Happy 2021, and happy Veganuary! I am so excited to bring you a brand new MK Food Guide to kick off the new year. A guide to vegan eats has been very much requested! And it is unsurprising – the number of people going vegan in the UK has quadrupled between 2014 and 2019, with over 600,000 people going vegan in 2019. January is of course Veganuary, a campaign to encourage us all to embrace a more plant-based diet.
I am far from being vegan, but like many people, I do make plant base choices when I’m out or when cooking at home. For this vegan guide, I have enlisted the assistance of fellow Milton Keynes content creators, Amanda, Jessica and Sam, who all embrace a vegan, dairy-free or veggie diet. They all know exactly what they’re looking for when they’re eating out and looking for plant-based options which is why I’ve asked for their help!
So, whether you are a full vegan, flexi-vegan or taking part in Veganuary, this guide will help you discover some of the best vegan eats in Milton Keynes.
Please note: This guide was written whilst restrictions allowed restaurants to open in Milton Keynes. Opening hours and menu options are subject to change in line with the latest government guidance. Most will continue to offer takeaway and delivery services, so please check directly or take a look at my guide to lockdown takeaways and deliveries in Milton Keynes.
Vegan eats in Milton Keynes
- The Quirk Space
- The Chester Arms
- Tasty MK
- La Collina
- Fry Guys MK
- Walnut Tree Fish & Chips
- Olé Tapas Bar
- Clare’s Vegan Cakery
- Made in Sud
- The Green Elephant Café
- Veggie World
- Peel Juice Bar
- The Nutmeg Kitchen
- Smoothies & Shakes
- Saf’s Kitchen
Amanda is a local blogger who recently became vegan and looks to make sustainable choices in her daily life. By day, she’s a Content Designer. Amanda is going to be rebranding her blog in the new year – so if you’re interested in sustainability and slow living, stay tuned! Here are Amanda’s fabulous vegan finds in Milton Keynes.
Follow Amanda on Instagram: @amanda_alston
The Quirk Space
The Quirk Space is a vegan café and shop based in Olney, who also offer food deliveries and plan to use their space for exciting creative events very soon too. Hayley who runs The Quirk Space has always taken the approach of being an inclusive café, which welcomes everyone, vegan or not, and simply aims to provide us all with tasty food.
The Chock Full of Chocolate Box is a truly indulgent box of treats, as it includes a brownie bar, chocolate orange torte, raspberry and roses brownie, as well as a Tiffin chunk. Everything in the box is a great size, so Ian (my boyfriend) and I halved each one so we could both try a bit of everything. And, oh my, it was all so good! I only went vegan from meat and dairy consuming diet in late 2019, and I can promise you these chocolate treats are up there with some of the best I’ve ever tried.
We also highly recommend the sausage rolls, which you can order by themselves or as part of other box bundles. Pop them in the oven for 10 mins to heat them up and they’re golden! They taste just like sausage rolls should. So moreish and perfectly satisfying. One weekend morning we also tried the croissants, which come with raspberry jam and vegan butter, they were certainly another winner!
What I also love about TQS is that Hayley takes real care to ensure the goodies are packaged sustainably, with recyclable or compostable materials. We’ve also used The Quirk Space’s delivery option in recent months to stock up on essentials such as *good* vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, meringues, chocolate bars, sweets (we love the watermelon ones!) and more.
Photos by Jessica.
The Chester Arms
I had to give a mention to The Chester Arms without a doubt. It’s the one place I’ve seen being recommended over and over in the local Milton Keynes vegan group on Facebook for vegan meals out and vegan Sunday roasts. I’m yet to try their roasts but I’ve visited them a couple of times for meals now and I’m always blown away by the amount of options on their menu and the quality of the food. If you’re yet to try vegan food, I’d definitely recommend The Chester Arms, because there’s *so many* meals to choose from, rather than being stuck with just one or two things to try.
The seitan pie is definitely my favourite dish so far from The Chester Arms, I just love a good pie, and both the filling and pastry was top notch. Other top recommendations food wise include the deep-fried cauliflower sriracha starter and the mixed grill main, the latter coming with lots of yummy veg, skin on chips, onion rings, salad and mayo.
Desserts wise we’ve enjoyed the pineapple and syrup sponge pudding, and the crumbles such as the apple and blackberry crumble have always gone down well. A lot of the desserts also come with a choice of vegan friendly ice cream or custard to choose from as well, both of which are lovely.
We first tried TastyMK back in March when we were in the middle of moving house. It was one of those evenings when you’re running on 10% energy and need a quick, convenient and satisfying takeaway meal. We were not disappointed! Again, like The Chester Arms, the great thing about TastyMK is that there is a real variety of vegan options to choose from, not just one token option. On that occasion we tried the “tofish and chips”, which was certainly tasty and satisfying. I remember the chips being particularly good.
Tofish is made from tofu filets, which are wrapped with nori (edible seaweed) to give it a “sea-like” flavour, and then covered and fried in a batter. It’s really tasty and chunky in texture, but I’d consider it more of a “nod” towards fish and chips rather than a direct replacement – whereas lots of vegan foods these days taste just like the real thing. So, if you don’t fancy fish, it’s something else to try out.
The other month we placed an order for delivery from TastyMK and we tried a few new things. From the vegan menu we ordered the squid rings, prawns, lamb kebab and chips. Everything was super tasty! How they mimic the texture and taste of prawns and squid is pretty impressive. It was a real feast and I’ll happily order that again sometime soon. It’s also worth noting that TastyMK recently won “Best Independent Takeaway” at the Milton Keynes Food Awards!
Jessica isn’t 100% vegan but went dairy-free a few years ago after her lactose intolerance worsened. Because of this, she often opts for the vegan option at restaurants instead of asking for substitutions. She writes the food and travel blog, Final Jesstination which showcases adventures and dairy-free eats from MK and beyond. Here are her recommendations for vegan eats in Milton Keynes.
Follow Jessica on Instagram: @finaljesstination
La Collina is a lovely little family-run Italian restaurant tucked away in Little Brickhill. They have a clearly marked main menu for diners with various dietary requirements and are happy to make any substitutions they can to help you enjoy various dishes. But what impressed me most is their extensive vegan menu. It is fully realised and creative, and a lot of thought and care has clearly gone into designing every dish. My husband doesn’t have any dietary requirements, but he offered to order off the vegan menu as well when we visited to help me with my research for this piece, and he didn’t miss the meat or dairy at all!
Our favorite dishes were the Gnocchi Fritti and the Vegano Nero Panzini. Panzinis are La Collina’s signature dish and absolutely not to be missed, especially as they have several vegan ones to choose from. Make sure to save room for dessert though – I was finally able to try an affogato (espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream) as they have vegan vanilla ice cream and it was the perfect end to a lovely meal.
Fry Guys MK
Fry Guys MK is a relatively new and very welcome addition to Milton Keynes’s street food scene. They offer a menu of loaded fries and tater tots that were clearly created to be inclusive of all dietary requirements –more than half the menu is vegan! Joining other local favourites like Eat is Greek at the Queen’s Court food stall pavilion in Centre MK during the crazy summer of 2020, they instantly gained a bit of a cult following. I’m sad to
say it took me nearly six months to finally try some of Fry Guys MK’s loaded fries for myself, but boy was it worth the wait!
I tried El Mariachi, their “completely plant-based fiery chilli cheese fries”. The perfectly seasoned fries were crispy and piled high with delicious chilli, plenty of cheese and green onions, and jalapeños and sriracha topped it all off for a bit of extra spice! Other than the cheese, you’d never know the meal was vegan, just incredibly tasty. And another little treat we learned while my fries were being dished up: local seasoning company Reasons to Season create Fry Guys MK’s amazing spice mixes.
Find Fry Guys at Queen’s Court Street Food Market in Centre:MK.
Read more: A guide to Queen’s Court Street Food Market
Walnut Tree Fish & Chips
MK has several very good chippies around if you know where to look, and fish and chips isn’t something I have to worry about dairy-free-wise. But I wouldn’t be a good food blogger if I didn’t use this piece as an opportunity to try out a chippy whose vegan offerings I’d heard so much about, would I?
The acclaim is well-earned. We transported our takeaway from Walnut Tree to Newport Pagnell, and everything was still piping hot and crispy upon unwrapping. We shared the banana blossom, peppered celeriac bites, and medium chips. The portions were generous – the medium chips were huge and came with lots of little crispy bits too! I have had fried banana blossom several times now and while it isn’t my favorite dish, this one was definitely the best I’ve had. The real star though was the celeriac bites! They were delicious, crispy, juicy, and just a wee bit fishy. I will be back for more very soon, along with an onion blossom and maybe some cauliflower bites to try as well. Walnut Tree Fish & Chips have so many tasty vegan options you definitely won’t feel left out on the family chippy run.
Olé Tapas Bar
Olé Tapas Bar continues to win local food awards, and it’s not hard to see why. A Spanish tapas restaurant, they offer delicious small plates and paellas for every dietary requirement. We first tried Olé Tapas earlier this year, as a takeaway for my husband’s lockdown birthday, and I was so impressed with how helpful they were in catering to my dairy-free needs.
So when a vegan friend I hadn’t seen in a year came to visit after lockdown lifted this fall, I knew I had to take her to Olé Tapas for a meal! Between me, her, and my husband, we ordered 7-8 tapas and hardly made a dent in the vegan offerings. Their vegan aioli and tumaca with bread is a perfect starter, their olives are the best I’ve ever had, and their patatas bravas are exactly what you want as a tapa. But if you’re looking for something really special, you have to try the beregena frita (fried aubergine wedges with agave). The batter was crispy and fluffy, and the aubergine almost melted in the mouth. Dipped in the agave syrup it was almost like eating sweetly savoury doughnut bites.
Read more: Lunch at Olé Tapas Bar, Wolverton
Clare’s Vegan Cakery
If it’s a vegan cake you want, look no further than Clare’s Vegan Cakery. Her cakes would never be mistaken for health food – she doesn’t skimp on the sugar, and clearly loves to work with all your favorite indulgent flavors. But they are incredibly delicious, and I’ve never missed the dairy or eggs because her bakes are every bit as soft, fluffy, and tasty as their “traditional” counterparts.
Between the two of us we have tried…quite a few of Clare’s cakes at this point! Biscoff Cake Friday at Out of Office Coffee in Newport Pagnell, Olney, or Stony Stratford is not to be missed. That cake is absolutely immense, and perfect with a coffee. She recently released a new cake, Chocolate Mocha Drip, that has jumped right to the top of my husband’s list as his favorite. But there are too many I haven’t tried (Coffee walnut! Peanut butter cup! Cheesecake brownie!) for me to make the same pronouncement just yet.
Read more: Best cake deliveries in Milton Keynes
Sam is a local blogger who loves food! Her blog, Sam Snacks, is a celebration of her love for great food, recipes, local places to eat and her journey to a more sustainable lifestyle. Sam shares vegan and vegetarian eats on her blog and Instagram. Here are Sam’s favourite plant-based eats in Milton Keynes.
Follow Sam on Instagram: @samsnacksuk
Made in Sud
Street food in the form of authentic Neapolitan pizza? Count me in! Made in Sud cook the freshest of pizzas at super cheap prices. You can opt for the ‘Vegana’ pizza with mixed vegetables and vegan mozzarella or keep it simple with the ‘Marinara Mia’; a tomato base topped with oregano, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil – skip the cheese! The pizza comes out with a deliciously light base which is the perfect mix of chewy and crisp. Takeaway is available from their stand in the ‘new bit’ of the shopping centre – intu, located opposite Zara.
The Green Elephant Café
Tucked away on the ground floor of Acorn House you’d be forgiven for not knowing this little gem existed, but it’s my favourite spot to grab a vegan friendly breakfast or coffee and cake. There’s a great selection of vegan sweet treats available and a range of plant-based milks for a coffee, specialty latte or even a milkshake. If you’re swinging by for lunch rather than a breakfast date, then you need to try their ‘Incredible Vegan Burger’ which really is deserving of the name! On warmer days when the sun’s out you could even get your food to take away and enjoy in the Fred Roche gardens behind the building.
Veggie World is an entirely vegan Chinese takeaway full of amazing food that even your meat-eating family or friends will enjoy. With a huge selection of appetizers, soups, chef specials and main dishes this is definitely one you’ll be returning to so you can try everything on the menu! You can choose your preferred filling on a number of classic takeaway dishes so whether you’re after tofu, mushroom, mixed vegetable or an alternative ‘meat’ option there’s something for everyone. My ‘must-order’ dish is their Singapore noodles – a huge portion of various fake meats nestled amongst delicious tasting noodles. Veggie World is based in Bletchley and operates a cash-only takeaway service; I’d recommend pre-ordering for your preferred collection slot as it’s very popular!
You guys know me already, but in the interest of a nice consistent layout, here’s a little intro… I am far from vegan but we do try and make plant-based choices at home and sometimes I do decide to opt for a veggie option. When I was pulling this guide together, I thought that I didn’t have anywhere to suggest, however as I was digging through my own food adventures, I found a few really good vegan eats in Milton Keynes that I think you will love.
Peel Juice Bar
Peel Juice Bar is my number one recommendation for people looking for a healthy lunch option! Located at Milton Keynes Central Train Station, Peel is well-positioned for lots of people. Their vegan kebab is SO delicious and actually, I think I prefer it to the meat options. Try it in an open wrap which is packed with fresh flavours. I’d also recommend trying their juices or smoothies – such a great post-workout treat or to give you a boost when you’re feeling a bit sluggish!
The Nutmeg Kitchen
The Nutmeg Kitchen is a fantastic Indian food vendor based in Woburn Sands. Nearly every dish is vegan and it is absolutely delicious! You’ll find very traditional Indian dishes as well as more familiar sides like samosas. Pictured below is an incredibly tasty potato curry and cauliflower pakoras.
You can find The Nutmeg Kitchen at Woburn Sands Community Market every second Saturday of the month, or follow them on Facebook to keep an eye out for when their next takeaway night is.
Smoothies & Shakes
Whilst you are checking out the vegan offering at Fry Guys, don’t miss Smoothies & Shakes. Both non-vegan and vegans will approve of their delicious dairy-free menu. The Chocolicious shake is absolutely out of this world!
Saf’s Kitchen is an award-winning Punjabi street food vendor and caterer. She always make sure to create a great vegan option for the menu that is as delicious as the meat option. Indian is a cuisine that I think anyone can enjoy without meat, because the flavours are just so punchy. From vegan curries to burgers, there will always be something plant-based on Saf’s menu. Plus, the pakoras are always vegan and one of my favourite things on the menu!
Follow Saf’s Kitchen on Facebook to stay up to date with street food and takeaway nights.
More places to find vegan food in Milton Keynes
As always, this MK food guide is not an exhaustive list of all the places that offer great vegan food – these are just ones that have been tried and tested! If you are hungry for more, here are some more speciality vegan food vendors or restaurants and takeaways that offer a vegan menu.
- Eat Your Heart Out is a family-run cafe and sandwich shop in Willen and does daily vegan specials. Read my review here.
- The Beans Bakery is based in Stony Stratford and is a 100% vegan bakery offering a range of custom sweet treats! Follow The Beans Bakery on Instagram.
- Pin Petch is a good Thai restaurant in Newport Pagnell and has an extensive vegan menu.
- Wingmania has plenty of plant-based options on their menu. It is the brains behind MK11, so they are sure to be good stuff. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for updates on takeaway nights.
- Thai Home Cooking is a takeaway based in Broughton and offers a vegan option for the set menu. I have tried the meat option and it was brilliant. Thai Home Cooking offers delivery and collection on weekends. Order via Facebook Messenger.
- A Vegetative State is a vegan street food vendor serving only plant-based food featuring seitan and jackfruit as meat alternatives. Follow them on Instagram for updates.
- Byte MK does a mean Wagyu beef burger, but for my plant-based pals, they have the ‘Beyond’ burger as a decent vegan option.
- Nonna’s in Woburn Sands has a dedicated vegan menu.
- Sushi Club is a brilliant sushi delivery vendor and offers plant-based sushi platters. It is fresh and delicious!
- Akasaka is another great place to get sushi (my favourite!) and clearly marks all vegan dishes on the menu.
- Namji is a restaurant in Wolverton serving Punjabi cuisine with a vegan menu.
A HUGE thank you to Amanda, Jessica and Sam for sharing their best vegan eats in Milton Keynes! I want my MK food guides to become as inclusive as possible, so I’m thrilled to collaborate with local creators to make sure everyone can find somewhere awesome to eat in Milton Keynes.
Are you doing Veganuary? What places would you recommend for vegan eats in Milton Keynes?
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