The popularity of Veganism and vegetarianism has enjoyed a surge in the past 5 years. Finding a vegan or vegetarian friendly restaurant just a few years ago may have seemed a real challenge - now, it’s hard to pick where to go because of so many options. With more people opting for an environmentally-friendly plant-based diet, we rounded up 6 of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in London and across the South Western Railway network.
Koocha Mezze Bar
Can be reached by Bristol Temple Meads station (11-minute taxi)
Find the spirit of Persian cuisine in Bristol with Koocha Mezze Bar. Priding itself on its plant-based ingredients and Persian fusion, this vegan restaurant is a must-add to your list of places to eat.
Everything on the menu is uniquely designed to share and enjoy with friends and family, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot for a group day out in Bristol. Every ingredient is locally sourced and a great emphasis on sustainability is put at the forefront of the restaurant’s values. On top of this, Koocha Mezze Bar has a 4.8 rating on Google Reviews - you’ll certainly fall in love with this local favourite.
Can be reached by Exeter St. Davids station (13-minute walk)
This family run delight is located right in the centre of Exeter, making it the perfect food pit stop when enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the city. Founded more than 30 years ago, Herbies has been supplying vegans and vegetarians living in Exeter with delicious, hearty food.
Whether you’re looking for something for lunch, or need somewhere to host a night out – Herbies does not disappoint, regardless of the occasion. Rated 4.5 on Google Reviews, Herbies is the go-to spot when out in the vibrant city of Exeter.
The HiVe Café
Can be reached by Weymouth station (5-minute walk)
The HiVe Café is a local Weymouth star that specialises in vegan and vegetarian food. Priding itself on its locally sourced ingredients, ethical production methods, eco-friendly cooking and tasty meals – the HiVe doesn't disappoint. They even produce their own raw honey from near-by bees and promote the use of cardboard and bamboo packaging. A rare gem in the city of Weymouth, it’s no surprise the HiVe café has a 4.9 rating by Google Reviews.
Can be reached by Southampton Central station (6-minute taxi)
With their ethos ‘Good food shouldn’t cost the Earth,’ Café Thrive has cemented its place in the hearts of Southampton locals. Being one of the few places in Southampton city offering delicious and nutritious plant-based food, Café Thrive is worth trying when out in this unique city. Whether it’s a nourishing smoothie or a rich plant-based burger, Café Thrive will become an instant favourite.
Young Vegans Pizza Shop
Bethnal Green, London
Can be reached by London Waterloo (22-minute tube)
Did you know that Britain's favourite pizza topping is pepperoni? Thankfully, Young Vegans Pizza Shop have brought the joys of the spicy topping to vegetarians with their vegan pizza shop. Shaking up the the buzzing Camden food market with their eye-catching and undoubtedly delicious pizzas, all the ingredients are made by the team meaning you get the freshest pizzas possible. Whether you're visiting them on a market day or heading to their bricks-and-mortar location, they certainly deserve a visit.
Kingston Upon Thames, London
Can be reached by Kingston station (11-minute walk)
Kingston’s vegetarian safe-haven, Riverside Vegetaria, is complemented by an extensive vegetarian menu with exciting flavours. Located on the side of the River Thames, it's one of the best places in Kingston to enjoy the finest of vegetarian cuisine.
Branding themselves as ‘Vegetarian food for non-vegetarians’, Riverside Vegetaria is not just a rare find – but also a provider of support to local health initiatives that align with the company value of ‘Buy Local and Be Local’.