Hackney in east London is arguably one of the most vegan places in the capital. It has several vegan restaurants, health food shops, vegan markets and vegan fashion brands. Competition has certainly brought quality and Hackney restaurants know how to feed hungry vegans with delicious food. Here are some of our favourite ones.
Located in unassuming premises right by Dalston shopping centre, Fed by Water has quickly become an institution in this hip London borough. It's easy to see why. All the food is made on the premises, including a large variety of delicious vegan cheeses. Many of their offerings are a vegan take on Italian classics, such as carbonara and melanzane alla parmigiana. There's something for everybody here: healthy salads, delicious pizza, pastas and puddings. The menu changes seasonally, so you can easily never eat the same thing twice at Fed by Water. They also do a mean cocktails, all with vegan booze of course. Service is attentive, quick and informal. Fed by Water have recently started to deliver too if you prefer to consume their delicious food in the comfort of your home. If you intend to visit the restaurant, make sure you book in advance as this place gets packed.
Bar and restaurant Haunt has recently become fully vegan and punters have gone crazy for it, so much so that it's now considered one of the best vegan eateries in the capital. The menu changes regularly but you can be sure to find hearty burgers (we love the Haunt Classic made with a seitan patty and deliciously gooey vegan cheese), beer battered chillis with guacamole and black beans, loaded jackets with BBQ tofu and smoked vegan cheese, beetroot salad and spiced aubergines. The dessert menu is quite short and features vegan takes on classics such as Banoffisu (a banoffee pie/tiramisu concoction), cheesecake and sorbet. The cocktail list is good, with the cherry sour being a favourite. The atmosphere is warm and informal, the clientele is very Hackney - young and trendy - the service excellent, prompt, attentive and friendly. A great place for a night out with friends.
Temple of Hackney also known as Temple of Seitan has become quite the destination in Hackney. This vegan fried chicken shop offers vegan takes on fast and street food such as the Temple Burger, Hot Wings, and the hugely popular Mac 'N' Cheese, and Popcorn Bites. The food may not be particularly healthy but it's delicious and what they can do with seitan here is quite a revelation. This joint is loved by vegans and omnivores alike and gets rammed, so expect to queue.
A vegan Mexican restaurant in Dalston and excellent food and a jovial atmosphere. The jackfruit burrito and 'to-fish' tacos are particularly good, the nachos are a perfect snack with a strong cocktail and for pudding the El Chapo ice-cream sandwich is not to be missed. A great, fun place to visit with friends.
This light and airy restaurant in the heart of Shoreditch (there's also a second one in Notting Hill) is perfect for health conscious vegans. The menu is varied with salads, pastas, risottos, burgers and vegan maki rolls on offer and there are plenty of gluten free dishes too. We loved the sweetcorn and red peppers pancakes and the pulled barbecue 'pork' jackfruit with homemade slaw, which we ordered with a side of sweet potato fries. Puddings are good and on the healthy side as well - there's no refined sugar in sight here - but their banoffee pie is as decadent as the classic, sugar and dairy loaded variety. Redemption doesn't sell alcohol, but have a good selection of juices and smoothies.