sanskruti serves authentic vegetarian and vegan Indian food. Based in the business district, this venue offers a more sophisticated dining experience, within an intimate basement setting.
As well as a whole host of starters, customers can choose from a mix of south Indian, Punjabi and Gujarati dishes- as well as a selection of street food. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to know that Sanskruti also offers a range of desserts which includes vegan ice cream.
Meeting House Café
Based in the centre of Liverpool, Meeting House Café offers a complete vegetarian menu which includes both vegan and gluten free options. Situated inside the Liverpool Quaker Meeting House, It’s a somewhat smaller venue compared with some of the other additions to this list but just as charming.
The Meeting House Café serves fresh, nutritious and tasty food with options to suit everybody. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, this café has you covered.
Vegan Friendly Restaurants
I should point out that you don’t necessarily have to venture to a designated vegan restaurant in order to enjoy some meat-free food. Thankfully, many mainstream places are now offering a completely separate vegan menu to choose from.
Just some of the best vegan friendly restaurants in Liverpool include, Busaba (Thai), Zizzi (Italian) and Leaf (Mediterranean).
These are just some of my personal favourites but there are so many more options out there to choose from- even Weatherspoon’s has a vegan menu, this is progress.