After each trip, I try to make a list of the (healthy) restaurants I particularly enjoyed. Being in the UK for over 2 weeks, we tried many restaurants, some great, some not so much. Eating out and eating healthy don’t always go hand in hand, but we did our best to eat at healthy and budget friendly places. If you find yourself across the pond and trying to tick to your diet, here are my picks.
Tibits (London, UK) Tibits was one of our favorite places we ate during our trip. Tibits offers a buffet style, pay by weight bar of delicious and interesting salads. I loved the sweet potato curry, the eggplant, and the lentil salads. Each dish has a label with what sort of allergens it has so it’s easy to eat veggie and gluten-free there.
Marks & Spencer (Anywhere UK)
The prepared salads at Marks & Spencer were inexpensive and fantastic! We were road tripping for the second week and we ate many snacks and meals at M&S because they were at so many rest stops along our journey! Sure beats Doritos and a soda from a gas station.
Giraffe Burgers & Cocktails (Oxford, UK)
This “laid back funky burger joint” also had an impressive array of salads. This one was completely delicious.
Leaf (Liverpool, UK)
This sometime standup comedy and concert venue is also a coffee house with really delicious food. The menu is only written on the chalkboard above the bar. For dinner I had a squash, pumpkin, cashew, and arugula salad, and a Cannellini bean soup. Delicious!
Manic Organic (Birmingham, UK) What a fabulous little place a bit off the beaten path. They offer fresh local/organic vegetarian fare and have an adorable garden with outdoor seating. We tried the vegetarian English breakfast here, which wasn’t the healthiest choice, but we had to try something English! They have a full menu which include soups, falafel, salads, and sandwiches.
Handmade Burger Company (Birmingham, UK)
I was shocked that we set food in this seemingly unhealthy restaurant. The place is much more than just another burger joint. They have a full bar, great ambiance, and the menu offers several veggie burger options as well as a bunless option where you receive a burger on top of a large salad. And while it may not be very English to do so, you can always ask for no mayo.