Veganism is growing bigger every year especially at the start of the year where Carnivores are stuffed full of turkey, buffet leftovers and so much booze they end up turning into a blooming brewery. Many like to start the new year detoxing and taking part in Veganuary. Many stick with the vegan diet, or limit down their meat content as they find their health has improved, they have done their research and don’t agree with the exploitation of animals, or maybe because January is a bleak month with nothing going on, so what else is there to do?!
I have so many people asking me about vegan restaurants in Birmingham, vegan brands in Brum and independent shops with a great variety of vegan products, It’s all about VEGAN BABY and, I’m all for it. This will also be my very first year of doing Veganuary and so I thought it would be very handy and helpful to put a little guide together featuring some great businesses that sell/serve fantastic vegan products, food, and more in Birmingham and Beyond.
Although some of these may not be entirely all vegan they do supply a variety of good vegan options for Breakfast/Brunch!
CHERRY REDS-Birmingham-Cherry Reds is one of the best places maybe even the best for Vegan breakfast and brunches, They have a fantastic variety from Pancakes to Vegan fry ups at great prices – Instagram
MEDICINE BAKERY-Birmingham-Although Medicine Bakery is not a vegan bakery it still has some great vegan and vegetarian options as well as delicious vegan bakes to take out! Visit their Instagram here
MORRIDGE-Birmingham-For a nice hearty breakfast/brunch I would 100% recommend Morridge, although not entirely vegan they can cater for vegans with some fantastic dishes and let’s not forget about their coffee, that is just amazing! Visit their Instagram here
JU JU’S CAFE-Birmingham-Another great place with fantastic vegan options from Breakfast to Dinner, Ju Ju’s is a cracking vegan winner, The veggie hash dish is a much-loved favourite of mine! Keep up to date with the latest here
WAYLANDS YARD-Birmingham Bull Street-Another favourite of mine is, of course, Waylands Yard with some great vegan dishes such as the vegan brunch, one thing I love about Waylands is that they know how to feed you! Great flavours and very generous portions! Keep up to date with the latest here
DISHOOM – Birmingham – One of my favourites and a great place for vegans from breakfast to dinner – They have great VG available here and yes, you can get your vegan naan roll! – Website
THE HIVE CAFE & BAKERY – Jewellery Quarter – A great Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant offering one of the best Vegan brunches in the City – Instagram
LAND-Great Western Arcade-Vegan/Vegetarian based restaurant where all dishes are plant-focused and based on ingredients that are best at the time, the menu is changed seasonally and LAND would be the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a little bit special. Head on over to their Instagram to find more.
BA-HA-The Rainbow pub in Digbeth-Award Winning, and well deserved, BA-HA create humane, plant-based food that changes with the season. They do coffee, bakes and sensational brunches and dinners. Find them at The Rainbow in Digbeth venue and check outtheir Instagram
JUNGLEBIRD -From the babs that brought you BA-HA, Junglebird is a tropical cocktail and restaurant that offers a great variety of colourful and exciting vegan dishes for you to enjoy! Aswell as Bottomless brunch! – Instagram
THE VEGAN KITCHEN-The Great Western Arcade in Birmingham-Fancy some more awesome vegan junk food Bab? Say Hello to Vegan Kitchen, home of the FunGuys Burger, food is homemade and fresh and is packed full of flavour! Check out their Instagram here
PHO – Grand Central Station – Vietnamese Street food restaurant have some great vegan dishes and is a lunchtime favourite of many in Birmingham!
RUDYS – Bennets Hill – Rudy’s have a great vegan pizza range for Veganuary! Check them out here
TAMATANGA – Birmingham – Tamatanga has a great vegan menu from curry bowls to vegan naan and puddings – Instagram
THE COVERED WAGON – Moseley – specialising in traditional authentic Punjabi food and they offer a great vegan menu – Instagram
THE IVY – Birmingham – Feeling fancy? You can dine in The Ivy and try out their vegan menu offering a great variety of dishes from starters to puddings – Instagram
CRAZY PEDROS – Digbeth – Offering a great selection of “weird and wonderful” vegan pizzas that are lush! – Instagram
BUDDHA BELLY AT HOCKLEY SOCIAL – Buddha Belly offer some great vegan options such as their popular Thai Vegan curry which is possibly the best I have ever tasted! – Instagram
THE PINEAPPLE CLUB – Great Western Arcade – Offer a great few options for vegans such as their Satay noodle salad and gyoza’s – PLUS they offer plenty of cocktails suitable for vegans – Instagram
CAFE SOYA – Chinatown/Birmingham – Chinese, Vietnamese & Vegetarian Restaurant offering great options for vegans such as veggie platters, Veggie Spicy Singapore Vermicelli and veggie Wonton Soup Ho-Fun Noodles.
VEGAN AFTERNOON TEAS AND BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES
HOTEL DU VIN-Birmingham-Last year I tried one of my first vegan afternoon teas and, it was quite spectacular! Hotel Du Vin does a pretty grand Vegan afternoon tea priced at £22.50 with an impressive selection of vegan savoury bites and mouth-watering bakes – Instagram
MALMAISON– The Mailbox Birmingham-at £19.95 its a fantastic vegan afternoon tea that must be tried by all, even non-vegans! Great variety of vegan options, plenty of savoury and sweet to satisfy those pesky tums of ours! – Instagram
HARVEY NICHOLS-The Mailbox Birmingham-Just announced for 2021 Harvey Nichols are celebrating vegan dining and have introduced their brand new afternoon tea from £22 which looks pretty tasty! You can book online on their website.
JUNGLEBIRD – A tropical Cocktail bar and restaurant that serves up a colourful and delicious brunch for vegan/non vegan lovers! Tuck into one of their decadent mains/sumptuous sharers and enjoy two hours of unlimited hand-crafted cocktails, beers or spritzes for just £29.50 – Website
KILO ZIRO BAR – Digbeth – The UK’s First Zero Waste Cafe Bar & Refill Taproom serves up possibly the best afternoon tea in Birmingham – Their Afternoon Tea’s are a mix of vegetarian and vegan pieces – if you would like just the vegan only option this can be requested from £26 – Website
AND LETS NOT FORGET…
VEGAN ROAST DINNERS
THE OLD CROWN-Digbeth-Because no one should go without a roast dinner, right? The Old Crown offer a delicious sweet potato wellington for just £11.
BA-HA – The Rainbow pub in Digbeth – Let’s start 2022 with a BANG with a bangin’ roast, BA-HA offer a fantastic variety from Jack Mc Guinness to King of roasts to Lentil loaf all priced at £13 and available from 12 to 8pm on Sundays
1000 TRADES-Jewellery Quarter-Anyone for a cracking vegetable Wellington?! 1000 Trades have created a Vegan option for they’re Welly stuffed with mushroom and smoked tofu with all the glorious veg and carbs, that sounds pretty amazing for £15.
THE RED LION-Jewellery Quarter-The Red Lion is another pub that provides great vegan meal options as well as a vegan roast too!
THE HIGH FIELD-Edgbaston-Going for something a little bit different how about a VE pie roast instead?! Sounds like a new trend, The High field have a great spiced sweet potato and kale pie dish for vegans to enjoy on their Sundays!
THE WOLF-Birmingham- The Wolf have a set Sunday menu where vegans can choose a two/three course meal. The main is a Mushroom and Spinach Wellington with butternut squash mash and season roast veg for £13
LA POP!-Edgbaston-I was quite surprised to find out that LA POP actually have vegan options! They have dairy-free gelato and sorbets available for you to takeaway HOORAH!
MISS MACAROON-The Great Western Arcade/Birmingham-Offering a great selection of vegan macaroons/hampers to gift yourself or your loved ones this January and you can order online!
FACULTY COFFEE-Piccadilly Arcade/Birmingham-Speciality Coffee and tea shop that have a great selection of vegan bakes and cakes for your to choose from, and they taste pretty darn great!
BREWERIES AND BARS THAT SERVE VEGAN ALCOHOL
Birmingham Brewing Company-Stirchley-Multi award-winning Brewery serving high quality and VEGAN beer, they are also all gluten-free and taste amazing Bab – Instagram
Attic Brew Co-Stirchley-New world beers that embody old school pub culture and taste pretty god-damn good Bab! Great Tap-room and meeting place for pals to come and relax with a good strong pint of Attic in hand – Instagram
DIGBREW CO-Birmingham-The vast majority of Digbrews beer is vegan, there is the odd occasion where they have used lactose however they are very clear when they do this! The beer is awesome and its a personal favourite of mine so SHOP BABS – Instagram
ROCK AND ROLL BREWHOUSE BAR-Jewellery Quarter-A much loved Brewery by all vegans and non-vegans, The Rock and Roll Brewhouse sell awesome hand crafted vegan beer that is brewed on the premises and its blooming lovely Bab!
THE INDIAN BREWERY CO.-Birmingham-Not strictly Vegan but The Indian Brewery do have an amazing lager on tap and in can called Birmingham Lager, and it’s a banger Bab – Instagram
THE PINEAPPLE CLUB – Birmingham – A fantastic cocktail bar that serves a great range of vegan cocktails and alcohol bevs plus they also serve food with a few vegan options – Instagram
ZUMHOF BIERGARTEN – Digbeth – Offering a variety of German beer and cocktails with a few vegan options – Instagram
NORTH TAPROOM – Snowhill – New Taproom have a good variety of Vegan beers available aswell as good vegan food options – Instagram
THE CLEAN KILO-Digbeth-Zero waste supermarket is a great place for vegans to pick up some great vegan essentials, also if you care about the environment The Clean Kilo are plastic-free so its great way to shop well and protect the environment!
INDIGO WHOLEFOODS-Moseley-Another great store is Indigo Wholefoods which stock a range of fantastic vegan food and household products. They recently launched an online store and currently have Veganuary offers on!
XOVER NUTRITION-Kings Heath-Xover Nutrition is a natural health food and organic beauty store that sell a wide variety of vegan-friendly products to fill up your kitchen and bathroom cupboards! They also have a great Zero waste refill weigh and pay station!
THE BORROW SHOP – EDGBASTON – The Borrow Shop is a place to grab a coffee and vegan cake, and buy sustainable homewares.
PIPS HOT SAUCE – Birmingham – Pip offers a great variety of hot sauces from mild to EXTRA SPICY! Seriously need one of these sauces in your food cupboard!
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