VEGAN DELIGHTS OF BIRMINGHAM

We enjoyed living in Birmingham for 2 years. Being from Canada it was great to be in the middle of England and able to travel to lots of different places all over the UK. We were always on the lookout for vegan food.

When we weren't travelling other places we were in our adopted home of Birmingham and enjoying the great vegan food options there. A lot of these places we tried with other member of the Birmingham Vegans group.

Since Birmingham often doesn't get as much attention as it should we wrote this post to show the vegan delights of Birmingham. Here's a rundown of the vegan food options, that way next time you are in Brum you'll know where to go. Right on!

100% Vegan:

Vegan GrindhouseIs a 100% vegan food truck that can be found in various locations around the city. Follow their Facebook to find out where they are next. If you like American style street food, you will love Vegan Grindhouse. Try their Original Grindhouse Burger or attempt the Death Proof II burger challenge.


Natural Healthy Foods Cafe: This restaurant is getting great reviews from Birmingham Vegans:
"It was brilliant to have an entire buffet to choose from knowing that everything was 100% vegan and not having to carefully pick out the vegan things as you would at a regular buffet. There is a serious temptation to try absolutely everything and pile more on your plate than you know you should! As well as the food there is also a selection of extremely high quality loose leaf teas and kombuchas as shown below. I had the peppermint tea and it was delicious." - Birmingham Vegans. We haven't been here ourselves, but we wish we had.



Vegetarian:

Mr Singh's PizzaOnly the BEST pizza we have ever had. Mr. Singhs is a vegetarian pizza place offering a wide range of vegan pizzas. They offer 'Vegan Pepperoni, Sausage, Meat Feast, Supreme, etc. as well as burgers, nuggets, and starters. Try their vegetarian supreme pizza with vegan cheese.


3 Three's Coffee LoungeThis is a vegetarian cafe that offers all different plant milks for your hot drinks. They also have an assortment of vegan sandwiches and cakes. They have sandwiches like the BLT, Club, Ploughmans, Falafel, Chicken Salad and they are all vegan. Try their red velvet cupcakes.


The Warehouse Cafe: This is a vegetarian restaurant that seems to change up its menu often which is great. They often have quite a few vegan options. Their burgers and potato wedges are definitely worth a try.



Veggie Chippy: This place is a no frills basic chippy like you would find all over the UK only all the items are vegetarian. They have a lot of vegan options. From what we gather it is a "pure vegetarian" place meaning that they don't use eggs so the only non vegan stuff is the stuff with dairy in it. Are you a vegan that wants greasy food? You got it!

Vegan Friendly:
(Unique to Birmingham)

Cherry Reds CafeIt has vegan breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps, all at reasonable prices. They also have a wide range of vegan drinks, from coffee with soya milk to vegan beer and cider. Try their jacket potatoes (baked potatoes) that you can fill with various vegan toppings.


 Bodega Bar & Cantina: This place specialises in South American and Mexican cuisine. They conveniently have a vegan menu which you can ask for and it makes ordering a lot easier. The food tastes great and the restaurant is very colourful and a lot of fun. 


Cafe Soya: Is a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant that has a large vegetarian menu, that can mostly be made vegan. Try their Malaysian Rendang curry with mock chicken or lamb.


The Church: This is a pub that serves Soul Food and food inspired by Louisiana and the Southern United States: BBQ, corn on the cob, grits, etc etc. The have a couple vegan options. Their menu tends to change but they usually have quite a few vegetarian options of which a couple are vegan. So expect to find Vegan Jambalaya, and a burger called Shia No Beouf. On Mondays they do a meat free Monday special where all their vegetarian options are 50% off.

Vegan Friendly:
(Found Throughout England)

Handmade Burger Company: This is one of our favourite restaurant chains in the UK and there are 3 locations in Birmingham. You won't find them if you are only visiting London (unless you go out to Wembley) but they have 29 locations across the UK. They have the biggest selection of vegan burgers we've ever seen from a non-vegan restaurant. They have 4 vegan burgers and a falafel burger that can be made vegan without the raita. Their burgers have the Vegan Society seal of approval so you know they know, you know? They know! Right on!


Loungers: This is another chain with a bunch of locations all across the UK. They have a separate vegan menu with plenty to choose from. It is kind of a pub but kind of a cafe. You order at the bar. It's pretty casual and you might not think it was a chain if you've never heard of it.


Wagamamas: This is a huge chain in the UK that is absolutely everywhere and they have vegan options. The main vegan option being the yasai itame. There are 3 Wagamamas in Birmingham alone.  Unfortunately they don't label the vegan options so you will have to ask your server. If you are unlucky enough to get a server that has never come across a vegan before they might bring out the awkwardly gigantic fail safe allergy guide that shows what is vegan on the menu. You too can have people stare at your table as they wonder why you are ordering your food from a gigantic 3 ring binder. Rest assured your food will be vegan!


Wrap ChicThis is an Indian Burrito place. As you may have guessed, their burritos are filled with Indian curries rather than traditional Mexican fillings. There are two vegan options that they offer: the soya amritsari and a potato curry burrito. These burritos had us coming back regularly to the point that they recognised us and our order.


Pizza Express: When we first arrived in the UK we went to a Pizza Express in Bournemouth and we assumed it was a small independent pizza place. It's hilarious how wrong we were as they seem to be on almost every corner. There is around 6 of them in Birmingham. Sure they only have one vegan pizza, and they don't have vegan cheese but you know what? I doesn't really matter because the vegan pizza they have called the Pianta tastes great. It has lots of great toppings and you can throw some chilli oil on there. Depending on how you feel about the controversial topping of pineapple you can add the pineapple chutney to it. Plus you can sign up for the Taste card which has a free trial and get 2for1 pizzas! Woohoo!


Wetherspoons: Wetherspoons are everywhere and there is probably something like 16 of them in Birmingham if we have to guesstimate. I don't know if any vegans plan on going to Wetherspoons or just happen to be there with their friends that aren't vegan. Good on them for having vegan options. They are everywhere in the UK and Ireland so you are pretty much guaranteed on having at least one place in whatever town you are in that has a vegan meal.


The Stable: These guys are into pizza and cider which is an interesting combination. They have one location in Birmingham and a bunch across the UK. They aren't anywhere near as big as Pizza Express. Their pizza is pretty good and they have a couple different vegan options with vegan cheese. They use rice based mozzarella for their vegan pizzas.


Pho: This is a Vietnamese place that has a vegan Pho and some spring rolls. There isn't much else that is vegan on the menu but they are solid choices that you will be happy with. There is a bunch of locations across the UK but just one location in Birmingham inside Grand Central.

Now you are more than prepared to eat vegan food in Birmingham. We are sure that there are many more non-vegan places in Birmingham that have vegan options or can make a dish vegan for you. These are our favourites. Do you have a favourite place for vegan food in Birmingham? Do you like to go to chain restaurants, independent restaurants or food carts?

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I you enjoyed this post then you will enjoy reading some of our other vegan guides like our Ultimate Vegan Guide to London England.

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  1. While I don't see myself traveling to Birmingham anytime soon, these look absolutely amazing. Even if you only list two entirely vegan places, I think it's already great that so many places nowadays have vegan options or can veganize some of their dishes.

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    1. The UK has really got their act together regarding vegan options. It was great!

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  2. OMG! That's an amazing amount of vegan options, and it all looks so good.

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    1. So good! Especially Mr. Singhs Pizza!!

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  3. Omg, that's just amazing! I'm a vegan and that's so hard to find good alternatives! It looks so good!

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