Vegan fast food: Yorkshire’s guide to vegan fast food
People often assume that vegans only eat ‘rabbit food’, but these vegan fast food joints in Yorkshire prove that veganism isn’t just about the super-healthy food market. From “dirty fries” to plant-based meat, there are so many treats on offer in our handy guide.
Sheffield’s vegan pub Make No Bones serves comfort food and nearby you can ‘love’ the plant-based fast food at the Church-Temple of Fun whose menu includes burgers, loaded fries and corn ribs, according to their website.
Just around the corner, you’ll find Peddler Market at Peddler Warehouse where you’ll eat “the best independent street food,” the website says.
It’s not just about trendy pop-up street food markets, as Barnsley Indoor Market also has a kitchen where you can find vegan options, as does Chesterfield Open Air Market.
Outside Castle Market on Sheffield’s Moor you will find vegan fast food options such as the pop-up markets run by Vegan Market.co who also run the Vegan Fair at The Ridings Shopping Center in Wakefield and Leeds Kirkgate Market.
So it’s not just South Yorkshire that’s a vibrant vegan hubbub, in West Yorkshire there are vegan hotspots too, starting with the Kirkgate Markets food court in Leeds where you’ll find Fat Annie’s recommended by the Leeds Vegans and Vegetarian group.
The Leeds Vegans and Vegetarians Facebook group also recommended Friends of Food – a plant-based burger and takeaway at Hyde Park Corner, next to Zero Waste Refills.
Doner Summer is a vegan junk food chain based in Leeds, Huddersfield, York and Hull.
Scoffs in Leeds is “the home of tasty, home-cooked, plant-based food, good company and friendly vibes. Located in the bustling heart of Horsforth in Leeds, we are a family run cafe with a passion for plant-based foods and epic flavours,” he says.
Knaves Kitchen in Oporto on Call Lane in Leeds serves vegan junk food.
“Serving the best vegan junk food. A 100% vegan street food stall serving guilty dishes with a conscience,” the website explains.
Or if you want plant-based meat off the grill and straight to your doorstep, the Leeds Vegans and Vegetarians group recommends B22 Grill for wingless burgers, fries and wings.
If you want oriental food, Wawin Chinese Takeaway in Leeds, York and Sheffield is recommended by the Leeds Group, as is Little Tokyo, which is not exclusively vegan but has a range of vegan dishes you can sit on the floor to eat on low tables. .
Bam Bams Vegan Kitchen is a take-out Filipino restaurant based in Leeds.
Melanie, the owner of Bam Bams, also offers homemade Vegan Porkie Pies with a variety of toppings, jelly and hot crust, glazed dough. Made from seitan, these meat pies are available plain, cheese and pickle, black pudding, and applesauce with filling.
“I missed having a pie with my pint in my favorite pubs, so I made a few,” Melanie said.
There’s also Shouk Street Food inside Trinity Kitchen for Middle Eastern treats from a truckload like falafel, vegan shawarma and doner served in soft steamed pita bread and more.
“Our food is based on street food from the Tel Aviv market,” says owner Dana Llewellyn.
The truck also appears alongside others at Leeds’ Chow Down at Temple Arches, which offers a range of food, drink and music.
For a quick treat, head to Thai restaurant Chaophraya in Leeds for their vegan menu called ‘From the Garden’.
Bundobust, near Leeds train station, is a Gujarati vegetarian fast food and craft beer shop.
Or if you want to create your own meatless feast, check out Purpose to Surplus, formerly The Real Junk Food Project at Arcadia Group, Burton Business Park and Torre Road.
Group Wakefield Vegans also added their favorites, including Hong Kong Vegan Takeaway with refried bean curd wrapped around a wooden stick, masquerading as chicken drumsticks.
Bear Kitchen in Wakefield for American fast food, including Vegos Rancheros – vegan “tempeh” scrambled eggs.
Mama Ts in Ossett is a hair salon with a vegan kitchen serving authentic Syrian food.
Mili Fretwell, also in the group, recommended Leon to Gildersome Services and Skelton Lake, a fast-food chain that has outlets at a range of gas stations.
Humpit is a hummus and pita bar founded in Leeds, which has now fed over a million people with enough hummus to fill an Olympic size swimming pool.
Caroline Walshaw, who added Humpit in Huddersfield to the list, said:
“They also have quite a few in Yorkshire. My vegan shop is based in the Huddersfield Humpit (½).
In North Yorkshire, Harrogate is the perfect hideout for cafe and vegan brunches such as Filmore and Union and Balterzen’s for plant-based delights.
For something a little more quirky and an experience in itself, with vegan food, head to Hitchcocks in Hull, East Yorkshire. It’s a vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options where “you’re treated to something akin to a surreal mystery tour.
“The interior wanders through a confusion of rooms located on several levels creating natural havens and refuges where couples or groups of friends can gather to savor not only the delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine that is on offer, but also the atmosphere created by a mix of eclectic and eccentric styles mixed with a quirky collection of thrift store curiosities,” the website explains.
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