Australia’s First 100% Plant Based Pub – The Green Lion, Rozelle

If you love pub grub AND the environment then you will love The Green Lion!

Today we are lucky to have some great vegan pub food around the world, think The Cornish Arms (Melbourne) and Highline Bar (Seattle) just to name a couple.

Sydney has fianlly stepped up to the vegan pub food game with it’s very own 100% plant based pub opening in Rozelle in late 2016, offering traditional pub food, with a twist!

The aptly named Green Lion kitchen opened upstairs from The Red Lion Hotel in Sydney’s very veg-friendly Inner West. The venue is typical of an unassuming working class pub, in fact the table behind us didnt even realise a vegan kitchen had opened upstairs from their favourite local.










Aussie Burger with the lot and Nachos

The menu is extensive for a pub menu and offers burgers, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, curry, loaded fries and more. The pub also serves vegan friendly alcohol (maybe now more alcohol companies will realised that they don’t have to use fish and egg products to refine their beer, wine and spirits!).

Another cheeky twist at TGL is the weekly Sunday Fake Meat Raffle.



Usually I’m amongst the first in line to try new vegan eats although it took me a while to visit The Green Lion. The opening was just before I went overseas for 6 weeks and by the time I got home the reviews weren’t exactly tempting. So I kept TGL on my To Eat List and it wasn’t until State of Origin Game #2 that I got a chance to try it for myself. Kevve (Kevin’s new nickname, after my facourite snacks at Manoosh, the Pumpkin Kebbe), was tempted to try vegan versions of his favourite pub grub after a workmate raved about the Green Mack Burger. We were driving home from visiting Kev’s nan in Bankstown Hosiptal and were figuring out what to do for dinner (considering we still couldn’t reach the kitchen since moving house over the weekend) when Rozelle approached. It worked out well since our TV wasn’t set up yet so a pub feed meant access to Origin too! Too bad about the game though…

Aussie Burger with the lot

The burgers are where it’s at when it comes to TGL’s menu. The chips are skinny, Macca’s type fries. The nachos, while generously supersized, had a dissapointing amount of “sour cream” and guac (because we all know that guac is where its at when it comes to nachos) and the corn chips lacked flavour and crunch. The Aussie Burger with the lot was overflowing with fillings and flavour though and for those with food sensitivities, burgers can be made on gluten-free buns.

Whilst the flavours and prices could use a little work, TGL is a great choice for an eco conscious afternoon at the pub.

Don’t forget to take some cashola with you because The Green Lion kitchen is cash only.



Cuisine | Vegan pub food
Vibe | Relaxed – Local – Friendly
Must Try | Green Mack Burger
Service | 4/5
Rating | 3/5

Shop Details

Address | 726 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW Australia
Phone | 0414844700
Facebook | The Green Lion Bistro
Instagram | @greenlionroar
Website |

Opening Hours 
Wednesday – Thursday | 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Fridaty | 6.00pm to 9.30pm
Saturday | 12.30pm to 9.30pm
Sunday | 12.30pm to 8.30pm
Monday – Tuesday | Closed

Have you tried vegan pub food? Do you watch the game at the pub or at home? Are you a fan of Origin?

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  1. Great concept for a pub! We don’t have any like this in our area. However I do find many of the pubs have great vegetarian options (not vegan though). Being a vegetarian I do prefer real cheese over the substitutes. I did have a vegan blackened “chicken” sandwich the other day with “cheese” and it was divine. Spicing well is key. 🙂

  2. I’ve had some great vegetarian burgers. They are amazing. What a great idea for folks that want to eat the very best way possible.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. A vegan pub! Such a great idea! Now I’m kind of disappointed that I missed the Highline in Seattle. I have to say the burgers look the real deal. When it comes to Origin, my blood is blue but I like to watch the games on the sofa in my PJs. I’m such a nana!

    1. You’ll just have to go back to Seattle again ? haha love it! Well the games are in the middle of Winter so I don’t blame you! If only we could go to the pub in our PJs..

  4. It’s so nice to see vegan restaurants opening all around the world. I do remember though, so many years ago when we were spending five months in Geelong, that everywhere we went we were able to find a vegan burger — usually with shredded beetroot on top! I was so jealous, and wondered why it was so hard to find vegan food in the U.S.

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