Week­end days out The 15 best vege­tar­ian and ve­gan places to eat in Scot­land

The Herald Magazine - - 12 - ALEX BURNS

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

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