Head to these brilliant Leeds eateries for a selection of delectable meat-free dishes.
Planning on skipping the meat and/or dairy next lunchtime? Whether you’re in the mood for refined plates of plant-based yumminess or you want to get down and dirty with a mountainous veggie burger, Leeds has some spectacular options. We’ve rounded up the places serving the best veggie and vegan lunches in Leeds to get your tastebuds tingling in anticipation. Where will you go first?
Doner Summer is one of the best places in Leeds to get a vegan lunch, especially if you’re in the mood to fill your face with superior junk food. Sit down in their Call Lane restaurant surrounded by plants and pastels and contemplate their menu. The menu is 100% vegan, and there’s a whole host of dirty lunch options to choose from. Think scrummy fried chick’n and doner-style meat piled high, covered in delicious sauces like cheese, chilli or Korean BBQ and pickles of all kinds, on top of fries or stuffed in bread.
Doner Summer, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
Fat Annie’s has a completely vegan menu, having made the change from previously selling meat – a 180 you’ll love. It’s all New York-inspired, so you can expect smoked tofu frankfurters smothered in the classic ketchup and mustard combo, veggie burgers layered up with crunchy lettuce, onion, and gooey cheese and sides that make you do that happy food dance you do. The sides don’t disappoint either. You can pick from loaded fries, chicken-style nuggets or chilli nachos. Their menu is full of classics made vegan and done flawlessly.
Fat Annie’s, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
If it’s a delicious curry you fancy for lunch, it has to be Manjit’s Kitchen. Head down to Leeds Kirkgate Market and you might find Manjit herself serving up delicious Punjabi-inspired dishes. Everything on the menu is vegetarian, with some vegan options to tempt you too. Choose from delicious dishes like the masala dosa bursting with spicy veg or a hearty chickpea and potato curry. Starving? Get a bit of everything with a thali plate, a tray piled high with three different curries, rice, roti, bhajis and salad.
Manjit’s Kitchen, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
OWT offers simple but yummy meals using locally-sourced produce from Leeds Kirkgate Market. Their menu is seasonal, with dishes changing every three weeks. From homemade hash browns with hummus, roasted squash and pickled red onion to wholesome cheese on toast with soft boiled eggs and brown sauce, you won’t ever be struggling for a vegan or veggie lunch option. You can find their colourful, inviting restaurant in Leeds Corn Exchange, where you can even pick up merch!
OWT, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
House of Fu
Feeling like ramen? Head to House of Fu for a Japanese food hit like no other. With quality ingredients and highly skilled chefs, you can dig into a number of different meat-free and dairy-free options here. Whether you want to slurp your way through a bowl of steaming ramen, packed with pak choi and plant-based mince, or it’s a crispy cauliflower rice bowl that’s calling you, House of Fu has you covered. Why not finish off your meal with an ice cream sandwich? The miso caramel option is vegan and super moreish!
House of Fu, 15-19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
The Falafel Guys
The Falafel Guys are legendary for their healthy, Middle Eastern-inspired menu. Their food is all made fresh daily, and their falafel is so good that even die-hard carnivores will fall in love with it. Have it in a toasted wrap loaded with your choice of chickpea hummus, greens, tomatoes and slathered with aioli and chilli sauce for a gorgeous lunch you’ll be thinking about for days. Veggies can also go for grilled halloumi, as an added extra in a wrap or a salad box or as fries on the side.
The Botanist gives you secret garden vibes – there are plants everywhere you look, botanical cocktails are served in plant pots and trowels are used as decor. Fancy a picky lunch? The Vegan Board is packed with savoury treats such as a roast butternut squash, walnut and clementine salad, crispy porcini gnocchi with truffle mayo and a mushroom, celeriac and cashew nut pot pie. It’s perfect as a main for one, or to share, if you’re feeling generous. Pair with a glass of something fizzy for a real treat.
The Botanist, Trinity Leeds, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Can’t decide where to lunch? Trinity Kitchen has loads of options, so if you’re struggling to make a decision in a group, then this is the place to go. There are a number of permanent street food vendors with great plant-based dishes, including the sweet potato saag from Rola Wala, the vegan schnitzel from Doner Shack or the hot and spicy vegan chicken noodle soup from Pho. That’s not to mention the temporary street food vendors too, but you’ll have to go yourself to see what they’ve got on!
Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
For an elevated lunch affair, head to Fint. Serving Scandi-inspired omni and plant-based dishes, Fint combines unusual flavours to create dishes that you won’t get anywhere else. Try the cauliflower gnocchi, a plate of handmade gnocchi pan-toasted with chilli and garlic, topped with charred padron peppers and finished with cauliflower purée and pickles. If you have a sweet tooth, the Pain Perdu is totally delicious. It’s vegan French toast, but with spicy citrus custard-dipped sourdough. Perfection on a plate!
FINT (previously Fettle), 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Bundobust is one of the best places for a vegan lunch in Leeds, especially if you love Indian street food. You’re guaranteed a good time, every time. Their menu is completely meat-free, from their legendary okra fries and bhaji butties to their Bundo Chaat and Egg Bhurji. Not sure which dishes to go for? Try a combo – they’ve got separate ones for vegans, so you can munch away to your heart’s content on spicy mushy peas with a potato cake, garam masala-stewed chickpeas and crispy onion bhajis.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.