The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QN.

What: Vegan friendly pub on the southside of Edinburgh. Serves meat, vegetarian and vegan.

 Prices: Reasonable.

 Vegetarian/vegan menu sample: No Sunday roast is served, contrary to other reviews. Vegetarian Breakfas £7.25 Veggie Sausages, Mushrooms, Hash Browns, Veggie Haggis, Baked Beans and a Fried Egg, Crispy Onion rings £6.00 Served with Sour Cream, Guacamole and Sweet Chilli Dips

Chilli £7.00 Served with rice Choose between Beef or Five Bean Chilli(vegan) Add Cheese, Sour cream(vegetarian), Vegan cheese, Guacamole, or Jalapeño‎(vegan) for 70p each Burrito – Chicken or Vegetarian(vegetarian, vegan option) £8.25 Served with rice and salad

Mushroom, Spinach & Hazelnut Pie £9.25 Served with chips Haggis or Vegetarian Haggis(vegan) £7.25 Served with neeps and tatties

Beef Chilli or Five Bean Chilli(vegetarian), topped with cheese, jalapeño‎s, sour cream, and guacamole The Hoose Regular Nachos £9.00 Beef, Vegetarian(vegetarian) or Vegan(vegan) To share between two or for the really hungry! The Hoose Gigantic Nachos £15.50 Beef or Vegetarian(vegetarian) The largest nachos in Edinburgh to share between three to five people…

Drinks: None of the ales on tap were vegan. They do have a book which indicates which of there beers are vegan. All the usual pub drinks served.

Service: Ernest and responsive. If the bar staff were unsure of whether an item was vegan or not they found out.


Comfortable? It was empty when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. No televisions, which is a relief. Gothic music.

Was the food good? We ordered the onion rings and chips. They weren’t good. The onion rings might appeal to those who are fond of onion rings that approximately doughnuts rather than batter adhering to rings of sliced onion. The dips were good and the portions of them very generous. The chips were not great.

Toilets: Adequate.


My advice to the chef: Do proper onion rings. Consider a vegan burger that isn’t falafal as this is the offering all over Edinburgh and one quickly tires of it.

My advice to the manager: Vegan hotdogs would be a good addition to the menu. And a vegan ale. Please contemplate adding a bit more variety to the jukebox.

Overall: Skip the onions and try something else. Don’t go out of your way to get here, but if you’re in the neighbourhood it’s worth giving it a shot. It’s a reasonable place to lament the closure of Black Bo’s.


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Dublin City Centre Recommended Vegan Dining at a Glance

Umi Falafel, 13 Dame Street, Dublin 2. 

Open 7 days a week
12.00 to 22.00



Phone: 01 670 6866

Vegetarian and mostly vegan. Reasonably priced. Lebanese. Pitta sandwiches, Lebanese salads. No meat. One of very few eateries in Dublin without meat on the premises. There’s a competing vegetarian falafel shop across street, but Umi is better, and more sanitary (in Umi the food is not exposed to customer sneezing and coughing).

Cornucopia, 19-20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 

Monday & Tuesday: 08.30-21.00
Wednesday – Saturday: 08.30-22.15
Sunday & Public Holidays: 12.00-21.00



Phone: 01 677 7583

Expensive cafeteria style cafe. Vegetarian and vegan. No meat here. We’ve never understood why this is so popular. Food is luke warm, no table service, expensive and crowded. You may have to share a table.

Govindas, 4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 


12.00pm – 9.00pm Monday – Saturday


Phone: 01-4750309



Also:Govindas, 84 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1


12.00pm – 9.00pm Monday – Saturday


12.00pm – 7.00pm Sunday


Vegetarian and vegan cafeteria style. Overpriced for what it is. No meat here. Staff don’t seem to have much sense of serving food on plates. You’re likely to get enough rice for four and a tablespoon of vegetables.

Karuna’s Kitchen, Temple Bar Market, Meeting House Square, Dublin 2. 


10:30-16:30 Saturdays only.

Vegetarian and vegan market stand. Hot food and cold. No meat at the stand. Worth a visit, but try to get there earlier in the day. When closing time nears there may not be much left.

Dada, 45 South William Street, Dublin 2Phone: 01 617 07 77

Dinner : Every day from 5 until late
Lunch: Friday and Saturday 13:00
Sunday: 14:30

Moroccan. Mid-range restaurant prices. Very little natural light. Many vegan appetizers and sides. Meat also. Unlimited sparkling and still water for €2. Assemble many tasty side dishes or choose from a couple of vegan mains. Self-built mezza is the way to go here, especially if you’re two sharing. Spinach is excellent as are most of the appetizers and sides.

Byblos aka The Cedar Tree, 11 St. Andrew’s Street, Dublin 2 


Phone: 01 677 2121

Lebanese. Mid-range restaurant. Assemble many vegan sides. Meat also. Ask about the mushrooms, sometimes they are cooked in butter, but they can do them in oil sometimes.

Malone’s Chippers, 34 Dame Street, Dublin 2 


Open early until late (exact hours not known, but we’ve never seen it closed)

Fish and Chip shop. Chips cooked in separate oil to fish and other meat. Not the best chips, but at least done in vegan friendly oil. Mushy peas are Heinz’s.

Diwali, Unit 1, Castle House, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 475009

Opening hours not known but seem to be regular restaurant hours (until around 23:00).


Indian. Mid-range Can do vegan. Most others Indians in this neighbourhood cannot (ghee only). Nice tablecloths. Next door to ‘Down to Earth’, the biggest health food shop in the country.

Wagamama, South King Street, Dublin 2 (steps down into basement).Open seven days 12:00 until 22:00. 

Phone: 01 478 2152

Asian fusion. Surprisingly dear given picnic benches, shared tables, inflexible menu. They’ll take out ingredients to make a dish vegan, but they will not add anything in. Rude staff. Juice is good.

The Counter, 20 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 611 1689

Monday-Thursday 12:00 -22:00
Friday-Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00

Burger and fries. Expensive for a burger. Vegetarian burger is vegan, fries done in vegan friendly oil. Fried pickles are not vegan. Loud music and cold. Staff always try to seat you at worst tables, even if the place is empty.

Burrito and Blues, 2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 


Monday to Thursday: 12:00-22:00



Friday to Saturday: 12:00-16:00


Sunday: Closed


No contact details given.

This is the only one in this chain where we have seen ingredients placed in a way that avoids risk of meat particles falling into vegan ingredient bowls. Watch them make one to ensure no cross-contamination is occurring. Worth visiting, if so.

The Runner Bean, 4 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 


Phone: 01 6794833



Closed Saturday and Sunday.


No opening hours given but we think it’s until about 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Quaint little independent sandwich shop. They understand what it means to be vegan but can get sloppy about cross-contamination with meat and dairy. There are many sandwich shops in Dublin, KC Peaches, O’Brien’s, etc. For vegans this is the only one we know of where it’s possible, with negotiation, to get an uncontaminated sandwich with nice ingredients such as avocado, olives, vegan pesto, sundried tomatoes, etc.

Acalpulco, 7 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6771085

Tex-Mex The staff understand vegan and do their best to accommodate, but some seem more informed than others about what the ingredients are in the items like burrito wraps. A lot of talking is necessary before a vegan order is placed.

Chameleon, 1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 


Phone: 01 6710362



Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm

Indonesian rijst-tafel. Several dishes are or can be made vegan. Meat also. A little expensive, but worth it. Intimate venue. Best go here with people with people with whom you are happy to share dishes. The idea here is that you get serveral dishes to make the meal. The only downside is the loud staff bellowing in the small space downstairs. Groups eat upstairs. Worth a visit.

Nyonya, 76 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 670 7200

Seven days 10:30 – 23:30

Malaysian. Mid-range restaurant. Meat also. Be sure to tell them you are vegan and specify no oyster sauce. Aubergine claypot is very nice. Crispy tofu is good. Various other vegan dishes. Tasty.

Down to Earth, 73 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6719702i


Monday-Friday: 08.30-19:00


Saturday: 08.30-18:30



Sunday: Closed

Health food shop with biggest selection in Dublin. Fridge and freezer section. Helpful staff.

Nourish, 16 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 

Monday-Saturday 09:00-19:00


Sunday 12:00-18:30


Phone: 01 670 3223

One of a chain. Health food shop with fridge and freezer. Takes them about five minutes to serve each person.

Health Matters, 8 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6710166


Monday-Wednesday: 09:00 – 19:00


Thursday: 09:00- 21:00


Friday to Saturday: 09:00-19:00



Sunday: 12:00-18:00

Vitamin shop with some food extras. Good for vegan sweets but very limited on chilled food. Staff are knowledgable about vegan supplements and treatments.

Holland and Barrett, 75 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 0167 03335


Sun: 12:00 – 18:00


Monday-Wednesday 09:00 – 18:00


Thursday-Friday 09:00 – 20:00


Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00

Tinned food, nuts, dried packages, shampoo, etc. We prefer ‘Down to Earth’.
Bread: visiting vegans wanting to make their own sandwiches need bread. Bread is consistently disappointing In Dublin. Mostly, sellers don’t know if the bread is vegan or not. Often, the bread is exposed and sneezed upon. Dunnes Supermarket, Exchequer Street/South Great George’s Street, sell ‘Soul’ bread which is packaged and vegan. It’s not great, but it’s as good as you can reliably get here (goes stale quickly, and is a bit more expensive than other breads). Mclosky’s vegan German rye can be found in the Polish shop on Talbot Street. Mark’s and Spencer on Grafton Street sells some reasonable loaves (and a variety of rolls, but these, unfortunately, they leave open to general adult and child handling, etc.) . The Saturday Temple Bar market also has a few exposed bread stalls (some of these are vegan, of course, but the conditions are not sanitary).  

Staple Foods, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

What: Something that looks like a meeting space with a limited menu. Vegan options professed and meat.

Prices: 500ml fresh juice €5, salads €7.50, sandwiches €7.

Vegetarian/vegan menu: vegan buckwheat pancakes with strawberries and cashew butter €5.50, vegan falafel sandwich with filling €7, vegan quinoa salad, vegan Mexican salad.

Drinks: coffees, teas, fresh juices.

Service: Not applicable as we didn’t manage to eat here despite two attempts over two days. It can be said that the serving staff are not able to give compelling explanations as to why advertised food is not on offer.

Comfortable? On entering the smell reminded this reviewer of a gaming arcade from the 1980s. The seating arrangements look less than comfortable. If you want to sit at a table that is at a comfortable height for eating you have to sit in the middle of the room, usually the least good seats in any eatery. If you want to sit at the edge of the room to eat you’ll have to sit at the edge of a couch and hunch over a very low coffee table or balance your meal on your knees. There are stools at the bar, but the clutter on the counter does not welcome diners. The music was just on the edge of being too loud.

Was the food good? No idea. We tried to get the vegan breakfast on a Saturday and were told we were too late, even though they don’t advertise a time at which breakfast ends. We asked what time they would be serving breakfast the next day, but the employee was unsure at what time they would even open. Eventually he decided that they would certainly have breakfast from noon the next day for the duration of the day. We turned up at half past noon and were told that there was no breakfast to be had at all that day. The best explanation that the staff member was able to produce for this fiasco was that they had been open only six days. One would imaginet that six days in one would know what the menu is and what the opening hours are, even if reality forces a change at the end of the first month. It really did seem like amateur hour here.

Toilets: Not seen.

My advice to the chef: Perhaps you need to get together with the manager to define a menu for which the ingredients will be available and a chef on hand to assemble those ingredients.

My advice to the manager: Being newly open is not a reasonable excuse for not having regular opening hours. Not having the advertised food available on two consecutive days is bewildering. Hardly any of the seats look comfortable.

Overall: This reviewer will give them time to overcome their many teething problems. Certainly, have a plan B in mind if you are going to try eating here. This could be a good addition to the Dublin vegan scene, ultimately.

Click here for menu.

Reviews by others:

Lovin’ Dublin give Staple Food the top spot for in their Top Ten Salads in Dublin.


Bobos, 22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Warning to vegetarians and vegans: do not eat here despite the offer of vegetarian burgers…

Bobos, 22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, in no sense caters to vegetarians, even though burgers falsely characterised as vegetarian burgers are on the menu. The vegetarian burgers are cooked on the same grill as the meat burgers, a grill which is a sea of greasy meat juice. The falafel burger is cooked in oil in which meat is not officially cooked, however, the chef can be seen to place the tongs used to dip items in this oil onto the grill in a puddle of meat grease and back into the allegedly vegetarian falafel oil. This is disgusting and cannot be recommended to anybody. For any restaurant to knowingly mislead vegetarians into believing that they are eating meat free food is unethical, immoral and downright gross.  This restaurant should clarify what they know and what  they do not know about how to prepare and serve food safely and properly.  Then all potential diners may conclude for themselves what follows  either from Bobo’s knowing what they have been doing or from Bobo’s not knowing what they have been doing, whichever is the explanation.

Consider this burger and fries place instead, also in Dublin 2, if it’s a vegan/veggie burger you want:

Lovin’ Dublin has their top ten burger places listed here, but we don’t know how many offer genuinely vegan/vegetarian burgers and don’t fully agree with their rating. However, we do agree with Lovin’ Dublin that a burger should fit in your hands and in your mouth, and that it shouldn’t be a mini skyscraper that requires knocking over before you can eat it using a knife and fork, as is the case in almost all Dublin burger restaurants, including the one we recommend above.


VBites,14 East Street Brighton East Sussex BN1 1HP United Kingdom (vegan only)

What: Vegan diner associated with Heather Mills and supplied by the VBites vegan food producer (formerly Redwood) (opposite Terre-a-Terre).

Prices: Reasonable.

Vegan menu: Pizzas for £8-10, wraps £5.95, jacket potato with filling £5.95, hot dog with fries £6.95, soup £4.95, fish and fries £8.95, full English breakfast £7.95, porridge £3.95 (see menu below for lots more).

Drinks: Teas, coffees, Whole Earth soft drinks, smoothie, fruit juice, sparkling and still water, wines, hot chocolate, bottled beer (see photos below for more and prices).

Service: Mixed. We ate here a few times, sometimes service was very good and one time it was bad. Order at the counter, choose a table, and they will bring you the food. They don’t always communicate very well with the kitchen staff which led to some mix-ups.

Once we had both ordered the same bun burgers and one was served with the expected bun and the other was on regular toast bread; this without any apology or acknowledgement from the waitress. When I called her back to point it out I was told that they didn’t have enough buns, again no apology. Not good enough. You need to ask the customer if it is okay to serve the meal on different bread, and you certainly don’t serve two meals which are supposed to the same, but are very different, without a single word of explanation.

 Comfortable? Yes. Best to choose a table upstairs beside the window. Chairs were comfortable, the tables a generous size and quite solid. No horribly loud music. Plenty of space between tables.

 Was the food good? Quite. Most things were very tasty, and we enjoyed them a lot. If you like VBites proteins then it’s a real pleasure to be able to have it cooked for you out in a diner.

 Toilets: Very nice. Nice fittings, paper towels for drying hands (always good), nice soap. However, on the first floor the door didn’t close properly/easily when we were there.

 My advice to the chef: Make sure that that all the ingredients on the menu are in the kitchen. Otherwise, very good.

 My advice to the manager: Please open in Dublin. Improve communication between order staff and kitchen.

Overall: What a vegan treat! Don’t miss this when you’re in Brighton. Also, you can buy the Redwood/VBites products here.

Click on photos to increase size to see the menu.

VBites Outside

VBites Outside





Garlic Bread Side

Garlic Bread Side

Hot dog -- really good

Hot dog — really good

Spacious and clean

Spacious and clean


Menu: click to increase size


Menu: click to increase size


Menu: click to increase size


Menu: click to increase size




Pret-a-Manger, Gatwick Airport, London, England, United Kingdom

What: Pret-a-Manger, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport, London

 Prices: Vegan sushi wrap was around £3 and the vegan avocado sandwich was around £3.50. There were a couple of other sandwiches which were vegetarian friendly. There were also some fruit pots.

 Vegetarian and vegan menu: Gatwick airport is not vegan friendly. The above Pret-a-Manger sandwiches were the only vegan friendly substantial food choices we could find. There is more choice in other eateries for vegetarians, mostly cheese heavy.

 Drinks: There are bars and newsagents where you can purchase most drinks. The smoothie bar is not vegan, and they cannot make a vegan smoothie.

 Service: In Pret-a-Manger it was quite okay.

 Comfortable? The Pret-a-Manger seating area is quite comfortable. You can choose from sofas and armchairs to regular tables and bar stools. There is a departures board in the dining area.

 Was the food good? We found the avocado sandwich superior to the sushi wrap. The sushi wrap would have been very good had they used asparagus in place of broccoli.

It’s a shame that the vegetarian sandwiches could have been vegan were it not for mayonnaise.

Toilets: The toilets in the upstairs food court at Gatwick are very busy. You’re better off to go downstairs were there is not usually a queue.

 My advice to the chef: Remove the mayonnaise from the vegetarian sandwiches and replace it with it with vegan mayonnaise, some will then also be suitable for vegans.

 My advice to the manager: Consult with Vbites about stocking their vegan meals.

 Overall: There is no hot food suitable for vegans at Gatwick. Vegetarians can have pizza, etc. Most of the vegetarian sandwiches sold are not suitable for vegans. While the Pret-a-Manger sandwiches are nothing to write home about it was a relief to find them. Bring your own food if possible.

vegan food at pret-a-manger gatwick
vegan food at pret-a-manger gatwick
avocado sandwich
avocado sandwich
sushi roll
sushi roll


Umi, 13 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

New vegetarian and vegan falafel (and more) eatery. We had the “Palestinian” falafel sandwich for €6. It was very, very good and filling. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable regarding ingredients and the needs of vegans. Knives used on vegetarian food are not used on the vegan food, etc. We’ll be trying out some more soon. Eat in and take-away available. So far it seems like a very welcome addition to the Dublin vegetarian/vegan scene. Full review to follow.