January is on us, which means thousands across the UK will be taking on a vegan diet for a month.

Veganuary is established to raise awareness for veganism and the reason people choose to do it, as well as serving as a way for people to have a healthy January after over-indulging in December.

Fortunately, Birmingham is blessed with a lot of restaurants that are either vegan-friendly or fully-vegan to keep your diet varied if you're struggling to keep it interesting at home.

And we know that January is usually a time for staying in (you don't have to try them all) but it's good to get out and support these businesses who can struggle at this quiet time of year.

Here are our picks, shout about what we missed in the comments.

Zindiya

Zindiya is over on Woodbridge Road in Moseley and, soon after launch, it came out with its own dedicated vegan menu.

A lot of the menu was vegan anyway, and much of it provides a twist on existing menu items, but none of that distracts from what is the best of Indian street food places that have opened

Must try: Aloo Tikki Chaat

1847

1847, over in Great Western Arcade, is a place that offers mostly vegetarian options but gives neat vegan twists on many of them.

Tofu (or Halloumi) battered, potato chips, pea emulsion, lemon curd: Bistro 1847.
Tofu (or Halloumi) battered, potato chips, pea emulsion, lemon curd: Bistro 1847.

The winter menu offers a sort of vegan fish and chips, made from tofu, served with vegan mayo and triple-cooked chips. Having eaten a very similar dish there, we can safely recommend it.

Must try: Battered tofu, curried vegan mayo, gherkin, lemon, triple cooked chips

Pho

Vietnamese chain restaurant Pho is nestled up in Grand Central. The menu is, admittedly, not the clearest about what is vegan and what isn't. However, the staff are helpful and knowledgeable on the issue.

The rice noodles are fantastic, and light, and most of the options on the menu will come with tofu and mushroom if requested.

Must try: Tofu and Mushrroom Pho Xao

The Stable

A chain included purely for the reason that their vegan pizza is easily the one that I've liked best.

The reason for this is that they use Bute Island Vegan Mozzarella on all the options. If anyone can get some of this and send it to the Birmingham Mail office that'd be lovely.

There's also salads on the menu for those who are feeling particularly healthy.

Must try: The Bute Island Blazer, sans red onion

Fressh

Fressh is still pretty fresh, having opened in October 2017.

100% vegan and offering dishes like vegan and mac n cheese.

The promise at Fressh - everything is 100 per cent plant based
The promise at Fressh - everything is 100 per cent plant based

They've avoided using mock meats were possible (because they're still processed). Coffee is Direct Trade, rather than Fairtrade, which is like, next-level ethics.

Must try: What the Guac - Burger

Not Dogs

Lots of ketchup, mustard and bread. This might be one for those who are doing it for ethical reasons rather than for health reasons.

The Original Frank not dog
The Original Frank not dog

Okay, so our reviewer Graham Young wasn't impressed, but he was probably never going to be. There are plenty who are finding something to like at Not Dogs.

Must try: The Original Frank

Natural Healthy Foods

Natural Healthy Foods stands out to me in particular because my social media has been awash with people are stridently not vegan heading there and praising it.

Dhal from Natural Healthy Foods
Dhal from Natural Healthy Foods

It's a buffet, so it's hard to recommend anything in particular, you head down, fill your tray and you pay by the weight. Which is dangerous for someone like me.

Must try: Whatever you want

Mowgli

More street food here, but Mowgli is as dedicated to serving a proper vegan menu as Zinidya is if you can't be bothered heading down to Moseley.

Fenegreek kissed fries at Mowgli were outstanding

I'm not remotely impressed by the concept of sitting on swings instead of chairs, but I am impressed with the choices on the menu and that's more important.

Must try: Temple Dhal

Handmade Burger Co

Let's be clear, unless we're talking vegan options, there's usually no way we're heading to Handmade Burger Co for lunch.

Handmade Burger Company in St Martin's Square in the Bullring.
Handmade Burger Company in St Martin's Square in the Bullring

But that vegan menu is where it comes into its own. Like many chains, it simply has the scope to cater to more people and that's good news for those not eating animal products.

And anyway, it's popular for reason.

Must try: Veg-Mex

Cafe Soya

Cafe Soya is a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant with a frankly mind-blowing array of options for both vegetarians and vegans.

Cafe Soya
Cafe Soya

The flipside, as with Pho, is that it's not exactly made clear on the menu. So one again, make sure you rely on the staff so keep you informed.

Must try: Veggie Lemongrass 'Chicken' Fried Rice

3 Three's

Last, but not remotely least, we've got 3 Three's - a place known best for coffee but also stocking a hot dog that you might just prefer to the one on offer at Not Dogs.

Jumbo Vegan Frankfurter
Jumbo Vegan Frankfurter

You've even got a choice between the city centre and the Jewellery Quarter if you're feeling particularly lazy.

Must try: Jumbo Frankfurther Hot Dog