World Vegan Day: 11 of the best vegan restaurants in Birmingham
Vegan food is getting more and more popular - here are a few places to try out some great dishes in Birmingham
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We’re all becoming more aware of how important it is to do our bit to help combat climate change. And reducing meat in our diet is a key way many of us can help to cut those carbon emissions as plant-based food produces less greenhouse emissions.
So, on World Vegan Day on November 1, we take a look at Birmingham’s contribution to the movement that began in 1944 in England and has now become a global one. The Vegan Society, located in Birmingham, was started by Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley, George Henderson and his wife Fay Henderson and others.
Vegan was a term used for non-dairy eating vegetarians, and the movement has picked up globally. As well as being beneficial for your health and the environment, vegan food has come a long way, with many restaurants and cafes adapting popular meat and dairy dishes, transforming them into a meal made from plants.
Whether you’re swapping to a plant-based diet for one day only, a few days a week, or a permanent lifestyle choice, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants across Birmingham, from fine dining spots to cosy cafes.
Here are a few of our favourite spots in Birmingham:
Known for bringing some of the very best plant-based food to the city, you’ll find award-winning independent, BA-HA in the recently re-opened The Rainbow Pub in Digbeth.
It only takes a quick scroll of BA-HA’s Instagram to see that this restaurant cooks up some seriously mouth-watering vegan and vegetarian options. From meat-free burgers to vegan-friendly mac n cheese, there are plenty of delicious options on the menu that even meat-lovers would enjoy every bite of.
BA-HA also serves up a tremendous vegan Sunday roast every week up until 8pm, complete with all of the trimmings. Keep up to date with BA-HA here
2. The Vegan Kitchen
If you’re looking for somewhere in the city centre to get your vegan food fix, then The Vegan Kitchen has a new site in Great Western Arcade. This trendy street food restaurant headed up by Dan Carter, serves up seriously tasty vegan food, which also happens to be both gluten and soya free.
Creating beautiful vegan food that’s absolutely bursting with flavour, The Vegan Kitchen is your go-to place if you’re looking for a plant-based version of junk food.
Home to the legendary FunGuys burger, the menu features a range of vegan dishes from dirty fries to homemade puds, all of which can be enjoyed in their super-stylish restaurant.
3. Land Restaurant
If fine dining with a twist is what you’re after, then look no further than Land Restaurant, located just a few doors down from The Vegan Kitchen. Elevating vegetarian and vegan food, Land showcases tasty seasonal ingredients through a four or six-course tasting menu.
Located in Great Western Arcade, Land first opened in 2019 with a strong focus on plant-based dishes. Much like Plant & Pulse, it celebrates seasonal ingredients through its decadent meals.
Recognised in The Guardian where it was praised by food critic Jay Rayner, Land is an absolute must-visit. For more information look at the Land Restaurant website.
It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays. It opens from 5pm to 9pm from Tuesday to Thursday and from 12pm to 1.30pm and 5pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
4. The Warehouse Cafe
As one of Birmingham’s oldest vegan dining spots, The Warehouse Cafe has been dishing up delicious grub in the city for more than 30 years. Its vegetarian and vegan menu has a great selection of plant-based alternatives, from burgers to kebabs, vegan cakes.
Alongside its delicious food, The Warehouse also stocks vegetarian wines, vegan beers and soft drinks, which the cafe aims to source from as many from local, ethical and organic companies.
And, if you’re hosting an event, The Warehouse also provides vegan catering, which can be collected directly from the cafe for you to enjoy, whatever the occasion.
Located on Allison Street, just around the corner from Kilder, The Warehouse Cafe is just a short walk from the Bullring. For more information see the Warehouse Cafe website.
5. Cherry Reds
An incredibly popular spot in the city centre, Cherry Reds has some really fantastic vegan options on its menu. Located on John Bright Street, just a short stroll from Birmingham New Street, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on when it comes to vegan and vegetarian options at this cosy cafe bar.
You can find everything from a hearty vegan breakfast, complete with ‘buttered’ toast, to vegan ‘fish’ and chips, Biscoff Pancakes and a tempting selection of side dishes.
With two floors and a selection of areas to dine in, you can find more about the tasty vegan options up for grabs at Cherry Reds by clicking here.
6. Vegan Munch
A short walk from the University of Birmingham, this restaurant is a popular haunt that serves vegan Turkish food. Even the DÖner kebab is 100% vegan! If you miss the taste of kebabs, this place is a must visit.
Located on Bristol Road in Selly Oak, you can feast on vegan shawarma, vegan wrap, burgers, fries, hummus and mutabal, onion rings, and a lot more. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 10pm. You can also book a table at the restaurant. Find out more about it on their website.
This restauarant in Grand Central Station offers an impressive Japanese menu. Yakinori aka toasted seaweed is a vegan food. While the restaurant doesn’t offer an entirely vegan menu it offers meat-free options so that everyone can have a taste of their delicious food.
They have a dedicated vegan menu for everyone and offers soup, edamame, cauliflower firecrackers, bao buns, gyoza and a lot more. Yakinori also has outlets in Solihull and Selly Oak. You can see their vegan menu here.
9. Vietnamese Street Kitchen
The Bullring-based restaurant offers a vegan menu and a gluten-free menu. It is a vegan’s paradise if you love Asian cuisine. From bao buns, springs rolls, summer rolls, bowls, plant-based wings, to curries and pho, this restaurant is outdoing itself.
You can find another outlet at Resorts World to enjoy vegan Vietnamese cuisine. After all, veganism has become popular enough for most restaurants to serve vegans too. You can find more information here.
10. Bodega Cantina
Located on Bennett’s Hill, this mexican restaurant with its vibrant and quirky interiors just pulls people in. Whether you are looking for cocktails to drink or want to learn how to make, this place might be the one for you.
Apart from that, you can dig into some their amazing vegan menu that offers sweet potato fries, spicy rice, nachos, and more. Their smaller plates include patatas bravas, quesadillas, and tacos. The large plates include burritos, rice, and enchilladas. You can find more about their vegan menu here.
11. The Coconut Tree
This restaurant, which serves Sri Lankan-cuisine, has a vegetarian and vegan menu. You can dip into dahl or finish a plate of rice with kale sambol - which is a new addition to the menu.
The co-founders of the restaurant Rodrigo and Shamil won Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me: The Professionals. This exciting eatery in Gas Street also serves amazing cocktails that are not to be missed. You can see their menu here.