The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Roast Dinners In London

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 39 months ago
The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Roast Dinners In London

This article is sponsored by Vaulty Towers.

Perfectly-crisped roast potatoes, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, oodles of vibrant vegetables and lashings of gravy. Add some meat to the mix and you've got the perfect roast dinner, right? We beg to differ.

Vegetarian and vegan roast dinners have much to bring to the party too. From supreme nut roasts to rich mushroom wellingtons, crispy tarts to meat substitutes good enough to fool even the most ardent of carnivores, there's plenty to keep the capital's meat-free munchers content of a Sunday. Here's where to get your vegan and veggie roast dinner fix in London. If it's the traditional, meaty roast you're after, you'll find the best roast dinners in London here.

Vegan Roast Dinners in London

Cafe Van Gogh, Brixton

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Serving 100% vegan cuisine, this south London cafe not only whips up fantastic vegan fare, but is also a not-for-profit social enterprise that works with local charities to provide employment and training opportunities. Doing good while you eat good sounds like win-win to us, and you can toast your success with a selection of homemade roast dinner favourites. Ever-changing specials mean on any given Sunday you may have the choice of nut roast, mushroom wellington or jerk-seasoned plantain (curve ball) reliably served with mash, veggies and some of the richest red onion gravy around. Finish with the sticky toffee pudding — it's a winner any day of the week.

Cafe Van Gogh, 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE

Manna, Primrose Hill

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Clocking in at over 50 years old, Manna might just be London's oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant. That's a long time to perfect the ultimate vegan roast dinner, and by jove it's done it. The nut roast is a stunning example of the dish: moist, rich and packed full of spices. Oh, and it's absolutely ginormous. It runs out nearly every week, in which case the other Sunday specials beckon bright. These are an ever changing beast, but we still fondly remember the creamy butternut squash and flaky filo pie we devoured one Sunday afternoon.

Manna, 4 Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ

The Oval Tavern, Croydon

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A mere ten minute stroll from East Croydon station, The Oval Tavern is a much-loved local boozer and all-round roast dinner winner. If you've got a mixed group of carnivores and vegans, this place will hit the spot with both vegan and veggie roast dinner options alongside their usual meat offerings. The Mediterranean nut, pepper and aubergine loaf is worth the journey alone for non-local residents, and that's before we've even got to the garlic-roasted potatoes, fluffy swede mash and the side of live jazz that's reliably served up of a weekend too. Cosy, family-friendly and with local brews on tap, Sundays just got even better.

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, CR0 6BR

The Old Queens Head, Islington

The Old Queens Head.

Tatty chesterfield sofas, wood-panelled walls and a warmly-lit bar welcome you upon entry to this Islington boozer. There's quirk here in spades and Saturday nights seem to be reserved for cocktails and dancing. But when Sunday afternoon finally rolls around, their mushroom wellington with vegetable gravy and olive oil-crisped potatoes is a very welcome sight indeed.

The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN

Karamel, Wood Green

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Even non-vegans flock to north London's Karamel of a Sunday. This all-vegan cafe serves up the goods throughout the week, but their Sunday roast is legendary (without the dairy). It's a creative masterpiece with a smoky tofu, chestnut and almond wellington leading the pack, followed by a torrent of parsnips, mashed swede, peas, red cabbage, lashings of gravy and standout roast potatoes. It's enough to keep you full for hours and is best washed down with a vegan ale. What finer way to spend a Sunday?

Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, N22 6UJ

The Windsor Castle, Kensington

The Windsor Castle.

Vegan nut roast is on the menu at this beautifully preserved, wood-panelled Victorian pub. It's got character in spades and is a marvellous spot to hunker down for a cosy afternoon, alternately dozing and snacking in front of an open fire. If nut roasts aren't floating your boat, the Sunday menu throws up a couple of added vegan treats too. White balsamic and tomato tarte tatin followed by miso-glazed aubergine? Don't mind if we do.

The Windsor Castle, 114 Campden Hill Road, W8 7AR

The Talbot, Dalston

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An immensely popular local gastropub, don't forget to book a table in advance if you want to be assured of a space to sample The Talbot's Sunday roast dinners. The options are ever-changing, but recent choices include chickpea and sweet potato sausages, and tofu and almond loaf. Trimmings come as standard, but make sure you keep an eye out for their delectable apple and pear tarte tatin. It's 100% vegan, absolutely scrumptious and comes with almond pouring cream on top.

The Talbot, 109 Mortimer Road, N1 4JY

The Bull and Gate, Kentish Town

The Bull and Gate

Mismatched furniture, high ceilings, industrial lighting and quirky portraits covering every inch of the walls — The Bull and Gate is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. But all eyes will be on the vegan nut roast when it arrives, packed full of pumpkin, celeriac, candied beetroot and the ideal vessel for some added sage and leek stuffing. It's a mighty fine nut roast, but it's the presence of vegan Yorkshire puddings that gets them serious brownie points. Just make sure you ask for them especially, as they don't come as standard.

The Bull and Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ

Vegetarian Roast Dinners in London

The above pubs and restaurants are winners for scrumptious vegetarian roast dinners too. But if you're after some veggie inspiration without forgoing the dairy, here are some extra meat-free marvels just for you.

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An absolute dream of a veggie roast at Vaulty Towers

Treat yourself to a spectacularly reinvention of the veggie roast at delightfully offbeat Waterloo boozer Vaulty Towers. Culinary maestros Chavdar and Steve from We Are Pop Co have created a three course meat-free menu that beautifully incorporates the flavours of Catalonia, Sicily, and the Middle East.

Start your Sunday feasting odyssey with a choice between sumptuously sweet and sour fig caponata, mushroom and celeriac pate, smoky escalavida, or hummus served with coriander oil and pita. For the main event, Vaulty Towers presents a delicious twist on a veggie classic - a hearty, umami-rich, wellington that combines jackfruit, kale, and portobello mushrooms wrapped in a puff pastry blanket. Or else there's a vegan shepherd's pie or baked Romano pepper - each comes with chickpeas, spices, and sweet potato mash. Whichever you go for, you get all the usual trimmings - crispy golden roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds, and rich gravy - plus black garlic and chilli broccoli and coconut Savoy cabbage.

Once you've stuffed yourself silly with savoury delights, there's the pudding to contend with. Finish your meal with a sinfully decadent chocolate brownie or apple crumble, then let it settle with a scenic stroll along South Bank. With gorgeous food and a great location, if you want to end the weekend on a high, Vaulty Towers is the place to be.

Vaulty Towers' veggie roast is served every Sunday, 12pm-6pm. Image © Rah Petherbridge Photography.

Roast, Borough

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Let's be honest, Borough Market is a pretty obvious destination for hungry Londoners. But, did you know there's an entire restaurant dedicated to roasted food? Ok, the name's a bit of a giveaway, but it's important to cut to the chase when there's roasties on offer every day of the week. The veggie offerings here are bright and refined rather than hearty, with roasted beetroot burger leading the pack in terms of flavour and style. Don't go expecting rustic decor and roaring fires either as it's a pretty classy affair, all linen tablecloths and floor-to-ceiling windows. The price matches the upmarket surrounds but, hey, it is Borough Market.

Roast, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL

The Jones Family Project, Shoreditch

Jones Family Project.

A suitably trendy name for a trendy restaurant in a trendy part of London, this Shoreditch steakhouse may look a little exclusive from the outside but don't let that put you off. Good times and great food are at its heart, and that extends to the vegetarian nut roast on a Sunday which comes with, wait for it... cheese sauce. And Yorkshire puddings. And mashed potato. There are some vegetables in there too, but did we mention the cheese sauce??

The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL

The Wilmington, Clerkenwell

The Wilmington

Following an extensive refurbishment in 2013 from its 19th century music hall roots, The Wilmington has transformed into a charming public house, packed full of historical features and boasting a large glass atrium over the dining room. It's a beautiful spot and a welcome excuse to stuff your face with their vegetarian offering of a Sunday lunchtime: wild mushroom and goat's cheese wellington. Prices are fair considering we're a stone's throw from Farringdon and King's Cross, portions are generous, and the welcoming atmosphere is just the cherry on the cake.

The Wilmington, 69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL

Crown and Anchor, Brixton

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South of the river, there are no pretentious airs and graces at this Brixton pub. Just a great beer selection, chilled vibes and not one, but two vegetarian roast dinners on offer. The choices may not be surprising — veggie wellington or traditional nut roast — but what is impressive is that this makes up exactly half of their roast dinner offerings. That's right, half of the Sunday roast menu is vegetarian, and both dishes can be made vegan upon request too. Hats off, Crown and Anchor.

Crown and Anchor, 246 Brixton Road, SW9 6AQ

The Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington

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Any London pub with 'butchers' in the title probably doesn't fill vegan or vegetarian diners with much hope when it come to roast dinner options. But let us stop you there, for the jolliness to be found at this butchers isn't just for the carnivores. The crumbed goat's cheese studded with nuts and cranberries gets top marks from vegetarians, while the vegan nut roast comes with all the trimmings you could hope for and is also gluten free. Little vegans can enjoy their very own kid-sized nut roast too. And if you're looking for an excuse to hang around, the gargantuan range of real ales, craft beers, stouts and lagers should do the trick.

The Jolly Butchers, 204 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7HU

The Marlborough, Richmond

The Marlborough, Richmond

After a day's deer-spotting in Richmond Park, a friendly pub with a cracking beer garden can sound like a mighty appealing option. Make that day a Sunday and The Marlborough will throw up another treat: the roast dinners (and some of the most ginormous Yorkshire puds you've ever seen). There's a vegan nut roast, but it's the root vegetable pie that really gets your tastebuds singing. It's packed full of fresh veggies, beautifully cooked and, big bonus, comes with extra gravy on the side. Your pooch can even join in the fun as The Marlborough is dog-friendly too.

The Marlborough, 46 Friars Stile Road, TW10 6NQ

The Gate, various locations

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An old-timer on London's veggie scene, The Gate is somewhat of an institution. Londonist's Joanne Gould says that the restaurant mini-chain "describes itself as Indo-Iraqi Jewish food with French and Italian influences... We describe it as yum". It's a fair assessment. The first venue in Hammersmith is fast approaching its 30th birthday and newer venues in Islington and Marylebone have proved just as popular. The three-course Sunday roast menu (currently only available at the Hammersmith and Islington venues) is a cornucopia of veggie delights. Crispy marinated tofu or artichoke terrine to start? Bulgur and beetroot burger or wild mushroom roasted stuffed onion for main? Peanut butter brownie or poached peaches for dessert? These are the sorts of decisions you'll be faced with, and what a welcome quandary to be in.

The Gate, locations in Marylebone, St John's Wood, Hammersmith and Islington.

Know any other vegan or veggie roasts that deserve a mention? Comments below.

Last Updated 30 September 2019

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