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A vegan's guide to Bristol: a round-up of the city's animal-free eateries

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Thanks to a recent survey by Chef’s Pencil, we have it on good authority that if you are vegan, then Bristol is the city for you. Traditionally recognised for its maritime history, distinctive architecture and penchant for a hot air balloon, after being named European Green Capital 2015, it makes sense that its newest accolade relates to veganism. 

Whether you are looking for a light bite or a full-on feast, these are some of the city’s best spots to calm those hunger pangs.

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Pieminister, City Centre

Bid farewell to the steak and kidney of yesteryear and say hello to Pieminister.

Alongside the classics, there are now a variety of vegan options available, making it perfect for vegans who are yet to persuade their nearest and dearest to ditch the meat for good.

Chooks Away is filled with tofu and seitan “chicken” in a smoked garlic and sherry sauce while Kevin is a more traditional offering of mushrooms, tomato, red wine and thyme.

Koocha, Gloucester Road

If you are searching for a backdrop to catch up with a friend, Koocha is ideal. All dishes are designed to share and make an ideal companion to the house gin cocktail.

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This mezze bar serves plant-based Persian cuisine, with everything from veggie fritters to spicy rice balls - delicious!

VX Bristol, Bedminster

While we may associate vegan cuisine with vegetables and health, VX Bristol is animal-free junk food heaven.

All your comfort food favourites make an appearance here: burgers, steaks, cheese toasties, hotdogs and even chocolate milkshakes. Plus, you can devour them safe in the knowledge that there is not an animal product in sight! 

No. 1 Harbourside, Waterfront

Along with Canteen and the Old Market Assembly, No.1 Harbourside is number 3 in this Holy Trinity of local, sustainable restaurants.

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Set on Bristol’s famed waterfront, the healthy and seasonal menu is full of yummy vegetarian and vegan food and drinks. A must try!

Suncraft, Gloucester Road

With the option to eat in or take away, everything on the menu at Suncraft is vegan and most of it is also gluten-free.

What is more, the head chef used to work at Ivy Brasserie in Clifton, so there is no doubt that everything served is top-notch.

Local craft ales and vegan wines wash down Asian-inspired dishes, with bonus points awarded for being served on tables made out of recycled yoghurt pots!

Earthcake, Southville 

Co-founder Gerzson became a vegan while working as a pastry chef in Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Now, despite the absence of eggs and dairy, he is still baking up everything from coffee and toffee cake to black forest gateau and obviously afternoon tea at their location in south Bristol. 

Fi Real, Old Market 

Forget jerk chicken, this Caribbean restaurant is all vegan and vegetarian: jerk tofu, spicy kale, okra and butterbeans, yam stew, plantain and tropical smoothies.

Everything is locally sourced and organic with loads of gluten-free options, so there really is something for everyone.

Revolución de Cuba, Harbourside

Although it is not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, the chain restaurant has added a variety of vegan specials to their menu.

The Cuban-inspired menu includes sautéed tofu with Romesco, Arroz con Padron (aromatic rice with spinach, Padrón peppers and hazelnuts), Paella Vegano, and beetballs (beetroot, coriander and mint). 

Root, Whapping Wharf

Root may not be strictly vegan but vegetables still take centre-stage at this innovative harbourside eatery.

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A shipping container on the outside, it is home to the creations of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton on the inside. The meat and fish may come on the side, but a visit to this restaurant should be at the top of your priorities! 

The Vegan and Wellness Market, St Nicholas Markets 

No one likes Mondays, but St Nicholas Markets knows how to brighten them up by going vegan for this one day per week.

Head down to the Old City to have a mooch and a munch!

House of Veg, near to the Shopping Quarter

On February 23rd, for one day only, the Pennywell Project close to the Shopping Quarter will be hosting a vegan street market.

Better yet, you can eat your fill and do a good deed at the same time since 50% of ticket sale profits go to a vegan charity. 

 

Whether you are vegan or simply looking for something a bit different, we hope this list of food spots has shown you how tasty and interesting vegan cuisine can be. Check out our food section for more tasty treats and, in case you need another excuse to pay it a visit, here is our guide to independent shops in Bristol!

Visit Visit Bristol for more information on events and attractions in Bristol.




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