View Poll Results: What's the best place to be vegan in UK?

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  • London

    56 35.00%
  • Bristol

    17 10.63%
  • Brighton

    38 23.75%
  • Manchester

    5 3.13%
  • Edinurgh

    7 4.38%
  • Birmingham

    2 1.25%
  • Liverpool

    0 0%
  • Norwich

    6 3.75%
  • Glasgow

    9 5.63%
  • Blackpool

    0 0%
  • Worcester

    0 0%
  • Dover

    1 0.63%
  • Newcastle

    1 0.63%
  • Portsmouth

    1 0.63%
  • Southhampton

    0 0%
  • Sheffield

    1 0.63%
  • Cardiff

    0 0%
  • Leeds

    4 2.50%
  • Blackpool

    0 0%
  • Essex

    0 0%
  • Cornwall

    1 0.63%
  • Cambridge

    1 0.63%
  • Plymouth

    0 0%
  • Leicester

    4 2.50%
  • Nottingham (added to the poll April-08)

    6 3.75%
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    I keep meaning to go to Totnes, whenever we drive through it we don't have time to stop. Must try this summer.

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    Perhaps we should have a big Totnes meet-up

    @ BellaRuns - viewing Google maps, it looks like it must be The Barrel House? Although searching that and vegan is not proving very fruitful (heh). Perhaps they change the menu from time to time and I was just lucky?
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    ^ good thinking!

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    I'm reassured that Brighton is coming out so high. I might be moving there in a few months, if my boyfriend gets the job he's applying for. If he does I'm looking forward to trying out some veggie eateries there!

    I live in durham and it's not that great on the vegan front. There was a little veggie restaurant but it closed.
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    I try to travel to the UK as often as I can because I simply love the vegan friendliness, the culture, the arts, the language, the people, the shopping (for food - I can spend hours in a Sainsbury's or Marks & Spencer) etc etc etc.

    I've been to London many times and the variety for vegan food there is amazing. Brighton would be no.2, I hope to go back there next month. Edinburgh, an amazing city, was quite good in terms of vegan food too. Sadly Birmingham was a disappointment. I LOVED the Warehouse cafe there, but that was the only place I could go to.

    Next year I hope to go to Bristol (for the veg festival!), Bath and of course London again.

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    Hi victoriangirl

    I haven't tried all of these, but I keep a list as we visit Birmingham annually...

    Pizza Express
    Unit 52A, Upper Mall,Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3GJ Tel: 0121 711 3478

    Veged Out
    7 Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HJ Phone: 0121 439 3488
    A community cafe serving vegetarian and vegan food in central Birmingham.
    Opening times: Wednesday 11-4 Thursday 11-4 Friday 11-4 Saturday 10-2

    Café Soya
    Vegan friendly Chinese including mock meats etc.
    Unit 2 Upper Dean Street, Birmingham. B5 4SL Tel. 0121-622-3888
    opening: 12pm-11pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm-10pm(Sun)
    Sister Branch Unit B106 Arcadian Center, Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 4TD Tel: 0121-683-8350
    opening: 12pm-10pm Closed Wednesday (This one more veggie friendly)

    Shobha's Bollywood Snacks
    Kiosk 4, Star City, Watson Road, Nechells, Birmingham B7 5SA Telephone: 0121 328 9922
    (Follow signs to Star City from M6, Jn 6. Restaurant is located up the stairs next to the box office)
    OPENING TIMES
    Monday: CLOSED (except bank holidays) Tuesday: 17:00 - 23:00 Wednesday: 14:00 - 23.00 Thursday: 14:00 - 23:00
    Friday: 14:00 - 00:00 Saturday: 14:00 - 00:00 Sunday: 14:00 - 23:00

    Jalapenos Pure Vegetarian Restaurant (Uses Dairy)
    Egg-free omelette(!), pizza, burgers, pitas, wraps
    281 Walsall Road, Stone Cross, West Bromwich B71 3HR ( B71 3HR ) Telephone: 0121 588 8387
    OPENING TIMES Mon-Thursday 5pm-10pm Friday-Sunday 5pm-10:30pm

    Mr Singh’s Vegetarian Pizza
    12 Unity Place, Oldbury B69 4DB Tel: 0121-552 3529
    Fun, friendly, Best Pizza ever, including Veggie pepperoni Pizza!!! The place is down a quiet street, you would never notice it. but the food is amazing. They probably are victims of their own success as on weekends it can get very busy. The food is excellent value for money you can have 2 Xtra large pizzas for £16!! The best thing is nan wraps!!! Fries, salad, and veggie sausage wrapped in a naan with sauces

    Manic Organic. Vetegarian Organic Restaurant serving toasties, burgers etc.
    46 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7AG Tel: 0121 441 3802
    Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 10am-3pm. Breakfast served till 12 noon - lunch from 12 – 5

    JYoti’s Vegetarian Indian Restraunt
    Indian 'pure vegetarian restaurant and sweet centre
    1045 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 8AS 0121 778 5501

    Canalside Café 35 Worcester Bar, Gas Street, Birmingham, B1 2JU Tel: 0121 248 7979
    Chesters Omni Tex Mex with Vegan Options. 51 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DL Tel: 01905 611638
    Opening Hours: Evenings - Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 5.00pm-10.00pm: Wednesday & Thursday 5.00pm-10.30pm: Friday 5.00pm-11.00pm: Saturday 12.00pm-11.00pm Lunch times Monday to Friday 12.00-3pm
    Winged Spur Inn Ullenhall Street, Ullenhall, Warwickshire B95 5PA Tel: 01564 792 005
    A nice little pub in the pretty and picturesque village of Ullenhall, just outside Henley in Arden, Warwickshire. The chefs mum is vegan, so he`s well aware of how to cook delicious, animal-free meals, and is happy to do so. Meals are available every day from 12noon-2.30, with evening meals available 7pm-9.30 Monday to Thursday, with slightly longer hours the rest of the week. But you should probably phone before starting out(or a few days in advance) to make sure veggie/vegan options will be available. May have closed/changed - phone before travelling.

    Little Pasta Place Vegan Lasagne! In Martineua Place near the Bullring Tel: 0789 689 2634

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    Hi guys! I was wondering if you could help me out a little...

    I'm planning to study in the UK next year (either Edinburgh or Oxford) and I really can't decide! I know that Edinburgh's awesome, but what about Oxford? Any college-aged people out there from Oxford? What about prices on food (on groceries since I don't really eat out that much... too expensive >_<)
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    I dont know who voted Portsmouth, but it is TERRIBLE round here There is only one place I know of that sells any Vegan meals, which is a cafe called Smile in Southsea (they do an amazing Vegan breakfast!) I tried to have an adapted meal from a place called Capers in Southsea (who took over what was the Greenhouse Kitchen which was Veggie and Vegan, and reintroduced meat to the menu) and it arrived smothered in butter There are no specifically Vegetarian or Vegan places to eat out around here

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    Hi sigen92 - only just saw your message. There are sometimes people from Oxford on the forum but I don't know if they are around at the moment. There should be the odd thread if you search though, and there's also this http://www.oxveg.co.uk/

    Not sure if there's much variation between grocery prices in Edinburgh and Oxford - both are fairly affluent places. Both are pleasant cities to live and study, too. (Not being much help - sorry!)

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    Brighton without a doubt
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    Does Brighton have an exclusively vegan restaurant (apart from Loving Hut) that's open all year round now? I've travelled as a vegan to pretty much all of the major cities in the UK, and Glasgow is without a doubt best for vegans (after London of course!).

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    Does Brighton have an exclusively vegan restaurant (apart from Loving Hut) that's open all year round now? I've travelled as a vegan to pretty much all of the major cities in the UK, and Glasgow is without a doubt best for vegans (after London of course!).
    There is VBites (http://www.vbites.com) but this a little way out of town, and more of a cafe. There are vegetarian restaurants which offer plenty of vegan options though (Food for Friends, Terre a Terre).
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    Yeah I walked over there before Vegfest earlier in the year but it was closed. Thousands of vegans in town and they were closed. Bad move!

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    Hmm, cardiff is listed twice, yet still has no votes!

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    Maybe that's because it's not the best place to be vegan in the UK

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    Just wondering why Cornwall is on the list. It's a county not a town/city so you're not really comparing like with like. Having lived there I think it's ok for vegans but if you live in St Just it doesn't really matter if St Austell is great you aren't going there for a meal.

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    Quote Gwydion View Post
    Maybe that's because it's not the best place to be vegan in the UK
    And It's the only Welsh place listed! I must say, Carmarthen is much better than it was 7 years ago, but I don't really have anywhere to compare it to, not having lived elsewhere as a vegan, or travelled a great deal!

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    Quote JaneSky View Post
    Hmm, cardiff is listed twice
    Not listed twice now.... thanks!

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    I come from Brighton, lived in Portsmouth & currently live in Southampton, and Brighton is unquestionably the easiest place of the 3 to be vegan (although both Pompey and Soton are improving)

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    I think Huddersfield has to be the worst.... The big shopping places have a few things in but not much.... and only 2 specialised places in my town ( both more health shops than specialised vegan shops)

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    I'd like to nominate Winchester as the worst place for vegans. I went there on Friday to meet up with family and we couldn't find anywhere to eat. We asked in a couple of places but they had no idea. The tourist information suggested some cafes but none did anything vegan. There is one cafe on Happy cow and that seems to have now closed. We went to pizza Express in the end.

    I feel very blessed living in Hastings which is great for vegans, although I see it's not on the list of best veggie towns.

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