Veganuary: Study misses Bristol off a list of top 10 UK vegan-friendly cities for 2022

We know Bristol is popular for vegan food, so it may come as a surprise that Student Beans has ranked the city 15th for being vegan friendly in the UK

Bristol has been left out of the top 10 cities for accommodating vegans in the UK, according to new data.

A study by marketing company, and top rated discount app Student Beans ranked the city 15th after research found just 28% of its restaurants were ‘vegan-friendly’.

It also looked at the numbers of Vegan options on Uber delivery in the city and health and supplement shops.

According to Plant Based News, a global organisation that reports on all things vegan, more than 1.5 million people in the UK are following the diet.

The change comes after studies have shown that cutting out meat and dairy has many health benefits for your body, as well as the plant.

The methodology behind the study by Student Beans was conducted around analysing a range of varying factors. They are as follows:

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  • Number of restaurants serving vegan food
  • % of restaurants in the city that are vegan
  • Number of vegan UberEats
  • Average cost of vegetables and fruit
  • Number of health food stores in each city within a five-mile radius.

The study revealed that Bristol had 365 vegan-friendly restaurants. This means that only 28% of the restaurants in Bristol are vegan-friendly.

Student Beans ranked the city fourth on the table regarding the amount of Uber Eats restaurants delivering vegan food in the area with 44.

Bristol also ranked fourth when it came to the city with the most health and supplement shops in the areas.

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The average cost for fruit and veg in Bristol is where the city was marked down with a basket costing £15. This leaves Bristol with an index score of 217.

The city topping the list is Edinburgh with an index score of 274, followed closely by Chester with 263 and Nottingham with 246.

As well as the revelation that Bristol is 15th, London is also surprisingly low coming in at 10th in the list.

Studies have shown that, like Bristol, London’s costly basket spend for fruit and veg is a huge contributing factor to why it’s 10th.

The full table with the top 20 cities can be found here.