Best Vegan and Plant-Based Food and Drink

Plant-based and vegan food and drink are often one and the same, but there is actually a difference between both terms.

A vegan avoids using animals for ethical reasons, and this extends beyond food and drink – it is a lifestyle choice that includes such things as not wearing leather. 

Vegans exclude from their diets all animal-derived foods, from meat to dairy, to eggs to honey.

Plant-based refers solely to diet, in that the food and drink consumed wholly or mostly comprises plants.


Abel & Cole

Since their first delivery more than 30 years ago, Abel & Cole has grown into a thriving ethical and sustainable food and grocery door-door service – delivering ethical and organic food up and down the UK (in their eco vans, of course).

Working with the seasons, Abel & Cole are best known for their organic fruit and veg boxes, which provide a weekly world of new discovery. But their recipe boxes are also a huge hit with customers, making boring mealtimes a thing of ancient history.

Recipe boxes come in SIMPLE, LIGHT, SPEEDY, FOODIE, VEGGIE and VEGAN to suit your needs, and you can mix and match if you’re entertaining or just want to try something new.

Organic since ’88, Abel & Cole are proud to have worked with the same farmers, makers and bakers for years to ensure their suppliers produce the highest quality foods and their customers receive the freshest and tastiest packed boxes.

Delivery: UK

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Assembly Coffee

We are a London-based, independent coffee roastery that drives and promotes innovation throughout the specialty coffee supply chain.

We’re a Certified Carbon Neutral coffee roastery. This measures, reduces and offsets emissions at the most granular level and at every stage of our supply chain. In addition we use 100% renewable energy sources and roast on Loring smart roasters, producing 80% less emissions than other commercial coffee roasters.

We only promote coffees when we are certain that our trade and investments support sustainable outcomes.

We only source coffees that we believe to be exceptional in quality. Our range covers both espressos and filter coffee and includes coffees which exhibit clean and classic characteristics of coffee quality as well as more contemporary, exotic profiles which showcase farming innovation

Delivery: Worldwide

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Carlisle Brewing Co

We make beer because we love beer, it’s awesome! What’s not to love about locally made ale with great ingredients, made by a family run firm who get a huge buzz out people enjoying what they make! 

We set up Carlisle Brewing Co in September 2013. It’s a small family run microbrewery that was initially set up in outbuildings at the rear of our freehouse, The Spinners Arms in Cummersdale, Carlisle. Carlisle Brewing Co is the first brewery in Carlisle since 1987.

The brewery expanded in October 2015 and now operates from a small unit on Carlisle’s Kingstown Industrial Estate.

We love the tradition and the history surrounding British ales, and as a brewery are proud to be involved in the renewed interest in Carlisle’s long brewing heritage.

We now make all our beers vegan friendly!

Delivery: United Kingdom

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Email: hello@carlislerealale.com

Phone Number: 01228594959

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Conscious Chocolate

All Conscious Chocolate is handmade in the UK in small batches from the finest, ethically-sourced, raw ingredients.

The entire range of tasty bars are free from dairy, soya, refined sugar and gluten and are suitable for raw foodists and vegans.

Each Conscious Chocolate bar packaging is plastic free, recyclable, biodegradable and home compostable. Even the inks are vegetable based and the varnish is water based. 

Delivery: Worldwide

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Crafty Nectar

Crafty Nectar is the UK’s first craft cider subscription box service. Discover award-winning ciders delivered to your door.

From branch to bottle, all our ciders are from small-batch, artisan producers crafting 100% fresh pressed, additive free, vegan-friendly craft cider.

Crafty Nectar has been created to connect people with ciders that are made in the traditional way: no concentrates, artificial flavourings and gluten free. 

The craft cider revolution has begun. Join Crafty Nectar on a journey of cider discovery.

Delivery: UK

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Drake’s Organic Spirits

Drake’s is the first and only spirits line distilled with pure organic cane sugar, that also meets all five official certifications in the US – Vegan, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher and USDA Organic.

For hard alcohol that’s not hard on the planet – or your palate – taste the difference organic spirits can make.

The exciting range includes organic premium vodka, spiced rum and white run, and Spiked Ice frozen cocktails.

Then there are Boxtails. Each 1.75-liter Boxtail contains 14 perfectly pre-mixed cocktails handcrafted with organic fruit juice and extracts. The boxes themselves are made from recycled paper, and each container can be composted or recycled.

Delivery: United States

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GreenBay

GreenBay was London’s first Vegan Supermarket, launched in 2015, and now offers free next day delivery across most of the UK.

GreenBay aims to make a plant-based and vegan lifestyle easy and accessible to everyone – so has both physical and online stores. 

You’ll find a selection of more than 90 (wow) dairy-free cheeses, hard to find and exclusive items, cruelty-free cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and even vegan dog food.

Delivery: UK

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Mighty

Mighty offer a delicious range of vegan, plant based, sustainable milk alternatives, as well as protein shakes.

Their m.lks – as they call them – are free of dairy, soy and nuts, with Mighty farming yellow split peas and oats for its products – far more sustainable than dairy farming, that’s for sure.

There are also barista (with coconut), chocolate and strawberry versions, while the Mighty Vegan Protein powders combine a unique blend of four plant based proteins.

Delivery: UK

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Planty

Passionate about sustainability and nutritious food, Planty is a social venture on a mission to make eating more plants easy and exciting – no compromise on taste, quality, or convenience. 

Planty delivers an exciting variety of chef-prepared vegan meals, which are handmade with the freshest tastiest ingredients and flash-frozen for home delivery. 

Our Head & Development chef, Joe, who co-founded Planty, makes sure we use the highest quality ingredients to produce restaurant-quality dishes that taste like heaven.

Delivery: UK

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Rounton Coffee

Sustainably sourced, proper tasty coffee. A multi-award-winning roastery from the North East of England, we’re passionate about sustainable, transparent, delicious coffee.

Today, as a multi-award-winning roastery, we find ourselves able to work with some of the most forward-thinking minds in the coffee industry, and some of the world’s most celebrated producers.

Our dynamic little team is fiercely passionate about coffee, people, and making positive change in the world around them. 

Delivery: UK

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Steenbergs Ltd

Steenbergs is a small, family-owned spices business started by Axel and Sophie Steenberg in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

It all began in 2003 when we set out to create a range of spices and seasonings that were packed full of flavour, using natural ingredients that Axel sources direct from farmers, blending to our own recipes and all done with our deeply held environmental and ethical values.

Since then, we have grown our range and now are 10 people, but we are still based in rural Yorkshire, blend and pack in small batches by hand, and we have kept to our green and socially positive values.

Our products are all plant-based, most are organic certified, many are Fairtrade and kosher certified.

Delivery: Great Britain

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Email: sales@steenbergs.co.uk

Phone: 00441765 640088


The Vegan Kind

There are two main elements to The Vegan Kind – the well-stocked supermarket, and subscription boxes.

The 100% vegan online shopping experience offers more than 5,000 vegan and cruelty free products. The Vegan Kind will even send you a £5 voucher on your birthday.

You can also subscribe to have a surprise box of the latest vegan products delivered to your door every month – choose a lifestyle box or a beauty box. Or both!

It’s a vegan utopia and you’ll find everything from vegan cheese, cruelty free makeup and vegan gifts, to ethical clothing, vegan chocolate and much more.

Delivery: UK

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Volcano Coffee Works

Volcano Coffee Works is a small team of passionate people with a vision to bring you the best ethically sourced coffee from around the world.

We source only the highest quality specialty arabica beans from around the globe and roast them in small batches in Brixton, London. Our expert staff hand-roast on Loring Smart Roasters, which not only ensure the highest level of technical precision, but create up to 80% fewer emissions than other commercial coffee roasters.

We proudly supply coffee to some of the best cafes and restaurants in the UK. This is coffee made and drunk by the best experts in the country.

Delivery: Most Countries Worldwide

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ZENB

ZENB is an online plant-based food brand, on a mission to make delicious plant-forward products accessible and convenient.

At ZENB, we’re working to raise awareness of a whole-plant approach, to inspire change within the food system and reduce food waste.

We’re on a mission to develop delectable offerings that encourage people to infuse more plant-based food options into their diets without sacrificing taste and texture. 

We’re moving food culture forward, elevating your food experience every day through the accessible indulgence that a plant-fuelled lifestyle provides.

Delivery: United Kingdom

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Mark Campbell
Mark Campbell
Editor of greengreengreen, Mark has been a journalist for more than 30 years, campaigning on environmental issues. Living a vegan and sustainable lifestyle, he also writes for green groups and businesses across the world.

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