By Farryn Stock|
January 27, 2022|
3 mins read
For anyone that has turned a blind eye to all the love heart balloons, red roses, and Guerlain chocolates on offer at the front of every supermarket, here’s your reminder that the most romantic day of the year is fast approaching. If you are stuck on what to do, or more specifically where to go that will provide delicious vegan cuisine in a cosy date night atmosphere, we have got you covered!
Not even a decade ago being vegan on V-day was limited to the option of cooking at home for 2 or going out and settling for the one mediocre plant-based dish on an overpriced menu. Now, thankfully, as the number of those taking on veganism grows to roughly 35 million, so does the number of restaurants incorporating meat-free alternatives.
So, whether it’s candlelight and cocktails or fine dining for two that you are after, then look no further because here are London’s best vegan-friendly romantic restaurants that will make your heart swoon:
Plotted in the centre of one of London’s most prestigious stores is a fine dining experience with a twist. Adesse Restaurant by Chef Mathew Kenney is entirely plant-based and boasts a menu made up of seasonal ingredients and some of Kenney’s specialities. The restaurant itself replicates that of a 1930s Parisian brasserie with its gold framed bar and warm chandelier lighting. For opulence at a relative price, this is an ideal treat for two.
Where: Floor 2, Women’s Designer Galleries, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
For a colourful dining experience that is as welcoming as it is exciting, look no further than Notting Hill’s Farmacy. The concept behind the restaurant is on pulling back from the modern way of overprocessed eating and reconnecting with food on a much simpler level. Everything that is served in-store is grown organically from their own farm so that ingredients are fresh and vibrant. Although the food is bursting with colour, the restaurant décor takes a simpler approach bringing the outdoors in with plenty of plants and natural light. Perfect for the couple who like to take a relaxed approach to life and love.
Where: 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Holy Carrot is the elegant dining experience that fulfils all our Bridgeton fantasies. With Pampas grass galore and a large open fireplace, this romantic setting will surely set any Valentine’s off the right way. The magic of this restaurant, however, goes far beyond its appearance, as Holy Carrot’s menus offer vegetarian, and vegan takes on global cuisine. For Valentine’s Day, they will also be featuring a special menu for all the lovers to enjoy, which includes their ‘Lovers Cocktail’ and ‘Pink Tits Dessert’.
Where: 2-4 Hans Cres, London SW1X 0LH
Revamped from an 18th Century townhouse, Mildred’s Soho is the intimate, hassle-free venue that we all wish for on date night. Having been around for 30 years now, Mildred’s was plant-based way before the days of mainstream veganism and Greggs vegan steak bakes. One of the OG (original) vegan chains, Mildred’s has mastered the art of plant-based cuisine. With a menu that will get your taste buds tingling and a laid-back space to fill all its customers with ease, this is a dinner spot not to be missed.
Where: 45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN
Focusing on classic British dishes, The Light Bar looks to three main factors for each and everything they cook and that is ‘simplicity, quality and flavour’. Using only the best, seasonal ingredients, this restaurant also put a strong emphasis on sustainability. Cooking from produce that is sourced locally and from small farms, means that the menu does not have to be complex to be delicious. Although not a typically vegan-only menu, The Light Bar is currently doing a vegan taster menu for only £35 per person.
The location is also one of the most exciting on the list. Placed over 3 floors in a converted Victorian power station, this industrial building is remarkable. For something a bit different, this is definitely the one to book.
Where: 233 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6PJ
Nothing says romantic dinner for two quite like Italian food. Think Lady and The Tramp, or Eat Pray Love, films that have reaffirmed the notion that Italian food is filled with love. Well, at Pastan this might actually be true. Handcrafting all their pasta from scratch, the menu is completely vegan and keeps the planet in mind. A love letter to Italy, this carefully created menu will have any pasta lovers mouth watering. Situated near The Barbican, a hearty Italian meal could be the perfect accompaniment to an evening spent filled with music and dance.
Where: 12-14 St. John’s St. EC1M 4AY
This light and airy restaurant offers an elegant and simple aesthetic, leaving the food to pack the punch. Established in 1989, The Gate is one of the most-loved vegetarian restaurants in London. With dishes inspired by the owners mixed Arabic, Indian and Jewish heritage, flavours are pulled from all over the world and channelled into vegetarian cuisine that is as good for your soul as it is your body. If you’re a real foodie who wants to be transported through love of food to warmer climates then give The Gate’s Valentine’s menu a go.
Where: 51 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9QL