After all the candy munching and sweetie snaffling of Halloween, November brings a dose of virtuous goodness as we welcome Vegan Month. From pizza pies and warming curries to failsafe favourites of nuggets, chips and peas, opting for vegan dishes no longer needs to be dull. Make dining out with the kids fuss-free and tuck into ten of the best family-friendly vegan restaurants in London…
May we introduce the UK’s first vegan pizzeria and winners of VegfestUK’s Best Restaurant award – Purezza. Founded in Brighton in 2015 and now nestled in the heart of Camden, their pizzas are not only topped with fresh artisan mozzarella delicately crafted from a fermentation of organic Italian brown rice milk but sourdough bases can be swapped for hemp flour or gluten-free options. The Cheesus is a true twist on the Quattro Formaggio and Pesto Manifesto a colourful homage to Italian ingredients. Calzone, lasagne and pesto spaghetti have all been given a pretty impressive plant-based makeover. Parents, need a good excuse to grab good pizza? Here’s one! Children under 10 get a free mini pizza when you order dishes from the main menu. With a huge range of delicious pizzas to choose from, with less fat and more nutritious ingredients than regular pizza.
43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN
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/vegan 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
Tell Your Friends
The sisters Watson, Lucy and Tiffany, may have broken a few hearts and given side-eye a plenty in Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea, but these days the sibling duo you’re more likely to find the girls in the kitchen than throwing shade at the bar. Their virtuous vegan venture Tell Your Friends is nestled in the heart of the New King’s Road and serves up an array of ethnically sourced, fresh plant based dishes. Lucy and Tiffany have crafted a menu which brings together flavours from across the world, be it great British comfort dishes such as their popular Fish & Chips, a breaded aubergine fillet, chips and peas, to a taste of Italy – plump arancini filled with cashew cream cheese, sun blush tomato dressed with spinach and kale pesto. Brunch sees baked sweet potato toast topped with almond butter, banana, blueberries and maple syrup and a super chia pudding with mama and lucuma infused almond milk, berry compote and smattered with granola.
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 winter menu must-tries including pain pasta, giant beans and a spiced Mexican quinoa bowl.
124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW / 12-14 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4DA
A cafe with a conscience and kicking vegan bites to boot, MOTHER in Hackney Wick understands the importance of organic ingredients and they proudly source over 90% of their products and produce from organic suppliers. From breakfast to dinner, food is flavoursome and entirely vegan. Bagel fiend tots will go nuts for their peanut butter and banana gluten free bagel with cinnamon + date syrup, for lunch spice up September with a Sri Lankan inspired curry with shredded jackfruit, sweet potato and spinach and coconut rice and for sleep-deprived mamas The Kick Starter smoothie laced with coconut Mylk, espresso, cacao, dates, cashews and cinnamon is a dream and perfect for that one-handed parenting at mealtime juggle!
1 Canalside, Here East Estate, London E20 3BS
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
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.
74 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5SH
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
Afternoon Tea at Cafe Forty One
Time for tea? West London’s La Suite West offer a quintessentially contemporary vegan alternative to the classic afternoon tea at their celebrated Cafe Forty One. Cashew nut cream cheese, mustard cress, barbecued tempeh and scrambled tofu fill finger sandwiches, vegan scones are ready to be slathered with whipped coconut cream and topped with fresh strawberries and the chef’s cake stand is resplendent with vegan sweet treats for the whole family. Too early for tea? Why not lunch for less, as from 1st to 30th November 2018 Cafe Forty One will be supporting World Vegan Month with a special Cafe Forty One lunch offer – choose one main course and one dessert from the Autumn Winter Menu for just £15.75.
Hyde Park, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London, W2 3JN