Trying out Veganuary but don't want to miss out on all the fun of fast food? This list of chain restaurants with vegan-friendly menus will allow you to keep you on track.
We’ve listed the vegan choices available in your favourite family-friendly restaurants, make eating out that little bit easier vegan.
From crisp pizza bases topped with vegan cheese at Pizza Express to veg-heavy Asian-inspired dishes at Wagamama, and Nando’s humous with peri-peri drizzle, we’ve tried to tick box the main foods you might be craving, so you never find yourself out for dinner and stuck for choice.
Although we’ve tried our hardest to make sure these listings are as accurate as possible it’s always worth checking with your waitress or waiter when you’re out, to make sure ingredients haven’t changed. Other things to watch out for are shared fryers, where meat will potentially contaminate oil, as well as sauces and dressings that might hide hard to identify non-vegan ingredients, like honey.
Ready to pick out your next meal from our vegan menus?
Vegan-friendly menu options:
Greggs: vegan menu
If you’re stuck for lunch options or need a quick bite, Greggs has got your back. Last year they launched the delicious Mexican Bean wrap, packed with mixed beans, sweetcorn and mixed peppers, which counts as one of your five a day.
The brand new vegan sausage roll is also now available, along with Southern friend wedges and the demi baguette.
Harvester: vegan menu
Famous for its steak, rotisserie chicken and kilo of ribs – Harvester has now also mastered meat-free dining by launching an extensive vegan menu from just £6.99.
- Purist ‘Bleeding’ burger – made of plant-proteins and mushrooms, complete with beetroot juice to give the bleeding effect of meat
- Beyond bean burger – vegan- served with a melting mature Violife slice, baby gem lettuce, tomato, burger sauce and a pickled chilli packed into a toasted seeded bun with triple-cooked chunky chips
- Jamaican-style Katsu Curry – topped with breaded aubergine, sweet potato and cauliflower, with golden rice, beans and a flat bread
- Vegan sundae best – scoops of non-diary iced dessert drizzled with your choice of belgian chocolate, raspberry or strawberry sauce
Wagamama: vegan menu
Vegan Asian food lovers, rejoice – Wagamama have expanded their vegan menu and there’s plenty to choose from.
The new menu comes with a whooping 29 plant-based food options, which are cooked fresh to order and have been designed ‘around the idea that meat free shouldn’t mean taste free’. We hear you Wagamama!
New options range from the classic pad thai to a tofu harusame glass noodle salad and even a vegan katsu curry – decisions, decisions…
The menu also offers a wide range of different sides to curb your veganuary cravings, such as yasaid steamed gyoza, edamame with chilli and mushroom and aubergine steamed buns.
Pizza Hut: vegan menu
Pizza Hut hopped on the vegan bandwagon in 2017, after announcing they would be offering dairy-free cheese on their menu.
After a long wait, the restaurant has finally expanded its vegan choices with options such as jack n cheese, veggie and margherita pizzas – all dairy free.
Pizza Express: vegan menu
If you’re a fan of this popular pizzeria then you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve introduced a vegan mozzarella to their menu. Diners are able to swap regular mozzarella for this new vegan cheese on any of their standard pizzas, and because you can add or remove toppings as you like. The restaurant chain does have a couple of hero vegan pizzas however, if you don’t feel like chopping and changing one of the others. Their dedicated vegan items (which include wine!) are:
- Dough balls with oil and balsamic instead of garlic butter
- Marinated olives
- Roasted tomatoes
- Giardiniera pizza which combines asparagus, red onion, garlic oil and black olives
- Puttanesca pizza
- Leggera peperonata pizza
- Leggera pandana pizza
- Coconut delight sorbet
- Raspberry sorbet
- Carrot cake
- Vegan-friendly organic Verdicchio white wine
Busaba: vegan menu
The delicious Thai chain has just announced its delectable dish ‘Vegan Weeping Tiger Jay’ which will be available from 16th January at all 13 Busaba restaurants!
The dish features soya wonder-product ‘Oumph’, which is marinated in a tasty triple cooked sauce with French beans, spring onion, Chinese chives and red chilli.
Other vibrant vegan treats on the menu include Siracha Ho Fun Noodles with wok-friend mushroom, red pepper, baby spinach and flat rice noodles seasoned with sweet chilli, soy and ginger sauce, and Thai aubergine curry.
Carluccio’s: vegan menu
Carluccio’s vegan menu choices are limited to a couple of classics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a full three-course meal if you find yourself at one of their branches. If you’re after a filling feed then Carluccio’s can certainly do the honours with olive oil-rich bread, a fresh tomato salad and vegan spaghetti coated in a fragrant basil sauce. And there’s pudding too! Here are the vegan-friendly meals you can enjoy at Carluccio’s:
- Homebaked foccacia with olive oil
- Panzanella salad with rustic bread, tomatoes, basil and peppers (served without anchovies)
- Linguine in a rich tomato and basil sauce
- Amalfi lemon, mandarin or melon sorbet
Nando’s: vegan menu
For obvious reasons we don’t think most vegans would choose Nando’s as their perfect dinner venue, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to join in with other friends’ dinner plans. If you find yourself in Nandos and wondering what to eat then there are a handful of alternatives to chicken on the menu that vegans can enjoy. Our favourite selection is:
- Garlic bread
- Houmous with PERI-PERI drizzle
- Quinoa salad with sweet potato and avocado chunks, piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, mixed leaves, PERI-seeds and grains (served without feta cheese)
- Mixed leaf salad
- Spicy mixed olives
- Chargrilled veg
- Mango sorbet
McDonalds: vegan menu
We won’t beat around the bush, there isn’t a huge vegan selection available at McDonald’s. There are however just about enough choices to mean you can tuck into a filling meal on the go if you’re out and about and need convenience food, fast.
It’s also worth noting that fryers at Mcdonald’s used for items like their apple pie may have been used for meat or fish so if you’re uncomfortable with any potential contamination then stick to the packaged sides or ask at your local branch what their set-up is. For their vegetarian items Mcdonald’s promise to only use vegetable oil and use dedicated fryers, too, so the burger and chips should be safe. McDonald’s vegan choices are:
- Carrot sticks
- Vegetable Deluxe (without the sauce), French fries and garden side salad
- Spicy Veggie Deluxe
- Toasted Bagel (Breakfast)
- Vegan Happy Meal
- Hash browns
- Shaker side salad
- Apple and grape fruit bag
- Apple pie
KFC: vegan menu
KFC is another restaurant that won’t be drawing hoards of vegans through its doors any time soon, but if you’re stuck for other options then you can cobble something together from the menu. With a couple of veggies on offer as sides and our firm favourites, French Fries, you should be able to fill up on these vegan-friendly KFC items:
- Corn on the Cob (without butter)
- Fries and house salad (with Italian light dressing)
- Green Beans
Café Rouge: vegan menu
French bistro Café Rouge has a fairly generous offering of vegetarian items (in comparison to most other chain restaurants) but don’t specify vegan options, so a bit of digging is needed. At the moment they have a couple of salad starters and a tasty spiced Moroccan tagine that is suitable for vegans. Dessert is the classic choice of a sorbet, but at least it’s there as a sweet treat at the end of your meal. The current vegan Café Rouge menu items are:
- Tomato and red onion salad
- House salad
- Moroccan-style stew of butternut squash, carrots, spinach, chickpeas and courgettes
- Strawberry and black pepper, lemon, or chocolate and chilli sorbet
Burger King: vegan menu
Sometimes you just fancy a bit of a naughty burger and chips, and thankfully Burger King actually have a pretty good vegan option to satisfy any fast-food cravings. There’s only one option, but it’s not a bad one and it’s a full meal (which is rare in similar fast food chains). You’ll have to forgo the sauce in this one, but could add a vegan alternative, like ketchup. Here’s your vegan option if you’re in BK:
- Veggie bean burger (without sauce or cheese) and fries
- Apple pie sticks (if fried in the veggie fryers)
So, that’s our pick of our favourite fast-food vegan options in some of the UK’s most popular restaurants. Do you have a favourite that’s not featured? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list!