Veganism is winning the hearts and minds of Scots up and down the country. What was once on the fringes, veganism is now entering the mainstream like never before. New cafés are opening, more magazines dedicated to this way of life are being published, more menus are available, more blogs offer recipes and support. At a time when many people don’t have to eat animal products to survive, more of us are simply opting not to.

According to new research recently commissioned by the Vegan Society, “more than half of UK adults are now adopting vegan buying behaviours and Britain is more vegan-friendly than ever before. Half of those surveyed said they know someone who is vegan and over a fifth said they would consider becoming a vegan themselves.”

For our vegan guests visiting Aberdeen, or for those who enjoy a plant-based meal as a step towards a vegan lifestyle, or simply for a change, here’s a round up of the best places to dine in the Granite City.

Firstly, at Skene House itself we’ve always appreciated that the standard hotel model doesn’t work for everyone. We have so much more on offer; basically we provide suites that enable our guests to live their lives. Our one, two and three bedroom suites all come with their own living room and fully furnished kitchen. This means that our guests can chill, store, prepare, cook and dish up the exact the meal that they desire, make a coffee first thing in the morning with the milk alternative of their choice, and pack any treats that make their day.

Our HotelSuites are also renowned for offering the benefits of a hotel. For example our receptions are manned 24 hours a day. This means visitors can ask directions to the nearest vegan café or health food store, ask our receptionist to book a cab to a vegan restaurant, or get pointed in the direction of the nearest supermarket to stock up the cupboards.

Skene House offers a home from home, our guests don’t have to eat out every evening, but they certainly can! Here are some delicious vegan destinations in Aberdeen and shire.

ABERDEEN

-Aberdeen’s 100% Vegan café is Bonobo on Skene Street. A workers’ cooperative, it’s a truly different offering in the heart of the city. With its intimate indoor seating, and unexpected rooftop terrace for warmer days, Bonobo is a real find. The turmeric lattes are sumptuous, the peanut satay wraps are delicious, and the baking is worth a trip alone.
3 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
12 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
8 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

-For pre-dinner drinks in a civilised bar, followed by an elegant yet informal evening meal, the venue has to be The Braided Fig on Summer Street. This city centre restaurant has a dedicated vegan menu, as well as a curious fig tree growing right through the centre of the building. Dishes can be served as starters or main courses, and they include: Warm Salad of Peanut, Sweetcorn and Aubergine with Cous Cous; Samphire Chickory & Green Pea Risotto; or Sun Blush Tomato, Vegetable & Chickpea Stew with Black Olive Mash.
8 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
7 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
10 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

Foodstory on Thistle Street has something for everyone, preparing hearty dishes for most dietary requirements; “vegan lasagne, gluten-free, vegan scones, refined sugar-free cakes and all soups, hot pots and salads are gluten free”. The vibe is really chilled, in the evening diners can BYOB, new yoga classes are being held in the creativity space upstairs, and the salad bar is a colourful feast of fruit and veg.
10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
6 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
8 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

-Head to the beach to spot dolphins and treat yourself to vegan food with sweeping seascapes to boot. Sand Dollar Café is known for its breakfast/brunch vibe. Its Vegetarian Breakfast can ‘Go Vegan’ by simply swapping out the egg for beans, or select a Vegan Tortilla Wrap filled with Hummous, Sun Blushed Tomato and Black Olives. Vegan Specials are also available on the day.
10 minute drive from Skene House properties

Many chain restaurants are known for their strong Vegan menus. Take a quick peak at Pizza Express (three branches around Aberdeen), Yo Sushi (in the Bon Accord Centre and Union Square), and Zizzi, Las Iguanas and Wagamama (in Union Square).

ABERDEENSHIRE

Skene House offers its guests free city centre parking, so if you do wish to drive to Aberdeen or hire a car then it’s easy to explore the countryside and attractions around us without stressing about parking upon your return. Here are some delectable Vegan destinations to make eating out part of the adventure.

Heading out of town, the Last Bus Café is an absolute visual feast, the most curious destination, with slightly erratic opening hours (so do check it’s open before travelling) but the food and cakes are fantastic. Just outside New Pitsligo near Fraserburgh, it’s a real experience and destination. It’s 100% vegetarian with vegan options.
70 minute drive from Skene House properties

The wonderfully titled Spider on a Bicycle in Aboyne is a great stop for tourists exploring Royal Deeside. Its vegan platter and cool surroundings are a welcome escape.
50 minute drive from Skene House properties

Buchanan’s Bistro in nearby Banchory can also accommodate most dietary requirements. With views of Deeside from its panoramic windows it’s a great escape to the country.
35 minute drive from Skene House properties

Back in the city, Skene House offers three central properties, all within walking distance of the railway station, bus station and ferry station, and we’re only a short cab ride from the airport. We’re close to the shops, theatre, business communities and sights and sounds of Aberdeen. Skene House Apartment Hotels provide all the space and comfort you need for a relaxed stay. Find out more at +44 1224 659 392 or email reservations@skene-house.co.uk.

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