So you’re dating a vegan and you don’t know where to take him/her for Valentine’s Day? You fancy a meat free night out with your mates? Or maybe you’re a V-Day cynic who’d just like to enjoy some good company and good (plant-based) food.
Whichever one sounds like you I’ve got you covered. Whether you fancy a hearty pub dinner, a supperclub, a bit of a knees up or a posh meal there are some brilliant vegan Valentine’s Day events in London this year.
Here are my pick of the ten best places to go for a vegan Valentine’s Day meal this year:
Buffet style veggie restaurant tibits has a special package available for Valentine’s Day including wine, two plates of main dishes, two plates of desserts and tea or coffee. There will be a wide range of dishes available including roast tandoori cauliflower, the middle eastern mejadra and tibits famous sticky toffee pudding.
When: 12-10.30pm, Wednesday, February 14
Where: 12-14 Heddon Street, W1B 4DA and 124-128 Southwark Street SE1 0SW
How much: £75
To book: tel 020 7202 8370 or email email@example.com
Hackney’s Rehab has special pink pancakes, cocktails, cherry raw cake and a heart beet latte as specials this Valentine’s Day.
When: food until 9pm, bar until late, Wednesday, February 14
Where: 271 Well Street, E9 6RG
Cafe Van Gogh
Brixton-based Cafe Van Gogh is hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration for cynics and singletons. Join them to celebrate LOVE – platonic love, family love, self love… Who needs romance when you’ve got your mates? Need more mates? Book a seat for one at the communal table, don’t worry, they’ll have a few tricks up their sleeve to help conversation flow.
When: from 7pm, Wednesday February 14
Where: 88 Brixton Road, SW9 6BE
How much: 3 courses plus a glass of wine for £29.99
Visit Kensal Rise’s newest vegan restaurant for a memorable Valentine’s evening with friends or a date. The specially designed three course menu will include a Moroccan sharing starter, which comprises an array of indulgent dishes for you to share with your companion; a choice of mains including the signature dish ‘return of the mac’ (vegan mac and ‘cheese’ with BBQ mushroom ‘ribs’ and garlic sautéed spinach); and chef’s special dessert, along with a complimentary glass of vegan sparkling wine. You’ll also enjoy fun and exotic entertainment, as a professional belly dancer will take to the floor.
When: 5.30-10.30pm, Wednesday, February 14
Where: 1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace NW10 5RU
How much: £24.95 for a three course meal
Find out more/book or tel 0203 092 0047.
Ladies – celebrate the people who really matter this Valentine’s Day – your girlfriends. Delicious food, drinks, good times and some Ms and Miss quizzes. Includes prosecco, loads of vegan food, dessert and a cheese board. Male BFFs welcome too.
When: from 7pm, Wednesday, February 14
Where: 10 Cable St, E1 8JG
How much: £35.62
Celebrating not only Valentine’s Day but the Lunar New Year and Eat Chay’s first birthday this month, expect Korean and Vietnamese vegan deliciousness.
When: 7-10pm, Wednesday, February 14
Where: Lele’s, 50 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0RN
Enjoy a full eight course vegan tasting menu, which is on offer alongside its non-vegan Valentine’s menu.
When: from 6.30pm, Wednesday, February 14
Where: 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF
How much: £90
To book: tel 0207 494 3111
Italian chain Zizzi has a great vegan selection and its Valentine’s set menu has plenty of vegan options as well including a lentil ragu (pictured) and vegan rustic pizza as well as a chocolate and praline torte and several choices of ice cream or sorbet.
When: February 9 – 17
Where: Zizzi branches nationwide
How much: £19.95 for three courses
The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker
The uber-successful Islington vegan pub will be offering a special dessert on Valentine’s Day. All proceeds from this dessert will go to The Jo Cox Foundation in honour of her work to tackle loneliness in society.
When: Wednesday, February 14
Where: 292-294 St John Street, EC1V 4PA
Fed By Water
Enjoy a special vegan set menu for Valentine’s Day at the Dalston restaurant. Start with risotto love bites then choose between a rosemary potato bake or a beet dough pizza followed by a chilli chocolate mousse. Also includes a glass of prosecco or a strawberry mocktail.
When: Wednesday, February 14
Where: 64 Kingsland High Street, E8 2LX
How much: £40 set menu
Mandy Mazliah is a vegetarian mum of three whose kids don’t eat vegetables. Read about her efforts to get them to eat their five a day at sneakyveg.com or for easy veggie recipes check out cookveggielicious.com