Your Veggie Guide to Liverpool
While our city may not be over-furnished in the vegetarian and vegan café department, there are still plenty of places to go if you want a decent choice of dishes which don’t involve animals. With new eateries opening up all the time, it is likely that some new veggie-friendly places will be opening up before long. Until then though, here are our favourite places to go for vegetarian and vegan eats in Liverpool. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
A bona fide city institution, once you have made it up the countless flights of stairs you are greeted with a café which not only has one of the nicest ambiences in the city but also the only fully-fledged vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the city centre. The menu is constantly changing with regular favourites on constant rotation. There are also regular events such as open mics on to enjoy while you chow down on Egg’s famous tandoori mushrooms.
Bakchich Lebanese Street Food restaurant is a real jewel in the Bold Street foodie crown. It’s food is as unusual as it is delicious and so is the décor. Bakchich is worth checking out for its breakfast menu alone. There are a range of meat-free brekkies to choose from including Shakshouka (salsa mixed with scambled eggs) and vegetarian wraps. The mezze provides a range of veggie and vegan options and there are also delicious dishes such as Bourkouri Halloumi which is a must-try.
Hope and Anchor
This once fairly standard student pub offering has undergone a renaissance in recent months and its menu has thankfully kept up. Tucked away on Maryland Street behind The Flute, the Hope and Anchor also has the advantage of having a cracking beer menu. The vegetarian section on the menu gives more options than the average pub and is very reasonably priced.
The Pen Factory
The Pen Factory, underground next to the Everyman Theatre is the perfect place to get vegetarian side plates when out for a drink. There’s also some delicious main meals with a helpful ‘v’ next to them on the menu. Look out for the specials as well – the stuffed aubergine is a favourite of ours.
Green Days Cafe
This Lark Lane haunt is somewhat of a hidden gem but still very popular (you have to be lucky to get a table on arrival). Dedicated to vegan and vegetarian fodder, this quaint little café is located just off the Lane on the corner of Parkfield Road. As seems to be the tradition in Liverpool, you need to go upstairs to enter. This is a great place for your Sunday morning hangover cure.
Mowgli has been one of the biggest success stories of the new restaurants in the city in recent years. The Bold Street Indian street food establishment has a fantastically diverse menu and the Hindu Kitchen section caters nicely for those wanting to avoid carnivorous offerings.