A hidden vegan-friendly joint: review of Woodland Creatures, Edinburgh

Unless it’s one of the restaurants or places people talk about in your local area, you might not even be aware that vegan options are available in certain places. Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk was one of these establishments that I was blissfully unaware of until I discovered it on the Vegan Edinburgh site when I was looking for somewhere to meet a friend.

I’m not familiar with a lot of cafes and restaurants on Leith Walk only because it’s on the other side of town for me. The exterior has a homey feel to it with wooden planks decorating the walls and the inside also exudes a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Looking around, there are plenty of little details that catch your eye, like the geometric hanging lamp that caught my interest. As a dog-friendly bar and kitchen with homemade food and plenty of live music, my friend and I visited on a relatively quiet night during the week, but it was nevertheless welcoming and a great chance to meet and catch up.

If you’re not quite sure what you would like, there is at least one option under each category that is clearly marked for vegans. I had a hard time deciding between the pizza, burger and sandwich, but in the end, the thought of indulging in pulled jackfruit won out.

Spiced vegan ‘pulled pork’ (pulled jackfruit’) sandwich

The spiced pulled jackfruit sandwich came with a hearty serving of potato wedges and pickled slaw. I’m not a big of vinegar but I was happy to note that the slaw didn’t have a strong taste of the dressing on it. The sandwich came on a sourdough bun with red onions, lettuce, vegan cheese and tomato. It also seemed to have some sort of BBQ sauce which complemented the spiced jackfruit well.

I enjoyed every bite of the jackfruit sandwich and you can read all about Vegan Edinburgh’s review of the pizza and burger here. Overall for the price you pay for the food, you do get a filling meal and each dish is just as tasty as the next. This is definitely somewhere I would take friends and family if I’m ever around Leith and need a comfortable place to catch up and chat.

Woodland Creatures can be found at 260-262 Leith Walk, EH6 5EL and is open on Mondays from 5:00pm – 12:00am midnight, and on Tuesdays to Sundays from 12:00pm to 1:00am. For more information and updates, check out their Facebook page here or call 0131 629 5509 with any enquiries.

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