5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Liverpool
Liverpool has always been keen to push the boundaries in every aspect of life, art, and culture. When it comes to vegan cuisine it is certainly the case, with a whole host of restaurants and cafés serving up tasty meat-free dishes throughout the city centre and beyond. It’s hard to choose just five, but that’s what we’ve been tasked with, taking on the task of sampling the food on offer in each and putting together a brief guide to the 5 best vegan restaurants in Liverpool.
Down the Hatch (Duke Street)
Before Down the Hatch there wasn’t anywhere in Liverpool that was unabashedly serving up junk food for vegans. Veganism was always looked upon as a little different from pigging out on junk food as a meat-eater. The guys at Down the Hatch thought this was a little unfair, and set about creating genuine, authentic vegan junk food. There are items on the menu that have been developed to recreate what you would expect to see at a meat restaurant, but there is so much more to the menu than that. You’ll never see anything like the junk food here, with even those people who always order meat when they eat out being tempted to completely forget that they are even in a vegan restaurant the food is so tasty. The vast majority of the menu is vegan (up to 80% of it) with the Halloumi fries one of the favourite pieces on the remainder of the menu. The portions are massive, and we’d recommend the Jackfruit Nuggets to start and then taking on the challenge of one of the delicious Seitan Burgers as your main.
Frost Burgers (Wood Street)
Frost Burgers is a fantastic, small meat-free burger joint in one of the most thriving, and busiest parts of the city centre. Wood Street is bustling and close to Concert Square and party times 7-nights a week, but the small diner is a cool little oasis for vegans living in and visiting the city. The aesthetic is urban cool, with a wall full of graffiti art, and furniture that would definitely be classed as industrial. The fact that you can only fit around 20 people in there at any one time adds to the ‘hipster’ feeling of the establishment. The concept behind the food is a very simple one – you choose what type of vegan burger you want. The choices are Chicken Free, Beef Free, Fish Free, and Falafel. You’ll never taste another vegan burger anything remotely like these, with the staunchest of meat-eaters finding it incredible that a burger could taste so good without any meat or cheese!
The Egg Vegetarian Café (Newington)
Long before vegetarianism and veganism became a hugely successful venture for a restaurant The Egg was already established in the city. It is a warm and welcoming café on the top floor of a building along Newington that you wouldn’t expect to find. It opens out into a large space, with mezzanine, including plenty of large tables and benches, and a selection of fresh food and drinks. It was the first to offer a dedicated veggie and vegan menu in Liverpool and always has some classic homemade soups and salads on offer, burgers, stews, and cakes. On a Sunday you can even get a fully loaded vegan roast dinner. The café is open to people from all walks of life, a community hub, with a friendly smile for all who enter.
Sanskruti (Bixteth Street)
An absolute hidden gem in the city, this basement restaurant is one of the more popular establishments in the whole of the city, whether you are a meat-eater, vegetarian, or vegan. Set in the Business District of Liverpool, Sanskruti serves up authentic cuisine from all parts of India. You’ll find massive naan bread that you won’t feel is possible to finish, amazing street food dishes, all kinds of curry dishes, potatoes, lentils, rice, but all cooked with a particularly light touch that doesn’t leave you feeling too heavy at the end of the meal. Not only that, but the price is also exceptional value for money considering the quality and quantities on offer.
The Caledonia (Caledonia Street)
A community pub that has found its place at the heart of the Georgian Quarter. Much-loved by students, the local arts scene, music lovers, dog owners, and now vegans, The Caledonia has established itself as a leader in all kinds of areas in the city. It became a fully vegan pub in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. On the food menu, you can find tasty vegan burgers, delicious hot dogs, breakfast, and plenty of incredible vegan sweet treats. Not only that, but there is a wide range of vegan alcohol on offer too, meaning it is the perfect oasis for vegans to meet up with friends, especially if you’ve got a dog (it is a famously dog-friendly pub, winning awards for the fact).