Eating Out Take 5

Take 5: High street restaurants

Eating out with non-vegans can be tricky, especially when everyone has different tastes; some people don’t like the idea of eating at a veggie restaurant, some are gluten-free, some don’t like mushrooms etc. Sometimes high street chains are the simplest option, so here’s a round-up of the best highstreet chains you can find in most cities, that offer decent vegan options.


Two vegan pizzas from Franco Manca

Although you can’t find one in every city, Franco Manca are popping up in a lot of places, and their pizza is so darn good. Seriously. They started from scratch with a restaurant in Brixton Market, which has always been one of my favourite places to eat, even if you’re surrounded by fish stalls and cheap kitchenware, and it’s so exciting to see how much they’ve grown over the years. Very much deserved, their handmade sourdough bases are incredible – and they have a vegan option on the menu, waiting for you to add your choice of veggies to.

Find them: At almost 40 locations across the UK – find your local restaurant here.


Banana Tree

I love Banana Tree, their food is genuinely really, really, really good – ‘Indo-Chinese’ deliciousness. I love their mixed plates with spiced, tender aubergine, sticky rice, rice crackers, salad and bajhis. Seriously delicious, and seriously filling!

Find them: With only 8 locations across the county, you might have to travel to find your local branch. Find their locations here.


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With a separate vegan menu, which includes vegan cheese, there’s no need to miss out on pizza. Or bruschetta. Or chocolate torte.

Find them: Across the country in numerous locations – find them here.



Perfect for lunch or a quick dinner, Tortilla serve burritos and naked burrito bowls, both of which can easily be made vegan. Plus you get free guacamole when you’re ordering a vegan meal, bonus! Just ask for a vegetarian burrito or naked burrito with no cheese and no sour cream.

Find them: Across the country – find your local Tortilla here.


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Probably the last place you would expect a vegan menu, but they have one, and it’s pretty good! Meat Liquor is a fun place to eat, and their faux chicken wings are brilliant.

Find them: Across the country at a few different locations – search your local restaurant here.

What’s your go-to highstreet restaurant? Tweet us your favourite at @TheNodMagazine!

Editor’s Note: Although Pizza Express also offer vegan cheese, The Nod cannot recommend it as it as one of the worst pizzas ever.

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