Ealing isn't short of a place to eat but when it comes to dedicated veggie and vegan restaurant choices, you have to dig a bit deeper for your dinner. Obviously, nearly every restaurant offers meat-free options, but if you're bored of the standard token veggie dishes, take a look at this handy guide to our favourite veggie, vegan (and gluten free) friendly eateries in the Borough of Ealing.
Give us a shout if you have any additional recommendations we may have missed.
Restaurants & Pubs
The Lord Nelson
Not strictly within the borough of Ealing, but close enough for us to include this little hidden gem of a pub nestled in the back streets of South Ealing Road. Dine in the cosy bar area or enjoy their lovely little garden if the sun shines. The Lord Nelson's team have a great awareness of veggie, vegan and gluten-free dining, offering some well thought out and delicious flavour combinations for their meat-free choices on their standard menu. They also host special meat-free menu nights which are always sell outs.
Shikumen Ealing offers a great variety of delicious vegetarian options on its standard menu, presenting a colourful array of fresh and tasty choices. The vegetarian Dim Sum set menu will be sure to fill up the most hungry diner, featuring a range of vegetable dumplings, veggie spring rolls, Cheung Fun, plus grilled cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli. Oh and a great choice of cocktails and Sake which it would be rude not to try.
We think the food at Charlotte's W5 gets better with each seasonal menu they introduce. Last time we visited, the updated menu included so many new vegetarian options, we nearly wiped them out of taster sized plates! Vegetarian dishes are packed full of so much flavour, even the most ardent meat-eater couldn't turn down the veggie offerings.
We recently reviewed Firezza's delicious pizzas and subsequently stumbled across their vegan and gluten-free menu options. Their pizza customisation menu includes the choices of a Gluten free base and vegan-friendly Gary (AKA vegan cheese). Then you can load up with veg to your hearts content!
Cheese or no cheese, there is no doubting the delicious pizzas on offer here. The Neapolitan style pizzas are topped with fresh and flavoursome ingredients. Plus, timed with Santa Maria's upcoming takeover of The Red Lion Pub, we are eagerly awaiting the new, larger menu which promises to include new dishes and "enhancements"!
The Borough of Ealing's very own Little India offers a selection of dedicated vegetarian restaurants. Try Delhiwala, The Shahanshah Restaurant plus Indian sweet shop, Chhappan Bhog.
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Beehive on the Green
Specialising in Middle Eastern and organic cuisine, Beehive serves a mouth-watering range of hot and cold fresh food and drinks. The menu is full of a delicious selection of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, with the staff always happy to oblige if you want to make your own tweaks. The juices are freshly made, food is colourful and the staff are welcoming. As long as there's space in this little hive, it's well worth a visit. And if there's no space, there's always time for a quick takeaway!
The Twins Healthy Habitat
We’d like to draw your attention to this friendly little cafe, offering an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans (food and drinks). The Twin’s healthy habit puts healthy, dairy free choices the heart of its menu, at no expense to great flavour.
Visit Vegan HQ on St Mary’s Road to stock up on all of you animal and dairy free produce. This friendly little venue plays host to an organic coffee shop, fast-food cafe and mini market. It also proudly holds the title of being the FIRST Organic fully Vegan Coffee shop in London!
This little cafe on Ealing Green is packed full of organic, fresh ingredients which make up their extensive menu. Offering hearty portions of mix and match salads and hot food to eat in or take away. There is also a selection of vegan and gluten free cakes and biscuits that call out to tempt you. There's an extensive juice menu too which we often take advantage of. Well worth a visit.
Organic for the People
This unassuming grocery store is completely vegan and organic. In fact, it's "The first, (and only), 'high street based' 100% organic grocery store & deli in the UK, and 100% plant based". It's packed full of baking ingredients including oils, dried fruit, seasonings, tofu, seitan, tempeh, drinks, soup, tea, coffee, fresh veg and more. There are also plenty of gluten-free items. Follow them on Facebook to find out more about their seasonal produce and special events.
As Nature Intended
Not exclusively vegetarian, but there is no shortage of veggie, vegan and gluten-free food and ingredients on the shelves. Nearly all of their produce is organic and sourced from ethical suppliers. Not only is there a huge selection of "free from" food and drinks, there are also sections selling cruelty-free and environmentally friendly household, skincare and natural remedy products.