Here it is – the Vegan Edinburgh guide for 2021!
Christmas is just around the corner and it looks like it is shaping up to be a much better one than last year. Restaurants are open, and we’re able to share the festive season with friends and family again.
Edinburgh’s local businesses have once again pulled out all the stops with some fantastic menus and gift ideas to make this truly the season to be jolly. So whether you want a stress-free Christmas dinner or a special gift to pop under the tree, you don’t have to look far from Scotland’s fine capital for all your vegan needs this festive season. Read on to find out more…
Have a vegan foodie in your life that you want to treat this Christmas? Here are some wonderful Christmas gift ideas that are bound to put a smile on their face!
Earthy Vegan Cheese
If you like the vegan cheese at Beetroot Sauvage, you will love the selection boxes now available for pre-order at Earthy Vegan Cheese. Fresh from the kitchen of Southside’s iconic vegan café, this selection of handcrafted organic vegan cheese is perfect for a gift or as a treat to yourself during the festive season.
Some of the selection boxes also include o homemade beetroot chutney and Scottish gluten-free oatcakes, all packaged in a wicker basket wrapped in fully biodegradable cellophane. Browse the range and pre-order on their website.
Black Rabbit has the best vegan deli selection in the city, so there’s nowhere better to stock up on festive cheeses and “meats” for the Christmas season.
Pre-orders for their Christmas artisan cheese bundles are open now until 10th December (or until they sell out) and can be picked up between 21st and 24th December. Check out their Facebook feed to find out more.
We all know that Considerit does incredible vegan doughnuts, but did you know that they also do vegan chocolate too? A box of their handcrafted creations will make a brilliant gift for the chocoholic in your life, and is available now on their online shop.
You can also get chocolate bars, hot chocolate marshmallow bombes and m*lk chocolate dipped honeycomb. Wonderfully decadent treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Spoil that special someone with a fabulous festive hamper from Gogo Beets. These ready-giftwrapped festive vegan selection boxes come with crisps, Ocelot vegan chocolate, a hot chocolate kit, kombucha, a tote bag and all of the following yummy treats:
- Cookie selection (raspberry almond, chocolate hazelnut praline, fruit crumble and custard, and triple chocolate buttercream)
- Shortbread selection (empire biscuit, millionaire shortbread, rum and rasin, lemon)
- Go Go Bars (honeycomb, and mixed berry and coconut)
- Biscotti selection (cranberry and almond, and cinnamon spice)
- Two gingerbread mini loaves
- Sage oatcakes and chutney selection (pear, ginger and chilli)
Hampers are £50, or you can make it a deluxe gift by adding a caluna candle and s’wheat plant-based water bottle for an extra £35.
Orders open from 29th November with pickup available from the shop 18-24th December.
Roots veg boxes
Everyone needs a little boost to look after their wellbeing in winter, and what better way to make sure you are getting your 5-a-day than with a veg box from Roots? They are now taking orders for their special Christmas veg boxes. Or you can give the gift of greens with new box subscriptions! Check out their Facebook feed for more info or drop an email to email@example.com.
It’s not Christmas without a wee glass of wine and thankfully Vegan Tipples has got you covered. For £80 you can order their special Christmas case, with six bottles specially selected for the festive season. Add sparkle to your Christmas with two bottles of red wine, two bottles of white, a bottle of bubbles and a lovely bottle of port. Plus, delivery in Edinburgh is completely free! Order your Christmas box today.
Want a gift that tastes good and does good too? Rawsmary vegan truffles and desserts are completely raw and gluten free. Made from nuts, seeds and fruit, these delicious balls of yumminess have no artificial ingredients and are free from refined sugar. Check out their website for more information on their range and find out how to get your hands on some!
Seeds for the Soul
Want a lovely handmade gift that does good too? The kind team behind Seeds for the Soul have made a charming selection of soy teacup candles (made from recycle cups from the café) and handmade Christmas decorations. The profits from every sale will go to help the animals at Karass Animal Sanctuary. Pop in quick and get yours before they sell out!
In addition to their Earthy Vegan Cheese, Beetroot Sauvage will be selling a fabulous selection of gifts at the café throughout December. Their range will include ready-to-bake gingerbread mix, hot chocolate and marshmallow spoons, Beetroot Sauvage mugs, 2022 recipe calendars and zero-waste toiletries such as soap bars, shampoo and lip balm. You can also pick up vacuum-sealed seitan turkey roasts for the big day!
Follow them on Instagram to find out when the gifts become available.
Plantz Delicatessen have updated their online store with lots of vegan gifts including grazing platters (pictured), hampers, panettone and much more! Orders are to be collected from their deli on Inverleith Row.
Fabulously festive menus
Celebrate the party season in style with friends and family at Edinburgh’s top vegan cafés and restaurants. The following places have pulled out all the stops for their festive offering this year:
Nothing quite beats the cosy atmosphere of the fairy-lit café in winter. The team have rustled up a very special festive three-course menu with complimentary mocktail on arrival. This special offering is available by pre-booking only and will be served on the Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December. Book now
Harmonium do a cracking vegan Christmas roast, and we’re delighted to report that it has made a comeback for 2021! Their festive menu is a corker, with tempting seasonal dishes including mushroom, lentil and cranberry filo pastries, rumbledethump with haggis bon bons and, of course, Christmas pudding. Read the full menu here.
Kama Vegan Bakes
Everyone’s favourite vegan pie makers are doing another round of Christmas deliveries for the 2021 festive season! Stock up your cupboards with their pies filled with wonderfully festive fillings, including homemade nut roast, syrup-glazed parsnips, and cranberry, leek and butter beans. Make your order by 15 December and deliveries will be made on the 23 December. See the full menu on Instagram.
Seeds for the Soul
The christmas menu will be available at Seeds for the Soul every day from 1st December – no prebooking needed. Enjoy a warming mug of mulled wine, or try a cranberry mimosa or gingerbread hot chocolate. Get in the festive mood with their special christmas burger topped with shredded sprouts, cheese, herby onion rings, mayo, lettuce and a cranberry and mulled spice sauce – then finish it off with a yummy warm pumpkin spiced apple pie or chocolate orange tart. See the full menu on Facebook.
Holy Cow have announced a festive menu which will be available from 4th December. No prebooking is required, so spontaneous Christmas celebrations are more than welcome!
The main event will be a roast “no-duck” with onion, cranberry and port gravy, served with swede, roasted potatoes and root veg. There’s also a warming mushroom soup to start and a festive pumpkin parfait to finish. Read the whole menu on Facebook.
Naked Bakery are famous for their beautiful cakes, and this season they are offering a range with a seasonal twist including Christmas-themed cakes and macarons.
And if you want a showstopper for Christmas day, they have festive cakes for pre-order on their website.
The Sly Fox
The folks at the Sly Fox are getting in the Christmas spirit by offering a special menu and extending their opening hours for the festive season!
Their Christmas specials include creamy chestnut soup with vegan “bacon”, aubergine-wrapped nut roast, apple strudel and pecan pie.
Check out their Facebook page for more information.
For the big day
Take the stress out of Christmas dinner this year with these pre-prepared options from some of our favourite vegan-friendly shops and cafés…
This year, Easter Greens have teamed up with Sunshine Deli to offer not one… not two… but FOUR seasonal roasts for pre-order! Perfect your Christmas day feast with the choice of:
- Turkey style with cranberry and apricot stuffing wrapped in maple rashers
- Beef style brisket with Marmite glaze
- Hickory ham style with pineapple maple glaze
- Chicken style with traditional stuffing and a herby rub
Each one costs £25 and will feed 6-8. Pop into the Easter Road or Morningside store to place your order. Find out more in this Facebook post.
So that’s the roast sorted… But what about all the trimmings? Roots have got you covered. They are doing full Christmas dinners for pickup and delivery. The vegan option features a roasted cauliflower steak as the main event, but if you want to swap out your own roast and let Roots take care of everything else, you can simply order the trimmings on their own.
The full meal is £35 per person with the cauliflower, or £30 without. All orders should be placed by Sunday 12 December, with pickup on the 23rd and 24th. There are a small number of delivery slots available too, subject to an additional fee. Find out more on Facebook.
I’ll be honest – it’s not Christmas in the Vegan Edinburgh household unless we have a full plate of BBL’s vegan pigs in blankets on the table. This year BBL offered a mini Christmas box with all their festive goodies, but they sold out in just under 12 hours!
Thankfully all of their festive range will be available to buy in store from the 18th December. Take a look at their vegan box to see the options they will have available, and make sure you follow them on Facebook to be in the know about any pre-order opportunities.
Want a banging Christmas dinner but don’t fancy doing all the hard work? Don’t sweat it – Plantz Delicatessen has you covered! They have plenty of options for the main event, including Sunshine Deli “turkey” roast, but if fake meat isn’t your thing, they have a nut roast on offer too (pictured).
They can also take care of the trimmings too, with roasted winter vegetables, maple-roasted brussel sprouts, potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce.
Order online and pick up from their deli on Inverleith Row.
These are some of my favourite local suppliers to eat with and shop from this festive season, but there are bound to be some that I have missed. Which fabulous local vegan-friendly businesses are helping you make Christmas this year? Share them in the comments below!