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The “Ferry” Best Vegan and Vegetarian Destinations

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Whether you are a life-long vegan, turning over a new leaf or simply looking to reduce your meat intake for health and environmental reasons, you may wonder how easy it is to find food that suits your lifestyle when travelling.

Where food is available on board vegetarians and vegans can enjoy a multitude of refreshments. From a la carte dining options such as vegan and veggie breakfasts, curries, pastas and burgers, to quick bites such as sandwiches, baps, pies and muffins. For those who just have time for a coffee then plant-based milk alternatives are also available.

To allay any food fears while travelling to ferry destinations we’ve put together our suggestions of where you can get delicious plant-based and vegetarian fayre.

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Proving that veganism is not always healthy, Dutch chefs are experimenting with plant-based junk food. Vegan Junk Food Bar has opened several venues across Amsterdam and spread to locations including Rotterdam, Cologne and even Barcelona. Choose from dishes including loaded freak fries, burgers, cocktails and Betterballs, a reimagined version of the traditionally meaty Dutch bar snack, Bitterballen. Love avocado – you can’t miss the Instagram-worthy dishes at The Avocado Show. For high-end dining try the tasting menu at plant forward restaurant, Yerba, brainchild of Hoxton Hotel founder, Walter Marskamp.

Sail away with DFDS, P&O Ferries or Stena Line.

  • Bilbao, Spain
Vegetable Rolls, Photo by Charles Duck on Unsplash

While traditionally known for Jamon Serrano and Manchego, vegans and vegetarian will be surprised by the number of options they find in the Basque capital. La Camelia claims to be the best vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the city serving a mix of Spanish, Asian and Middle Eastern inspired dishes including the popular vegetable sushi rolls. The baked goods at Bohemian Lane are 100% vegan and homemade with many ingredients locally sourced. Amorino serves a range of vegan ice cream and sorbet flavours from mango and strawberry to chocolate and lime & basil. For a taste of the city’s pintxos culture, head to Twiggy.

Sail to Bilbao with Brittany Ferries.

  • Champagne, France
Wine tasting in Champagne. Photo by Jennifer Yung at Unsplash

French cuisine may be famed for its heavy use of butter and cream but vegan options are starting to appear on menus in France’s smaller towns. Veg o Resto is a useful guide to all vegan restaurants in France. Visitors to Champagne can stay at the Mostarlic Vegan and Gluten Free B&B, where guests can enjoy treats made by the owner Samantha, a former baker, and even experience cooking lessons. There are also plenty of vegan Champagne producers in the region – check the label but some, including Champagne Legret et Fils practice vegan viticulture and welcome visitors to their vineyards and cellar doors for tastings.

Cross the Channel with DFDS, Irish Ferries or P&O Ferries.

  • Douglas, Isle of Man
Port Erin at Sunset, Photo by James Qualtrough on Unsplash

Popular with walkers, cyclists and active travellers, many restaurants and cafes on the Isle of Man have developed menus that will nourish hungry visitors.

VIBE is a plant-based café close to Douglas’ harbour front that promotes Vibrant, Inspiring, Beautiful Eating with a menu packed with superfoods. Dishes feature herbs and edible flowers grown in the roof garden and foraged berries and ingredients from local suppliers. Free-from refined sugars and GMOs, diners can indulge at any time of the day and leave feeling well-fed. The Eatery has a dedicated menu for nourishing visitors with a range of veggie and vegan dishes including the Hawaiian Waikiki bowl and plant-based salads.

If you’re exploring Port Erin, drop into Versa, a zero-waste restaurant with sustainability at its core. Using local and foraged ingredients, the menu changes seasonally and diners must make a reservation to keep the restaurant’s footprint as small as possible.

Get to Douglas with Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

  • Dublin, Ireland

More than a fifth of the city’s restaurants are classified as vegan-friendly, more than any other city, making Dublin the world’s vegan capital. With vegetarian and vegan eateries including the Californian-inspired NutButter at Grand Canal Dock and Glas off Grafton Street and the Middle-Eastern Shouk, it’s clear the city’s chefs are putting vegetables front and centre.

Sail to the city with Irish Ferries or Stena Line.

  • Isle of Arran, Scotland
Holy Isle, Photo by Monika Thoms on Unsplash

Stonewater House is a vegan bed & breakfast on the Isle of Arran, overlooking Lamlash pier and Holy Isle – the UK’s only Buddhist island. Start the day with Overnight oats, a hearty cooked breakfast with vegan haggis and whisky cream sauce or a TLT (maple tofu “bacon”, lettuce and tomato) before exploring the island. Dubbed Scotland in miniature, the island features diverse landscapes from lush glens to mountains and craggy coastlines – the B&B also offers vegan packed lunches for walkers and cyclists.

Of course, Scotland’s favourite nip – whisky – is vegan and, if you’re there for Burns Night, there is even a Veganuary Festival on 27th January!

Get there with Caledonian MacBrayne, the terminal is just three miles from Stonewater House.

  • Isle of Wight, England
Veggie Wellington at The Crab & Lobster Inn

There is an abundance of vegan and veggie food options on the Isle of Wight. The Garlic Farm serves dishes such as miso aubergine, spiced cous cous and seasonal vegetable risotto, all flavoured with farm-grown garlic including the Island’s signature Black Garlic. Peach Vegan Kitchen and Zero Waste Store serves fantastic plant-based breakfasts and sandwiches and also sells a range of planet-friendly products. The Crab & Lobster Inn also serves a stand out vegetarian Sunday roast!

Hop across the Solent with Hovertravel, Red Funnel or Wightlink.

  • Isles of Scilly, England

From 12-24 September a 10-day food festival runs across the archipelago. Visitors to Taste of Scilly Festival can experience the islands’ low food mile and slow food culture,  sampling mouthwatering, authentic food and drink. As well as locally-caught fish, an increasing number of plant-based options are featuring on menus. From beach BBQs and island-hopping supper safaris to vineyard tours and gin tastings there is something to suit every palate.

Head to St Mary’s on the Scillonian with Isles of Scilly Travel.

  • London, England
Lambeth Bridge, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

With cuisines from across the world, visitors can feast on foods that will wow the palate and suit any and all dietary needs. Chino Latino makes tastebuds tingle by lacing Pan-Asian dishes with Peruvian flavours, which are being showcased in a Veganuary-inspired set menu. The multi-award-winning restaurant and Latino cocktail bar is a stone’s throw from Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ Millbank Millenium Pier. Fancy something indulgent afterwards? Dark Sugars Cocao House in Greenwich offers artisan handcrafted chocolates and vegan treats to fulfil all yuor chocolate cravings. 

  • St Helier, Jersey

With some of the British Isles’ best fresh produce within reach, Jersey’s capital has a fantastic food scene. Samphire is a relaxed fine dining restaurant with a dedicated veggie and vegan menu. The Sinful Vegan is Jersey’s first-ever dedicated vegan eatery and prides itself on 100% cruelty-free, plant-based menu, as well as mezze platters, f*sh and chips it boasts an impressive burger and hotdawg list. In the evening, visit Awabi, which has just entered the Michelin Guide for bringing the atmosphere of Asia’s late-night drinking dens to the Channel Islands – think European wine bar with pan Asian bites.

Sail to St Helier with Condor Ferries.

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