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The UK’s most (and least) vegan- and vegetarian-friendly cities revealed: Brighton takes home top spot, with Stoke-On-Trent coming last

  • Brighton is the best spot to eat if you’re avoiding meat and dairy, with 38 meat-free restaurants for 139,001 residents. That’s 1 for every 3,658 people!
  • Falmouth finished second with 5 vegan or veggie options, which is 1 per 6,398 people, and Bath is third, boasting 12 restaurants, or 1 for every 7,899 people,
  • Stoke-on-Trent appears to be the worst place for vegetarians and vegans, with no meat-free restaurants for 372,775 residents.

16 October, 2019, LONDON

Brighton takes home the crown of vegetarian and vegan capital of the UK, offering more meat-free restaurants per resident than any other town or city, according to new research by money comparison site,

The analysis looked at the number of veggie and vegan restaurants in 331 UK towns and cities against the population for each area, finding that Brighton boasts 38 vegan and vegetarian eateries for its 139,001 residents. That’s 1 meat-free restaurant per 3,658 people!

Falmouth was the next best offering for herbivores, with 5 veggie and vegan restaurants, which works out as 1 per 6,398 people in the city. In third place is Bath, boasting 12 meat-free options in a city of 94,782 residents (1 for every 7,899 people).

Next was Leicester with 55 vegetarian or vegan eateries for a population of 508,916. Newcastle rounds off the top 5 with an offering of 19 veg-friendly restaurants for 192,382 residents.

At the other end of the table, Stoke-on-Trent appears to be the worst city for veggie and vegan eaters, with no meat-free restaurants and a population of 372,775. Blackpool doesn’t fare much better, with no meat-free options for its 239,409 residents. Bexley, Dudley and Sutton also score badly with no exclusively veggie or vegan options at all.

This comes at a time when more and more Brits are eating less animal products, with vegetarian and vegan diets becoming increasingly popular. Research from Finder in January 2019 found that in the UK, around 6.5 million Brits choose a meat-free diet daily, with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles being the most popular among younger generations.

The majority (86%) of baby boomers (born 1946–1964) say they eat meat, compared to less than three quarters (71%) of millennials (born 1981–1996) and only 63% of generation Z (born after 1996).

For a full breakdown of the research, including data for all countries and an interactive world map, visit:


Finder found and compiled all the vegan-only and vegetarian-only restaurants listed on HappyCow and analysed them against populations listed on Mintel, ProdegeMR and World Population Review. This research was conducted in early October.


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