Veganuary? Veggie for life? Flexitarian?
Whatever your stance, Sheffield is a great place to explore some great veggie food. Here’s my top three recommendations!
Church: Temple of Fun.
Remember Bring Me the Horizon? Well, their Sheffield born frontman Ollie Sykes opened Church in 2018, fast becoming one of the most popular vegan spots in Sheffield. Their menu is all vegan, filled with burgers, topped chips and kebabs alongside all vegan cocktails. Not only this but it’s situated in the trendy Kelham Island. This in itself makes for an aesthetically pleasing food spot but on top of that its decoration pays homage to South American religious iconography. There are stained glass windows and candles everywhere, creating a cosy vibe. On the flip side, it is Sheffield’s only ‘arcade bar’ and has gaming pods, a pool table and a terrace overlooking the River Don. As if this weren’t enough, they host great events. Last Galentines day I took my friend to a showing of Romeo + Juliet and with a fully themed menu and gorgeous decoration it was the perfect way to celebrate.
Whenever I get food with friends I always feel bad that we aren’t free to go wherever we want but have to worry about me, the difficult vegan. But with places like Wild Rice this is starting to change. Wild Rice is a Chinese takeaway with an extensive menu for both veggies, vegans and meat eaters. Every time I have ordered from there it’s been great for everyone. Also, if you order enough you can get various freebies such as a free starter or drink. I particularly love their Salt and Pepper starter box which I get as a main meanwhile my boyfriend loves their sticky beef. All in all, Wild Rice is a great crowd pleaser for that Friday night takeaway.
Formally Five Rivers Coffee, you haven’t lived in Endcliffe or Ranmoor if you haven’t visited Nam Song. Located in Broomhill it is the perfect place to enjoy a comforting coconut milk hot chocolate after uni. Especially with the aesthetically pleasing Vietnamese lamps and cosy floor cushions instead of chairs you can really relax and enjoy some lovely Vietnamese food. Personally, I love the banana fritters. A unique dessert, these deep-fried banana pieces come with maple syrup and are really tasty. But if you fancy something more savoury, they have loads of options ranging from sandwiches to soup. It’s every first year’s favourite café and keeps me coming back!
– Yzzy (Fourth Year English Literature and Hispanic Studies)