THOUSANDS of people across the country are trying out a vegan lifestyle this month in support of Veganuary.

The scheme encourages people to change their habits throughout January as a way to promote and educate about a vegan lifestyle.

Since the event began in 2014, participation has more than doubled each year.

But the real question is: where in Winchester can vegans eat and drink?

Here, in no particular order, is a list of the city's top spots: 

  1. Rawberry

Rawberry is a family owned and run juice bar and cafe based in the heart of the city.

The menu is 100 per cent Vegetarian, with many Vegan and Gluten free choices.

Staff also say they are always more than happy to assist in creating substitutes for any other dietary requirements.

Rawberry, in St George's Street, opens at 9am Monday to Saturday and from 10am on Sunday. 

2. Piecaramba!


Piecaramba! is Rob Litchfield and Phil Linssen's business, and was born October 2016.

The guys are passionate about pies, comics and all things pop culture.

Although not exclusively vegan, their themed restaurant has a number of veggie and vegan options. 

These include The Fun Guy with mushroom and walnut filling, and the barbecue-styled pulled jackfruit-filled Porky Pie.

Piecaramba!, in Parchment Street, is open from 12noon on weekdays and 11am on weekends. 

3. Kyoto Kitchen

Kyoto Kitchen serves authentic Japanese dishes and had a lengthy mention in the Michelin Guide last year. 

Not only are the ratings and reviews impressive, the restaurant's vegetarian and vegan options are highly recommended on Tripadvisor. 

The Parchment Street restaurant opens for lunch at 12noon every day apart from Monday, and everyday for dinner from 6pm. 

4. The Golden Lion

Being a vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy good pub food. 

The Golden Lion in Alresford Road has a whole menu dedicated to the vegan diet, with three starters, five main courses and three desserts on offer.

This seperate vegan menu is available at the pub seven days a week. 

The pub kitchen opens at varied times depending on the day (once for lunch then for dinner).

5. The Stable

If you're a vegan who enjoys a bit of atmosphere, then The Stable is the place to be. 

With regular live music, the restaurant and cider bar also offers vegan pizza, pies, starters and sides. 

When the weather is nice, customers can also opt to sit outside.

The Stable, in The Square, is open from midday every day and closes as late as midnight on some days.

If you visit any of these restaurants for Veganuary, be sure to let us know what you thought by sending us a letter: