While Newcastle, England, is known for its Victorian charm and abundance of high culture, it should also be recognised for its amazing vegetarian and vegan food scene. Here are our picks of the best vegetarian spots in town.
The Painted Elephant
The Painted Elephant will send vegans into ecstasy with its ever-changing, ever-fresh seasonal menu. Newcastle’s only 100% vegan restaurant, this self-proclaimed ‘modern bohemian’ eatery specializes in freshly made warm and cold meals, from aromatic curries to big bountiful salads. The atmosphere is hip yet homey, and special attention is always given to presentation. A word in advance: The Painted Elephant is not licensed to sell alcohol, but you are more than welcome to bring your own beer or wine for a £1 corking fee. As the locale is quite small, we’d recommend reserving a table through their online booking.
The Painted Elephant, 6 Upper Princess Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK + 41 749 700 3253
The Sky Apple Café
The Sky Apple Café is a great place to pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It offers an inventive menu and hearty portions in a relaxed atmosphere. Their breakfast and lunch are both casual yet delicious, while dinner is a more elaborate gastronomical experience. Expect to be impressed by the quality, creativity and general ambience here. They aren’t licensed but will happily allow you to bring your own alcoholic beverages for a corking fee.
The Sky Apple Café, 182 Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK +44 191 209 2571
Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle
Calling all vegetarians, vegans, and foodies. Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle is beckoning to you with a siren song of home-cooked, seasonal foods, all served in a sweet atmosphere much like a trip to grandma’s house. Come here for comforting Moroccan- and Greek-inspired vegan dishes. There’s also the occasional use of high-quality animal protein, as in their deluxe BLT sandwiches or their free-range eggs with gluten-free toast for breakfast. Best of all, the Scrumpy Willow hosts a music night every third Wednesday of the month, featuring the best in local blues, folk, and jazz artists. Make sure to reserve a seat in advance.
The Bohemian is a vegan gem. The chic and industrial decor is very New York, while the menu is packed with generous meals. Whether you want a simple lunch wrap packed with veggies and hummus, an indulgent ‘BoHo’ salad, or nachos heaped with guacamole, beans and vegan cheese, this is the place for you. The food is fresh and the portions are big. There are lots of great options for sharing with friends. Reservations through online booking are recommended, though not always necessary.
Luigikhan’s will make you fall in love with North Indian cuisine. This award-winning Pakistani restaurant offers some of the most sumptuous, aromatic food you will find in Newcastle. While its menu includes meat, its ample vegetarian and vegan options merit an honorary mention on this list. Come out for a special evening à deux or with a group of friends. Share several dishes abounding in flavourful veggies, lentils, and chickpeas swimming in warming and cooling spices. Then, mop up the sauce with homemade naan bread fresh out of the oven. Your evening here will only be enhanced by the cosy interior: the dark painted brick walls, heavy wooden tables and low mood lighting make for a very intimate dining experience. For reservations, call or book online.
Luigikhan’s, 358 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 191 272 4937
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