AKA: how to support your local independent vegan-friendly businesses during COVID-19
These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 is not going anywhere soon, so we need to support our local vegan-friendly businesses more than ever.
Edinburgh is now in lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease, which means that all cafés and restaurants in the city are closed to sit-in customers. However, some are still offering delivery so you can enjoy yummy vegan food at home, while also supporting your favourite vegan-friendly businesses.
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Vegan-friendly delivery services
4 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5RG
179 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4QP
Open Mon-Sat 9am – 7pm and Sun 10am – 6pm (check Facebook page for most up-to-date opening times)
Being an essential grocery store, Easter Greens is open for business. You can go along in person to shop for your groceries, adhering to physical distancing guidelines of course.
Alternatively, you can shop online and pick from the following range of delivery / pickup methods:
- Home deliveries Available to most of mainland UK – although there are exceptions. Delivery fee is £6 or free for orders over £75.
- Click & collect Order online and pick up directly from your chosen store at no extra charge. Order before 5pm for same day pickup.
Seeds for the Soul
Don’t worry – you won’t need to get through this lockdown without your Seeds for the Soul fix! Seeds for the Soul is open 9am-10pm Monday to Thursday and 10am – 10pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through all your favourite delivery services: Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo. So you can get their yummy sandwiches, wraps, burgers and bowls delivered directly to your door.
The Doughnut Family
East Lothian based bakers The Doughnut Family are enjoying exceptional demand for their contactless vegan doughnut delivery service available in Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh city.
At the moment they deliver to Edinburgh and East Lothian on Sunday, and open up their order book on Thursday evening via their Facebook page. You can get one or two boxes of six doughnuts priced at £12 each and £3 delivery fee. There is also an option to add on a box of sweets from the Vegan Sweetie Company.
Previous flavours have included creme egg, chocolate glaze, salted caramel, cinnamon sugar, strawberry creme, custard-filled fudge and much more. But you’ve got to be quick – those delivery slots fill up fast!
Bites and Leaves Café
Bites and Leaves, Edinburgh’s newest vegan café is coming to Deliveroo, with their yummy pizzas and bagels available for delivery to the good folk of Slateford and surrounding area. Make sure you follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date on their latest menu.
Vegan Tipples is an online business which specialises in vegan-friendly wines and spirits. To help us through this strange time, they are offering free contactless delivery within a 10 mile radius of Edinburgh.
To take advantage of this offer, click ‘Collect at Store’ during checkout and leave your address, email and phone number. Vegan Tipples will shortly be in touch to arrange your delivery.
You can also get your vegan wines delivered to anywhere else in the UK, for a flat fee of £7.99 on orders over £40.00.
In response to overwhelming demand, Considerit have restarted their home delivery service for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A box of six doughnuts costs £7.90 (including delivery).
Delivery slots go live between 11-12 on Saturday morning for the following week. Edinburgh deliveries are on Saturday and Sunday. Before you order, check their list of postcodes to make sure you qualify for delivery.
The Sly Fox
The Sly Fox and Rawsmary are two vegan Edinburgh street food stalwarts, and as well as making regular appearances at Edinburgh’s markets, they also offer local delivery.
Every Tuesday they deliver a new menu of fresh food to your doorstep. Simply order at least 24 hours in advance, pop your yummy food in the fridge when it arrives and consume within three days.
The menu changes every week, but previous offerings have included tomato & basil soup (£2.50), vegan goulash (£5.00) and chocolate & pecan cake (£2.50). You can see this week’s menu on their Instagram feed.
Minimum order value is £10, and delivery is free for orders over £30 or within a three-mile radius of their headquarters at EH15 1HY. Drop them an email (email@example.com) or a text (0754 232 5504) to order.
The Plant Patisserie
This new Edinburgh-based vegan bakery is offering contactless pick-up on all cakes.
The Plant Patisserie’s cakes are all freshly baked, full of flavour and have absolutely no animal products. They look absolutely gorgeous too – check out their rainbow pastel dream cake to see what I mean!
treen is a vegan and ethical fashion retailer based in Edinburgh. They’ve had to close their bricks-and-mortar shop for now, but their online store is still running and offers free delivery UK-wide for orders over £150.
Getting nutritious, balanced meals is more important than ever at this time, and thankfully New Norm is on hand to deliver ready-made plant-based food to take the stress out of healthy eating.
Deliveries are currently restricted to Edinburgh and East Lothian (EH1 – EH42) and orders are shipped once a week (Friday) to restrict contact with the courier.
You can choose a Cleanse & Restore meal plan, covering three to eight days, or mix-and-match from yummy dishes such as coconut dahl, chickpea and cashew stew, and meatless ball marinara.
Viva La Vegan
If you’re craving a junk food fix, you should check out Viva La Vegan, Edinburgh’s newest vegan takeaway located right beside Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile.
The menu is completely vegan and includes a yummy selection of burgers, pizzas and loaded fries. Pop along for a bite to eat to go while you’re sightseeing, or order from Deliveroo.
This local business based in Dalgety Bay is taking Fife by storm with their delicious authentic Indian curries, daals and sides – and it’s all vegan! You can order a selection of their delicious dishes frozen to your door. Or, if you are based in Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Aberdour or South Queensferry. You can order hot takeaway from a set menu every Friday and Saturday night. Take a look at their website to see what is on offer this week!
Deliciously Vegan is a brand new vegan business that is based in Leith.
Their online shop offers lots of ready made treats and baking mixes for pancakes, cakes and brownies.
Now you can get Brochan’s goodness and grains delivered to your door! Elaine is doing weekly deliveries, and options include granola, overnight oat kits, vegan spelt scones and freshly squeezed orange juice – perfect for a lazy weekend brunch!
Tonic @ Home
Enjoy a cocktail party from the comfort of your own home! Tonic @ Home cocktail packs are perfect for treating yourself and completely vegan-friendly (drinks that traditionally contain egg whites have been replaced with aquafaba).
I shook mine up with a spare empty jam jar I had lying around, but you can also create the perfect serve with a cocktail shaker and glasses, also available from their online shop.
Rose Theatre Café
Fancy spoiling yourself? Rose Theatre Café are offering a ‘Queen for a Day’ packages, priced at £25 per person. This pack includes enough for an entire day of eating, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even a cheeky wee splash of wine!
Available for collection or delivery for an extra £5, it’s a perfect lockdown treat. Follow along on Facebook or Instagram for their latest menu and email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
40 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DR
Open Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 4pm (check website for most up-to-date opening hours)
Hanover Healthfoods is currently open for business and has 2,500 vegan friendly products, from chilled food to makeup, available online. Orders can be placed by phone or email and either posted, delivered or collected.
If you visit in person, you will find a strict limit on people in the store and a sanitisation regime in place.
If you would rather get your essentials delivered, Hanover Healthfoods are offering free delivery anywhere in the UK with Royal Mail or DPD for orders over £35. Find out more via Hanover Healthfoods website.
Health foods stores Real Foods are still open and serving customers at their locations in Broughton and Tollcross. 10 customers are allowed in at a time, and everyone is expected to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule. To make things easier, they have published store floor plans on their website so you can plan your trip.
You can also order online – but bear in mind that your order might take a wee bit longer than normal during this busier time.
Famous for their vegan sausages, burgers and fry-ups, BBL are now doing home deliveries. In addition to the local deliveries, they have a brand new website where you can order for UK-wide delivery.
Their vegan boxes contain everything you need for a decent fry-up, and more. Each box contains vegan sausages (both link and lorne), burgers, bacon, a vegan roast, potato scones, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Quantities vary depending on what size of box you buy. All boxes come with instructions on how to cook your goodies so you get perfect results every time.
To place an order or find out their next delivery dates, simply follow and drop them a message on social media.
Roots are currently offering the following goodies for delivery and collection:
- Deli items such as gherkins, antipasti and focaccia
- Fresh soup with a different selection every week
- Fresh salads
- Ready meals Previous options have included shepherdess pie and vegan macaroni cheese (pictured)
- Grazing boxes With focaccia, crackers, grapes, chutney, vegan cheese, guacamole, artichokes, roasted red peppers, hummus and more – enough to feed 2-3 people
- Fruit and veg boxes
Take a look at their stock on social media and email email@example.com with your name, phone number and delivery address to place your order.
Deliveries cost £4 up to three miles from EH3 7NH, or £7 within six miles. You should get your order in by Monday 5pm.
They are also doing a pay-it-forward campaign, delivering food to those who need it most. If you want to contribute or know of someone who could do with a helping hand, drop an email to Roots.
Edinburgh’s Bellfield Brewery specialises in vegan and gluten-free beer. Craving your Bellfield fix? Thankfully you can order online with 48-hour mail delivery or contactless collection from their brewery in Abbeyhill.
Union of Genius
Union of Genius are bringing their famous wholesome soups to your door! They have a new delivery menu every week, and roughly half of the options are vegan friendly. Keep an eye out for mouth-watering meals like vegan chilli and lentil soup.
You’ll find their latest menu on their Facebook page.
Bross Bagels have taken their famous bagel offering online to Bross Deli.
Order your bagels in multiples of six – any that you don’t eat, you can slice and pop in the freezer to toast later. Then order your fillings from the vegan deli so you can recreate the perfect Bross experience at home.
The Stockbridge Mac & Cheese Co.
Did you know that The Stockbridge Mac & Cheese Co. do vegan options?
The range includes ‘The Fun Guy’ (with garlic mushrooms), ‘The Wild One’ (with wild garlic pesto) and, of course, the classic. They even have vegan-friendly toppings like these yummy chilli balls and BBQ bites. Head on over to their Facebook page to place your order.
Everything is better with Butta Burger! Edinburgh’s newest burger delivery service has a good selection of vegan options including Chilli Cheese, Korean and of course Classic Meatless.
Butta delivers anywhere within a three-mile radius of Edinburgh city centre, or you can click and collect from their Rose Street store.
Taza in Town
69 Bread Street, EH3 9AH
Taza in Town is open and delivering Syrian & Levantine cuisine during these lockdown times and beyond! Find them on Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo.
They have a mouthwatering menu, with vegan options clearly labelled. The Mana’eesh (pizza) bases are vegan friendly and come in a range of toppings, including Za’tar Mana’eesh which is a flat dough topped with thyme and seven other Syrian herbs with olive oil and baked in a stone oven.
You can see their other vegan dishes on their menu, which they have posted on Facebook.
Treat yourself with a vegan hamper from Highland Fayre. This Scottish company has been curating and delivering luxury hampers for years, so naturally this service has totally come into its own during lockdown times! They have several vegan hampers available, which is perfect if you need a gift for a special someone, or if you just want to try something new.
Looking for even more businesses? Take a look at edinburghlockdowneconomy.com. They have over 150 businesses listed, and it’s shaping up to be a great resource during these strange times.