Words by Michelle Hanley
July 27th, 2017
Dining out with dietary requirements or choices these days is easier than you think. Ireland’s culinary scene has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with every type of dining opportunity imaginable from vegan jazz evenings in Clonskeagh Castle to a complete plant-based chipper menu at McGuinness Take Away on Camden Street.
It’s not just the capital where plant-based menus are widely available, fully vegan cafes have sprung up around the country such as Peckish in Ennis and 142(v) in Cork. Surprisingly, even our rural pubs are moving with the times with spots such as O’Dowds in Connemara offering a vegan menu alongside their famous seafood fayre. This can now be washed down by a pint of the black stuff as Guinness announced it’s now vegan in April this year (let’s not think about how and why it wasn’t before!).
We’ve brought together some of our favourite dining spots around the country to share with you, whether you are vegan or are looking for some clean eating options. Scroll down to take a tour of the best vegan-friendly eateries around.
This Rathmines based restaurant’s menu reads like a steakhouse but instead of meat, it’s full of clever and delicious plant-based alternatives. Bear in mind it’s bring-your-own-bottle with no corkage if you’re eating from the set menu.
Address: 51 Pleasants St, Dublin 8.
Considered the oldest pub in Connemarra, O’Dowds has been dealing out the pints since 1840. Opposite the pier of the famous fishing village of Roundstone, this unassuming rural pub famous for its seafood has a full vegetarian/vegan menu available.
Address: Roundstone, Co. Galway.
Ballymaloe trained and former vegan blogger Carolanne Rushe has created quite a stir with this raw food cafe famous for its bright and colourful creations inspired by local fresh fruit and veg. Considered to be 90% vegan as they occasionally use honey in their baked goods.
Address: Bridge St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo.
This Exchequer Street institution has a full vegan menu available on request along with a stock of some of the rarest fresh fruit and veg you can get your hands on in Ireland found in their food hall.
Address: 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2.
With branches on Chatham Street, Hatch Street and Baggot Street in Dublin, this is the perfect spot for a filling, tasty and clean lunch on the go. The name is a play on the term ‘counter culture’, over the counter fast-food but instead of greasy carbs, they use local, seasonal and healthy ingredients.
Addresses: 9 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4, Vault 4, The Station Building,
Hatch Street Upper, Dublin 2, 16, Chatham Street, Dublin 2.
Ireland’s most beloved pizza chain has now introduced a vegan mozzarella like no other, opening up their range of pizzas to be enjoyed by all. Produced in Italy, you would struggle to see or taste the difference.
Jack and Theo Kirwan are the 20-something brothers and brainchildren behind the sustainably sourced Sprout & Co. After the success of their juice business, the brothers branched out into cafes with six eateries all stocked from local growers and their allotment in Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Addresses: Find all locations here.
If you’ve ever visited the Bernard Shaw you may have noticed the warehouse beside it which is marked with a green neon ‘V’. Inside here you’ll find a food truck dishing up some of the best vegan plates you could find in the capital!
Address: Richmond Place South, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2.
Indian restaurants are a haven for veggies and vegans with even the most basic takeaways offering a solid range of dishes. Focused on North Indian cuisine, Pickle is spicing up the Irish food scene since it opened early last year, with Chef Sunil Ghai being one of the highlights at the Taste of Dublin this year.
Address: 43 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2.
Looking for more? Check our top Irish bloggers and social media whizz-kids who are rallying together to compile lists, reviews and tips for all your foodie needs. The Irish Vegan has an extensive list of dining out options here, 5K strong Facebook page Vegans Dining Out (Ireland) encourages reviews, The Happy Cow has an integrated map to find your closest options, and Instagram account Veghuns offers tips and tricks for the Irish vegan community. Happy dining!
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