Prompted with various suggestions as to who should make our definitive list, we’ve gone boldly solo and selected a Top 5 based purely on our own experiences. Enjoy…and eat your greens!
This Soho watering hole was one of the first to ditch meat from the menu and become London’s first vegetarian pub. The Coach and Horses also became famous for bidding farewell to its legendary (albeit rather grumpy) landlord, Norman Balon, better known as the ‘rudest landlord’ in London. When it comes to the food though, London Living can thoroughly recommend the Tofush and Chips – Tofu coated in batter served with root vegetable, chips, tartar sauce, crushed minted peas and a wedge of lemon. We defy you to find better!
Here at London Living we’re massive fans of the food treasures at Berwick St market, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten some of its humble residents – including this veggie favourite, Beatroot. This vegetarian café is tucked next to Berwick Street’s bustling fruit and veg stalls and offers a wide range of both hot and cold delights. There’s loads of choice, from creamy lasagne to lentils and fake sausage rolls – the bonus being that the overly friendly staff will fill your box to the brim! Go see for yourself.
Next up we have another veggie hot spot in Soho – the very cool Mildreds. Its popularity, combined with its no booking policy, means that if you’re heading there in the evening be prepared to wait for a table. If you’re not a vegetarian then leave your scepticism in the queue – its rustic menu will please the palette of even the most hard-core carnivores. We recommend the Malaysian style laksa.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Stella McCartney are all fans of The Gate – not a bad claim, is it? Its popularity with A-list celebs has meant The Gate have just set up an additional restaurant in Islington to satisfy the stomachs of vegetable munching diners a bit further north. Time Out has described it as the “doyenne of vegetarian restaurants” – so prepare to get your taste buds blown. We recommend the mezze and cauliflower korma.
Blah Blah Blah claims to be one of Shepherds Bush Green′s best kept secrets – and we tend to agree. This is a great family restaurant, so if you’re dining out with kids you can be rest assured that they’ll be entertained with complimentary crayons and paper tablecloths. The menu offers an eclectic mix of Asian, Mediterranean, North African and European cuisines. Not only that, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed – perfect for a vegetable fuelled family dining experience.