Yorkshire is often known as the county that serves the best roast dinners and home of the Yorkshire puddings, some of the most classic British foods. As much as we all love a Sunday roast, sometimes it’s time for a change, and we’re all aware of how the foodie industry is developing and vegan and vegetarian alternatives are becoming more popular.
Years ago, vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes were hard to find and independent eateries catering to these dietary options were almost non-existent. Thankfully in the past few years, the vegan restaurant scene has flourished and greatly improved all over the country and especially in Yorkshire in places like York and Leeds. In York, the city of history, aside from all popular chain restaurants and eateries, their vegan scene is certainly thriving and we wanted to give you an update on all the vegan and vegetarian restaurants you need to visit in York.
Located within the historic city walls of York on Goodramgate is Goji Cafe, a vegetarian cafe, deli and takeaway that has been serving vegan and vegetarian food for over 10 years. Even though most of their food is vegan, some of the items on their menu are labelled vegetarian but they’re still a necessary pit stop to make on your trip to York. Their main menu includes delicious options such as Mushroom Burger with Halloumi cheese, all day brunch, smokey quinoa and nut burger and some freshly baked desserts all made in house with organic flour and plant-based milks.
36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
Another beloved street in York is the popular area of Gillygate, which trendy vegan junk food restaurant Doner Summer calls home in this city. Having also been set up in other cities such as Leeds, Hull, Manchester and Huddersfield, Doner Summer is the place to be if you want some ‘dirty vegan’ food. Their trendy restaurants specialise in comfort food such as Chick’n Parm Kebab, Korean BBQ Teller, Fried Chick’n in your choice of flavour, as well as their weird and wonderful cocktails like Dundee Daiquiri and Parma Swizzle.
40 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
On George Hudson Street in York is vegan and vegetarian restaurant The Orchid, a local family business that puts the welfare of animals first before anything. Veganism mixed with asian fusion sounds like the ideal eatery, and finally gives variety to those with dietary preferences. The team at The Orchid aim to avoid materials like leather and wool, avoid toiletries and cleaning products tested on animals, try to reduce their carbon footprint as much as they can and want to prove to their customers that vegan cuisine can still be tasty and attractive. And not only are their morals extremely ethical, their menu is full of appetising food that all vegetarians, vegans and even meat-lovers would enjoy.
16 George Hudson St, York YO1 6LP
This 100% fully vegan breakfast and brunch cafe on Castlegate is ideal for those looking to make a quick pit-stop in between shopping or wanting to find a new breakfast spot to meet up with friends. Whether you’re opting for a smoothie bowl filled with fruit and mixed seeds, kimchi bowl or VFC sandwiches (vegan chicken), you’re not short of options if you want to try something new as well. Their popular smoothies for £5 are a hit with the customers, with flavours including melon refresher, kale kick and blueberry thrill.
1 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
The [N]ice Cream Factory
The well liked ice cream shop on Fossgate is located on a street filled with amazing independents. The stylish ice cream bar makes for a wonderful stop off and the perfect place to enjoy some delicious ice cream. Their regular flavours include peanut butter, biscoff, oreo and mint chocolate chip, which all come available as a vegan option too. Impressively they cater to everyone and not to worry as their dairy free vegan options are equally as delicious.
15 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA