England is a very multi-cultural country these days, but this post focuses more on traditional English foods, playing croquet on the garden, while eating a pint of strawberries with vegan cream! Like the rest of western Europe, England tends to eat a lot of dairy foods, butter and eggs, so it’s not the easiest food to make vegan, but it can be done. Take your pick, and always serve with a nice pot of tea in a no-bone china mug!
England has a strong history of the vegan movement, in fact the Vegan Society began there, and still is the world hub. Donald Watson founded the organisation back in 1944, when hardly anyone was vegan. He lived well into his 90s, regularly hiking the hills and preaching kindness to all creatures. You’ll also find many little indie vegan shops and homegrown companies. Manchester’s Unicorn Grocery (often voted Britain’s best indie supermarket) is all vegan, as is Brighton’s Kindly Supermarket.
The recipes here are taken from an online list of England’s top 10 favourite foods. So here we go with some plant-based alternatives:
Try this recipe for a vegan steak & kidney pie from The Happy Pear.
See the post on how to make a vegan Beef Wellington. You can use mushrooms, lentils or vegan meats.
See the post on how to make a bag of salty seaside chips!
Vegan English Desserts
See the post on how to make Eton Mess – crumbled vegan meringues topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Sticky Toffee Pudding is apparently the world’s favourite dessert. Find more in the post on this recipe by The Veg Space.
Bakewell Tart is a raspberry almond flan, named after a town in Derbyshire. Try this recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen.
This Lemon Drizzle Cake is also by Lazy Cat Kitchen.
See the post on how to make a vegan lemon (or apricot) meringue pie.
Vegan Afternoon Tea
Try these Vegan Scones with Cream (Lazy Cat Kitchen)
Or the same blogger’s Ginger Scones with Rhubarb.
See the post on how to make a Victoria sponge cake.
An afternoon tea at the Ritz can be replicated, courtesy of this recipe. See the post on how to serve a vegan afternoon tea.
Great British Vegan Cookbook
Great British Vegan is by popular blogger Aimee Ryan. Here she veganizes all the traditional favourites, from Sunday Roast to Afternoon Tea. Other recipes include:
- Full English Breakfast
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Bangers & Mash
- Yorkshire Puddings
- Beer-Battered (to) Fish & Chips
- Sausage Rolls
- Eton Mess
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
The book also has other British favourites like Welsh Rarebit (cheese on toast) and Scottish shortbread.