Vegan roasts in London

mannaAs winter draws in our minds and bellies want warmth and comfort. The ubiquitous Sunday roast is as much a part of London food culture as curry and fish and chips and whilst many places are now regaling vegans with their vegan to-fish options, it’s rather difficult to find a vegan decent roast in the city. Seriously, why does there have to be goats cheese on everything?!  But some creative and damn clever chefs are bucking the trend to serve up warming, delicious Sunday roasts that will make you want Monday to come round even less quickly.

An abridged version of this post features on VegansofLDN.

Manna, Chalk Farm

The absolute bosses of the vegan roast has to be Manna. Having been making the roast for over a decade – allegedly the longest in London – you’d expect it to be good but it surpasses all expectations. An expertly crafted nut roast of hazelnut, cashew, pea, mushroom and herbs which is perfectly soft inside and crisp on the outside. Served with roast potatoes, kale, mangetout, carrots and drizzled with a mustard gravy – you can quickly see why this place is famed for their roast. It’s one of the more expensive options out there but most certainly worth it for a treat.

Cost: £14

Where: 4 Erskine Rd, Chalk Farm, London, NW3 3AJ

The Birds Nest, Deptford

If rough and ready laid back vibes are more your thing then check out The Birds Nest – a pub that doubles up as a great live music venue. A fantastic choice for vegans through the week with their extensive burger menu they go even further and serve TWO vegan roasts on a Sunday! One is a seitan roast stuffed with leek and mushroom, the other a ‘chickn’ pie with cashew cream. Both served with roast potatoes, veg (could be cooked a little less though) and gravy and both absolutely delicious! If I could eat both at once, I would! At £9 it is also the best value in the city.

Cost: £9

Where: 32 Deptford Church St, Deptford, London, SE8 4R

Karamel, Wood Green

Home to the weekly Lazy Vegan Sunday roast served from 1-5pm and regularly featuring as a London Vegan Meet Up location, this is one of the most popular choices in London. The roast is typically a nut wellington (hallelujah for a wellington without goats cheese!) served with super crispy potatoes and seasonal vegetables which can include steamed cabbage, kale, carrots and parsnips. The gravy perfectly tops it all off. And if you have room left after you could even squeeze in one of their vegan desserts.

Cost: £11.99

Where: 4 Coburg Rd, Wood Green, London, N22 6UJ

Café Van Gogh, Oval

One of London’s newest veggie vegan cafes has recently started doing Sunday roasts much to the delight of their ever growing army of fans. If you’re hungry go for all three courses which includes a soup that changes weekly, the roast or black bean bangers and mash, and either sticky toffee pudding or apple and plum crumble. The roast is a rich mushroom bourguignon wellington in crisp pastry served with perfectly cooked roasties, pan-fried vegetables and red onion gravy. Home cooked comfort food at it’s absolute best!

Cost: £10.95 for the roast or £20 for 3 courses

Where: 88-96 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6BE

The Clapton Hart, Clapton

The Clapton Hart is one of several Antic pubs that offers up a mean vegan roast (see further down for the notable Jam Circus) and all their pubs usually have at least one vegan main and starter on the menu. The vegan roast at the Hart changes seasonally but it is usually a more inventive option than just a nut roast. Currently you can gorge on a delightful spinach, sweet potato, mushroom, chestnut & pea bake with a crispy nut crust served with potatoes, seasonal vegetables and the all-important gravy. Get there quickly though as they often sell out.

Cost: £12

Where: 231 Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 8EG

The Ship, Kennington

Offering up an affordable vegan nut roast every second week – in rotation with a second vegetarian offering every other week – this is another fine spot for Sunday lunch in London. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, served with the usual fare of seasonal veggies, roast potatoes and gravy, it’s a simple yet tasty nut roast. On our vist they even offered up the Yorkshire pudding to not-quite-vegetarian Tristan which made his day! With Sunday jazz and plenty of newspapers you can easily wile the afternoon away here which is even more tempting as winter approaches.

Cost: £9.95

Where: 171 Kennington Road, London, SE11 6SF

The Bear, Camberwell

Offering up something a bit more different is yet another south London contender for top vegan roast. The Bear serves a salt baked beetroot alongside herb & garlic potatoes, braised red cabbage, vegetables and gravy – don’t worry that there’s talk of honey and butter on the roast menu as the vegan roast gets a different batch. It perhaps lacks substantial protein compared to some of the others but it certainly makes up for it in flavour.

Cost: £11.50

Where: 296A Camberwell New Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 0RP



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