The Cruelty Free Guide to Edinburgh

Last updated: 29 July 2014

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See the archive of our newsletter (1998-2000): Cruelty Free Living in and around Edinburgh

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Welcome

Welcome to the on-line edition of the Cruelty Free Guide to Edinburgh. Since the first edition of the printed Guide appeared in 1995, which proved very popular, we have continued and improved our research into establishments, which cater for all those interested in reducing or eradicating their dependence on animal-based products. As well as the obvious categories of restaurants and shops, this guide also covers vegetarian and vegan friendly accommodation and provides information on other aspects of vegan lifestyle. However as these things are ever changing, this should not be considered a comprehensive list.

In addition and of equal importance, this guide welcomes you to Edinburgh and aims to help you discover some great places to eat, sleep and buy your everyday shopping. The city of Edinburgh is an exciting place, not just at festival time. There are lots of museums, cinemas, art galleries, theatres and restaurants to wind down, reflect and take in the atmosphere as well as the food.

For the vegetarian and vegan, Edinburgh could be considered a veritable paradise! A recent survey by a vegetarian magazine stated that per capita Edinburgh has the most vegetarian eating places in the UK. Indeed it seems Edinburgh has always been lucky as even in 1910 there was a vegetarian cafe right next to the Old College. (Source: Post House Hotel photo by Pickup)

So we hope you enjoy Edinburgh and that this guide helps you have even more cruelty free fun.


Restaurants

Ayutthaya; Baked Potato Shop; Bindi; Bread Street Brasserie; David Bann Restaurant; Engine Shed; Filmhouse Café Bar; The Forest Café; Henderson's at St. John's; Henderson's Bistro Bar; Henderson's Salad Table & Wine Bar; Kalpna; Pulp Fiction; Rapido Fish Bar; ShakeAway; Siam Erawan; Suruchi;

The cafes and restaurants listed here are vegan-friendly though not all are exclusively vegetarian. General information has been simplified using keys leaving room for sample dishes and comments made by the individual who researched the establishment.


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VnO vegan owner or manager
VgO vegetarian owner or manager
Good wheelchair access Good wheelchair access
Limited wheelchair access Limited wheelchair access
High chairs provided High chairs provided
Licensed Licensed
Bring your own bottle Bring your own bottle
Vegan options indicated on the menu Vegan options indicated on the menu


Bindi [Vg, Gujarati/East African]
44-45 St. Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9ET
Tel: (0131) 662 1807
Opening hours: Tue 17.00-22.00, Wed-Sun 11.30-14.00, 17.00-22.00

VgO Limited wheelchair accessLicensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Imli Mogo fries (Chunky fries made from cassava) £4.95
Thali platter (selection of vegetable curries and condiments to which you may add any of our sides. Two different shaaks, daal, roti or puri and basmati rice are included) £5.00

Opening in late 2013 in the premises formerly home to Ann Purna, Bindi is an exciting unique veggie restaurant for Edinburgh. An innovative vegetarian menu combining "street food" from Bombay and East Africa. Cookery demos / instruction also offered.

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Ayutthaya [MF, Thai]
14B Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
Tel: (0131) 556 9351
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12.00-14.30, 17.30-23.00

Limited wheelchair accessLicensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Gaeng Keow Wan Puk (Aubergines, broccoli and cauliflower in a green curry paste) with steamed rice £6.50
Panang Tao Hoo (Bean curd and mushrooms cooked in a mild panang curry paste) with glutinous rice £6.75

Thai restaurant with a large vegetarian section. All the veggie dishes are vegan except where egg is mentioned. Egg-free noodles are available on request. Pleasant and friendly. Children are preferred at lunchtime only.

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Baked Potato Shop [Vg, baked potatoes]
56 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PB
Tel: (0131) 225 7572
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 09.00-21.00

VnO Vegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Veggie haggis on baked tattie £2.40
Veggie chillie on baked tattie £2.40

Probably the best fast-food outlet in Edinburgh for vegans. A great place for a quick nutritious take-away, though there is limited space for customers who want to scran indoors. Many more vegan fillings than your typical baked potato shop. Student discount available.

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Bread Street Brasserie [MF, top quality food with vegan chef]
34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AF
Tel: (0131) 221 5555
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 07.00-10.00, 12.00-14.00, 17.00-22.00
Sat 07.00-11.00, 12.00-14.00, 17.00-22.00
Sun 07.00-11.00, 12.30-14.30, 17.00-22.00

Good wheelchair access Good wheelchair access High chairs provided High chairs provided Licensed

Typical vegan table d'Hôte for £15:
Potato & Rocket Soup
Spiced Cauliflower Fritters and Garlic Mayo Dip
Mushroom herb Pate with Melba Toast and Basil Dressing
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Creamy Vegetable and Cashew nut Curry
Tomato and mint marinated rice
Winter Squash and Parsley Risotto
Caramelized Onion & Polenta Pie with Chunky Chips, Braised Apple & Red Cabbage
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Pistachio Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)
Mango & Passion Fruit Garnish
Apple & Raisin Crumble
Cinnamon Crème Anglaise
Chocolate Rum Cheese Cake
Bitter Chocolate Sauce and tofu Chantilly
Vanilla Fudge Petit Fours

Every two or three months, the Bread Street Brasserie's vegan chef, Ryan Walker, puts together a special vegan menu. So if you're a vegan living in Edinburgh, it's a great treat. Just keep an eye on their facebook page for the next vegan night as booking is essential.

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David Bann Restaurant [Vg, international]
56-58 St. Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
Tel: (0131) 556 5888
Email: info@davidbann.com
Typical vegan dishes:
Malaysian vegetable curry £9.00
Homemade zucchini and aduki bean burger (vegan on request) £6.90

Opened in August 2002, a new venture getting rave reviews for David Bann who established Banns Restaurant in Hunter Square. Menu denotes meals that are vegan and those than can be requested as vegan.

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Engine Shed [Vg, wholesome]
19 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SD
Tel: (0131) 662 0040
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-16.00

Good wheelchair accessHigh chairs providedVegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Vegan chocolate cake £1.45
Chickpea korma and rice £4.10
Tofu and vegetable stew with rice £4.10

The Engine Shed was established in 1989 as an innovative training project for people with learning disabilities to help them improve their confidence, learn transferable skills in a real work environment and move into paid employment within mainstream workplaces. Training includes vegan awareness. Outside catering available.

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Filmhouse Café Bar [MF, various]
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
Tel: (0131) 229 5932
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10.00-23.30 (last food served at 22.00)

VgO Good wheelchair accessLicensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Chickpea and Coconut Curry with rice £4.50
Hummus & Pitta Bread £2.95

Friendly happy happening place. Currently quite a good vegan selection, just ask the staff to check what is suitable. The soup is always vegan.

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The Forest Café [Vg, Vegetarian Cafe, fresh food]
141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN
Tel: tbc
Opening hours: opens at 10am, closing is currently variable, depending on volunteers, what's on and customer demand

Good wheelchair access Good wheelchair access
Bring your own bottle Bring your own bottle
Vegan options indicated on the menu Vegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Vegeburger and side salad - £3.50
Red lentil and cumin soup with bread - £1.80
Spinach and Tofu salad - £2.50

The Forest is a non-profit collective and was established initially as a Fringe venue at the 2000 Festival and its vegetarian cafe funds a diversity of arts-related activities. The cafe is volunteer-run, the food is simple, the style home-made and casual and there is often open music and theatre. Children are welcome.

The Forest Cafe had to close in October 2011 because their landlord (Edinburgh University Settlement) went bankrupt. After a successful campaign to Save The Forest, the cafe re-opened in Tollcross on Friday 10 August 2012.

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Henderson's at St. John's [Vg, quality wholefood]
St. John's Church, 3 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH2 2BJ
Tel: (0131) 229 0212
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-16.00

High chairs providedLicensed

You can now take a break from the hustle of Princes Street's West End and enjoy some quality vegetarian food. The cafe is neighbour to the Peace and Justice Centre and the One World Shop, which are worth a visit.

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Henderson's Bistro [Vg, quality wholefood]
25c Thistle Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1DX
Tel: (0131) 225 2605
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.00-20.00, Sun 12.00-17.00 (later opening during Festival)

VgO Good wheelchair accessHigh chairs providedLicensedVegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Lentil stew and potatoes £4.75
Leek and mushroom pie with side salad or baked potato £4.75

Enjoy Hendersons cooking in a cosy wine bar atmosphere. The lunchtime special (12-3pm) lets you have two courses, tea or coffee for £6.95, while in the evening (4-7pm) you can enjoy two course, tea or coffee and a glass of wine for £8.50. Hendersons tell us they now stock some vegan wines - please ask for details.

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Henderson's Restaurant [Vg, various]
94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR
Tel: (0131) 225 2131
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 08.00-22.00, Sun (Aug & Dec) 11.00-16.00

High chairs providedLicensedVegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Cauliflower and chickpea curry with coconut, chilli and coriander, served with basmati rice £5.95/£7.95
Henderson's famous vegetarian haggis, made with lentils, kidney beans, mushrooms and spices, served with 'neeps and tatties' £5.95/£7.95

The oldest and perhaps most well-known veggie restaurant in town. Tasty and imaginative vegan dishes, though few of the many puddings are vegan. Be prepared to pay relatively high prices for the high quality dishes and city centre location. Portions may disappoint the hearty appetite. Very busy Saturday lunchtime. Complimentary newspapers and live music some evenings. Student discount available. Hendersons tell us they now stock some vegan wines - please ask for details.

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Kalpna [Vg, multi-regional Indian]
2/3 St.Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9EZ
Tel: (0131) 667 9890 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00,17.30-23.00, Sat 17.30-23.00

VgO Limited wheelchair accessHigh chairs providedLicensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Dam aloo Gobi (Potato and cauliflower in a spiced tomato gravy) £7.00
Bhindi Masala (seasoned okra fried with onions and tomato) £5.95

The Kalpna does a Vegan Thaali and their South Indian selection is also vegan. Justifiably highly acclaimed wholefood Indian restaurant. Booking recommended for the evening. Special meals include the generously priced special buffet lunch (£7). Discounts for Vegetarian Society UK members.

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Pulp Fiction [tbc, book shop cafe]
41-43 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AH
Tel: (0131) 229 4444
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.00-19.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-20.00

Pulp Fiction is a comprehensive genre-fiction bookshop boasting free wifi and a vegan-friendly cafe menu. Typically dishes have yet to be confirmed, but there are rumours of vegan lasagne and the like. Opened in September 2011, it is definitely worth checking out.

Typical vegan dishes:
Vegan Lasagne
Cajun Blackened Tofu with mushroom (sandwich)
Gong Bao Tofu with ginger, carrot and crunchy onion (sandwich)
Vegan Latte, cappuccinos and herbal teas
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Rapido Fish Bar [MF, chip shop]
79 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
Tel: (0131) 556 2041
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30-14.00, Sun-Thu 16.30-01.00, Fri-Sat 16.30-03.00

Licensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Vegetable pancake roll and garlic potatoes £2.40
9-inch cheeseless pizza with onion/mushroom/peppers £3.50

Probably the biggest veggie selection of any Edinburgh chippy. Take away only. Veggie items fried separately. The batter is vegan and despite it's name so is the veg. pancake roll. Beware that white puddings contain beef suet.

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ShakeAway [Milkshakes]
134 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Tel: (0131) 226 2090
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thu-Fri 1000-19.00, Sat 9.30-18.00, Sun 11.00-17.00

Fancy a vegan milkshake? ShakeAway makes it possible. The good news: their vegan milkshakes are made with organic soya milk and soya ice cream. The bad news: there's a surcharge on the vegan milkshakes (£1.49 on the large, £0.99 on the regular).

Typical vegan dishes:
Fry's Peppermint Cream milkshake made with soya milk £3.94 regular, £5.44 large
Strawberries milkshake make with soya ice cream and soya milk £3.94 regular, £5.44 large
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Siam Erawan [MF, Thai]
48 Howe Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 6TH
Tel: (0131) 226 3675
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00, Mon-Sun 18.00-23.30

Limited wheelchair accessLicensed

Typical vegan dishes:
Panang Tao Hu - Dry bean curd curry with lime leaf £4.95
Pak Chub Pang Tod - fried mixed vegetables with red curry paste and sweet basil £5.25

The vegetarian section of the menu is reasonably extensive. Dishes which are not already vegan can be made so, simply by asking for egg to be omitted.

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Suruchi [MF, multi-regional Indian]
14A Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
Tel: (0131) 556 6583
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12.00-14.00, 17.30-23.30

LicensedVegan options indicated on the menu

Typical vegan dishes:
Vegan Thali (4 dishes+rice+bread) £9.95
Smoked aubergines+rice £4.95

Suruchi is recognised for the quality of it's multi-regional cuisine and was named as Patak's Best Indian Restaurant in Scotland for 1996. The owner is quite knowledgeable about vegan food. Very fresh and bright decor with a comfortable feel. Jazz music accompanies the food on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Discounts for students and Vegetarian Society UK members.

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Alcohol

Wines and Beers: what's the problem?

It usually comes as quite a surprise to vegetarians and vegans that some alcoholic drinks may have been prepared using animal-derived ingredients. Most wines and beers are clarified (or fined) after fermentation. Isinglass (made from the swim bladders of fish) is commonly used. Other fining agents include albumen (from eggs or dried blood). Fining agents are removed after use, so technically the alcohol is free from animal ingredients. However, animals need not suffer to produce alcohol: the use of animal-derived ingredients is not essential (other fining alternatives exist, plus filtering and centrifuging as alternatives to fining).

The good news is that "vegan" alcohol is very common; the bad news is that it is seldom labelled so. For example, many champagnes are vegan, as are most types of bottled lager. The problem is knowing if a particular wine or beer is "okay". This short article will hopefully help you to seek them out.

Most spirits are vegan. Exceptions are some vodkas (passed through bone charcoal) and Campari (contains E120 cochineal from insects). "Merrydown" and other ciders are vegan.

Please note that new alcoholic products are routinely tested on animals.

Wines: what does it say on the bottle?

Alcoholic products (except low alcohol drinks) are not legally required to list all ingredients. This creates a problem in finding drink free of animal ingredients. Some supermarkets do sell "vegetarian wines" (usually fined with egg albumen rather than isinglass) and organic wines (quite often vegan but not necessarily). This does show that consumer demand can work. Now we need to create a demand for labelling (e.g. fining process used) that would allow vegan wines to be identified.

In the meantime, a solution it to check with the wine supplier whether the wine is vegan. We're not suggesting that your try phoning some little vineyard in Tuscany! - some Edinburgh shops have done this and clearly mark vegan wine.

Some easily available vegan wines and suppliers

(Source: the Animal Free Shopper)

As well as those above, branches of Oddbins and wine stores (e.g. Threshers) are increasingly informed and helpful. All Mateus wines e.g. Mateus Rose, Coop wines e.g. Beaujolais, Principato Red, Rose d'Anjou, Colombard (California), Marks and Spencers wines e.g. French Chardonnay, Georges Duboeuf Cabernet Sauvignon.

Beers

Real ales (cask conditioned)
Isinglass is almost always used to clear the yeast that is in suspension. Most real ales on tap are therefore not vegan.
Bottled naturally conditioned beers
Isinglass is used in most (e.g. all Belhaven brewery bottled beer). For many years, we have listed Caledonian Brewery bottled beers as vegan, which on further investigation is not accurate. Isinglass is used in the production of their popular beers such as Deuchars IPA and Caledonian 80/-, but is filtered out of the bottled product.
Keg beers and lagers (canned and bottled beer)
These are pasteurised, chilled and sometimes fined. Some will be vegan.

Fisherrow Brewery

Fisherrow Brewery opened near Portobello in 1999 and can if asked, provide a cask of their beer unfined, or just using adjunct (mineral and seaweed based) although they only recommend it with the Porter. People need to speak to Feorag or Iain, not David, who seems to think it's impossible. It will need to stand a little longer than usual, and it won't be crystal clear (just drink it out of non-clear containers!). There are veggie finings available from home brew shops if people want to fine their own.

They are also, with advance warning, able to supply traditional cider and perry - usually Cowhill, sometimes Gwatkin in quantities of 25 litres (or so) and multiples thereof. This is almost always vegan (although the traditional method of re-starting a stuck fermentation is to bung a bit of meat in, this hardly ever happens because the natural yeast on apples is a loony). These are obviously best for events or large parties and, as they have to fetch the cider from Herefordshire, warning is required.

As for stuff in bottles, if you go to Oasts and Toasts opposite the conference centre they sometimes have Cropton's beers in. They're bottle-conditioned and mostly vegan (I think one has honey in), and rather good. Fisherrow are about to start bottle-conditioning, as well.

Fisherrow Brewery, Unit 12 Duddingston Yards, Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh EH15 3NX
Phone: 0131-621 5501. Fax: 0131-621 9552

(Info received: 24 Jan 2001)

Beers easily available

Bitters
Alloa Light, keg
Alloa 70/- special, 80/- export, keg, can and bottle
Alloa Stout, bottle
Bateman's IPA, Dark Mild, XXXB, bottle
Caledonian 70/-, 80/-, Golden Promise, Merman XXX, Deuchars IPA, Organic Pale Ale, Edinburgh Strong Ale, bottle
Drybrough Heavy, keg
Drybrough Best Scotch, bottle
Fuller's London Pride, key, can and bottle
Marks and Spencer 80/-, bottle
Sainsbury's Premium Ale, bottle
Tesco Premium, Tesco Organic, bottle

Lagers
Budvar, key, bottle
Budweiser, keg, can and bottle
Grolsch, keg
Harp, keg, can and bottle
Heineken, Heineken Export, keg, can and bottle
Holsten Pils, keg, can and bottle
Sam Smith's Natural Lager, can and bottle
Skol, keg, can and bottle
Tennent's Gold Beer, bottle

These lists only represent a small number of those available. Further information can be found in the Animal Free Shopper and on the Vegetarian Society's website.


Vegan Toiletries and Cosmetics

Information on the criteria used to define cruelty free

This guide promotes the use of a "fixed cut off date" by cosmetics companies i.e. companies should not use products or ingredients tested on animals after a chosen date.

There has been much confusion over the term "not tested on animals" e.g. this might mean the final product may not have been, but what about the ingredients? Approximately 60% of testing is on ingredients. It also might mean not tested on animals within the last five years, i.e. so long as the testing happened five years ago, the product still goes on the market. Ingredients being tested today, could come onto the market in five years time, and be labelled "not tested on animals" or "against animal testing". This is called the rolling five year rule.

A legal definition of the term cruelty free is needed to stop the public being misled by false claims. A company committed to stopping animal testing will have a fixed cut off date. This means only using ingredients which are not from animals and have not been tested on them prior to a certain date e.g. Beauty Without Cruelty have a 1976 fixed cut off date where they use very long established natural ingredients and nothing else. In other words the ingredients are already known to be safe because they have been used by people and herbalists for many years and sometimes thousands of years.

In September 1976 an EC Cosmetics Directive was published which ensured all new ingredients after that date would almost certainly have been tested on animals. However there is no guarantee that some of the established pre 1976 ingredients have never been tested by anyone at anytime, but at least if a fixed cut off date is adopted by all companies in the industry no more animal testing will take place. Companies using a later cut off date may be using ingredients tested on animals before their fixed cut off date but it ensures no more animals are used for their sake.

Many companies are reluctant to adopt a real cruelty free ethic because they want the option to use new and innovated ingredients, often cheaper, synthetic chemicals which emulate natural ingredients. These innovated ingredients would have to be tested on animals under present laws and regulations in force. These companies perpetuate the testing on animals, whether or not the company is undertaking these tests directly. It may occasionally cost a little extra to use the safe natural ingredient rather than the new synthetic copy, but if it means that animals will be spared, it is surely a small price to pay.

All the companies listed in this guide have a fixed cut off date and to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing, their whole product range is vegan unless indicated otherwise.

Where to buy your toiletries and cosmetics

Look for the csm key in the shops section for cosmetics and toiletries outlets.

Cruelty Free companies

The following companies sell products in the Edinburgh area:

Source: Information gleaned on companies from Beauty Without Cruelty and RSPCA cruelty free guides (1995).

Shops

Bean Machine; Blackhall Health and Wholefoods; Damhead Holdings; Good Food; Grow Wild; Hanover Health Foods; Henderson's Farm Shop; Holland and Barrett; Jordan Valley Wholefoods; Lush; Margiottas; Mulberry Bush; Napiers Dispensary; Neal's Yard Remedies; New Leaf Co-op; One World Shop; Peckhams; Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop; Real Foods;

Due to the increased popularity of both vegetarian and vegan diets, it is now possible to buy many suitable products (food and non-food items) in almost every shop. This ranges from the "corner shop" to the major supermarket chains. Those listed below are ideal for the cruelty free shopper and are mainly, but not exclusively wholefood and health food shops.

The shops are listed alphabetically with details of address, telephone number, opening hours, symbols illustrating the range of products sold and a short comment.


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Alcohol Alcohol
Books and magazines Books and magazines
Bread Bread
Chilled or frozen foods Chilled or frozen foods (microwave meals, vegan haggis/burgers)
Household cleaning products Household cleaning products (no animal products or testing)
Cooking aids, e.g. sauces etc. Cooking aids (e.g. sauces, vegetable stock, spices and herbs)
Dried foods Dried foods (e.g. grains, pulses, nuts and dried fruit)
Eggs or dairy Eggs or dairy products
Fair Trade produce Fair Trade produce
Fresh vegetables Fresh vegetables
Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Tea, coffee, herbal teas etc
Fruit and vegetable juices Fruit and vegetable juices
Meat or fish Meat or Fish
Cruelty Free health products Cruelty Free medicines (e.g. essential oils, vitamins)
Savoury snacks Savoury takeaway snacks (e.g. savoury pastries, pakoras, samosas)
Soya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc. Soya products (e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream)
Spreads Spreads (e.g. nut butters, fruit spreads, pate etc.)
Cakes and sandwiches Cakes and sandwiches
Cosmetics and toiletries Toiletries and cosmetics


Bean Machine (VnO)
George & Kath McDonald, Greatridgehall, KELSO, Roxburghshire, TD5 7FD
Tel: (01573) 460346
Opening hours: N/A

Household cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesCruelty Free health productsSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

The Bean Machine is a wholefood delivery service, which specialises in organic produce. Edinburgh deliveries are fortnightly on a Thursday, so orders should be made by phone on the preceding Monday or Tuesday.

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Blackhall Health and Wholefoods
11 Marischal Place, Queensferry Road, EDINBURGH, EH4 3NF
Tel: (0131) 315 2005
Opening hours: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 09.00-13.00,14.00-17.30, Wed 09.00-13.00, Sat 09.00-12.30

BreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesMeat or fishCruelty Free health productsSpreads

You'll find this inconspicuous wholefood outlet in Blackhall Post Office, near where Craigcrook Place meets Queensferry Road.

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Damhead Holdings
32A Damhead, Old Pentland Road, Lothianburn, EDINBURGH, EH10 7EA
Tel: (0131) 445 5591/1490
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30-17.00, Sun 10.30-16.30

BreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesMeat or fishCruelty Free health productsSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

Located on the outskirts of the city near the Hillend ski slope, this farm shop specialises in organic produce.

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Good Food (VgO)
255 Morningside Road, EDINBURGH, EH10 4RD
Tel: (0131) 452 9020
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.30, Sat 9.00-17.00

BreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesCruelty Free health productsSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

Good Food manages to pack an impressive array of wholefood produce into deceptively small premises in the heart of Morningside.

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Grow Wild
Grow Wild, Unit 8 Block 3, Whiteside Industrial Estate, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2RX
Tel: (0845) 226 3393
Opening hours: N/A

Alcohol Bread Household cleaning products Cooking aids, e.g. sauces etc. Dried foods Eggs or dairy Fresh vegetables Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Fruit and vegetable juices Soya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.

Established in 1998, Grow Wild is Central Scotland's Organic Home Delivery service. They are committed to supplying quality fresh organic produce at reasonable prices. They will deliver directly to your door (at home or work) alternatively your produce can be left with a friend or neighbour. All produce is chilled throughout the supply chain to ensure optimum freshness. Cruelty Free Guide Testimonial: "I'd recommend adding Grow Wild to your Shops section. It's a superb organic box scheme company, I've been using them for years."

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Hanover Health Foods (VnO)
40 Hanover Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 2DR
Tel: (0131) 225 4291
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30-17.30 (open till 18.30 on Thu)

Books and magazinesBreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesCruelty Free health productsSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

Although the emphasis is definitely on health products, Hanover Health offers a respectable range of wholefood in a conveniently central location.

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Henderson's Farm Shop
92 Hanover Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 1DR
Tel: (0131) 225 6694
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-18.00

AlcoholBreadChilled or frozen foodsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwiches

The interesting selection of savoury items includes chilli bean burgers and filo parcels with roast veg and tofu.

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Holland and Barrett
10 Shandwick Place, EDINBURGH, EH2 4RN, Tel: (0131) 226 6138, Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00, Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun 11.30-16.30
Unit 3 Hanover Building, Rose Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 2NN, Tel: (0131)226 5802, Opening hours: Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri 09.00-18.00, Thu 09.00-19.00, Sun 11.00-17.00
124 Nicolson Street, EDINBURGH, EH8 9EH, Tel: (0131) 667 2921, Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09.00-18.00, Sun 12.00-17.00
Unit 31 Cameron Toll, Lady Rd, EDINBURGH, EH16 5PB, Tel: (0131) 664 5987, Opening hours: Mon-Wed 09.00-18:00, Thu 09.00-20.00, Fri 09.00-19.00, Sat 09.00-18.30, Sun 10.00-17.00
Unit RU27B Ocean Terminal, EDINBURGH, EH6 6JJ, Tel: (0131) 554 1302, Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.00-20.00, Sat 10.00-19.00, Sun 11.00-17.00

Household cleaning products Cooking aids, e.g. sauces etc. Dried foods Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Fruit and vegetable juices Cruelty Free health products Soya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc. Spreads Cakes and sandwiches Cosmetics and toiletries

There are currently 5 franchises of the large nationwide chain of health food stores in Edinburgh.

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Jordan Valley Wholefoods
8 Nicolson Street, EDINBURGH, EH8 9DH
Tel: (0131) 557 5534
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-20.00, Sun 12.00-18.00

BreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesMeat or fishSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwiches

Jordan Valley make their own range of vegetarian and vegan pates, dips, pies and pasties.

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Lush
44 Princes St, EDINBURGH, EH2 2BY
Tel: (0131) 557 3177
Opening hours: To be confirmed

Cruelty Free health products Cosmetics and toiletries

Now an international chain with outlets in many countries, Lush has a most refreshing attitude to cruelty free cosmetics. It does not espouse the "cut-off" date ethics preferred by other companies but rather makes ethical choices about suppliers rather than the ingredients themselves. You can read about their testing policy on their website.

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Margiottas
77 Warrender Park Road, Marchmont, EDINBURGH, EH9 1ES
Tel: (0131) 229 2869
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.30-22.00, Sun 8.00-21.00

AlcoholBreadChilled or frozen foodsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesMeat or fishSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwiches

Many new branches of Margiottas keep springing up all over Edinburgh and they are generally a good bet for finding a vegan snack. This one probably offers the most vegan produce.

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Napiers Dispensary
18 Bristo Place, EDINBURGH, EH1 1HA & 35 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA
Tel: (0131) 225 5542 & (0131) 315 2130
Opening hours: Mon 10.00-17.30, Tue-Sat 9.00-17.30

Books and magazinesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Cruelty Free health productsCosmetics and toiletries

Napiers has operated as a Herbal House since 1860 and offers a unique alternative to the High Street Chemist.

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Neal's Yard Remedies
102 Hanover Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 1DR
Tel: (0131) 226 3223
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09.00-17.30, Sat 09.00-17.00

Books and magazines Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Cruelty Free health products Cosmetics and toiletries

The products at Neal's Yard are cruelty free, completely natural and organic where possible. They stock a wide range of vegan toiletries and cosmetics (although some contain beeswax and propolis, staff will be happy to assist if in doubt).

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New Leaf Co-op (VgO)
23 Argyle Place, EDINBURGH, EH9 1JJ
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30-19.00, Sat 10.00-18.00

Books and magazines Bread Chilled or frozen foods Household cleaning products Cooking aids, e.g. sauces etc. Dried foods Eggs or dairy Fair Trade produce Fresh vegetables Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Fruit and vegetable juices Cruelty Free health products Savoury snacks Soya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc. Spreads Cakes and sandwiches Cosmetics and toiletries

This shop has recently changed hands and now runs as a workers' co-operative. There is a spices alcove (a section with loose herbs and spices that people can take as much as they want in their own containers or in plastic/paper bags provided by the shop), a whole new section with loose wholefoods (grains, beans, dried fruit, muesli, oats, rice...), the range of cleaning refills has been expanded and customers can now grind their own peanut butter.

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One World Shop (VgO)
St John's Church, Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 4BJ
Tel: (0131) 229 4541
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.30

Books and magazinesHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsFair Trade produceTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

All products in this shop (apart from cosmetics, toiletries and household items) come with a Fair Trade guarantee. It is feasible in this Alladin's cave to find your complete birthday and Christmas gift list among the books, magazines, World music, Fair Trade crafts, jewellery, clothes, textiles and hand-made paper products.

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Peckhams
155 Bruntsfield Place, EDINBURGH, EH10 3DG
Tel: (0131) 229 7054
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 08.00-24.00, Sun 09.00-24.00

AlcoholBreadChilled or frozen foodsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesMeat or fishSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwiches

If you get a craving for Swedish Glace ice cream or Lindt plain chocolate at a quarter to midnight, this is the place to come! They also seem to stock every beer known to the human race, so there should be a few of your vegan favourites on the shelves.

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Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop
Falkland, Fife
Tel: Bruce on (01337) 857749
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 09:00-18.00

Alcohol Books and magazines Bread Chilled or frozen foods Household cleaning products Cooking aids, e.g. sauces etc. Dried foods Eggs or dairy Meat or fish Fair Trade produce Fresh vegetables Tea, coffee, herbal tea etc. Fruit and vegetable juices Cruelty Free health products Soya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc. Spreads Cakes and sandwiches Cosmetics and toiletries

Award winning organic farm shop and vegetarian cafe just outside Falkland. Excellent range of fruit, vegetables and wholefoods. Planning delivery service. See web site for more information.

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Real Foods (VgO)
37 Broughton Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 3JU
Tel: (0131) 557 1911
Opening hours: Mon-Wed,Fri 9.00-19.00, Thu 9.00-20.30, Sat 9.00-18.30 Sun 10.00-18.00

8 Brougham Street, EDINBURGH, EH3 9JH
(0131) 228 1201
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat 9.00-17.30 Sun 11.00-17.00

AlcoholBooks and magazinesBreadChilled or frozen foodsHousehold cleaning productsCooking aids, e.g. sauces etc.Dried foodsEggs or dairyFair Trade produceFresh vegetablesTea, coffee, herbal tea etc.Fruit and vegetable juicesCruelty Free health productsSavoury snacksSoya products, e.g. tofu, soya milk, ice cream etc.SpreadsCakes and sandwichesCosmetics and toiletries

Edinburgh's largest retailer of health and wholefood products, much of which is organic. They have a very good range of organic bread (e.g. Garvald, Engine Shed, Trusty Crust), for which all ingredients are listed. They are leading the way in stocking and clearly presenting a range of vegan and organic alcohol.

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Bed and Breakfast accommodation

Listed below are ten B&Bs, which are known to cater well for vegan residents. Indeed, two are actually owned by vegans. Each is categorised by two codes in square brackets describing the level of 'veggie-friendliness'.

MF
meat and fish also served

Vg
predominantly vegetarian, the rest vegan

Vn
predominanly vegan, the rest vegetarian
VnA
Vegan breakfast always available

VnR
Vegan breakfast on request

No. 1 Bed & Breakfast [Vn, VnA]
1 Gayfield Place
Edinburgh EH7 4AB
Tel: (0131) 557 4752

Typical vegan breakfast:
Fruit juice, muesli, tea/coffee, potato cakes, veggie sausage, tomatoes, beans

Open all year; 1 dbl, 1 dbl/ensuite, 1 twin; tea and coffee making facilities; all rooms smoke free; dogs welcome; £20-£25 B&B per person. Small flat at the top of a tenement. Vegan owner.


19 Lady Road [MF, VnR]
19 Lady Road
Edinburgh EH16 5PA
Tel: (0131) 667 1886

Typical vegan breakfast:
Fruit juice, toast, cereals, fruit, tomato, waffles, mushrooms, beans.

Open July, August and September; 4 dbl/family; all rooms smoke free; £20 B&B per person. Tea and coffee in dining room. Suitable for families.


32 Granby Road [MF, VnR]
32 Granby Road
Newington
Edinburgh EH16 5NL
Tel: (0131) 667 9078
Email: barbara.kellett@virgin.net

Typical vegan breakfast:
Organic porridge, cereals, fresh fruit, fruit compote, cooked breakfast: including veggie haggis, potato scones, mushroooms, tomatoes, fruit juices, tea, coffee, soya milk (if requested in advance).

32 Granby Road is an Edwardian property which has been renovated and completely redecorated for 2003. It is located in a peaceful part of Edinburgh yet just a pleasant walk from the city centre. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, television, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Open all year round and entirely smoke free. Not suitable for pets or small children. £75-£85 per room, inclusive of breakfast.


Abernethy House [MF, VnA]
51 Findhorn Place
Grange
Edinburgh
EH9 2NZ
Tel: (0131) 667 2526
abernethyhouse@ednet.co.uk
Typical vegan breakfast:
Abernethy House no longer offers breakfast. It is however very vegetarian/vegan friendly and people may access kitchen facilities.

Run by vegetarian and vegan women; 3 rooms ; tea and coffee making facilities; £25-£38 per person per night. Children are welcome at reduced rates. TV and radio in each room. Counselling and therapy is also available at Abernethy House.


Claymore Guesthouse [Vg]
68 Pilrig Street
Edinburgh EH6 5AS
Tel: (0131) 554 2500
enquirehere@blueyonder.co.uk
Typical vegan breakfast:
Breakfast is both a wide ranging buffet and cooked to order, e.g. mushrooms, tomatoes, polenta, sweet onions and beans.

Long established vegetarian guesthouse in central location. Open all year (except Xmas). 6 rooms (3 en-suite) - singles to families. Good 'atmosphere'. Singles from £40. Doubles from £70. All rooms have colour TV and tea/coffee facilities. Owners also vegetarian.


Greenhouse Guest House [Vg]
14 Hartington Gardens Place
Edinburgh EH10 4LD
Tel: (0131) 622 7634
greenhouse_edin@hotmail.com

Typical vegan breakfast:
The comprehensive breakfast menu includes tempeh rashers, scrambled tofu, and pate.

All bath products are cruelty-free and there are vegetarian magazines, snacks, bottled water, fruit and flowers in the rooms. Double from: £35.00 pppn, Single from: £65.00 pppn


Sandeman House [MF, VnR]
33 Colinton Road
Edinburgh EH10 5DR
Tel/Fax: (0131) 447 8080

Typical vegan breakfast:
Cereals, fruit salad, potatoescones, veg cutlets, herb/fruit teas, tomato, mushrooms, beans. Soya milk and marg on request.

Open May-October, other times by arrangement; 3 rooms (all ensuite); smoke free house; tea and coffee making facilities; families welcome.


The Town House [MF, VnR]
65 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh EH3 9NU
Tel: (0131) 229 1985

Typical vegan breakfast:
Good choice of cereals, fruit juice, tomato, mushrooms, potato scones, herb teas, tea and coffee. Soya products on request.

Open all year (except Christmas); 5 ensuite rooms (1 single, 3 double, 1 twin); wash hand basins; tea and coffee making facilities; all rooms smoke-free with central heating and TV; £45- £60 B&B per person including car parking. Not suitable for children under 8 years.


Independent Hostels

When visiting Edinburgh, often staying in one of the many hostels may be your preferred option for economic and even nutritional reasons. The self-catering facilities in hostels mean that you can have your favourite food and keep to a tight budget. A comprehensive list of hostels in Edinburgh is provided by sites like hostelz.com.


High Street Hostel
8 Blackfriars Street
Edinburgh EH1 1NE
Tel: (0131) 557 3984

Open all year; 140 beds; £9.50 per bed (£9.80 by credit card). Listed as one of Europe's top five hostels by United Hostels of Europe, advanced booking is certainly advisable. Facilities include kitchen, showers, pool table, juke box and dining room. Free walking tours every morning at 10am. Email: 101357.553@compuserve.com


Royal Mile Backpackers
105 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1SG
Tel: (0131) 557 6120

Open all year; 42 beds; £9.90 per bed. Facilities include a couple of common rooms and a kitchen, which only has a microwave. Residents can also do their cooking at the High Street Hostel.


Scottish Youth Hostels Association

Only members of national YHAs can stay in SYHA hostels (no age limit). There are three hostels in Edinburgh, all well equipped with a self-catering kitchen, common room, showers and laundry. Sheet sleeping bags are essential but are included in price. Junior charges are for 5-17 years. Prices vary depending on hostel, but there is £1 extra to pay during July/August.


Edinburgh Bruntsfield Youth Hostel
7 Bruntsfield Crescent
Edinburgh EH10 4EZ
Tel: (0870) 0041114

Open all year except midwinter (check with hostel); 160 beds;


Edinburgh Eglinton Youth Hostel
18 Eglinton Crescent
Edinburgh EH12 5DD
Tel: (0870) 004 1116

Open all year except midwinter (check with hostel); 158 beds; per bed (includes continental breakfast). Meals provided daily. Hostel store/shop.


Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel
Robertson Close, Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1LY
Tel: (0131) 524 2090

Open 30 June till 11 September; 100 beds; Open in Summer only. Family and single rooms available.


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Index

19 Lady Road; 32 Granby Road Abernethy House; Alvanley Hostel; Ayutthaya; Baked Potato Shop; Bean Machine; Bindi; Blackhall Health and Wholefoods; Bread Street Brasserie; Claymore Guesthouse; Damhead Holdings; David Bann Restaurant; Edinburgh Bruntsfield Youth Hostel; Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel; Edinburgh Eglinton Youth Hostel; Engine Shed; Filmhouse Café Bar; The Forest Café; Good Food; Greenhouse Guest House; Grow Wild; Hanover Health Foods; Henderson's at St. John's; Henderson's Bistro; Henderson's Farm Shop; Henderson's Restaurant; High Street Hostel; Holland and Barrett; Jordan Valley Wholefoods; Kalpna; Lush; Margiottas; Mulberry Bush; Napiers Dispensary; Neal's Yard Remedies; New Leaf; No. 1 Bed & Breakfast; One World Shop; Peckhams; Pillars of Hercules Farm Shop; Pulp Fiction; Rapido Fish Bar; Real Foods; Royal Mile Backpackers; Sandeman House; ShakeAway; Siam Erawan; Suruchi; The Town House;
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