I’ve been a vegetarian in Birmingham for over a year now so, fortunately, I have had my fair share of experiences testing out different restaurants and cafes. I know how much of a nightmare it can be when you go somewhere new only to find out that there are hardly any veggie friendly options available to you. Thankfully, for those of you looking for a good place to eat out in Brum, I have tried and tested them already. Here are some of my favourite places to go and eat at, as a veggie!
The best thing about The Vegan Kitchen is that you can go in reassured that everything on the menu is guaranteed to be veggie friendly and of course vegan! This means that you have the freedom to choose anything your heart desires, without being limited to a small selection of meals. Not only does the food taste AMAZING – think street food yet even better – but the whole atmosphere of the restaurant is super vibey in itself. I would totally just go here to study as it is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main high street, being based in The Great Western Arcade. The independent restaurant is really Instagrammable, with its vegan food themed graffiti wall and flower staircase making for some cool photo opportunities!
Okay, so Tim Hortons isn’t exclusively located to Birmingham. But they only have a sprinkling of franchises across the country so it’s not something everyone has access to. Located directly opposite New Street Station, I thought I’d give it a mention. I only discovered the Canadian company this year and it has quickly become one of my favourite places to go. Tim Hortons is more of a café than a restaurant but they still do amazing quality food. They have a veggie and vegan menu which includes plant-based breakfast wraps and toasties. When you thought things couldn’t get any better, they also do vegan coffees.
So you might be thinking, out of all of the fancy restaurants in Birmingham, why has she chosen a fish and chippie? Tasty Plaice prides itself on having the best chips around, which I can actually vouch for. Often, when I go to my local chip shop, I have to walk away with a plain cone every time with no added extras. But Tasty Plaice actually do veggie options that taste good. From Quorn Burgers to Battered Halloumi, there’s finally a chippie that includes us veggies! My personal favourite is the Battered Veggie Sausage and Chips meal as it tastes just like the real thing! The location of Tasty Plaice is so convenient too, located on the upper floor of Grand Central.
The Rainbow Pub is situated at the heart of Digbeth and, while being a really fun spot to eat and drink, it is also home to the vegan food BA-HA. This is some seriously award-winning stuff, so you just know it’s going to be good. Everything on the menu is plant-based but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Just one look at the “garlic chicken” or “calamari” will leave your mouth-watering. Oh and did someone mention Guinness gravy?
Plant + Pulse is a super cute hideout. Not many people know about it but it would be a shame if your trip to Birmingham didn’t consist of a visit to this independent café. The menu prides itself on being super healthy and nutritious and, of course, plant-based. Expect to be taken on a spiritual journey of natural ingredients with buddha bowls filled with…you guessed it…plants and pulses.
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