THIS IS SHEFFIELD'S
Guide to vegan sheffield
The vegan scene in the UK is no longer underground. Over recent years, thanks to trend setters and availability it has moved from tasteless and boring to diverse, exciting and enjoyable for all (including those who prefer a piece of steak on their plate). Here’s This Is Sheffield’s guide to vegan Sheffield. Including vegan restaurants in Sheffield, vegan takeaways in Sheffield and much more!
VEGAN RESTAURANTS & CAFES SHEFFIELD
Most restaurants cater for vegans these days, they kind of have to as its not just a fad anymore.
Vegan restaurants tend to try their best to ensure they can attract meat eaters too, whether that is with faux meat or cooking up great food that is so good it doesn’t need meat, in Kelham there’s two restaurants on both ends of this spectrum.
Church: Temple of Fun, owned by Oli Sykes, Bring Me The Horizon frontman and outspoken vegan opened in July 2018. The venue is fully vegan friendly but you wouldn’t know it. The bar is stocked with beers, wines, spirits and cocktails that are free of any animal products whilst the food menu reads like one you’d find in any restaurant.
Fried chicken, kebabs, burgers, they even do ribs. They all look, taste and have the texture familiar to meat but you wouldn’t know the difference!
Across the road is V.Or.V (Vegan Organic Vegatarian) who take a different approach. Where Church focus on ‘junk food’ V.Or.V create healthy and flavoursome dishes that celebrate the diversity that vegetables can offer. It’s equally as impressive as Church replicating meaty favourites.
Also in Kelham is Dishi who serve up wholesome and authentic Asian inspired vegan dishes in an intimate setting and Urban Pizza, based at SteelYard Kelham who try to offer vegan alternatives to all of their pizzas whilst their neighbours Icarus and Apollo offer food inspired from travelling around the world.
On Chesterfield Road you’ve got Ajanta’s Vegetarian cooking up traditional Punjabi recipes handed down through the generations, adapted for vegans.
In the city centre there’s Blue Moon Cafe, one of Sheffield’s longest serving veggie and vegan spots. Opening in 1995 the cafe has seen the vegan trend come and grow, their menu changes daily, always offering 2 vegan dishes and one veggie dish. Also in the city centre, is The Red Deer, a traditional pub offering traditional pub grub with a growing focus on it being suitable for vegan.
Pour on London Road is a fully vegan craft beer bar and pizzeria whilst in Crookes you’ve got Dana, a cafe specialising in vegetarian and vegan plates, their Full English breakfast is a firm favourite.
South Street Kitchen in Park Hill (behind the train station) is a cafe serving up Middle-Eastern inspired veggie and vegan dishes.
Nether Edge’s Homemade by Thelma’s offers all your breakfast and lunch options with a decent choice suitable for vegans.
Over on Sharrow Vale Road you’ve got a couple of great spots for vegans with a sweet touch including Pom Kitchen and Elly Joy (in Dyson Place). Again, you don’t miss what they miss out, these treats are easy on the eye and relatively healthy.
VEGAN TAKEAWAY SHEFFIELD
Saucy is Sheffield’s latest vegan take-away, however it’s not exactly new to the scene, offering fast food favourites, but vegan. The Abbeydale Road joint is a project from the team behind Make No Bones. Available to collect or delivered on CityGrab.
Make No Bones have been kicking about in Sheffield’s vegan scene before there ever was one, firstly opening up on Chesterfield Road in 2013 where they won many plaudits. In 2018 they left Meersbrook for Kelham and moved into Church: Temple of Fun. Earlier this year they announced they were to leave Church as they had big plans in the pipeline, then COVID-19 struck.
Since then they have had their own vegan brioche buns sold in Waitrose and ran a couple of ‘pop-up’ delivery weekends as Make No Bones during lockdown before launching Saucy.
Exciting times ahead for the influential Make No Bones!
Meersbrook still have vegan options thanks to Just Falafs, a Middle-Eastern take away offering falafels, shawarmas, schnitzels and more either in a pita, on a plate or a hummus bowl. Available to collect or delivered via Deliveroo and Just Eat.
Fancy pizza at home? Get a delivery (or collect) from Italia Uno on Ecclesall Road who go big on their pizza menu for vegans. Over in Hillsborough you’ve got Sunshine Deli who’ve been doing vegan comfort food since 2014. The menu changes regularly, expect the likes of fish & chips and fried chicken, vegan friendly, obviously. Available for collection or delivery via CityGrab.
VEGAN BEER SHEFFIELD
You’re in Sheffield, of course you want beer. Vegan beer? Is that a thing? Yep!
Unfortunately guaranteeing a beer is vegan isn’t always easy when it comes to drinking in a pub but it is getting easier as demand grows and pubs are having dedicated vegan beer lines to avoid cross-contamination.
The Red Deer aren’t exclusively vegan but, like their food, the city centre boozer has started to cater more and more to vegans following demand.
Why isn’t beer vegan? Some beer isn’t even vegetarian! They strain it using fish guts (god knows how brewers figured that method out!). Don’t worry, plenty of brewers have stopped doing that.
Back in the day the quality of a beer would be judged on its clarity, these days hazy beers are all the rage so removing the non-vegan elements to clear it is no longer a downside.
However some brewers like to experiment with new flavours and pairings, you’ll often find them using milk, eggs and honey (which obviously isn’t vegan), particularly in stouts.
Why is the same beer in a can vegan and isn’t vegan on draught? Simple answer, it probably is but they can’t guarantee it. When a brewery is canning the beer they have full control over it, where as, in a pub, it’s up to the bar staff to ensure that the taps haven’t been contaminated with beer that isn’t vegan.
Many Sheffield brewers are adapting! There has even been a few vegan beer festivals in Sheffield in recent years.