The UK train company LNER (London North Eastern Railway), which covers routes from London to Scotland, has ranked several UK cities for how vegan-friendly they are, and the coastal trendy city Brighton, south of England, has been ranked on top. The study used Google search data, listings of vegan restaurants on HappyCow, and the availability of vegan takeaway options on Deliveroo, and created an index with which score each city on a scale of one to 100.

Brighton’s score was 86.9 out of 100, followed by Manchester with a score of 64.9, Bristol with 59.9, Edinburgh with 54.5, London with 39.4, Glasgow with 33.9, York with 33.0, Liverpool with 25.5, Cardiff with 23.7, and Reading with 22.8 in the top ten positions. 

It is believed that Brighton came on top because of its high number of vegan restaurants and takeaways relative to its size. Brighton has 7.9 vegan restaurants and 8.3 vegan takeaways per 100,000 people. Despite ranking fifth, London has the highest total number of vegan restaurants (178) and the vegan takeaway options (48). In 2022, London was crowned the most vegan-friendly city in the world by a separate study.

Richard Judge, LNER’s Head of Customer Experience, said in a statement: “For those looking to explore vegan options in the UK this year, our research features some of the most vegan-friendly hotspots and our local restaurant recommendations, ensuring you have a true culinary journey to remember…Our research has shown that searches for vegan terms have increased by more than 80 per cent since 2021, revealing a growing interest in veganism in the UK. On LNER trains, customers can enjoy a wide range of vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.