London's vegetarian food shops
For the conscientious consumers among us finding an ethical food outlet is becoming increasingly easy as more and more health food stores open around the capital. Here are some of the best
Guilt-free eating at the World Food Café (image © Tony Gibson)
222 Veggie VeganDecorated with images of seashells and potted plants, this restaurant’s decor and cuisine have improved in the past 18 months. The classic ‘222 Gardens’ dish fuses Middle Eastern falafel and tomato sauce with Afro-Caribbean plantain and okra.222 North End Road, W14 9NU (020 7381 2322) West Kensington tube.
Food For ThoughtA long-established, cosy, subterranean café filled with wooden furniture and friendly staff. The food is cheap but tasty. Serves vegetarian and vegan dishes.31 Neal Street, WC2H 9PR (020 7836 9072) Covent Garden tube.
Greens and BeansSecreted beneath this vegetarian takeaway-cum-coffee shop is a neat, clean café serving hearty traditional dishes such as nut loaf and thoroughly modern superfood smoothies.131 Drummond St, NW1 2HL (020 7380 0857) Euston tube/rail.
Green NoteAcoustic live music venue with small plates of inventive vegetarian food designed for sharing.106 Parkway, NW1 7AN (020 7485 9899) Camden Town tube.
MannaThough one of London’s oldest vegetarian restaurants, Manna keeps its menu modern and imaginative. Dishes such as celeriac and blue-cheese roulade with watercress pesto, an impressive drinks list and an airy interior make it one of London’s classiest vegetarian establishments.4 Erskine Road, NW3 3AJ (020 7722 8028) Chalk Farm tube.Read review
Mildred's now has a contemporary feel (image © Michael Franke)
Mildred’sThis vibrant venue has recently been redecorated and includes contemporary art as part of its style. Try the mushroom and ale pie.45 Lexington Street, W1F 9AN (020 7494 1634) Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube.
Planet OrganicPrescient chain of mini-marts set up in 1995 selling all things organic – including household products, beauty products and meat. Hot vegetarian buffet, juices and vegan salads also served.42 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH (020 7221 7171/www.planetorganic.com) Bayswater tube.
Spirited PalaceBasement vegan restaurant and health-food shop. Drumming workshops and raw-food demonstrations contribute to its unique style. 105 Church Road, SE19 2PR (020 8771 5557) Crystal Palace rail.
World Food CaféAn array of dishes featuring African, Japanese and Mexican influences.14 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP (020 7379 0298) Covent Garden tube.
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