Vegetarian Awareness Month
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
October is World Vegetarian Awareness Month, and this is a cause very important to BRYT Skincare and at the heart of who we are. Our belief in a vegetarian lifestyle is based on our cornerstones of being kind to our planet and to ourselves. A vegetarian diet can bring a wealth of benefits to the environment and to our health, and this October we're celebrating everything vegetarian by bringing you recipes, vegetarian lifestyle tips, competitions with some of our favourite vegetarian brands, and more, so stay tuned. Today we tell you about our 10 favourite UK vegetarian restaurants...
1. Food For Friends, Brighton
This award-winning restaurant in Brighton's South Lanes is a vegetarian institution, which has been running since 1981. With influences from around the globe, and using local ingredients wherever possible, the menu is sophisticated and varied, with some of our favourites being the King oyster mushroom 'scallops', the ginger beer battered halloumi cheese, and the crispy sweet potato cakes. The menu also contains many vegan and gluten-free options, so there is always something for everyone!
2. The Gate Restaurant, London
There are three branches of this haute-cuisine veggie restaurant in Islington, Hammersmith and Marylebone. Serving diverse vegetarian food inspired by the founders' Arabic, Indian and Jewish backgrounds, dishes such as miso-glazed aubergine, shiitake ginger gyoza, and North African vegetable and chickpea pommes dauphinoise, diners can take a culinary tour of some of the best vegetarian food the world has to offer.
3. Woodruff's Organic Cafe, Stroud
Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, Woodruff's Organic Cafe is a quaint, cosy little cafe and always a must-visit when we're in the area. With a focus on healthy, organic, whole foods, the cafe's specialities include a spicy homemade beanburger, Goan cocnut dahl, and a fantastic Greek mezze board.
4. Rasa Indian Restaurant, London & Newcastle
The Rasa Restaurant was founded by Das Sreedharan, who grew up in a small village in Kerala on the lush, spice-rich tip of India, and was inspired to open his own vegetarian restaurant by his childhood helping his mother look after their vegetable garden and turning this into sumptuous, meat-free meals. The restaurants have an iconic pink colour scheme which we love for its kitschness! The restaurant specialises in South Indian food, served on a banana leaf and with tangy pickles, fluffy rice dishes, and hearty dahls to accompany.
5. Rainbow Cafe, Cambridge
Rainbow Cafe is the only vegetarian restaurant in Cambridge, and is approved by the Vegetarian Society. We love their healthy approach to cooking - everything is daily made from scratch on the premises, with no additives, preservatives or other nasties (a rule we live by at BRYT!). They specialise in hearty dishes such as lasagne, tagines and stews - so be sure to come with an appetite!
6. Greens, Manchester
We love this trendy eatery in West Didsbury, near Manchester. which alongside its a la carte menu also serves a burger & beer menu and a three course menu on Sundays.
7. Mildred's, London
With four sites in London, Mildred's deserves to make the top 10 of any restaurant list, whether vegetarian or not. Serving up fresh and colourful food with oodles of style and personality, Mildred's is a must-visit for any self-respecting vegetarian. The inventive menu includes dishes such as smoked tofu with fennel, apple and white bean sausages, chickpeas with persian limes and rose petal harissa, and pizatta with bufallo mozarella, black truffle and mushroom.
8. David Bann, Edinburgh
An Edinburgh institution, David Bann is a stylish, minimalist restaurant perfect for a more formal occasion. The globally-inspired menu spans the Mediterranean, Pacific, Thailand and India with dishes such as olive polenta with roasted vegetables and goats curd, aubergine, chickpea and cashew koftas, and a delicious desert selection including a dense orange cake with zesty ginger and lime ice cream.
9. Carters of Moseley, Birmingham
The only Michelin star restaurant on our list, and also the only one which isn't strictly speaking a vegetarian restaurant, Carters deserves a mention because of its stunning vegetarian lunch and dinner menus, including inspired dishes to please all the foodies out there such as Jerusalem artichokes with kale and black butter, pot-roasted cauliflower with elderflower buttermilk, and pine mushroom porridge.
10. Manna, London
This oh-so-stylish restaurant is the place to be seen in Primrose Hill. The food is inspired by southern California, with a fresh, zesty slant to it. Our favourites include the buffalo cauliflower tostada and basil cashew cheese croquettes.