These are unprecedented times. As the webmaster of Vegan Edinburgh, I would never have thought I would be encouraging people to stay at home. But last night the UK Government advised its people to avoid all non-essential social contact, meaning all of our lives are going to change quite considerably for a wee while.
I’m gutted that I won’t be able to eat out at my favourite restaurants for the foreseeable future. But my disappointment pales in comparison to the sheer terror that the owners of Edinburgh’s small businesses must be feeling.
I made an announcement a couple of days ago, and of course it is now pretty much out-of-date. But some of it still holds true: some establishments are offering delivery or gift cards, so please consider supporting them in any way you can, even if you can’t physically pay them a visit.
The situation is changing all the time, and I will try to keep this page as up-to-date as I can, but if you want to suggest any additions or changes, please drop me a line. At times like this, we need to band together more than ever.
You can also find other local businesses listed at covidbusinesssupport.com.
Beetroot Sauvage has launched a collection and delivery service. You can pick up freshly prepared meals between 10 am and 5 pm, and local deliveries are going out twice a day.
Their takeaway menu is available to order online or by phone between 8 am and 2 pm. Want to stock up? You can buy several meals and keep them in the fridge to reheat.
There is also a pay-it-forward option so that you can help the homeless, elderly, and most vulnerable with Beetroot Sauvage’s wholesome, freshly cooked food.
UPDATE: Beetroot Sauvage have now closed completely for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, you can still stock up on Gift Cards.
Lucky Pig @ Paradise Palms
Lucky Pig @ Paradise Palms have made the difficult decision to close for the foreseeable future. You can still buy gift cards and merchandise from their Bandcamp store, to keep things ticking over until they are able to open their doors again.
After a brief hiatus, Chapter One is back, baby! They’ve opened their doors once more to takeaway orders. Take a look at the menu on Facebook, then either give them a call or drop them a message to place your order.
Considerit already has a thriving takeaway business, and they also have an online shop. Head over to their website and stock up on their delicious artisan chocolate bars, as well as their famous vegan créme eggs. Because it’s Easter soon. Yeah, I had forgotten all about that too.
Seeds for the Soul
After a brief trial period, Seeds for the Soul have made the difficult decision to suspend operations for now, including delivery. In the meantime, you can buy gift cards online.
Pumpkin Brown have closed their physical store for the time being, but you can still shop online at their eco store which has lots of lovely gift boxes and gift cards.
Struggling to find what you are looking for at the supermarket? Outsmart the panic buyers and pay the deli counter at Black Rabbit a visit – they have vegan cheeses, meats, sweets and chocolate ready to take away.
UPDATE: Black Rabbit have now closed for the lockdown period. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further updates.
Kalpna do incredible vegan and vegetarian Indian food, and you can order from a selection of their dishes on Just Eat. Choose from South Indian dishes such as their yummy masala dosa, or opt for a comforting stew like mushroom masala.
That’s right – Edinburgh’s newest completely-vegan Italian eatery delivers! Log in to Deliveroo and you can get one of their yummy pizzas or comforting pasta dishes delivered to your door. Is there anything better than sitting in bed, shoving rigatoni cacio e pepe tartufato into your face? I think not.
UPDATE: Sora Lella is now closed for the lockdown period. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
And for those on the other side of town, don’t worry. Old faithful Novapizza has your back. Due to the situation at the moment, NovaPizza is now takeaway only, but if you are in the New Town / Stockbridge area, you can get vegan pizza and pasta delivered through their Deliveroo page. If you are able to collect, send them a WhatsApp on 07738 470049 to place your order and get 20% discount against Deliveroo prices.
Hendersons has started a brand-new delivery service! You can get local fruit and veg, freshly baked goods, groceries and more. See what’s on offer and find out how you can order on their website. You can also get £4 “Magic Bags” on the Too Good to Go app.
Annakut is another fantastic Indian restaurant in Edinburgh’s south side which can be found on Uber Eats. They have a mouthwatering range of curries, pakora, dosas and more. They also do a vegan naan bread – not something you will normally find in regular Indian takeaway menus.
Gogo Beets have currently put a halt on sit-in business, but are continuing to do their delicious sandwiches, salads and bakes to take away. You can also call ahead, so your order is ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
They have also started a “soup-er” (ba-doom-tish) delivery service which is available within the Portobello area. You can get 10oz or 12oz portions of chilled soup which can be frozen and heated up when you need them. Soups are both vegan and gluten free (as long as you hold the croutons).
UPDATE: GogoBeets is now closed for the lockdown. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Craving your vegan cake fix? Give your future self a treat and invest in a gift card from Casa Angelina! They can either be picked up from the shop directly or, if you don’t want to leave the house, they can also be sent out by post. Drop them a message on Facebook to place your order.
BBL is now take away only, with their yummy sausages, lorne and other vegan treats available. Why not stock up so you can make yourself a delicious vegan fry-up at home?
UDATE: BBL is now closed for the lockdown. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Hula Juice Bar
We need healthy food now more than ever, and Hula Juice Bar have got you covered on all the major online takeaway delivery platforms: Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Whether you are looking for a big brekkie, a smoothie bowl, a yummy sandwich or a wholesome lunch bowl, you can get all these and more delivered directly to your house.
UPDATE: Hula Juice Bar has now completely closed both locations for the foreseeable future. Gift vouchers are still available.
You can still fill your hole with Bross Bagels. Their West End and Portobello stores are on Just Eat, so if you live locally you can get your bagel fix delivered to your door. Check out their special is’hole’ation packages, available on their website. They do gift vouchers too, so you can treat yourself when all this has blown over!
Special mention must go to Roots. They have been pulling out all the stops to help their local community, such as collection soap, towels and handwash for the homeless.
Go get you through this uncertain time, Roots have started a veg box collection and delivery service. Boxes start from £12 and include all your produce essentials like potatoes, onions, garlic and carrots. You can find out more about this on their Facebook page.
Nourish@ have put together a menu of delivery options, full of wholesome plant foods. Choose from comforting soups, winter salads, hot dishes and sweet treats.
UPDATE: nourish@ have stopped taking orders for the time being. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for updates.
Rose Theatre Café
Craving those sweet sweet vegan cinnamon rolls? Rose Theatre Café is still currently open for business and are currently offering a pre-order and pick up service. Call 07807 909 614 or see their Instagram page for details. There will also be a delivery option available soon.
Vegan pizza is the ultimate comfort food and thankfully @Pizza are on hand for all your home delivery needs. Build your pizza from scratch, and @Pizza will deliver to your door through Uber Eats or Just Eat. Or you can order ahead and collect in-store.
Harmonium sadly closed its doors on the 16 March, however they have launched a Crowdfunder to make sure that they are able to return once this has all blown over. Take a look at the rewards on their Crowdfunder page.
The following businesses don’t have bricks-and-mortar premises, but continue to deliver. Many of them supply other shops and cafés, so might be quieter than usual. They are still worthy of your support:
- Herbivore Kitchen for yummy vegan brownies (and you can even pay-it-forward by buying brownies for the NHS!)
- Missys Vegan Cupcakes for sweet treats
- Vegan Tipples for vegan wines and spirits
The above information is correct at the time of publishing (5pm Sunday 29 March) but the situation is changing all the time. Please send additions and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.