Whether you’re detoxing after the festive season or fancy having a crack at the vegan lifestyle, Veganuary is sweeping the nation. With more people pledging to go meat-free every year, it seems restaurants, pubs and cafes across London are jumping on board too, offering plant-based menus that sound too darn good to miss. With so much to choose from, we’ve rounded up our top 15 special menus the capital has to offer so you can enjoy meat-free feasting without the guesswork.
The Spread Eagle
Club Mexicana continue their residency at London's first all-vegan pub in Homerton, creating a Veganuary set menu with a little extra spice to heat up cold winter evenings. There’s sticky glazed achiote ‘ribs’ and triple fried potatoes, braised jackfruit in a tomato, jalapeno and coriander broth, and a tequila lime pie to finish.
Greenwich restaurant and brainchild of chef Stevie Parle, Craft, are re-jigging their Test Kitchen Tuesdays menu to exclusively vegan offerings. The menu features six dishes including sand carrot espuma with carrot leaf and toasted oats, and rapeseed oil cake with dill sorbet. For juts £28 a head, it’s a steal.
All Star Lanes x Biff’s Jack Shack
Purveyors of filthy AF vegan junk food Biff’s Jack Shack have taken over the kitchens of All Star Lanes to bring fried jackfruit to the masses. Check out Biff’s Wingz, made from jackfruit and a sugar cane ‘bone’, deep fried and dressed with a selection of sauces. There’s also the special one-off burger, El Jackitan, which combines a jackfruit patty with zesty gauc, tortilla chips, nacho cheese and hot chipotle sauce into one devilishly delicious bun.
NYC vegan hangout byCHLOE are hosting a month packed with Veganuary activities, with Mac Mondays (free portions of mac n cheese will be dished up when you purchase a burger, sandwich or salad), informative talks with a series of influencers and multimedia company Vevolution, plus the launch of the Full Brekkie. Created with scrambled tofu, jackfruit sausage, maple carrot bacon, smoky cowboy beans and shiitake mushrooms, it’s popped in an English muffin and topped with homemade beet ketchup to finish.
These guys are taking over BOKI in Covent Garden for a one-off special Dinner Club on the 25th January, featuring an exclusively vegan menu of seasonal produce. Encouraging full-time herbivores and those who are simply curious, expect five courses of plant-based delicacies with a welcome drink, a snack or two, and goodie bag, because we all love a bit of free merch.
Aubaine are adding a modern French flair to their plant-based dishes, the oh-so tasty sounding offerings include roasted cauliflower with turmeric, smoked paprika and pine nuts. There's also mushroom bourguignon and butternut squash risotto, as well as raw Peruvian chocolate brownies to finish. Fancy a tipple? Have a taste of the carefully curated selection of vegan wines to complement your supper, how marvellous.
Choose between three or four courses of indulgent Indian cuisine as the restaurant will be serving plant-based plates such as avocado chop with nutmeg mango chutney, tofu masala with cauliflower and shishito pepper and wild mushroom phulka. For dessert, try the spiced pear petha with salted caramel ice cream, it’s a real sweet treat.
Oxo Tower Restaurant
In the mood for a mid-afternoon pick me up? Head to OXO Tower where head chef Jeremy Bloor has put together a Veganuary special afternoon tea complete with chestnut and mushroom sausage rolls (move over Greggs), lemon tofu sandwiches with sage and onion stuffing and cranberry bread, and Penny’s homemade scones with clotted ‘cream’.
Yard Sale Pizza x The Vurger Co
Enlisting the help of this cult vegan burger crew, Yard Sale Pizza have created a plant-based pizza that’s got us drooling at the thought of it. The Auburizza sees double-fermented dough topped with The Vurger Co’s Tabasco chipotle sauce-braised aubergines, caramelised red onion, chargrilled peppers, rocket and a drizzle of cumin mayo to create the perfect pizza-Vurger taste sensation.
Lucy and Tiff Watson are challenging you to head over to TYF on ‘Try Me Tuesdays’ and sample their menu of vegan comfort food, offering 50% off for anyone taking part in Veganuary. Our favourite dishes include the arancini with fig jam and creamy cashew mac n cheese, as well as their delectable-sounding fried gnocchi with wild mushrooms and chestnut, drizzled with basil and hemp seed pesto.
The oh-so stylish Darwin & Wallace group are offering a hearty three bean chilli with short grain rice, labneh and paratha bread, perfect for hiding away from winter winds and comfort eating. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, the house salad sounds pretty tempting too, with warm quinoa, edamame, roast pumpkin, beets and miso dressing.
But what about brunch? Mildreds have got everyone’s favourite combined meal sorted, To kick off the new year, there’s chick-free eggs florentine, the vegan BLT, pistachio and pecan granola, banana bread waffles and mock chicken brekkie burgers to sink your teeth into. There’s so much choice that you might as well have a crack at it all.
Pied à Terre
The Michelin-starred French eatery is offering 40% off its luxury eight course vegan tasting menu to encourage its diners to take part in the annual occasion. Head to Fitzrovia and you’ll get to feast upon Jerusalem artichoke purée with shimiji and pain d’epices, celeriac and black garlic consommé, and salt baked heritage beetroots, alongside other stunning delicacies. Oh yes, this is vegan dining at its finest.
The kooky plant-based pop-up has become a favourite among herbivores for its vegan brunches, roast dinners and cocktails. This Veganuary, make sure to swing by the pop-up and sample its signature Ain’t It Cold Outside vegan curry. With its warming Jamaican-inspired flavours, the dish combines roasted yams, red pepper, spinach and chickpeas with delicious results.
Hit up the Lebanese canteen this Veganuary and you’ll find a feasting menu that's positively bursting with delicious treats. Mezze dishes include a selection of red pepper hummus and quinoa tabbouleh, with baked baby aubergine tagine in a rich tomato and chickpea sauce and the vibrant couscous salad for mains. For those with a sweet tooth, how about trying the Coconut Mouhalabia, a traditional coconut milk pudding?