About Vegetarian Guides

Why Veggie Guides?

Veganism is growing explosively. The vegan market is huge, yet largely ignored by the media and travel guides beyond a few token listings. We decided to do something about this.

How We Started

After working for a major travel publisher in the eighties, Alex Bourke set up Vegetarian Guides to map the world for vegetarians and vegans. His aim was to make it easy for vegetarians and vegans to eat anywhere in the world. Since 1991 he's travelled widely on five continents, working with vegan groups in each country to create an unrivalled research network.

Vegetarian Guides publications include London, Britain (currently out of print), and Paris. We also sell a few vegan cookbooks by our own writers.

The Veggie Guides approach

We are building a series of vegan guides, in partnership with the people best placed to research them, the coordinators of local and national vegan groups and organisations. They ensure that our books remain up to date and comprehensive. We tell you where to eat out, shop and sleep, whether you're a resident or a traveller.

We don't do inane reviews of a single dish on a long menu. Instead we list the most enticing vegan dishes with prices, and get as much info as we can from local vegans who eat there all the time. We don't judge. If a place isn't up to standard we leave it out. We figure if it's still open many people like it, so we give enough info for students to select the cheapest, couples to spot the ones with candles, and business travellers to know where to go to impress. Of course if a place delights everyone we might rave about it.

Our latest book Vegan London Complete, the seventh, renamed, edition of Vegetarian London (which was always vegan) is now n full colour, and our biggest ever, 800 pages! Which just shows how the vegan scene has exploded in London.

The Future

Coming Dedcember 2020 is a brand new book The Vegan Guide: everything you need to embrace the world's fastest growing way of living by Alex Bourke & Ronny Worsey. This is the complete guide for new vegans, and their families. Learn during lockdown to make healthy vegan food at home, or use it as your handbook during Veganuary. 160 pages.

Vegetarian Guides is working on a new fourth edition of Vegetarian Britain, renamed Vegan Britain, which has grown from 256 pages in 1998 to over 1,000 pages. For those of you waiting patiently we apologise for the delay, there has been an explosion of new places in the last few years,

You can help us to reach more people by spreading the word about Veggie Guides to your friends and recommending us to your local bookshop and library. We want to help as many people as possible to eat vegan food for the benefit of people, animals and the planet.

About The Editors

Alex Bourke is a former director, chair and national media spokesperson for The Vegan Society and has worked at UK vegan campaigning organisation Viva! He has published over 20 vegan books, 100 newspaper and magazine articles, and explained and debated veganism on radio and TV.
Alex to speak at World Vegetarian Congress in Brazil
A Vegan Activist Life story from the book Vegan Stories

From 2010 to 2018 Alex wrote the monthly restaurants page for Vegetarian Living magazine, Britain's biggest selling veggie/vegan magazine, and has contributed vegan travel features to newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Guardian, The Vegetarian, BBC Vegetarian Good Food, VegNews (USA), The Big Issue, New Vegetarian and Natural Health (Australia), Vegetarian World (Poland), helped countless journalists and researchers, and appeared on radio and tv many times in several countries.

Ronny Worsey has worked at UK vegan outreach organisation Animal Aid, and as a vegan chef and baker in restaurants from London to Edinburgh. She is a former director of The Vegan Society and creator of the Scoffer series of vegan cookbooks. She is currently studying a Law degree and finishing off her latest cookbook PlantCore.

Alex and Ronny work with several vegan co-authors around the UK, around 100 local and national vegan activists and group leaders throughout Britain and Europe, and hundreds of readers worldwide who contribute updates and new entries.

The Veggie Guides team can answer all your travel questions or put you in touch with a local vegan expert.

Paris resident, journalist and longtime vegan Aurelia d'Andrea is the author of Vegetarian Paris and a former travel editor of America's top newsstand vegan magazine VegNews.