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The UK's best restaurant destinations for veggie and vegan brunches

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Forget duck and waffles, chorizo or lashings of bacon. 

Grilled halloumi, smashed avocado and sweet potato falafel are the new kids on the block when it comes to a lazy weekend brunch.

Vegan and veggie cuisine is on the up in the UK and no more so than in this indulgent midday ritual. Those on the forefront of Britain's brunchtime trend are racing to provide an increasingly creative and tasty smörgåsbord of meat-free options.

We asked you, the Stylist.co.uk audience, for your favourite veggie brunch hot spots, and you responded with a plethora of recommendations right across the UK.

From Lily Vanilli's "Nossage rolls" in East London to a veggie fry-up in Liverpool and Edinburgh's chickpea falafels with chips, here are your tips for Britain's best veggie and vegan brunches.

Got your own suggestion for a great meat-free brunch? Let us know in the comments section below

  • The Gallery Cafe, London

    Anyone for a pizza brunch?

    There's little not to love about this vegetarian and vegan not-for-profit cafe in Bethnal Green. The food is superb, covering everything from a Full English veggie breakfast with hash browns and scrambled tofu to fiery breakfast quesadillas and of course, pizza - with vegan or dairy cheese.

    On-site art exhibitions and cultural events make for an extra-special trip. 

    Stylist reader Laura (@WholeIngredient) says its "perfect for weekend brunch" with "vegan pizza of dreams". JT (@angloyankophile) agrees, saying she "loves" Gallery Cafe; "and that's coming from a non-vegan!" 

    stmargaretshouse.org.uk/thegallerycafe

  • Roseleaf, Edinburgh

    Roseleaf is a family-run cafe in the Port 'o Leith docklands area of Edinburgh.

    It does a fun, vibrant selection of veggie dishes including French toast with banana in the place of bacon, a Fancy Fungi of garlic-sauteed wild mushrooms and Pearrific; green garden pea smash with crumbled goat's cheese.

    Our personal favourite is its chickpea falafel bonbons (pictured), stuffed in a toasted tortilla wrap with tzatziki, rocket, shredded carrot and a side of homemade chips.

    Stylist reader Terri-Jane (@terrijane) gives this place a big thumb's up.

    roseleaf.co.uk

  • The Elk in the Woods, London

    Tuck into a grilled halloumi burger or aubergine and goats cheese cake (pictured), at hip Camden haunt The Elk in the Woods

    Rina (@BakeInTheCity) puts her money on the "amazing" veggie breakfast here. It's a beast of a dish, involving fried eggs, veggie sausages, pan fried mushroom, tomato, baked beans and toast.

    She also gives a nod to the "fab cocktails" such as Watermelon Tears, with gin, fresh watermelon, cherry and prosecco.

    the-elk-in-the-woods.co.uk

  • Half Full, London

    This Mill Hill cafe does a great line in veggie brunches, including the "Chef's Special" of poached eggs, avocado and steamed spinach on toast, plus American pancakes and French toast.

    Meera Shah (@meerashah) can't resist the veggie breakfast (pictured), a hearty meal consisting of two eggs made how you want with veggie sausages, mushrooms, beans and tomato with a slice of bloomer.

    betterhalffull.com 

  • Fuel Cafe Bar, Manchester

    This vegetarian cafe in the Manchester suburb of Withington dishes up flavour-filled treats such as courgette and walnut stuffed pepper, and moussaka with garlic ciabatta (pictured). 

    It doubles up as a live music venue, so you can catch a few tunes over brunch if you're lucky.

    Debbie Tomkies (@dtcrafts) is a firm believer, praising its "great food" and "fab atmosphere". @QweeNasheeba also voiced her support. 

    fuelcafebar.tumblr.com

  • Lily Vanilli, London

    If you're after a light 'n' easy brunch, stock up on a few of the classic "Nossage" rolls at Lily Vanilli in Hoxton

    Stylist reader Abby Nocon (@aanocon) is a big fan, describing them as "perfection".

    They're made from roast butternut squash, potato, spinach, cheddar and caramelised onion covered in a crisp flaky pouch. 

    Still got space? Finish off with a fresh baked banana cake with salt caramel, toasted oats and homemade banana chips.

    lilyvanilli.com

  • Kitch, Canterbury

    Elizabeth Peddie (@lizpeddie) loves the veggie options at this Kent-based restaurant, which makes an art out of healthy eating.

    There are tons of meat-free dishes to choose from, including its Full Veggie with sweet potato falafel and avocado.

    And we're all for the creative thinking that has gone into this wonderfully wholesome dish (pictured) - Kale & Sundried Tomato Scramble served on wholemeal sourdough toast.

    kitchcafe.co.uk

  • Brown and Green Cafe, London

    Stylist reader Louise (@myglitterball) tipped us the wink on this Crystal Palace hot spot, describing its signature Brown and Green veggie breakfast as "the best I've ever had".

    The killer dish features halloumi soldiers, or there's a vegan version of rye toast topped with homemade hummus, rocket and tomato.

    We also fancy the look of this toasted croissant (pictured) oozing haloumi, red pepper and homemade guacamole.

    brownandgreencafe.com

  • Silo Brighton

    The folks over at Silo Brighton aim to eliminate unnecessary processing and are devoted to a zero waste policy. They use re-usable delivery vessels, source local ingredients and put all leftovers into an on-site compost machine. 

    Laura Walker (@laura_cuckoopr) likes the "fantastic" food philosophy, as well as the "utterly amazing" veggie options.

    These include mango jam with amaretto sourdough (pictured), made using home-milled flour and butter churned on-site from nearby Downsview Dairy cream.  

    silobrighton.com

  • The Brockley Mess, London

    Just looking at the brunch menu at this friendly Brockley hangout makes us hungry.

    Little Beee (@littlebeeeblogs) waxes lyrical over the "yumtastic veggie brekkie". 

    "Halloumi, hummus, beans, poached egg & lashings of buttery toast. I'm drooling," she says.

    We also like the look of the Buck Rarebit (pictured), with oodles of crème fraîche and cheddar cheese, and a poached egg perched on top.

    thebrockleymess.com

    (Photo: Richard Elliot)

  • The Clove Hitch, Liverpool

    Meera Shah (@meerashah) recommends the delightful veggie breakfast option (pictured) over at this Liverpool-based bistro.

    A true work of culinary art, it features hash browns and a generous helping of grilled halloumi alongside the usual fare.

    There's a bar and exhibition space nearby, for you to seamlessly move from brunch to evening shenanigans.

    theclovehitch.com

  • Quilon, London

    In the mood for a posh veggie brunch?

    This Michelin-starred restaurant in Victoria specialises in southwest coastal Indian cuisine. Its menu is filled with light and gorgeous-looking veggie delicacies, including lotus stem colocasia chops with mango and mint (pictured), and appams; fermented rice and coconut pancakes, served crispy on the outside and moist within.

    "Love the appams at Quilon at the St James Court Hotel, London," says @StyleDabba. "It's perfect for a veggie brunch."

    quilon.co.uk

  • Chuck Burger Bar, Harrow

    A burger bar is an unlikely destination for a great veggie meal, but our go-to brunch correspondent Meera Shah (@meerashah) swears by it.

    Her Eggs Florentine pictured here look like the business but we also like the sound of the Huevos Rancheros, with black beans, onions and tomato, and the Truffle Egg and Toast. 

    This moreish gem of a dish features egg yolks baked in asparagus and covered with fontina cheese and truffle oil. 

    chuckburgerbar.com 

  • Lantana, London

    Stylist freelancer Victoria Gray (vsjgray) heads to independent Fitzrovia hot spot Lantana for a veggie brunch of kings (pictured).

    "Courgette bread, halloumi, chilli jam, 'nuff said," she says.

    Its weekend brunch menu is brimming with temptation. with a generous sides list that covers everything from sauteed spinach to smashed avocado and Portabello mushrooms.

    Toasted banana bread with mascarpone, banana custard and salted chocolate crumb is one creation that especially jumps out at us. 

    lantanacafe.co.uk

  • Stravaigin, Glasgow

    Tracey Sinclair (@Thriftygal) brought this legendary Glasgow institution to our attention.

    It does a mean veggie breakfast, complete with tattie scone and homemade Glamorgan Sausage, and luscious-sounding fried eggs with labneh, crispy sage and toasted Italian white bread.

    We also fancy a taste of the delicious butternut squash and quinoa croquettes (pictured), served with halloumi, black bean and sweet corn salsa and chipotle sauce.

    stravaigin.co.uk

  • Mildreds, London

    Stylist reader Sophie Walter (@metallicakes) can't get enough of the pumpkin and ricotta tortellini at beloved Soho institution Mildreds.

    "I'm the biggest carnivore, but their pumpkin tortellini is heavenly!" she says of the dish, which is served with chestnut mushroom and white wine cream sauce.

    As a brunch option, we're equally drawn to the  lentil, smoked tofu and popocini pepper enchiladas  (pictured). Light but spicy, they sure pack a punch. 

    mildreds.co.uk

  • Domali Cafe, London

    Several people rushed to tell us about this neighbourhood Crystal Palace cafe, where tasty vegetarian grub is the order of the day.

    Richard Løveless (@richardloveless) calls it "my favourite veggie/vegan place to eat. Highly recommended" and Charlotte Wightwick (@cwightwick) says "it does fab veggie and vegan brunch - I'm neither but their food is great anyway!"

    Certainly, the build-your-own breakfast bar options look very promising, ranging from veggie sausages to sauté potatoes and thick chips with garlic mayo or chilli sauce.

    We're also tempted to feast on this bestselling favourite (pictured); the burrito bowl. 

    domalicafe.co.uk

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