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Vegan Eats in England

Hello fellow readers, or should I say, hallo! I am so excited to be sharing with you my very first travel post! This summer my sister and I went backpacking through 5 countries in Europe and I just couldn’t wait to finally make a post talking about it! For the next few of weeks I want to make a post featuring my favourite vegan meals from the trip. Today we are starting off with everyone’s favourite, London! This was my third time travelling to the land of the Brits, so I felt pretty comfortable when it came to finding places to eat. However the best vegan food I had while in England wasn’t from London, but from a little town by the sea, Brighton.

Brighton is about a two hour train ride from London, but it’s worth it! The town is filled with cute shops, cafes, and is located by the beach. After hanging out by the water and almost flying off a roller coaster, check out my travel diary video, we headed over to the bright and colourful Indian restaurant, The Chilli Pickle. They have tons of options for vegans and vegetarians, so you will have no trouble ordering. I got myself a chai tea (it was cold in Brighton, big surprise) and the Mysore Masala Dosa to eat. I have had my fair share of dosa in the past, so I was hoping that this would meet all my requirements: a crispy outside and a hearty potato filling. When I came out, it looked pretty different from the dosa I was used to. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t the 3 foot long dosa I was used to eating from Madras Dosa Hut…I digress. Yes it was smaller, but never judge a book by its cover. It was equipped with all the regular sides and of course dahl (a lentil soup)! This dosa hit the spot. The outside was crispy and it was filled with plenty of potatoes along with peas and other vegetables. It wasn’t spicy, but I’m sure if you asked they could have done something about that. The sauces that surrounded it were the perfect accompaniment. My favourite was the coconut chutney, which added a light sweetness to the dish and is great to cool your palette with if too spicy. That chutney was definitely needed when it came time to eat the dahl. It was warm and was filled with okra and zucchini. We had indian food at a couple different places during this trip and this was hands down the best one. It was authentic, reasonably priced, and perfect for a windy day in Brighton!

Mark and Spencer sprout salad

Mark and Spencer sprout salad

I thought I would include some honourable mentions in this post for those of you not willing to make the trip to Brighton. If you are in a hurry and need food on the go, Mark and Spencer is your best friend. Mark and Spencer is a popular grocery store that you can find all over England, and even some other countries (I stumbled upon one while in the Czech Republic). Mark and Spencer has a large selection of prepared foods that are great on the wallet and absolutely delicious. They don’t have the largest selection when it comes vegan food, but you can definitely find something. My personal favourite was the super nut and sprout salad with cilantro lime dressing. It is refreshing and filling since it has tons of nuts and seeds. They also offer bean and couscous salads which are usually vegan.

Kêu smokey eggplant

Kêu smokey eggplant

Another place I should mention is Kêu. Kêu is a restaurant located in Soho, so if you find yourself in the Oxford Circus area check it out! They serve Vietnamese food like Bahn Mi, summer rolls, curry, and more. There weren’t a lot of vegan options, but like I’ve said, if you ask I’m sure they can alter certain recipes. I got the smoked eggplant (aubergine) bowl which was hearty and perfect to eat after a day of shopping. The eggplants were tossed in a thick curry sauce with tofu, mushrooms, and other vegetables and served on top of rice. The portion was generous so I can’t complain!

Overall eating vegan in England was not hard at all. I highly suggest checking out the website Happy Cow, which tells you which vegan/vegetarian restaurants are around you. As always, don’t be afraid to ask for vegan options or call ahead! I hope you liked the first of my travel posts and I will be back next time when we talk all about Copenhagen!

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