‘Eat out to help out’: Oxford restaurants with vegan options

I have a lot of feelings about the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ government scheme, and I don’t necessarily wish to endorse it. However, I’ve spoken to many people who are keen to make use of the opportunity to enjoy up to 50% off their meal and soft drinks (up to £10 per person) on Monday-Wednesdays throughout August. With that in mind, I decided to put together this handy guide to the local businesses that are registered for the scheme and offer vegan options. Turns out, there are quite a few!

There are a number of larger restaurant chains taking part in the scheme that I’ve left off the list. Please do consider choosing to dine with an independent business where you can. Click on the links to read my reviews of what they all have to offer – and let me know if there is anywhere I’ve missed! If it’s specific recommendations you’re looking for, I’ve put a star next to some of my favourites.

*update 3 August 2020*

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the difficulties that many families in the UK were already facing due to the high cost of living, low wages, and years of austerity measures. While large global businesses are able to benefit from yet another huge government subsidy in the form of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, struggling families are left with no support.

I’m hugely fortunate to have been working throughout this pandemic and grateful that I can afford to pay for a meal out at all during this time. I’ve decided to donate the 50% off I’ll be saving on any meals throughout August to charities tackling poverty and related issues in the UK. I would so love for you to join me, if you feel you can. My first £30 donation has been to the Trussell Trust, who provide emergency food for people in poverty, while working to put an end to the need for food banks in the UK.

Now, on with the list of food establishments taking part in the scheme –

Two vegan burgers and a large portion of fries from Glut restaurant in Oxford
Glut’s vegan burgers and fries are some of the best!

City Centre

Selection of curries and basmati rice from Mowgli's Indian street food restaurant in Westgate, Oxford.
If you visit Mowgli, try the vegan tiffin box



Happy Friday Kitchen offer up the ultimate vegan comfort food

East Oxford, Headington & Marston

Further afield in Oxfordshire

  • Eden Cafe in Witney
  • The Red Lion in Deddington
  • Tom’s Diner in Banbury
  • Ribizli in Wallingford
  • Vegivores in Reading
  • Cabbages & Condoms in Bicester

I put this post together with the help of the registered restaurants tool on gov.uk.

Author: Heather Grace

Eating my way through all the vegan food, one restaurant at a time.

2 thoughts

  1. Just to note for those that prefer to eat in meat-free venues: unless I missed one, sadly only two of the places you list don’t serve meat: The Punter on Osney Island (vegetarian) and Happy Friday Kitchen on Cowley Road (vegan)!

    Another couple of places to add to the “further afield” selection are Riblizi in Wallingford, and Tom’s Diner in Banbury! 🙂


    1. Thanks for your comment Bill! You’re right, I think it’s only those two that are veggie. We need more vegan places in Oxford!
      Thank you for those two extra suggestions too, I’ve added them now 🙂


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