12 Sep A guide to eating vegan in Sheffield
Over the past few years, a plant-powered revolution has steadily gathered pace in the Steel City and, according to Body Shop research carried out in 2019, the city of Sheffield, while already famous for being the UK’s greenest city, is also now well on its way to usurping London and Brighton as the top vegan-friendly city as well.
This tide of veganism has brought with it an ever-growing number of vegan eateries right across our fair city and with all these vegan treats at your fingertips, you could be forgiven fo being a little spoilt for choice. But, never fear, we’re here to guide you to your new favourite purveyor of animal-friendly fodder. You’re welcome:
CHURCH – TEMPLE OF FUN
Rejoice at Church’s ongoing commitment to an entirely sin-free vegan menu. Owned by Sheffield rockers Bring Me the Horizon’s notoriously vegan frontman, Olly Sykes, Church is the place to go in Kelham Island for vegan junk food. From their kitchen in the resurrected former steel works, they serve everything from burgers and loaded fries, to kebabs and cauliflower bites, and there’s even an entirely vegan bar, stacked full of boozy, guilt-free delights.
Address: 4a Rutland Way, Sheffield, S3 8DG
If you’re heading to Kelham Island with a hankering for vegan food, but you’re not in the mood for Church’s junk food offering, look no further than V|OR|V (Veggie, organic, Vegan) and their sumptuous, refined vegan cuisine. Owned by brothers Nick and Matt Burgess and supported by head chef Danny Lynn, who definitely knows his way around a vegetable, the three of them have created a menu of small and large plates boasting a few unique. The majority of the menu is vegan and we highly recommend the ‘haggis’ spring rolls with XO sauce from their small plates menu, which allows you to choose five dishes of equally mesmerizing quality for just £30. They also offer a range of big plates if you don’t fancy sharing (no judgement here!).
Address: Wharncliffe Works, Cornish Street, Kelham Island, S6 3FB
If it’s vegan treats you’re after, then Elly Joy has you covered. Known (by those in the know) as Sheffield’s premium purveyor of vegan treats, Elly Joy is now available to satisfy your sweet tooth at the Dyson Place development in Sharrow Vale. Indulge in one of her signature froconuts (kind of like an ice cream sitting in a coconut, with all manner of additional goodies), or treat yourself to a doughnot at their weekly pop-ups in the yard.
Address: Dyson Place, Sharrow Vale, S11 8XX
New kids on the block Saucy are serving up vegan takeaway junk food from their home on Abbeydale Road. The takeaway is brought to you by the original founders of Sheffield vegan institution Make No Bones (formerly of Chesterfield Road and Church – Temple of Fun), and is all about irresistible burgers, wings, fries, slaw, and, of course, banging sauces.
Address: 705 Abbeydale Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 2BE
First up in the battle of the falafel joints, we have Just Falafs, on Chesterfield Road. As well as having a cracking pun name, this all vegan, Middle Eastern street food inspired venue offers much mor than just falafel, including their signature Shawarma plate, made of seitan strips marinated spices and served with soft homemade pita, a selection of salads and homemade hummus. It’s out of this world and available to eat in or takeaway.
Address: 87 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield, S8 0RN
The second and final, but by no means least, of the falafel kings in this roundup is Humpit (note another, slightly dodgier pun, in our opinion). Originally hailing from Leeds (but we won’t hold that against them), Humpit have been serving up fresh falafel, salads and warm pita in Sheffield city centre since 2016 and are always a cracking option when you’re on the go. In the tale of the two falafel heavyweights there is no clear winner – they’re both just too good!
Address:45 Leopold St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2GY
Heading back over to the Kelham Island area (more specifically Shalesmoor), we have Dishi’s vegan Asian kitchen. Sheffield’s only 100 per cent vegan special occasion restaurant, the husband and wife team Renee and Nic Long, who have both been vegan for around three years, offer skilfully created vegan Asian dishes at affordable prices, with a focus on cuisine from Thailand, China, Korea and Vietnam, as well as a few surprises along the way. There are some very dishy dishes on offer here. A musty try.
Address: 238 Shalesmoor Road, Kelham Island, Sheffield, S3 8UH
GAARD COFFEE HIDE
Another Kelham Island favourite, Gaard’s dinky coffee shop on Burton Road is always a hit and their vegan sausage rolls (pictured) are basically the best in the city. We don’t joke about pastry, take our word for it! They have recently opened a second venue in the city-centre in the unit that used to house Ink and Water, in West One Plaza, so there’s double the opportunity to enjoy an awesome coffee and a bit of snap.
Address: 20-22 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BX
SOUTH STREET KITCHEN
This gem of an independent café is based in Sheffield’s famous Park Hill Flats, just behind the train station, and boasts fab views looking out across the city-centre. They specialise in Middle Eastern cuisine, which is mainly vegan and can all be enjoyed set against the café’s stunning brutalist architecture. Definitely worth tackling the hill up from the station to get involved!
Address: 105 Duke Street, Sheffield, S2 5QL
Craft Ale. Pizza. All vegan. Need we say more?… A bit more? Ok, this London Road bar is also doggo friendly (hence the paw in its logo – you see what they did there?). It’s essentially a realisation of our happy place. Go and enjoy yourself some top-quality beers and pizza.
Address: 617-619 London Road, Sheffield, S2 4LR
If you’re in the mood for some Indian vegan cuisine, either to eat in or take away, then look no further than the lovely folk over at Ajanta’s Vegetarian on Chesterfield Road. Their 100 per cent Vegan offering is freshly prepared each day to traditional Punjabi recipes handed down through the generations of Ajanta’s family. Grab one of their fantastic, speciality thali trays for a tenner.
Address: 837 Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, S8 0SQ
A few years ago, up in the suburbs of North-West Sheffield there wasn’t an awful lot of choice for vegans looking to eat out. That was until Sunshine Deli opened their doors on Penistone Road (by Hillsborough stadium) with an entirely vegan offering that promises all kinds of delights. From home cooked classics (full English brekkie and fish and chips), to takeaway staples (kebabs and burgers), as well as their ever-popular CFC (Cruelty Free Chicken), there’s a bit of something for every discerning vegan t this Hillsborough café.
Pro tip: Check out their website’s online shop for some incredible vegan snacks.
Address: 989 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2DH
ICARUS AND APOLLO
Newcomers Icarus and Apollo’s quality is no myth and their pop-up has been flying high (but not too close to the sun) recently, thanks to rave reviews received for their excellent Mexican Waffadillas as well as their West African Peanut curry. Their camper van has been parked up in the newly opened Steel Yard Kelham container Park over the last few months and, following on from their success here, they’ve decided to make things a little more permanent with their very own unit in the Steel Yard.
Address: Steel Yard Kelham, Unit 4, The Yard, Bardwell Rd, Neepsend, S3 8AS
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