This post is by VegansofLDN guest blogger Sareta Puri.
With winter in full swing, our minds & bellies want warmth and comfort. The ubiquitous Sunday roast is as much a part of London food culture as curry or fish and chips and, whilst many places are now regaling vegans with their vegan tofish options, it’s rather difficult to find a decent vegan roast in the city. Seriously, why does there have to be goat's 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.
MANNA, CHALK FARM
The absolute boss of the vegan roast has to be Manna. Having been offering their 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.
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, and the other is a chick'n pie with cashew cream. Both are served with roast potatoes, veg and gravy and both are absolutely delicious! If I could eat both at once, I would. At £9, it's also the best value in the city.
32 Deptford Church St, Deptford, London, SE8 4RZ
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, Karamel is one of the most popular choices in London. The roast is typically a nut wellington (hallelujah for a wellington without goat's 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 afterwards, you could even squeeze in one of their vegan desserts.
4 Coburg Rd, Wood Green, London, N22 6UJ
THE CLAPTON HART, CLAPTON
The Clapton Hart is one of several Antic pubs that offers up a mean vegan roast - Brockley's Jam Circus is also worth checking out - 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's 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.
231 Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 8EG
CAFÉ VAN GOGH, OVAL
One of London’s newest veggie-vegan cafes, Café Van Gogh, 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 & 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 its absolute best!
£10.95 for the roast or £20 for 3 courses
88-96 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6BE
THE SHIP, KENNINGTON
Offering up an affordable vegan nut roast every second week – in rotation with a second vegetarian offering every other week – The Ship 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. When we visited they even offered up the Yorkshire pudding to the non-vegan in the group. With Sunday jazz and plenty of newspapers, you can easily wile the afternoon away here which is even more tempting in the cold weather.
171 Kennington Road, London, SE11 6SF
Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? Do you know any other places serving quality roast dinners in the capital? Let us know!
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