Veganuary is almost upon us – a time when all of us are encouraged to ditch the meat and two veg in favour of a more plant-based diet, both at home and when dining out. The London restaurant scene is thriving with ethical options, so – whether you’re a fully signed up member of the vegan revolution, or are simply looking to do your bit for the planet and eat fewer animal products – check out this round-up of the best vegan-friendly spots in Elephant Park and beyond.
Try Veganuary in 2020 at Elephant Park
The first stop on your vegan tour should be Elephant Park with Ethiopian, Caribbean and Japanese options from three of our recently opened restaurants.
Beza, founded by Beza Ethio, serves a fully-vegan menu cooked with ingredients and spices imported from Ethiopia. Everything on the menu is authentically Ethiopian, and each flavour-packed dish is served with rice or injera – a sourdough flatbread.
“Our menu is alive with truly delicious and healthy seasonal food, all served in a beautiful setting, and everything on the menu is 100 per cent vegan,” says Beza, who started her culinary journey in 2006, at Camden Market.
Beza then relocated to Elephant & Castle’s East Street Market in 2016, before moving to Artworks Elephant as a pop-up. Now in its permanent home on Sayer Street, Beza has started a new chapter – why not give it a try this Veganuary?
8A Sayer Street, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1FH
Those looking to try some vegan food from Asia, can visit local Japanese favourite KOI Ramen Bar on Sayer Street for a small menu that stays big on flavour.
Try adding fried tofu to the Mellow Miso Ramen or Old Skool Shoryu, then choose either rice or wheat noodles – something sure to keep you warm this winter.
Unit 3, 19 Sayer Street, SE17 1FY
Elephant Park visitors can also try Tasty Jerk, the area’s latest exciting foodie offer. Specialising in Caribbean cuisine, Tasty Jerk gained popularity in Artworks Elephant serving up much-loved favourites like Jerk Chicken and Spicy Goat Curry.
Some new vegan options on the Caribbean menu include Ackee with Sweet Pepper, Onions & Fresh Herbs, and Vegetable Curry Stew, adding a spicy new element to Elephant Park in the new year.
15 Sayer Street, London SE17 1FY
Other vegan options around Elephant & Castle
This vegetarian and vegan restaurant, tucked just behind the Tate Modern, is definitely worth the short stroll from Elephant & Castle. Offering more than 40 homemade vegetarian and vegan salads, hot dishes, soups, freshly pressed juices and, perhaps the trickiest vegan culinary challenge of them all, desserts, it’s an ethical foodies paradise
Hailing from Switzerland, Tibits was founded in 2000 by brothers Christian, Daniel and Reto Frei, and there are now eight wholesome outlets in London, Switzerland and Germany. On Tuesdays, Tibits serves a 100 per cent vegan menu from 11.30am, while offering a menu that is 80 per cent vegan the rest of the week.
124 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SW
The number of vegans in Great Britain has quadrupled in the past five years, with 600,000 of us joining the vegan revolution – and with one look at the By CHLOE menu, it’s easy to see why.
At this trendy, all-out vegan restaurant you can tuck into some serious comfort food such as mac ‘n’ cheese, fish ‘n’ chips and a ‘classic’ burger, all made in-house using the freshest plant-based ingredients.
Located at One Tower Bridge, this vegan hotspot is perhaps best saved for when you’ve got the time to linger over lunch, but it’s well worth making the journey from Elephant & Castle and will certainly boost your ethical eating credentials.
One Tower Bridge, 6 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD
Borough Market is a foodie’s paradise and, if you’re thinking of giving up meat and dairy for the first time this Veganuary, it’s a must visit for some plant-based inspiration. When only a burger will settle those hunger pangs, head on over to The Veggie Table. Offering vegan and vegetarian options, you can tuck into the delicious patties guilt free. While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to a sweet treat courtesy of the Free From Bakehouse. As you’ve probably guessed, the stall serves a range of wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan baked treats, guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’ve got a serious case of vegan fever, and plan on whipping up some vegan-friendly dishes at home, there’s no better place in which to pick up your plant-based ingredients than this Southwark market.
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