Make a date with these meat-free and plant-based menus
LIVERPOOL'S edible landscape is awash with vegetarian and vegan options and we ain’t just talkin’ stuffed peppers and bloody boring mushroom burgers either - we’re talkin’ meat and dairy-free gastronomy that’ll make you forget all about MuckNuggets and bacon butties. To demonstrate, we’ve rounded up the best of Liverpool’s vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafes and takeaway menus.
So, purveyors of plant-based menus and veggie goodness unite because whether you’re a full-time herbivore or just dabbling in something different, we’ve got your to-eat list on lockdown. (The only lockdown we wanna hear about, right?)
These guys are the OG anarchists of veggie and vegan eats in Liverpool with their plant-based junk and comfort food. Think dirty burgers, buffalo wings, full English breakfasts, boozy shakes and a stellar Sunday roast.
From the genius brains behind Down the Hatch comes Woo Tan Scran - Liverpool’s first and only vegan chippy. Don’t miss the chop suey rolls, battered sausage dinner or the infamous chilli beef with vermicelli noodles - and not a scrap of meat or dairy in sight.
Back in 2017, The Caledonia launched its "creatureless" food and drink menu with nothing but animal-free produce and hasn’t looked back since. The XL poutine with chim patties, baecon mayo and Guinness gravy, and the Korean BBQ wings are enough to get any stubborn carnivore quivering.
Voted the Best Vegan Restaurant at the 2019 VegfestUK, this certainly isn’t one to be missed and the best part is, you don’t even have to peel yourself out of your pyjamas to enjoy it. Indigo Greens offers vegan pick-up and delivery, with popular dishes including hearty breakfasts, nourish bowls, chakra smoothies and loaded toasts.
On a mission to create "an experience for the mind, body and soul", this lot will have your stomach growling. The plant-based cafe focuses on whole foods with flair for sweet and savoury breakfast and lunch bites, from Notella pancakes and nourishing smoothies to bow tie bolognese and coronation cauli.
Welcome to the home of "badass plant-based street food". If you’ve not yet stuffed yourself with a vegan shake, burger and fries from Frost then quite frankly, you need to get your house in order. Try the hot ’n’ spicy Scorpion Burger with a Sub-Zero Oreo shake and upgrade to curly fries if you’re feeling fancy.
When you’ve had your fill of vegan and veggie junk, head to the Orgânico juice bar to load up on greens, vitamins and all that other good stuff. Still peckish? Pick up a homemade, vegan cake while you’re there.
Traditional Indian cuisine champions vegan and vegetarian ingredients but our Westernised palates have beaten this into submission. Honouring heritage though is Sanskruti, an authentic Indian restaurant offering veggie and vegan cuisine with classic flavours and timeless dishes galore.
As the name suggests, Meatless is an independent, family-owned restaurant serving meat-free, plant-based dishes to eat in or take out. The multicultural menu spans flavours from all corners of the globe, from Korean cauliflower wings and teriyaki tofu to pulled pork tacos and loaded Greek wedges. Seal the deal with a vegan Unicorn shake.
On the hunt for award-winning, raw vegan cakes? Look no further, you’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Nakery specialises in gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, "naked" bakes that have amassed quite the cult following across the city and beyond.
When it comes to vegan and vegetarian dishes, there isn’t a great deal of ground this gaff leaves uncovered. The menu is divided into Mediterranean, Pan Asian, Pan American, Middle Eastern and Indian sections, with an extensive choice of small plates in each. Kids and candy shops springs to mind.
Part of the city’s fabric, the Egg Cafe was around when Cilla Black was still in stockings, serving rustic vegan and vegetarian food before it was cool. Don’t leave this bohemian cafe and gallery space without sampling a slice of the doorstop garlic toast and tandoori mushrooms.
Credit where its due to the big cafe chains doing their bit to satiate a growing appetite for vegan food and drink but Potts Coffee & Kitchen just do it better. Serving brunch, breakfast, cakes and ethically-sourced artisan coffee, Potts is a must-visit pitstop and even has bragging rights to an entire menu of plant-based pancakes.
A "punk rock vegan kitchen" in the Fabric District serving up homemade dishes and creative small plates fit for any Sid or Nancy. Think Chik'n avocado, seitan burgers, sticky ribs, poutine and hot dogs, alongside vegan beers and homemade bakes in an industrial, neon-lit den.
You may find Elvis Presley’s Hot Dog playing over speakers at this 50s-style diner but you certainly won’t find any on the menu - well, not in the traditional sense anyway. You will, however, find Footlong Dogs filled with tasty meat and cheese alternatives and all the trimmings, alongside a selection of subs, burgers, fries, tacos and Stromboli.
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