If you’re looking for satisfying diner-style vegan food – think loaded fries, burgers and mac and cheese – get yourself down to Unity Diner. Co-founded by well-known vegan activist Earthling Ed, the restaurant funnels all profits directly into animal rights campaigning so you can enjoy a tasty meal and contribute to vegan activism.
About Unity Diner London
Unity Diner was launched in 2018 with the aim of revolutionising public perceptions of vegan food. That means providing tasty, familiar dishes that appeal to vegans and non-vegans, using the profits to bring about positive change for the planet. The restaurant puts its proceeds towards animal rights campaigning such as creating a new sanctuary for rescued animals in the UK and funding vegan billboard campaigns on public transport.
What’s even better is that Unity Diner has made all straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups completely biodegradable and plastic-free. Staff uniforms and merchandise are ethically made with 100 percent organic cotton and vegan ink that’s chemical free. Unity Diner also uses a vegan electricity company, Ecotricity, and is dog-friendly. In fact, all suitable food waste is donated to animals rescued from slaughter.
How to visit Unity Diner Shoreditch
- Address: 60 Wentworth Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 7AL
- Getting there: Aldgate East or Liverpool Street station, less than a 10-minute walk
- Unity Diner opening times: Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm-11.30pm and Sunday 12pm – 7pm. Closed Mondays.
- Phone: 02074260224
- Email: email@example.com
- Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s on the Unity Diner menu?
You can check out the full Unity Diner menu here but as well as a separate brunch menu offering all-day cooked breakfasts and sweet treats like pancake stacks, there’s a substantial lunch and dinner menu. It’s broken down into sections such as small plates, fries, large plates and salads, burgers, dogs and desserts. Highlights include:
- Tofish and chunky chips
- Mac and cheese with tomatoes and broccoli topped with breadcrumbs
- Dirty loaded fries with three cheeses, doner kebab, sauces and onions
- Unity Philly cheesesteak
- Surge burger
- Classic New York Dog, frankfurter-style
- The peanut butter blondie dessert with salted caramel ice cream
- The Piers Morgan’s tears mocktail, with pea butterly tea, lime juice, peach syrup and lemonade.
Unity Diner is often touted as the best vegan burger restaurant London and also has a full-service bar with a cocktail menu. Note that you can also order food from the diner on Deliveroo and the restaurant accepts card only. You can check out reviews of Unity Diner Hoxton on Tripadvisor and Happy Cow, most are overwhelmingly positive.
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What I love about Unity Diner
I’ve been to Unity Diner a few times, once when it was in its former location around Old Street and its newer, bigger spot in Hoxton. I’ve also had the diner’s Tofish and chips from their remote van at the Vegan Campout. What I love most about the restaurant is its tasty food, which you could comfortably feed to non-vegans and get good reviews. My favourite dish was the peanut butter blondie dessert and weekend brunch.
It’s best to book ahead because the restaurant is so popular but even when it’s busy the place has a great vibe, with amazing vegan murals and art-work on the walls. It’s the most authentic vegan diner London I’ve visited. There’s an open kitchen so you can see chefs work and a full bar. The staff have been super-friendly every time I’ve visited and are happy to answer questions about the menu and give recommendations.
Prices for main meals are reasonable but it’s easy to rack up a large tab if you’re keen to try lots of dishes. I’d recommend ordering a few to sample between friends to try as much as possible. Overall, I loved knowing that the food was all vegan, ethically made with the environment in mind and that profits go towards animal activism – it’s a real win-win!