Weekend days out The 15 best vegetarian and vegan places to eat in Scotland
BEING vegetarian has never been so popular, with more of us than ever choosing to avoid meat for health or ethical reasons. With demand comes supply, and there is now a raft of vegan and vegetarian eateries popping up across Scotland to cater to the growing market. Even if you aren’t veggie the places on our list are still worth a visit – offering tasty and varied menus that may mean you don’t even notice going without meat.
1. ELLISHADDER ART CAFE, SKYE Where: Ellishadder Gallery, Culnacnoc, Portree, Skye
Open Monday-Friday 12pm-4.30pm 01470 562734 www.ellishaddergallery.co.uk
A working weavery and painting studio as well as a cafe, Ellishadder is a hidden gem among the tourist attractions of Skye. The delicious soup and cakes are made using herbs, fruit and vegetables from the garden, and all other ingredients are locally sourced – with dairy and gluten-free options available. There are only a few tables so you can’t visit in a large group, but staff can make space for any canine companions you might bring along and offer them a biscuit and a bowl of water.
2. FLYING DUCK, GLASGOW Where: 142 Renfield St, Glasgow Open Sunday-Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-11pm 0141 564 1450 www.theflyingduck.org
A big juicy burger topped with bacon and cheese is probably the type of dish you would expect to have to give up after becoming vegan. But not at the Flying Duck, where despite the menu being 100 per cent vegan you can choose from options such as mac ’n’ cheese, burgers and chilli – all made with highly convincing meat and dairy substitutes. There is a decidedly cool atmosphere about the place, too, located in a basement bar with mismatched furniture and friendly staff.
3. KALPNA, EDINBURGH
Where: 2 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh Open Monday-Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sunday 5.30pm-10.30pm 0131 667 9890 www.kalpnarestaurant.com