Veganuary’s mission to encourage more people to test out a vegan diet started back in 2014. In that first year, the charity received 3,000 sign-ups. Fast forward to 2022, and a record-breaking 629,000 people took part.
Tempted to join the challenge this year? Whether you’re driven by animal welfare, your own health or the environment, we’re here to help make Veganuary as easy as possible. Check out these vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes at Wellington Place in Leeds.
1) The Good Luck Club
Catch up with friends over a delicious lunch or after-work dinner at The Good Luck Club. You’ll find some thoroughly enticing vegan choices on the New York-inspired menu.
Top options include ‘The Vegan’, a juicy plant-based patty on a vegan pretzel bun. Or pair your pint with a plate of vegan loaded fries, given a fiery kick thanks to a generous slathering of jalapeños and vegan sriracha mayo. You can even end the meal with a generous helping of vegan lemon sorbet – light, fresh and delicious.
For more information, visit The Good Luck Club’s website.
2) Sociable Folk
If you’re in search of a tasty vegan breakfast to start your day (or a lovely vegan lunch) then Sociable Folk should be on your list.
Its breakfast and brunch menu has everything from lighter options, like granola pots with fruit compote, to mashed avocado on toast, that’ll see you through until lunchtime. Speaking of which, Sociable Folk’s range of salads and wraps is crammed with goodies. Vegan power bowl topped with broccoli, avocado and hummus? Veggie samosa wrap? Build-your-own superfood salad? Even the biggest of meat eaters will be tempted!
Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy freshly-baked treats like vegan brownies and carrot cake, washed down with your choice of teas and coffees. There are plenty of dairy-free milk alternatives including oat, almond, coconut and soya.
For more information, visit Sociable Folk’s website.
Ah, cheese. Perhaps the delicacy most new-found vegans find the hardest to cut out. Fear not. At Veeno, you’re covered.
Veeno’s sharing board ‘Tagliere Vegano’ serves up a platter of yummy delicatessen (and vegan-friendly) nibbles, including Veeno’s very own almond-based cheese! Other delights on the menu include three vegan variations of bruschetta – one topped with cherry tomatoes, one with courgettes and sun-dried tomatoes and the last with asparagus pâté. Plus, handmade gnocchi with pesto and tomato sauce and vegan cheese pizzas.
For more information, visit Veeno’s website.
4) Hoist House
Hoist House pub’s relaxed atmosphere makes it a popular spot for both lunch or an after-work bite to eat.
Those trying the vegan lifestyle won’t go hungry as Hoist House has launched a brand new vegan menu for January, including warm open flatbreads and gyros. The Hoist gyros is filled with vegan yeeros meat, salad, chip-spice chips, homemade tzatziki and chilli sauce. If you fancy something a little smaller to graze on, there’s also salads, beer-battered onion rings and rosemary sea salt fries, or share nachos topped with vegan cheese, salsa and jalapenos.
Good news, pizza fans. Vegan cheese is available, so Hoist House’s selection of stone-baked, hand-stretched pizzas needn’t be off bounds, and there’s new vegan specials for January!
For more information, visit Hoist House’s website.
5) Mad Frans
In need of a casual yet scrumptious vegan lunch? Treat yourself to one of Mad Frans’ vegan-friendly dishes.
Indulgent flavours rule the roost here, including shoestring fries topped with homemade onion bhajis and mint yoghurt. Or, sample a ‘Frans’ Falafel’ sarnie, accompanied by red pepper hummus and sweet chilli then encased in your choice of bap or wrap.
For more information, visit Mad Frans’ website.
6) Caffé Nero
Whether you want to pick up a pre-work coffee or grab a quick lunch-to-go, Caffé Nero has lots of vegan choices.
Hot drinks can be paired with a range of vegan-friendly milks, and even your favourite hot chocolate can be finished off with a creamy vegan topping! And you aren’t short of choice for an accompaniment, with vegan raspberry croissants and sweet treats including a salted caramel and chocolate vegan cheesecake and granola flapjack on the menu.
For a tasty lunch, options include a tomato and plant-based mozzarella tostati, Mediterranean Vegetable Cous Cous or a vegan sausage roll made with roasted butternut squash, courgette and sweet potato.
For more information, visit Caffe Nero’s website.
7) Shouk Street Food
On 26th January, vegan friendly Shouk Street Food will be visiting Wellington Place for Street Food in the Square. You can expect delicious Middle Eastern street food including steamed fluffy pittas packed full with falafel, sauces and salads. They’ll be at Tower Square between 12pm – 2pm, and is a perfect way to celebrate the final week of Veganuary.
For more information, visit Shouk’s Instagram page.