Not sure what to choose at Greggs Bakery? Read on for my full guide on what’s vegan and what’s not at the famous UK bakery chain!
Greggs is a bakery that reminds me of my grandparents. Every Saturday morning they would do their shopping in town and, after my grandad had spent several long hours waiting for my grandma to browse the clothes shops, he would be rewarded with a hot sausage roll and a cream cake.
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A Short History of Greggs Bakery
Greggs was founded in Newcastle, in 1939 (the year WW2 broke out) by John Gregg. At this point they were a bakery, rather than a café. In the 50s, they opened their first shop in Gosforth and throughout the 60s and 70s bought out many floundering chains of bakeries across the UK. Perhaps their biggest coup was buying out Bakers Oven.
In 1994, Greggs took over the chain of 424 Bakers Oven stores, but didn’t rebrand them until 2008. Bakers Oven stores were designed to be appealing to an older generation of customers, and it was common for them to be filled with OAPs at any time of the day. It was the perfect place to get a hot drink and snack for a very reasonable price, something that Greggs has maintained to this day. The concept was very similar, hot, nourishing snack food prepared on the premises, along with cream cakes and freshly baked bread.
The majority of Gregg’s stores were based in the North of England, and Bakers Oven in the South, so the two brands kept trading for the next two decades before a full rebrand to Greggs, the more profitable of the two.
With over 2000 stores nationwide, Greggs offer a cheap snack alternative to supermarket meal deals or fast food restaurants, but what are their vegan options like?
What Coffees are Vegan at Greggs?
Note: you can also add soya milk to the black coffee or Espresso, but this is the only milk alternative they currently offer.
- Black Coffee
- Latte (ask for it to be made with soya milk)
- Cappuccino (ask for it to be made with soya milk)
- Flat White (ask for it to be made with soya milk)
What Plant Based Milks are available at Greggs?
- Soya Milk
What Syrups are Vegan at Greggs?
- Pumpkin Spice
- Salted Caramel
What Non-Coffee Hot Drinks are Vegan at Greggs?
So what can you drink at Greggs if you don’t like coffee?
- Tea (ask for Soya milk)
- Green Tea
Is Greggs Hot Chocolate Vegan?
Gregg’s hot chocolate is not vegan!
What Cold Iced Drinks are Vegan at Greggs?
- Cloudy Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade.
- Bottled Orange Juice
- Bottled Apple Juice
- Sparkling Pineapple and Mango
- Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
What Food is Vegan at Greggs?
Since winning best vegan sausage roll ever, Greggs have been working hard to increase their vegan options instore. As with most chains, it is hit and miss as to which stores stock every vegan item, but you can usually get the sausage rolls in store! You can also buy Greggs frozen vegan sausage rolls from Iceland, ready to bake at home.
Vegan Fresh Bread at Greggs
- Corn topped rolls
- White Bloomer
- Malted Brown Loaf
- White and Wholemeal Loaf
- White and Wholemeal Rolls
Vegan Sandwiches at Greggs
- Vegan Sausage Breakfast Roll with Quorn
- Vegan Southern Fried Chicken-Free Baguette
- Vegan Turkey-free and stuffing Baguette (festive item)
Vegan Pastries at Greggs
- Vegan Sausage Roll
- Vegan Mexican Chicken-free Bake
- Veg Bhaji Flatbread (may contain traces of milk)
- Vegan Sausage, Bean & CheeZe Melt
Other Vegan Food Options at Greggs
- Spicy Potato Wedges
- Hash Browns
- Sweet Potato Bhaji and Rice
- Side Salad
Sweet Vegan Treats at Greggs
Note that some of these items are “accidentally vegan” which means that they are not suitable for people with milk or egg allergens due to the processing of the items but do not list eggs or dairy in the ingredients.
- Melon and Grape Fruit pot
- Belgian Bun (without cream), (may contain traces of milk/eggs)
- Jam Doughnut (may contain traces of milk/eggs)
- Spooky Doughnut (may contain traces of milk/eggs), seasonal item
- Sugar strand doughnut (may contain traces of milk/eggs)
- Glazed Donut Ring
- Mince Pies
Updated Oct’ 23