Veganism rules in many of the UK's restaurants and cafés. Here are some which lead the way.
London - Mildreds, Soho
London is full of plant-based restaurants and bars. Mildreds is one. Established in Soho in 1988, the restaurant has branches in Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston. Airy, bright and stylish, the chain offers options including smoked tofu, apple and white bean sausages and mash and toffee apple crumble. Vegan cocktails are popular too - popcorn martini anyone?
Edinburgh - The Auld Hoose, St Leonard's Street
Home to some of Edinburgh's best rock, metal and punk music via their legendary jukebox, The Auld Hoose is great for vegans in search of a little comfort food. From nachos dripping in vegan cheese to crunchy onions rings, vegan falafel burgers and vegan sorbet sundaes, where better for meat-free visitors and music lovers?
pics - Wildflower & The Allotment
Manchester - The Allotment, Lloyd Street
Award-winning restaurant The Allotment offers 3, 7 and 10-course tasting menus. All dishes are 100% gluten, dairy and egg free, making it perfect for coeliacs as well as those following a plant-based diet.
London - Wildflower, Peckham
Veggie and vegan canteen within the Peckham Levels complex, Wildflower offers a moreish vegan full English, as well as a plethora of yummy brunch, lunch and dinner options and a six-course vegan tasting menu.
Brighton - Purezza, St James’s Street
Purezza take animal-friendly Italian cuisine seriously. After two years spent developing their dairy-free mozzarella made from brown rice, they use innovative recipes and ingredients to create vegan pizzas, pastas and desserts. The perfect pit-stop for vegans looking for a taste of Italy.
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London's multi-award winning Montague on the Gardens hotel in Bloomsbury, is launching Mix It this spring. Building on the success of their seasonally-themed drinking and dining installations, Mix It is an interactive and unlimited two-hour cocktail making experience.
For two months, the hotel's garden terrace area will be transformed into a pop up bar and cocktail enthusiasts can create their own drinks using the unlimited complement of the hotel's selection of provided spirits, mixers and garnishes with the help - if required - of their dedicated bartender. Alternatively guests can ask the bartender to mix their personally designed drinks for them or order a cocktail from a bespoke menu specially created for Mix It by drinks producer, Pernod Ricard.
Mix It costs £39 pp and food from the bar menu can be ordered with the drinks at an additional cost.
In memory of the late Karl Lagerfeld, DUKES LONDON is inviting devoted fashionistas to raise a glass to the 'Emperor' of haute-couture fashion with the new 'White Choupette' cocktail, now available at DUKES Bar's little sister, GBR.
Created by GBR Bar Manager Mariantonietta Varamo and inspired by Lagerfeld's beloved cat, the alleged heiress of his multi-million pound fortune, the cocktail is made with a luxurious mix of highest quality vodka, white crème de cacao liqueur and double cream. Deliciously sweet, yet rich and indulgent, the ingredients are shaken well and strained into a cocktail glass, served in the DUKES way in a martini chiller glass. At £17.50 a glass, the 'White Choupette' is absolute purrfection.
Want to know how to make one?
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