You can’t miss the sweeping change happening in Deptford in the last few years. With new independent restaurants and bars popping up on or along its high street it would be hard not to notice and appreciate many of the new offerings. We’re currently experiencing a bit of ‘East London re-gen fatigue’ so are taking pleasure in heading south to see what’s happening!
After a few trips we only just realised how much more there is waiting to be discovered in Deptford thanks to an email that hit our inbox from Rhodri Jones, a friend and producer at Southbank Centre. Rhodri has recently moved south east with his vegan girlfriend and the pair have been dining their way through the local eateries to find their favorite vegan dishes. From solid brunch options to cosy boozers — these are where the locals have their plant-based food in SE8.
Boho retro tropical vibes, plant filled interiors and art exhibited could all be seamlessly relocated to Austin, TX. Isla Ray serves up a great breakfast & brunch, and open sourdough sandwiches all day long.
A new age caribbean serving secret homemade jerk barbecue sauce for fast casual dining.
Mama doesn’t let her Veggie Jerks down. Their vegetarian jerk burgers are made from sweet potato, kidney beans, black eyed peas, coconut, plantain, thyme, parsley and “Mama’s Secret Jerk Marinade”, all finished off in natural breadcrumbs. 'BiriYardie' is a great vegan option, made with BBQ soya strips.
A cosy Indian veggie street food joint which has become increasingly popular among the locals for its almost all vegan selection of great dahls, curries, nans and biryanis-all in massive portions. Great value for hassle free eating. There is limited seating here so it would be wise to book in advance.
Homely Italian in the somewhat unlikely, yet burgeoning foodie-destination of Deptford. While not all of the menu at Marcella is plant-based, they can easily (and happily!) accommodate vegan and gluten-free eaters when asked. The menu changes daily, adapting to utilise the best of seasonal produce.
Tasty Vietnamese serving a veggie version for the Great Gỏi Xoài Tôm (shredded green mango salad), and the vegan Bún Chả Giò (vermicelli noodles with vegan spring rolls) - both are ace here in Eat Vietnam.
Casual boozer for laid back semi-hipsters. Once occupied by the employment agency, the friendly charm of what makes The Job Centre a destination for locals to re-fuel is their good value bar tapas menu with loads of veggie options.
Plant-based Junk Food in super cosy boozer with nods to 80s culture and rock music. Seitan burgers, wings and loaded fries. All options can be made vegan in The Full Nelson. Recommended even for skeptical meat-lovers.