Non-meat eaters, we know there’s only so many nut roasts and soggy mushroom risottos you can take. 

Happily, Birmingham’s plant-based dining scene is sprouting fast; these days, there are dedicated vegan menus to be found in most restaurants.  

Some, however, have gone further. We’ve found the crème de la crème of the veggie and vegan food scene: restaurants that are totally vegan, totally veggie or have a particularly outstanding selection of meat-less dishes. 

Here are several exceptional, vegan-friendly restaurants in Birmingham that’ll impress even the most carnivorous.

If you're craving some meat-free naughtiness, dive right into our vegan junk food guide here.

Land is all about creative and imaginative dining, inspired by – you guessed it: the land. With a menu that changes with the seasons, expect unusual takes on classic dishes, with the likes of watermelon steak and slow-roasted strawberries. There’s also great emphasis on the drinks menu, with thoughtfully prepared cocktails and wine suggested for each course. Whether you’re a committed vegan or not, this is a place that those seeking a more premium experience – and terrific cocktails – should make a beeline for.

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Starting life as street food traders, BA-HA owners Frankie and Becky have brought their 100% vegan menu to a permanent residence at chic Churchills in The Mailbox. Their memorable plant-based offerings will convert even the most die-hard meat eaters, and the range of small plates are perfect for soaking up Churchill’s many cocktails and more than 80 gins. Mains include the ridiculously fish-like Bish n Chips, bourbon-glazed “ribs,” and homemade lasagne made with cashew parmesan. Those sweet of tooth will enjoy the chocolate orange brownie and banana Brum bread.

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Hot dogs, milkshakes and cream cheese bagels are the order of the day at these vegan coffee shops – based in the city centre and the Jewellery Quarter. Food is freshly made in store and customers go especially nuts for the baked goods, including chocolate brownie cupcakes and blueberry croissants. Somehow it’s hard to believe options like the cheese pizza toastie and ploughman’s sarnie are entirely plant-based, but we assure you they are, and mighty fine they are, too.

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Whether you’re working near Grand Central or passing through before hitching a ride on the next train, there’s always one spot you can rely on to serve you healthy, feel-good food to fuel that next step - and that’s Yakinori (Grand Central). The vegan golden tofu avocado poké bowl is the stuff of dreams, it comes with kale, tofu, edamame, broccoli, avocado, grilled sweet red peppers, soy sesame and wasabu sesame. Yum.

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Craft Dining Rooms is a British restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Birmingham. Our favourite thing about them? These guys do an absolutely fabulous (and very important) job of championing artisan suppliers and British vineyards. For Craft Dining Rooms, dining is all about you. These guys put 100% into everything they do, and that's not an overstatement. Everything is hand crafted, hand picked, and home grown from the food, the drinks, the art and even their logo. All of their culinary delights are hand made and skilfully selected so you have only the best of British, and a unique dining experience every time. From Salt Baked & Birch Glazed Celeriac to their Whole Roasted Baby Cauliflower, these guys are the kings and queens of picking the most complementary ingredients, and showcasing fresh British produce in its finest form.

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As a noodle shop, there’s no prizes for guessing what the main item is on the menu. Bowls filled with handmade noodles (made fresh on-site daily) and a rich broth are the star of the show. There’s a beautiful selection to try which change regularly. There’s always a vegan option to wet your whistle; at the minute, that’s a spiced coconut broth, served with a generous portion of tofu and enoki mushrooms. But a trip to Lucky Duck is not complete without getting your mitts on a handful of their bao buns. Steamed to perfection, the buns themselves are slightly sticky to the touch but with a delicate pillowy texture. There’s a choice of fillings but our personal favourite is the vegan satay aubergine with chilli and peanuts.

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This entirely vegan eaterie offers healthy, plant-based food served a la carte or buffet style, alongside sweets like sundaes and cheesecakes. Be careful if you go for the buffet: the price is by weight not by dish, so you may spend more than intended if you’re ravenous. For something filling, we’re suckers for the Vietnamese burger, and the onion bread is the stuff of legends. Save room for dessert, if you can; the raspberry tart and caramel ice-cream is sublime.

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Vegans are well catered for in Selly Oak. Next door to kebab specialist, Vegan Munch, we reckon Falafel Munch might just serve the best falafel in the Midlands. Probably the country, in fact. Beautifully crisp, packed with herby flavour and studded with toasted sesame seeds, the freshness factor is off the scale. Plus, they’re ludicrously good value: £3.00 for a regular falafel wrap, £3.80 when you go large. Wash your chickpeas down with a freshly squeezed juice or smoothie and you’re set. Just remember to visit the cashpoint first: this is a cash-only joint.

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The worker-owned Warehouse Café is all about two things: veggies and community. The Digbeth spot, which claims to be Brum’s oldest vegetarian and vegan café, combines meat-free food with non-corporate vibes. As well as plant-centric fare, there’s a library and bookshop, along with regular events and workshops. Thoughtful, responsible business extends to the menu: vegan cakes are made in-house, while drinks include Luscombe’s organic juices and vegan beer sourced from local breweries.

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Enjoy the best of both meat and veggie worlds at compact Arcadian dweller Cafe Soya. The east Asian hotspot offers an entirely vegetarian (and often 100% vegan) menu separate to its standard one, its generous selection including a medley of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Gorge on the likes of crispy lettuce wraps, mock aromatic duck and pancakes, papaya salad with vermicelli, coriander, basil, lime and peanuts, as well as veggie wonton soup with rice noodles.

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Published -20th September 2019