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13 awesome veggie and vegan eats

Celebrate National Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) by getting your local plant-based fix at one of these foodie joints that put veggies front and centre and deliver on flavour.

Dirrty Vegan, Coventry & Rugby

Dirty burgers your thing? Dirrty Vegan is owned by the same guys behind burger joint JP’s Kitchen so they know their way around a burger. These ones are made using Beyond Meat (a super realistic meat patty made out of plant proteins) and stacked with toppings like Facon (fake bacon if you don’t know the lingo), sticky onions and Sriracha mayo. There’s loaded fries too – we love the jerk ‘chicken’ ones.

Fed, Stratford-upon-Avon

New kid on the block Fed is a plant-based, gluten-free eatery and wine bar just two minutes from Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The brains behind the brand is hairdresser Matthew Curtis (who owns the salon next door along with branches in London and Chipping Camden). Expect buddha bowls, tapas, tacos, sushi and burgers.

VGN Boulevard, Stourbridge

This indie restaurant is owned by plant-powered husband and wife duo Ben and Nicola Powell who are passionate about bringing vegan junk food to our ‘hood. They say it’s ‘filthy food for a cleaner planet’ (epic strapline!) and includes a full menu with the likes of burgers, loaded fries and pasta.

Temperance, Leamington Spa

This cafe-come-bar-come-art gallery in the centre of Leam offers an all vegan menu of locally sourced produce. There’s a cracking choice of cocktails, craft beer and wine (or just sample all three… hic!). It’s got a cool vibe with local artists’ work displayed, and you can buy a piece too if one takes your fancy. After you’ve finished, head into town for spot of retail therapy or to Muddy award-winning best bar Fizzy Moon for a few more drinks.

Dirty Kitch, Fargo Village

Sometimes you just need some soul food. And this all vegan food has soul. It’s bringing the flavours of southern-style cooking to Cov’s Fargo Village (here’s why we love it if you haven’t been yet). Expect to find crispy fried ‘chicken’, meaty ‘burnt ends’ in caramelised bbq glaze and ‘wing’s (as above) in a choice of 12 sauces.

Mowgli, Birmingham

Gorgeous interiors – think fairy lights galore and swing seats – and plenty of plant-based options at this Indian street food restaurant in Grand Central. Vegans aren’t an afterthought here – there’s a separate menu that includes treacle tamarind fries (*seriously* moreish), holy chow chickpea and potato curry served in a loaf (a ‘vegan showstopper’) and a vegan version of restaurant favourite, yoghurt chat bombs. Can’t decide? Then try the vegan school tiffin with a selection of dishes selected by the chef.

Plant ‘n’ Plate, Kings Heath

Craving a full English, ‘facon’ sarnie, hot dog or dirty (vegan) burger? This is your place. It believes in never using animal products of any kind and sourcing ingredients as locally as possible – the prices are pretty reasonable too!

Isaac’s Restaurant, Birmingham

All-American restaurant Isaac’s has jumped on the Veganuary bandwagon with its indulgent offering including roasted butternut mac n’ cheese, Korean spicy fried ‘chicken’ and sweet potato poutine. Its served alongside their regular menu too for the carnivores in your life.

Plantarium, Stratford-upon-Avon

This all-vegan cafe takes you on a trip around the world with its different flavours which include a Mexican wrap and tofu ‘steaks’. There’s daily special homemade cakes too. Well, it’d be rude not to.

Mayor’s Cafe and Community Gardens, Bedworth

This cafe next to Bedworth’s Miner’s Park (a great place to take the kids and dog for an amble) is a hidden gem. It’s run by charity People in Action and sells veggie and vegan food, with most grown and picked from the onsite gardens – where you can also buy some pretty lush plants. The menu changes pretty much daily. Last time I went I tucked into an Indian feast including homemade samosas and pakoras with a gorge spicy curry. Then grabbed a coffee for a wander around the park. Lush!

RSC Rooftop, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC’s restaurant impressed during a recent visit and does a great choice of vegan meals, and a vegan afternoon tea if you fancy it – and why wouldn’t you? Think roasted cauliflower and red pepper Keralan curry or if you’re fancying something a little more indulgent how about a fully loaded burger or pasta dish? The views are gorgeous too so try and book a window seat.

Giggling Squid, Leamington, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon

Starting life in a tiny fisherman’s cottage in Brighton back in 2002, Giggling Squid began with a simple idea: to cook ‘simple, rustic, fresh Thai food’ and it now – unsurprisingly – has outposts across the country, including three in our area. The restaurant has a special evening vegan menu which includes a selection of stir fries and curries (the Massaman is mouthwatering), plus a very reasonable set tapas lunch.

Cafe Soya, Birmingham

This Vietnamese-Chinese fusion restaurant in the Arcadian offers meat alternative versions of all its dishes including spicy veggie prawn fried rice and mock duck pancakes. It’s a Muddy fave and a great stop before heading to a show at The Hippodrome which is just around the corner.

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