Birmingham is a great city for vegan restaurants. Here are five of the finest plant-based eateries in the city.
Natural Bar and Kitchen (Suffolk Street)
Natural could be credited with kickstarting Birmingham’s enthusiasm for all things vegan. Natural Healthy Foods made its name as a whole food shop, and the brand expanded to open the Second City’s first-ever vegan restaurant. Others may have since followed, but Natural remains one of the finest.
The menu is delicious and guarantees freshness. In particular, the black fungus mushrooms with ginger and miso dressing are a delicacy. If you’re just looking for a liquid lunch, however, you’ll be equally catered for. Natural serves a range of smoothies and fermented teas that treat the body as well as the palate.
Warehouse Café (Allison Street)
If you’re looking for something a little more casual, stroll past the Bull Ring toward Warehouse. This is more a café than a restaurant – claiming to be the oldest strictly casual vegan eatery in Birmingham – but it’s every bit as delicious. Warehouse offers a range of vegan coffee and cake options, as well as plant-based burgers, kebabs, curries and soups.
The café also offers a vegan buffet for large groups and boasts further ethical credentials through its worker-owned status. Warehouse is a must-visit for plant-based visitor in need of a rest stop and refuel.
The Stable (John Bright Street)
You may have heard of The Stable. This chain can be found throughout the UK, serving delicious pizza and locally sourced ciders. The Stable tailors its menu to its territory though, and the popularity of vegan eating in Birmingham ensures that this branch is packed with appropriate options.
The Birmingham Stable offers four specialist pizzas, plant-based twists on traditional pizza restaurant sides, pies and salads. What’s more, the chefs will happily amend a main item menu to make it vegan-friendly if possible – all you’ll need to do is ask. This all makes The Stable a rare restaurant that will satisfy carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike.
BA-HA (Wharfside Street, inside Churchill’s Bar)
BA-HA is a curious proposition. This is a strictly vegan restaurant, based inside a decidedly mainstream bar. This means that you’ll need to double-check the vegan credentials of any drinks that you order. There will be no such concern about the food, though. You’ll be able to tuck into plant-based alternatives to any number of traditional pub food staples, such as burgers or fish and chips. This makes BA-HA the perfect spot for anybody new to a vegan diet.
A menu this mainstream makes the transition considerably easier. Established vegans need not worry though, as they’re catered for too – this eatery boasts a broad and interesting menu and a calming view of the canal. It’s the perfect spot for a long and leisurely lunch.
Land (Great Western Street)
The menu at this exclusively plant-based restaurant is one of the most original and interesting in Birmingham – and it changes constantly to guarantee variety. This is because Land only use the freshest possible ingredients, ensuring that available dishes depend on what is in season at any given time. If you’re keen to dine ethically, this makes Land the best option for you.
You can also take in the full experience to sampling the tasting menu. Land offers a fine ambiance and great presentation – but not gut-busting portion sizes. This is a restaurant to attend for the experience and inspirational taste combinations, rather than to sate a fiery hunger.
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