In 2021, you can expect that most restaurants will accommodate vegetarians, but ordering food as a vegan can be a bit more difficult. When eating with non-vegan friends or family, you can find yourself settling for sides or the token salad. To avoid this, we’ve done some research to find out which cities in the UK are best suited to vegans and vegetarians.
Which city caters the best for vegans and vegetarians?
To save our vegan readers the hassle, we’ve compared restaurants in the 270 towns and cities in the UK to see which areas are more vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. We’ve looked at the number of restaurants that cater for vegetarians and vegans and ranked them by comparing the number compared to the town’s/city’s population. Specifically we considered restaurants whose menus are solely focused on vegan and vegetarian diets.
The town that comes up top is Brighton, a veggie haven with a total of 203 vegan and vegetarian restaurants for its 139,001 residents. This gives the green city 1 restaurant for every 685 people, so avoiding meat is basically a walk in the park.
Falmouth comes second with 34 vegan and vegetarian restaurants for almost 32,000 residents, which means 941 people for each restaurant.
In third place, there is Lancaster, that has 45 restaurants in total and close to 47,162 residents. This makes 1 restaurant for every 1,048 inhabitants.
Of the 270 UK cities and towns we’ve considered, there are a total of 6,426 restaurants that cater to either vegans or vegetarians. The worst places have the lowest amount of vegan or vegetarian restaurants with the largest populations. Bexley appears to have just two restaurants that are meat free for a population of 228,000, making it the least suitable place in the UK for those who are vegan or vegetarian. To put this into context, that would be one restaurant per half of the population (specifically 114,000 people). For more rankings, check the table below to find out how your area scores.
We’ve done some research to find out Brits’ diet intentions. Not only can eating less or no meat be healthier, but it’s also more environmentally friendly as meat and dairy production is one of the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Regardless, one might have to stay away from meat for ethical, religious or dietary reasons. More and more Brits are eating less animal products with vegetarian and vegan becoming increasingly popular diets.
In the UK, 7.2 million British adults currently follow a meat-free diet, with more younger generations intending to adopt a vegetarian and vegan lifestyles as of 2021.The silent generation (those aged 74+) are the age group least likely to adopt a meat-free lifestyle in 2021, with just 4.2% expressing an intention to do so this year. Contrastingly, with almost 26% of Generation Z (born after 1996) planning to ditch the meat this year, this age group could have the most non-meat eaters this year if they follow through on their intentions. Following closely are Millennials (born 1981–1996), as 15.5% have vowed to go meat-free in 2021.
In a similar vein, Generation Z (born after 1996) and Millennials (born 1981–1996) make up the generations with the largest meat-free populations (46% and 34% respectively). As of 2021, however, the silent generation has the most meat-eaters in the UK, with almost 88% stating they don’t follow any particular diet and don’t plan to.
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 January 2021.
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We 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. Making it the most vegan and vegetarian-friendly city in the UK.
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