As another plant-based restaurant arrives in Bristol — often said to be the vegan capital of the UK — we take a look at some of the eateries that have opened their doors in the city over the past year.
The newest addition to Bristol’s vegan restaurant scene is VeBurger, a plant-based burger joint that is set to open in Wapping Wharf. The location will offer some of the cheapest vegan burgers in the city, with prices starting at just £2.99.
VeBurger launched last year as a delivery service and was so successful that it soon began searching for a storefront. The burger joint will open on May 29, offering free food to its first 100 customers.
Last month, Bristol got its first-ever fully vegan Indian restaurant, an offshoot of takeaway-only service Tikka Express. The eatery in Bishopston serves dishes such as plant-based chicken korma, meatless kofta chilli masala, vegan shrimp, and naan.
Pastan, a vegan chain specialising in handcrafted pasta, recently opened a permanent location in Bristol. The menu includes options such as carbonara, cacio e pepe, and mac and cheese.
The chain has partnered with OMNI to offer a Caesar salad made with plant-based tuna, while Heura‘s vegan chicken nuggets are also on the menu. The restaurant’s opening follows the success of its popup location in Bristol in the summer of 2021.
Herbivore is a vegan deli that opened in Bristol late last year, located in a converted shipping container in Wapping Wharf. It has a focus on sustainable, artisan foods made by small producers; offerings include vegan cheeses, cakes, and tarts.
Last week, Welsh plant-based junk food brand Vegan Filth held a popup in the Golden Lion pub on Bristol’s Gloucester Road. Burger King also opened a plant-based popup in Bristol last October, offering vegan versions of 24 of its classic menu options for two weeks.
Established businesses that continue to thrive in Bristol’s much-loved vegan scene include the famous Koocha Mezze (a must-visit!), The Coconut Tree, Fi Real, Root, and popular fast food chain Oowee Vegan. The vegan pizza joint Purezza unfortunately closed its Bristol location recently and is focusing on launching its proprietary vegan cheese into retail – more on this to follow soon!