alWhat better way to enjoy meat-free meals than under the roof of some of Southampton’s top vegan eateries? From Indian cuisines to pub grub, we have picked out some of the best vegan restaurants. So why not eat out this weekend and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. (Words: Alexandra Walker)
1The Art House
Situated on Above Bar Street, The Art House is at the heart of Southampton’s City Centre. With its quirky exterior of beautifully painted butterflies and its homely interior, The Art House brightens up any gloomy day. Food served at The Art House is prepared in an environment where meat and dairy is not present. From breakfast through to dinner, The Art House has all your vegan needs covered – they even have created their very own vegan Sunday lunch! This is a community run art venue is a place where everyone and anyone can meet, share and create. The Art House is run by love and not for profit, making it one of the unique establishments in Southampton.
Indian Melody is Hampshire’s first and only Indian restaurant dedicated to serving vegetarian and vegan food. Located on the High Street, Indian Melody prides itself for serving authentic, rural Indian food with tropical vegetables and fruits imported straight from India. The quirky mismatch of antique furniture combined with the open kitchen creates a great sense of atmosphere and homeliness to the little gem hidden on the High Street. With plenty of vegan options on the menu, with knowledgeable staff and at a reasonable price, Indian Melody this is definitely worth a visit!
3Loungers – Trago Lounge/Santo Lounge/Maritimo Lounge
The Loungers offers its vegan visitors a rustic dining experience tied in with an artsy aesthetic. For a chain restaurant, it’s great to find Loungers have catered for its vegan customers with an extensive range of options available. There are plenty of breakfast options but a limited amount of lunch, main and pudding options. While food is a little pricey, it is made up for by the great quality of fresh produce served. There is a mix of cuisines including Spanish tapas and Thai curry available, making Trago/Santo Lounge a great all rounder.
A country pub in the centre of Southampton’s City Centre that serves vegan food, 7 days a week. The Rockstone has been serving the city for four years and boasts an array of vegan dishes influenced by cuisines from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and America. Highlights from The Rockstone menu include a Sri Lankan curry, vegan meatballs and deep fried avocado bites. For a pub with an extensive vegan menu, it’s no wonder in their short time of being in business they’ve already earnt themselves numerous awards. Positioned on Onslow Road, the dog friendly pub is just a short walk from Southampton Central train station – perfect for vegan visitors of Southampton and locals alike.
5Flying Aubergine Café
Flying Aubergine Café is one of Southampton’s best kept secrets. This Mediterranean style café can be found in the East Park Terrance, just opposite Southampton Solent University and the tennis courts. The café offers a wide selection of vegan food including light salads, burgers and cakes.
Words: Alexandra Walker