11 vegan-friendly places in Sunderland you can try for Veganuary - and some of them might surprise you

Greggs has launched a vegan sausage roll, Piers Morgan has made himself a pantomime villain of plant-based peoples, and green Vs are appearing over food products everywhere.

Friday, 4th January 2019, 3:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:44 pm
Vegan-friendly places to try in Sunderland during Veganuary
Vegan-friendly places to try in Sunderland during Veganuary

It must be 'Veganuary'. The campaign challenges people to try living without animal products for a month. Here we look at 11 places you can turn to for vegan options if you want to try it for yourself - or if you're already vegan and looking for new places to go:

Sunderland's first vegetarian eatery, certainly in recent times, with a wide range of vegan options from breakfasts and light lunches to cakes and snacks - all served in comfortable surroundings.
Vegan-friendly, dog-friendly, cyclist-friendly, swimmer-friendly - is this the citys friendliest cafe? One of the exciting businesses to have opened at the seafront in recent years, offering vegan lunches, cake and ice cream.

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Another lovely little cafe to have sprung up on Sunderlands seafront in recent years, offering a number of vegan options including breakfast and pancakes. Its dog-friendly too!
A burger bar founded by a vegetarian businessman. It does serve meat, but alongside a great range of vegan and vegetarian options, including a seitan patty with BBQ jackfruit, and spicy vegan risotto balls.
One of Sunderland's most popular pubs which launched a vegan menu a little while back in response to growing demand. Look out for the Janet Burger, vegan pizzas and a vegan meatball sub among others.
Loads of vegan options, including an amazing vegan afternoon tea if you book ahead.
Vegans usually fare ok at Mexican restaurants if they ask staff to hold the sour cream and cheese. But this great little restaurant has a wealth of more unusual dishes alongside the traditional favourites, many of which are vegan.
When you think carvery, you wouldnt naturally think vegan. But Toby Carvery has been ahead of the curve for years, offering a choice of vegan options, including a roast mushroom and ale pie.
You always know what youre going to get with a Wetherspoons - and if youre vegan, that makes it a safe bet wherever you are in the country. Options include its award-winning sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry.
Another chain with a surprisingly good offer for vegans, including aubergine and red lentil tagine, Jamaican-style katsu curry and peri-peri tofu skewers - as well as some mighty breakfast options.
Mac No Cheese, vegan pizza, and two different vegan burgers are among the options added to Frankie and Bennys menu in recent months.