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Best UK Hotels For Vegans and Vegetarians

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Best UK Hotels For Vegans and Vegetarians

From a dedicated vegan suite to a plant-based detox retreat...

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Looking for a vegan-friendly UK getaway? Whether you’re a die-hard vegan, vegetarian or just plant-curious, these hotels are designed for meat-free diners. Here’s the C&TH pick of hotels for vegans.

Saorsa 1875, Scotland

Saorsa 1875

Last June Jack McLaren-Stewart and his mother Sandra opened Saorsa 1875 in Scotland, the UK’s first 100 per cent vegan hotel. Housed in a restored 19th century baronial house, the hotel is an idyllic spot surrounded by two acres of natural woodlands, overlooking the pretty town of Pitlochry and close to Loch Ness. Everything here is entirely free from animal products, from the upcycled furniture to the toiletries to the energy: the venue is fuelled by renewable energy company Ecotricity. And of course, the food: guests can expect an array of vegan delights, such as butternut squash risotto, wild mushroom agnolotti and sweet yellow pepper soup. Sandra’s interior design training can be seen in the 11 guest bedrooms, which feature the same statement wallpaper and decadent throws expected in an artsy boutique hotel – the only difference here is the wools, silks and leather have been replaced with linen, cotton, velvet and manmade fibres. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, Saorsa 1875 is also dog-friendly, so you can enjoy its charms with your pooch in tow. saorsahotel.com

Hilton London Bankside

Hilton London Bankside Vegan Hotels

To tie in with Veganuary Hilton London Bankside has introduced a special vegan suite, available for bookings year-round. Designed in consultation with Bompass & Parr and The Vegan Society, the suite has been created to offer a luxurious vegan experience for ethically mind travellers. This begins from the moment you arrive: there’s a dedicated plant-based check-in desk, made from a natural leather brand called Piñatex, which is produced from the fibres of pineapple leaves. From the carpets to the toiletries, everything in the suite is made from vegan-friendly materials – you even get a choice of plant-based pillows, which range from buckwheat to millet. The mini-bar, meanwhile, is filled with locally sourced treats from the likes of Graze and Deliciously Ella. During your stay you’ll also be treated to a vegan brunch at the hotel’s restaurant OXBO Bankside, which includes waffles and bottomless prosecco. hilton.com

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Glass House Retreat, Essex

Glass House Retreat

After years of visiting retreats, passionate advocate for healthy living Joy Jarvis noticed many were pushed for space, and decided it was time to create something new. Enter Glass House Retreat, a vegan purpose-built spa, detox and weight-loss centre set in the heart of the luscious Essex countryside. Packages range from two to seven days long, all offering spa and gym access, plant-based cuisine and various different wellness treatments. A typical day here involves a morning walk, two fitness classes and a raw food lunch, followed by a cookery demonstration from Head Chef Miguel Gouveia. Afternoons, meanwhile, are spent exploring the retreat’s spa facilities – which include a salt block sauna, cryotherapy chamber and heated pool – and enjoying relaxing treatments. Less than an hour’s drive from London, it’s perfectly located for city dwellers looking to escape from the city and invest in a little R&R. glasshouseretreat.co.uk

Our Lizzy, Worcestershire

Our Lizzy

Brush up on your plant-based cooking skills at Our Lizzy: a vegan cookery school with rooms set in the picturesque Malvern Hills. From her lovely countryside home Lizzy Hughes teaches everything from vegan cheese making to baking to a dedicated tofu course, as well as other speciality free-from workshops. Stay over at one of the B&B rooms and Lizzy will cook you up a meat-free breakfast – either a full English with scrambled tofu, hash browns and veggie pancakes, or vegan pancakes with seasonal fruit. ourlizzy.com

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Bleujennow, Penzance

Situated just a ten-minute walk from Penzance town centre, vegan B&B Bleujennow has two bedrooms – one boasting beautiful sea views. Seasonal vegetables take centre stage here: guests can enjoy a plant-based cooked breakfast with tofu scramble, spicy potato wedges and mushrooms, and if you’re heading out for the day you can order a packed lunch to take with you (think falafels, wraps and salads). Evening meals could be anything from spiced black-eyed bean cakes to three grain risotto with hazelnuts, followed by sweet treats including blueberry ‘cheesecake’ and meringue nests with summer fruits. The owners can cater for all manner of allergies and intolerances, so whether you’re gluten-free, sugar-free or nut-free, your needs will be met. They can also suggest vegan-friendly dining spots around the area – just down the road, there’s a café offering a vegan Cornish cream tea. bleujennowveganbedandbreakfast.co.uk

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