Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the United Kingdom. It specializes in food such as sausage rolls, bakes, and sandwiches, as well as sweets like doughnuts and vanilla slices.
In fact, their best selling product is the sausage roll, which sells two million units every week.
Recently, in 2019, Greggs launched a vegan sausage roll, made with Quorn, a plant-based substitute for meat. This made Greggs the first fast-food chain in the UK to launch a vegan product which paved the way for other fast-food chains to do the same.
Luckily, the vegan sausage roll was such a huge success that it resulted in Greggs paying their workforce £7m in bonus. Needless to say, that’s wonderful news for the vegan community!
So, does Greggs have true vegan options? Yes, they do.
Vegan Options At Greggs
Without further ado, let’s have a glance at the vegan food available at Greggs by starting with what’s is the most popular and official vegan product in-store.
Vegan Sausage Roll
If you’re a vegan and you’re planning on visiting Greggs, this is probably one of the two vegan-friendly products you can’t miss out on.
The similarities between this and the original sausage roll are uncanny, and if you’ve always missed eating the original ever since you’ve turned vegan — eating the vegan version will pan out to be a great experience!
This Vegan Sausage Roll made Greggs’s sales go up by 13.4 percent in 12 months.
Vegan Steak Bake
Hey, I didn’t say the vegan sausage roll was the only vegan product worthy of attention. Greggs has also launched, quite recently, the Vegan Steak Bake which was created to mirror the original steak beak, with its light and crisp puff pastry.
However, this plant-based alternative is filled with mycoprotein pieces and diced onions enrolled in a rich, vegan-friendly gravy. This meat alternative is also provided by Quorn.
What Else Can You Eat At Greggs?
Surprisingly (for me), there are a few more options you can eat at Greggs, albeit they’re less popular than the two pastries above.
The following options are listed in Greggs Allergen Information Guide.
- Glazed Ring Doughnut
- Hot Cross Buns
- Sweet Mince Pies
Hot to Go / Snacks / Soups:
- Warm Winter Vegetable Soup
- Southern Fried Potato Wedges
- Mexican Bean Baguette
- Mexican Bean and Sweet Potato Wrap
According to Greggs, these are the only vegan-friendly options on the menu.
However, here is what Greggs deems as being vegan-friendly:
“…We use the term `vegan-friendly’ to label products that may not be made in dedicated vegan sites, but in sites where as many steps as possible have been taken to minimise the risk of cross-contamination…“
This is highly appreciated, especially from a company that sells mostly animal-based products.
Still, there is one thing which I must add — certain products that aren’t labelled “vegan-friendly” on their allergen guide can still be considered vegan.
Take the fruit and chilled snacks, for instance.
They’re not listed as “vegan-friendly”, but they are essentially fruits and seeds.
Drinking At Greggs
Other options that are also not filed as “vegan-friendly” but can be vegan as long as you take due precautions by making the right questions and requests are — drinks.
Here is a list of hot drinks listed on their menu:
- Caramel Latte (depends on the caramel flavour)
- Black Coffee
- White Coffee
- Flat White
- Hot Chocolate (depends on the chocolate powder)
- Regular Latte or Iced Latte
- Vanilla Latte
- Iced Caramel Latte
- Iced Vanilla Latte
- Mint Hot Chocolate (depends on the mint chocolate powder)
- Mint Mocha (depends on the mint chocolate powder)
- Black Tea
- Green Tea
- Peppermint Tea
- White Tea
Some of these drinks may require (or are complemented) with milk, in which case you have to advise the employee to use plant-based milk. A place like Greggs is bound to have soy milk, and they will charge you a few pence for it.
Greggs also has its own cold drinks:
- Apple Juice
- Natural Mineral Water
- Orange Juice
- Sparkling Cherryade
- Sparkling Cloudy Lemonade
- Sparkling Mango & Pineapple
- Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
- Still Lemon & Lime Water
- Still Strawberry Water
These are also generally considered vegan, as they’re essentially fruit-based juices. But in any case, please ensure you check the labels just to make sure.
Greggs has plenty of vegan options, so if you have one close to your house, and if you’re searching for a delicious vegan snack, you can try out their vegan sausage roll or vegan steak bake, as they’re wonderful… especially if you haven’t had “meat-based” pastries in a while.
And if you’re into sweets, you can also order a delicious Glazed Ring Doughnut to go with the vegan pastries, as they’re equally delicious!
Having lived in the UK— I loved how easier it was to find vegan food, especially when compared to the place I currently live in. In any case, feel free to visit Greggs as you’ll be able to find some delicious stuff!
If you like this article, then perhaps you’ll also like one where I share some useful tips on how to eat out as a vegan! Thank you for visiting!