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After reading a lot of threads in these Forums, I have come to the conclusion that it is far more difficult being a Veg*n in the UK, than in The States!<br><br>
When I read of people being spoiled for choice as to which veg*n restaurant to eat at, or which of the 10 choices of dishes they have to pick from, I feel as if I am on another planet!! Where I come from in the UK, there are NO veg*n restaurants at all, and when I go to omni restaurants, there is usually a choice of about 3 dishes for me to choose from. These are generally: Salad, Lasagne or stir-fry. After many years of eating these dishes, I would love to have a choice of something else.<br><br>
Or must I emigrate to America to have that choice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Hmmm where I am in the UK we have 4 vegan restaurants and several vegetarian restaurants, plus a lot of omni restaurants have vegan foods marked on the menu, and almost all have 'v's next to vegetarian food. From what I've heard there's not vegetarian labelling in the States the same way there is in the UK. In any supermarket here pretty much all vegetarian food is labelled as such, and increasingly foods are labelled vegan. Almost all bread here is vegan which is a contrast to the States.<br><br>
Where are you in the UK? What about Italian food (pizza and pasta) Indian food (curries, bread, samosas, onion bhajis etc) Mexican food, Spanish tapas, Japanese food etc etc? When I was vegetarian I had loads of choice in these places and even now as a vegan I've been able to get something.
 

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Well in the UK we at least have almost every brand/resteraunt labelling things vegetarian - the US has no such luxury. the USA might have more products available (ie whole foods/ trader joes) and more veg*n resteraunts, however the general availability of food appears to be less (such as in cheesecake factory or red lobster). I dont know about you, but I couldnt drag my friends in a vegan resteraunt, and cant afford to buy fake meat and cheese for every meal.<br><br>
What resteraunts are you going to? In my 8 years of being vegetarian including 4 of vegan I have NEVER eaten a salad in a resteraunt. Are you vegetarian or vegan? where in the UK are you? Im sure everyone in this subforum has some suggestions for you.<br><br>
edit: luckycharm beat me, now i look like a copycat!
 

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I was mainly talking about when eating out. I'm a vegetarian. Have been for 28 years.<br><br>
I live in a town called Bangor which is about 15 miles from Belfast in Northern Ireland.<br>
Before you say, maybe I should eat out in Belfast, it isn't much better! Believe me, I've tried!<br><br>
As for all the multi-national choices you suggested, the problem with that is my wife is strictly a meat and potatoes girl and wouldn't eat anything in those restaurants. So, unless I want to dine out on my own, I have to go to omni restaurants. I've come to the conclusion that were I am is about 10 to 15 years behind everyone else!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Here's a link to veggie and veggie friendly restaurants in Belfast:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieplaces.co.uk/vegetarian_restaurant_belfast_zq.html" target="_blank">http://www.veggieplaces.co.uk/vegeta...elfast_zq.html</a><br><br>
Most Indian restaurants have a 'Western' section of the menu, with chicken and chips etc, or maybe you could get your wife to be a bit more adventurous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> if you go to steakhouse-type places there will not be a big choice for veggies whatever country you're in.<br><br>
My bf only likes 2 or 3 things (burgers, pizza, grilled chicken with salad) so we usually go to Italian restaurants, but he has at least tried japanese and Mexican restaurants for me.
 

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Well in the UK we at least have almost every brand/resteraunt labelling things vegetarian - the US has no such luxury. the USA might have more products available (ie whole foods/ trader joes) and more veg*n resteraunts, however the general availability of food appears to be less (such as in cheesecake factory or red lobster). I dont know about you, but I couldnt drag my friends in a vegan resteraunt, and cant afford to buy fake meat and cheese for every meal.<br><br>
What resteraunts are you going to? In my 8 years of being vegetarian including 4 of vegan I have NEVER eaten a salad in a resteraunt. Are you vegetarian or vegan? where in the UK are you? Im sure everyone in this subforum has some suggestions for you.<br><br>
edit: luckycharm beat me, now i look like a copycat!</div>
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I have had to eat salad and chips only once in the UK- in a beefeater-style restaurant. I had to go because my friend drove us there!
 

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Here's a link to veggie and veggie friendly restaurants in Belfast:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieplaces.co.uk/vegetarian_restaurant_belfast_zq.html" target="_blank">http://www.veggieplaces.co.uk/vegeta...elfast_zq.html</a><br><br>
Most Indian restaurants have a 'Western' section of the menu, with chicken and chips etc, or maybe you could get your wife to be a bit more adventurous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> if you go to steakhouse-type places there will not be a big choice for veggies whatever country you're in.<br><br>
My bf only likes 2 or 3 things (burgers, pizza, grilled chicken with salad) so we usually go to Italian restaurants, but he has at least tried japanese and Mexican restaurants for me.</div>
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Thanks for your link, but unfortunately there were only 2 Belfast veggie friendly restaurants on it!! The rest seem to be ranging from Scotland, Anglesy, the Isle of Man or Dublin! Surely you're not suggesting I catch a plane to mainland Britain when I want to dine out?<br><br>
Forgot to mention also that my wife does not eat any vegetables at all, except peas! Her meat intake is always either: Roast Beef, Beef Burger, Fish or Chicken. That's about it. Can't really see her in a Japanese, Mexican, Thai or Italian restaurant. What would she eat?
 

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Thanks for your link, but unfortunately there were only 2 Belfast veggie friendly restaurants on it!! The rest seem to be ranging from Scotland, Anglesy, the Isle of Man or Dublin! Surely you're not suggesting I catch a plane to mainland Britain when I want to dine out?<br><br>
Forgot to mention also that my wife does not eat any vegetables at all, except peas! Her meat intake is always either: Roast Beef, Beef Burger, Fish or Chicken. That's about it. Can't really see her in a Japanese, Mexican, Thai or Italian restaurant. What would she eat?</div>
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Lol sorry I never saw that! Here's another link, hopefully a bit better:<br><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/europe/northern_ireland/belfast/" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/europe/north...eland/belfast/</a><br><br>
I'm afraid that if that's all your wife eats that may be what's limiting your dining choices. Most Italian restaurants do do beef burgers and chips however.
 

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Thanks for your link, but unfortunately there were only 2 Belfast veggie friendly restaurants on it!! The rest seem to be ranging from Scotland, Anglesy, the Isle of Man or Dublin! Surely you're not suggesting I catch a plane to mainland Britain when I want to dine out?<br><br>
Forgot to mention also that my wife does not eat any vegetables at all, except peas! Her meat intake is always either: Roast Beef, Beef Burger, Fish or Chicken. That's about it. Can't really see her in a Japanese, Mexican, Thai or Italian restaurant. What would she eat?</div>
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Every single year on birthdays in my family, the birthday boy/girl gets to choose a restaurant for the immediate family to visit. Back in the days of my brother's most fussy eating, ALL he would eat was meat, and it would only be steak or bacon. I was vegetarian and LOVED foreign cuisine. Se still managed to find an amazing restaurant every year that would accommodate us both. Plenty of chinese restaurants have english menu items, and I actually found some that had that and did vegetarian duck and pancakes.<br><br>
As others have said, Italian is a good way to go as well; usually quite familiar, and very easy to get a veg*n meal. In my experience, pub food is the worst; very meat-centred. But just see if they can take the rice (they should have some for a curry), a selection of veg, and some soy sauce, and fry it up for you if they don't have a veggie option.<br><br>
Also, it seems to me like it's way EASIER in the UK than the US; aside from the occasional product or restaurant I'm dying to try out there, I get the impression that overall, we have it REALLY easy.
 

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I have had to eat salad and chips only once in the UK- in a beefeater-style restaurant. I had to go because my friend drove us there!</div>
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last time I went to a beefeater I got a vegetarian quesadilla with no cheese or sour cream ; D<br>
the one place ill admit im dreading being dragged to is harvester - it seems awful argh. at least theres a salad bar?<br><br>
Stuff I usually end up eating if theres nothing else on the menu: vegetarian pizza, jacket potato with baked beans, bean burger (ask whats in it), beans on toast, chips and pitta (for those 2am hunger pangs), falafel burger (this seems to be getting more common?).<br><br>
does your wife like pizza? italian resteraunts should be fine if so. i would agree that it sounds like its her diet thats restricting your meals, rather than yours!<br><br>
mexican resteraunts quite often do burgers too, or places like frankie and bennys which do lots of types of food (pizza, steak, enchiladas etc). or, i hate to say it, wetherspoons if you have one around. i hear that mcdonalds now do a veggie burger but would rather not want to go in there and find out haha.<br><br>
tbh ive never been to Belfast, Bangor or anywhere close so wouldnt be able to give specifics though.
 

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last time I went to a beefeater I got a vegetarian quesadilla with no cheese or sour cream ; D<br>
the one place ill admit im dreading being dragged to is harvester - it seems awful argh. at least theres a salad bar?<br><br>
Stuff I usually end up eating if theres nothing else on the menu: vegetarian pizza, jacket potato with baked beans, bean burger (ask whats in it), beans on toast, chips and pitta (for those 2am hunger pangs), falafel burger (this seems to be getting more common?).<br><br>
does your wife like pizza? italian resteraunts should be fine if so. i would agree that it sounds like its her diet thats restricting your meals, rather than yours!<br><br>
mexican resteraunts quite often do burgers too, or places like frankie and bennys which do lots of types of food (pizza, steak, enchiladas etc). or, i hate to say it, wetherspoons if you have one around. i hear that mcdonalds now do a veggie burger but would rather not want to go in there and find out haha.<br><br>
tbh ive never been to Belfast, Bangor or anywhere close so wouldnt be able to give specifics though.</div>
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wetherspoons is REALLY good for vegetarian food usually. Not so much for the vegan thing though; they only have a curry that's suitable for vegans, and I don't like curries.
 

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wetherspoons is REALLY good for vegetarian food usually. Not so much for the vegan thing though; they only have a curry that's suitable for vegans, and I don't like curries.</div>
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Haha, I wouldn't want to go to the Wetherspoons in Belfast, I don't think I've ever been there without seeing a chair-throwing fight. The kinda place that they check ID at the door not to see your age, but so they know who to point out to the police later!<br><br>
Belfast is terrible for veg*n food, I sympathise a lot. I don't think eating out is that impressive though, I'd much rather have a big meal where everyone chips in and makes it an event, so I can't offer any advice, other than move to Scotland like I did :p
 

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wetherspoons is REALLY good for vegetarian food usually. Not so much for the vegan thing though; they only have a curry that's suitable for vegans, and I don't like curries.</div>
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have i told you guys about that time i was in wetherspoons, and got the curry, and the rice still came in the microwave bag. i mean i know the food is microwaved crap, but come on im paying £8 at least pretend its not! also they do jacket potatoes if you like beans.<br><br>
from the sounds of Kappa's description thats not an option anyway haha. unless you want to watch some chair throwing for a sunday afternoon treat.
 

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have i told you guys about that time i was in wetherspoons, and got the curry, and the rice still came in the microwave bag. i mean i know the food is microwaved crap, but come on im paying £8 at least pretend its not! also they do jacket potatoes if you like beans.<br><br>
from the sounds of Kappa's description thats not an option anyway haha. unless you want to watch some chair throwing for a sunday afternoon treat.</div>
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bahahahahaha! that's... ridiculous.<br><br>
I still <3 spoons though. Cheap drinks + onion rings + power socket for my lappy = happy revision time!
 

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You have to eat salad and chips in some restaurants,so if you're wife is as caring about your diet as you are about hers,she'll have to eat something she's not to keen on to accommodate you! lol x
 

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From an outsider of both, in my travels I definitely found it easier in the UK that the US to be veg*n <i>in general</i>, but it totally depends on where you are, i.e. easy as pie in both London and LA and most of the other big cities, but difficult in most of the rural areas of both. Both also have country areas which are more liberal-minded and have more choices.<br><br>
Same as in Australia and most countries I'd say.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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wetherspoons is REALLY good for vegetarian food usually. Not so much for the vegan thing though; they only have a curry that's suitable for vegans, and I don't like curries.</div>
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Dunno about elsewhere, but whetherspoons in the West Midlands arre now doign hummus & veggie wraps/toasted. Not had one, cos I'm rarely in spoons for the food (or at all for that matter).
 

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Haha, I wouldn't want to go to the Wetherspoons in Belfast, I don't think I've ever been there without seeing a chair-throwing fight.</div>
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LOL! I usually go to a few in London and they are okay and very cheap. I like the vegan curry there.
 

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I'd say the problem is that it's more difficult in a small town in Northern Ireland rather than the UK in general. I'm lucky enough in London, so no worries for me most of the time, but even just the other day I was in a tiny town in rural Nottinghamshire and the first restaurant we went into had a dish with vegan cheese!<br><br>
Also, what about Pizza Express or something like that? That's always my go to when out and about. Tons of veggie (and just ask for no cheese for vegan) options.
 

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Thanks for all your replies, though to be honest, I'm really no better on!<br>
Pizza Express is out. Wife won't eat pizza, pasta or anything like that. Don't fancy a chair broken over my head in Wetherspoon's either much.<br><br>
As a lot of you seem to live in major cities like London etc, I suppose it's my fault for living in a small town in Northern Ireland! Though Belfast is a major city!<br><br>
I suppose my original statement isn't necessarily valid either. Many seem to think UK is better than USA for veggie food. Unfortunately it seems I am simply being penalised for living where I do in the UK. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br>
As far as "Vegans" are concerned, I don't think any restaurant in this entire country has ever heard the word! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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