Vegan food has come a long way and it’s no longer reserved solely for those who lead a plant-based lifestyle. From burgers that lose literally no flavour for their lack of cheese, beef or chicken, to wings that could be mistaken for a meaty version, we’ve rounded up the very best vegan restaurants in Liverpool to try.
1. Veggie Republic
📍Veggie Republic, 16 Cook Street, L2 9RF
If you’re undecided on your lunch or dinner choice, whether it be a curry, a pizza or a burger, Veggie Republic is one of Liverpool’s restaurants that has it all, plus it’s vegan.
The restaurant on Cook Street serves up a cracking vegan tapas menu featuring Mediterranean, Pan Asian, Middle Eastern, Pan American and Indian dishes, proving anything can be veganised.
You didn’t have to limit yourself to one cuisine since you can choose from the likes of calamari, hoisin ‘duck’ bao buns, Greek and Turkish kebabs, oyster mushroom ceviche or crispy ‘gunpowder’ chicken with a spicy Indian sweet chilli sauce.
2. Down The Hatch
📍Down The Hatch, 62 Duke Street, L1 5AA
Down The Hatch on Duke Street is a favourite of vegans and vegetarians alike as they serve up an irresistible junk food menu featuring burgers, hotdogs and loaded fries but minus the meat.
At this basement restaurant, guests are absolutely spoilt by the options available, including five different flavours of fried cauliflower from a Jager glaze to a cheesy sauce, plus a range of burgers, wraps and po boys to choose from.
The menu at Down The Hatch is 80% vegan, allowing for a few cheesy veggie options, however their crispy seitan wings and seitan burgers are succulent enough to even turn a meat-eater’s head. Plus, guests can also enjoy delicious cocktails and desserts including sundaes and cookie dough.
3. The Vibe
📍The Vibe, Unit 1A, Chancery House, Paradise Street, L1 3HE
Another vegan café to add to your brunch spots list is The Vibe. Located by Liverpool ONE, it’s in the name that this café is a vibe thanks to its eye-catching plates, brightly coloured lattes, neon lighting and leafy plants decorating the space.
The Vibe serves up delicious veganised dishes for both breakfast and lunch, including a ‘Veggs Benny’ and ‘Veggs Royale’ featuring their very own homemade vegan poached eggs, with runny yolk and all.
This vegan café which opened in autumn 2020 is a great spot to also sit back with a warming latte whether it be a pink velvet, chai, lavender, matcha or Scouse fire latte (a blend of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper).
📍Sanskruti, Bixteth Street, L3 9LP
Located down Bixteth Street, Sanskruti serves up both Indian classics such as tikka and tarka daal, as well as some more unusual dishes such as kela nu shaak (ripe bananas sautéed with turmeric, asafoetida, curry leaves, lemon juice and various spices).
The restaurant offers a range of dishes influenced by regions in India such as Gujarati, Punjabi and south Indian, as well as serving up some traditional street food like samosa chaat and pani puri.
All of the dishes on Sanskruti’s menu are vegetarian or vegan, but meat lovers needn’t feel like they’re missing out as the restaurant’s meals still pack a punch when it comes to flavour, as well as being packed with protein.
5. The Caledonia
📍The Caledonia, 22 Caledonia Street, L7 7DX
Serving up plant-based food for the soul as well as live music is real ale pub The Caledonia in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter and it doesn’t disappoint. Expect plenty of comforting dishes on the menu including an absolute bae of a baecon burger featuring a double patty, double baecon, double cheese, pickles, salad and sauces. But some may argue that this pub’s wings and loaded fries are where it’s at.
Glorious southern fried crispy ‘chimken’ pieces in flavours such as salt and pepper, katsu and Korean BBQ as well as the likes of fries laced with toppings such as melted cheese, thick Guinness gravy (it’s a pub after all) and chopped fried baecon pieces.
Better still, The Caledonia serves a cracking selection of beers to wash all that luscious vegan food down with, including craft beers from local Merseyside microbreweries, which will rival many Liverpool pubs and restaurants.
6. Woo Tan Scran
Woo Tan Scran, 109-111 Lark Lane, L17 8UR
Woo Tan Scran on Lark Lane is a chippy with a difference. Serving both traditional chip shop dishes as well as Chinese cuisine, Woo Tan Scran is one of the only Liverpool chippy restaurants providing fantastic fried food that is vegan.
Whether you fancy a battered sausage dinner, chip barm, donner kebab, chow mein noodles or Singapore fried rice, Woo Tan Scran has got you covered.
Tuck into jackfruit pancakes and sesame ‘prawn’ toast to start, followed by char siu ‘chicken’, crispy ‘beef’, tofu or seitan with either rice, chow mein or vermicelli noodles then dosed in either a black bean, sweet and sour, curry, satay or chilli and garlic sauce.
Woo Tan Scran even has a section of their menu dedicated to all things salt and pepper, from dumplings to nuggets, curly fries to crispy battered ‘prawns’ all mixed with that awesome flavour.