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.Cherry Reds have currently set up an online shop in lockdown where you can shop here AND they are doing a lockdown delivery/collection service for food.
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! Medicine Bakery is open for collection only, Visit their Instagram here for more information.
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 for the latest
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
AND THE REST
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. A little birdie told me they are opening up a new venue…You’ll have to keep up to date with them on their Instagram, one thing is for sure, You’ll be seeing a lot more of them in 2022.
PLANT & PULSE-The Minories Arcade-Producing fresh, seasonal and environmentally friendly food and let’s not forget about the amazing coffee too! From hot boxes to Sensational Buns, Plant & Pulse know how to turn Carnivores into Herbivores, Check out their Instagram here
PULP VEGAN-The Plough-Not another bloody salad Bab, desperate for some good vegan junk food that’s big on flavour and BIG ON CARBS?! Say hello to Pulp Vegan producing delicious and dirty vegan junk food that is far from bloody boring chickpeas. They are new, they are exciting and THEY ARE NAUGHTY…Instagram here
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
WAGAMAMA – Wagamama’s menu is 50% plant-based which is fantastic! They have brought out some new dishes such as “The Vegan Fish and Chips” everyone is going crazy about!
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 choose from Marinara and Merido plus more!
TAMATANGA – Birmingham – Tamatanga has a great vegan menu from curry bowls to vegan naan and puddings – Available for takeaway via Deliveroo
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
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.
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!
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.
THE EDGBASTON BOUTIQUE-Edgbaston-Along with the traditional afternoon tea, a Vegan option can be made available upon request at The Edgbaston Boutique which is an absolute must in Birmingham for afternoon tea, Its quite spectacular dining in the 1920s!
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!
3 THREES COFFEE LOUNGE-Birmingham-This vegan cafe is fantastic not just for dessert, but for breakfast/brunch/dinner/ etc. I tried the vegan ice-cream there and its pretty amazing as well as the vegan cakes, I would 100% recommend the Vegan lotus cake…Wow.
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!
YO DOUGH-Birmingham-Cookie dough that is 100% Vegan and 100% tasty as F’@#! They have an online store where they ship nationwide from cookie mixes to dough pots!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
ZUMHOF BIERGARTEN – Digbeth – Offering a variety of German beer and cocktails with a few vegan options
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!
WINE FREEDOM-DIGBETH-WINE, How could you live without it and that would be the first question if I was to ever be a vegan…WHERE THE F”@£ DO I GET VEGAN WINE? Well, Wine Freedom are your answer, Bab. They sell an impressive selection of fresh natural VEGAN wine and its BLOODY DELICIOUS!
PAPER DUCK-Harborne-MORE WINE AND BEER PLEASE! The Paper Duck in Harborne have a cracking selection of wines and beer that are vegan and you can shop online!
THE BORROW SHOP – EDGBASTON – The Borrow Shop is a place to grab a coffee and vegan cake, and buy sustainable homewares.
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