National Vegetarian Week may still yet be a week away but when London’s veggie food is this delicious why wait? From small plates a-plenty at Mildred’s to carefully crafted kids menus at The Gate, we’ve lined up 10 of the best family-friendly meat-free restaurants across the capital serving vegetarian delights for you and your brood to feast on…
The brainchild of three Swiss brothers – Daniel, Christian and Retro Frei, tibits was designed to change the face of vegetarian family dining and that it did. With 8 restaurants across Europe and 2 in London, this pay-by-weight eatery has over 40 vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes and desserts lined up for you to try on their signature food boat. Seasonal, fresh and influenced by Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, wide-eyed little ones can savour classics with a twist such as macaroni & broccoli cheese to fusion flavoured salads – raw Pad Thai vegetables, avocado mint hummus and orichette pasta salad. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week we have partnered up with our friends at tibits to give you the chance to win a scrumptious veggie family feast – ENTER HERE
124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW / 12-14 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4DA
Promoting healthy eating for nearly three decades, The Gate’s Middle-East-meets-Mediterranean dishes hero vegetables from starter to Sunday roast. If heading for brunch with the babe, why not add a little spice to your mid-mornings with their lip-smacking Heuvos Rancheros. A golden corn tortilla laden with re-fried beans, fried organic eggs, a fiery Colombian Aji salsa, green jalapeño and corriander relish, between bites be sure to keep your cool with a mean-green with a kale, green apple, lemon and lime juice. With a dedicated kids menu serving up two courses for £6.50, little ones will go nuts for sietan nuggets served with mushy peas and chips and for finger-food loving tots why not order the potato and cheddar croquettes.
22-24 Seymour Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 7NL / 370 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NN / 51A, Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London W6 9QL
Wimbledon based mamas and papas if you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly veggie gem then hot foot it over to the bijoux Lu-Ma Cafe. Celebrating fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains, Lu-Ma’s children’s menu is stacked with choice. From homemade baked beans (sugar-free) on gluten-free toast to the incredible BBQ jackfruit burger, served in a toasted bun and topped with mashed avocado, lettuce, marinated red onion and red cabbage, this truly is one of the finest vegetarian-friendly children’s menus in the capital.
143 Worple Road, Wimbledon SW19 4JZ
If you’re looking for a deliciously different meat-free meal whilst out for a mooch around Oxford Circus, then take a hop, skip and a jump to Eastcastle Street to feast on the wonders of Ethos. With marble for days and stripped birch trees lining the restaurant, this stylish pay-by-weight eatery is not only rich with vegetarian dishes but also specialises in vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free treats. With oodles of choice, kids can pile their plates with goodness including corn on the cob oozy with vegan butter and spring onions, moorish Thai sweetcorn fritters and an abundance of scrummy salads. For a divine treat, the dessert table is heavenly – peanut butter bombs, raw caramel flapjacks and gooey chocolate brownies are just the tip of the sugar-free iceberg.
48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Boasting one of the best vegan burgers in the world, Notting Hill’s Farmacy is not only steeped in style but promises a menu overflowing with ‘clean indulgence’. Supporting both a vegan and vegetarian diet, the choice is plentiful and the dishes colourful. Their cult Earth Bowls are not only Insta-worthy but packed with wellness, our favourite – the Kimchi Spring Bowl, a pickle fanatics dream of soba noodles, spicy kimchi, sautéed spinach stems, raw seasonal asparagus, raw brine carrots, marinated mushrooms, and radish sprouts. Tiny diners will melt for the Mac’N’Cheese (vegan to boot!) and the starter size pizzettas are a great dinky dining option for smaller tums. Mamas who take tea will definitely want to sample Farmacy’s plant based High Tea menu. Cucumber & pea Sandwiches sit alongside tahini and dark chocolate truffles, scones with coconut clotted ‘cream’ and there’s even a rose and raspberry infused vodka cocktail for a teatime tipple!
74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH
Maple & KING’S
Bringing balance to the plates of London, Maple & Co have been touted as one of the best healthy restaurants in the capital. Canadian chef Adria Wu has fused together her learnings at Le Cordon Bleu and the College of Naturopathic Medicine to delight family diners with ingenious lunch boxes packed with protein and then layered with veggies of your choice. From smoked five spice tofu to grilled halloumi transform your base with a green poke bowl or quaint English garden. With kids in tow, the halloumi wrap in a multigrain flatbread is a great nutritious swap for the usual lunchtime sarnie. The Sunday Funday smoothie is also a fab sweet treat loaded with raw cacao, banana, honey, avocado and oat or almond milk.
Unit 1, 3 Pancras Square, N1C 4UR, King’s Cross, London, UK
If a weekend trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood takes you to Bethnal Green, be sure to save time for a bite at The Hive. With a focus on simple organic food, their cold pressed juices detoxify, food nourishes, coffee ignites the senses and their natural wines warm the soul. Whilst the kids sink their teeth into The Hive’s signature veggie burger – a yummy mix of mushroom, courgette and pumpkin seed formed into a patty and topped with chutney, coleslaw and rocket, big kids can aperitivo to their hearts content with an indulgent Italian cheese board and glass of biodynamic wine. Oh and there’s gin…how could we forget the Jerry Thomas G&Ts – chin chin!
286-290 Cambridge Heath Rd, cnr. Vyner St, London E2 9DA, UK
Pre-babe we could often be found braving the queue for a post-work bite at their Soho eatery. Now with toddler firmly by our side, our love for one of the capital’s oldest vegetarian restaurants hasn’t waned. Swapping Soho for the child-friendly outpost in Camden Town, whether central or north, the seasonal menu is still winning. Hearty vegetarian dishes see wood roasted mushroom and ale pie sit alongside stir fried vegetables, green falafel and a kicking sri lankan curry. Order a set of the small plates for dinky diners – gyoza dumplings will be gone in a flash as will the smashed avocado and corn chips, a scrummy noshy bite big and little kids will love.
9 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BW
It may be a high-street stalwart but if you’re scooting around town with the kids and looking for a vegetarian bite then Veggie Pret is hard to beat. Affordable, accessible and now in three locations across London, Veggie Pret has flourished since its days as a Soho pop up. We love their rainbow veggie pots for a kiddie friendly snack, hummus, carrots, radishes and mustard cress is always a winner and for a pud alternative the dairy-free chocolate chia pot is super – a rich and creamy vegan chia pot combining soaked chia seeds, coconut yoghurt and a dark chocolate sauce topped with fresh blueberries and pomegranate.
Various locations: Exmouth Market / Great Eastern Street / Broadwick Street
Daytripping Delights in Brighton – Food for Friends
If you’re looking to escape the big smoke for a family weekend by the sea, Brighton has a plethora of veggie friendly restaurants including Terre a Terre, Pike & Pine and Redroaster. However, those looking for an award-winning vegetarian eatery, Food for Friends, in the historic South Lanes is one of our ultimate faves. With an ethos to create tasty, affordable and honest dishes, they use the freshest produce and support local suppliers. Their relaxed ambience and friendly family vibe is the perfect setting for a lazy Sunday veggie roast. Throw in booster seats, activity sheets and crayons, little ones are sure to be entertained whilst chomping away on meat-free meals from the kids menu including homemade focaccia pizza, macaroni cheese and cauliflower falafel with bulgur wheat and a perfectly pink beetroot hummus.
17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton, BN1 1HF