I have two hours to kill in Edinburgh airport. It’s 4.30am. With my stomach slowly starting to realise I’m awake for the long haul, it soon starts to make it known that it’s going to need some attention. The perfect blog post opportunity? Vegan food options in Edinburgh airport …
An unlikely candidate, but actually one of the strongest (especially for those looking for a quick, food on the go option). Superdrug have two vegan sandwich options to speak of; a rather unimaginative falafel & humus affair, and a more enticing onion Bhaji option. Both are part of their meal deal options, and they come in a little cheaper than most of Edinburgh airport’s other offers. Good job Superdrug!
Nero have (very slowly) been edging in on the vegan market. Emphasis on the slowly. Whilst Pret are successfully skyrocketing on their vegan/veggie marketing campaign, the rest of the coffee shop industry is still to cotton on to its potential. To give Nero their dues, the one offering they did have was a little bit more inventive than the box standard vegan option that’s usually delivered; falafel (yawn), but with chestnuts and a spiced slaw.
The bigger restaurant chains in Edinburgh didn’t fare well in the vegan breakfast game. Wetherspoons does a veggie breakfast, but uses standard Quorn sausages (rookie error). All Bar One were the best of a bad bunch, offering a vegan burger and a few standard veggie breakfast options you could omit the eggs from.
Surprisingly, the winning contender for me. I say surprisingly, because the last time I visited Eat at Edinburgh airport I was still in my transition from veggie to vegan. “Are your eggs free range?”, I asked the counter staff. She turned to her colleague, laughed, and the proceeded to cluck and flap her arms like a chicken.
Eat have clearly evolved a little since then. Two hot pot options; a vegan gyoza and a miso soup, a large meze salad (falafel again!!) and a fresh avocado on sour dough toast listing on their main desk board. Avo on toast; a standard vegan fail safe. And what’s more, the avocado is not used sparingly, generous helpings of the versatile little devil on delivery. 10 points to Eat.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the early offering the airport had for us cruelty free folk. A bit of development from the hot food restaurants, and we’re on track.
Spotted anything else worthy of a vegan mention from Edinburgh airport? I’d love to hear your suggestions?