Last year, more than 400,000 people took part in the ‘Veganuary’ campaign – that is, to give up animal products and ‘go vegan’ for the month of January (and in many cases, beyond). Indeed, veganism is growing at a staggering rate; according to The Vegan Society, the vegan population in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2019, and 50% of Brits claim to know somebody who excludes all animal products from their diet and lifestyle. In honour of ‘Veganuary’ this month, we have compiled a go-to guide for some of the best places in Coventry to find food which is meat-free, dairy-free and cruelty-free!
Best Sunday roast
Playwrights Bar & Bistro always have an amazing selection of dishes for meat-lovers and meat-loathers alike, and they really excel with their Sunday lunch menu. Meat-free folks will often be lucky to find any option they can eat on your standard Sunday roast menu… if you can relate then look no further, as Playwrights offer not one, but two! Choose from Cranberry & vegetable nut roast, sage & onion stuffing, vegetable gravy & cranberry sauce OR Roasted vegetable tart with vegetable gravy, both served with roasted potatoes and a plethora of yummy veggies! Playwrights are offering a Sunday roast delivery service throughout these unprecedented COVID times, but you need to book in advance – check out their website for more information by clicking here.
Best all-vegan street food
For your fried chicken or mac ‘n’ cheese fix, look no further than Dirty Kitch in FarGo Village! Dirty Kitch serve street food which is 100% plant-based, specialising in American and Caribbean flavours. Try their Seitan Fried Chick’n, Creamy Chipotle Mac ‘n’ “Cheese” or BBQ Glazed Short Rib. Dirty Kitch are taking a little break at the moment so you won’t catch them during Veganuary, but all hope is not lost, as they’re planning to reopen at the start of February. Click here to take a look at their website.
Images – Dirty Kitch
Best plant-based pizza
In my opinion, Basement Browns serve up some of the best pizza in Coventry – period. They go above and beyond your average big pizza chain because they don’t just offer dairy-free mozzarella, they also have an extensive range of meat-free substitutes to go on top! Load up with vegan chicken, chorizo and/or sausage, and as with all of Basement Browns’ pizzas, you can choose an unlimited amount of chargrilled vegetable toppings for no extra cost. If you fancy a bit on the side, they also offer vegan garlic bread and Southern fried “chicken”. Check out their menu here.
Best meat-free chippy
Located on Sandy Lane in Radford, Veggie Corner is your go-to place for vegan fish & chips, kebabs, burgers and more! As a new treat for Veganuary, they’ve also started serving Vegan Pukka Pies – choose from Chicken & Mushroom or Minced Steak & Onion. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information by clicking here.
Best cruelty-free grocery shop
Also located in FarGo Village, The Green Unicorn Vegan Store sell a wide range of vegan snacks, sweets and whole foods, as well as chilled and frozen foods. They also have the only vegan pick ‘n’ mix counter in Coventry! Everything The Green Unicorn stock is dairy-free, and as they are classed as an essential business, they’re open throughout the lockdown! See more information and opening times on their Facebook page, which can be found here.
Best dairy-free bakery
For a little sweet treat, check out The Little Vegan Bakery, a home-based bakery serving cakes, chocolate, cookies and brownies – everything is 100% dairy-free! The Little Vegan Bakery make bespoke items which are made to order, but keep an eye out on their Facebook page (found here), as they also often sell treat boxes. To give you a little taste of what might be on offer, at Christmas, customers could get their hands on boxes of Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Blondies, Chocolate Orange Brownies and Red Velvet Cupcakes to name but a few!
By Ashleigh Goodall (Instagram – @covfoodie)