Where to eat vegan in Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Dorset: from a takeaway, through cafes and fast food to a Michelin star restaurant
The Planet, Taunton
Family-run, vegan cafe at the top end of the pedestrianised Paul Street in the town centre. A constantly changing menu of burgers, curries, pasta, salads, cakes and more, all 100% plant-based. Outside seating and take away. Courgette noodles in a Mediterranean tomato sauce, followed by a slice of peanut butter layer cake and a coffee anyone? Tues to Fri 10am – 4pm; Sat 10.30am – 4pm.
Splendiferous 100% vegan cakes to scoff in the cafe, take away and make to order. Choc brownies, choc sponges layered with hazelnut praline frosting, covered in toasted hazelnut pieces; carrot cake; toffee apple crumble; strawberry and vanilla cupcakes and more with a cappuccino – or go the whole hog with a vegan afternoon tea of scones, vegan clotted cream, raspberry jam, mini cakes, finger sarnies and unlimited tea, coffee, hot choc. Wed to Sat 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Tierra Kitchen, Lyme Regis
Veggie and vegan with flavours of the Med – mezzes, falafels, arancini, samosas, tarte tatin, tagines, breads, pastries, cakes – made with seasonal produce from West Dorset and East Devon. Located in Lyme’s artisan quarter – so interesting little shops to peruse round about and the sea just a seagull swoop away – with a riverside terrace, deli and shop. Open 9am – 4pm every day except Mon & Tues.
Tierra Kitchen, 1A Coombe St, Lyme Regis DT7 3PY. Tel 01297 445189.
F.east, nr Ilminster
Climb up the stairs to the first floor of a former Victorian mill on what looks like a derelict (but it’s not) industrial estate, just off the A303, for an inventive vegan and veggie menu inspired by Mexican, Vietnamese, Moroccan, Mediterranean and British cuisines. So tacos stuffed with Moroccan aubergine and hummus, Vietnamese-style curries, squash and almond ravioli as well as tarts, salads and delicious home-baked cakes. Tues to Sat 9am – 5pm.
F.east, Rose Mills, Mill House, Ilminster TA19 9PS. Tel 01460 53183.
Dirty Vegans, Bournemouth
Vegan fast food. Plant-based vegan burgers and hot dogs – spinach & quinoa, BBQ jackfruit, Moving Mountain (said to look and taste like meat, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view) patties and hot dogs – with all sorts of vegan sides, loaded fries and drinks in a lively canteen atmos. Mon to Thurs 12pm – 9pm; Fri & Sat 12pm – 10pm; Sun 11am – 6pm. Takeaway available towards the end of the evening.
Dirty Vegans, 623 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 4AP. Tel 01202 392011.
The Olive Tree, Bath
Fine dining for vegans. Push the boat out with Chris Cleghorn’s seven-course vegan menu at the Michelin-starred Olive Tree restaurant at the Queensberry Hotel. Have a drool at the menu.Tues to Thurs 6.30pm – 9pm; Fri to Sun 12.30pm – 1.30pm & 6.30 –9pm.
The Olive Tree, 4-7 Russel Street, Bath, BA1 2QF. Tel 01225 447928.
Rainbow’s End Cafe , Glastonbury
Glasto’s quirky and very first veggie cafe has a mainly vegan menu – generous portions of soup, mezze, salads, tarts, flans, cakes – and a secret garden (plants, trees, waterfall) out the back. It’s a popular place and can get very busy – luckily they do takeaway. Open every day 10am – 4pm.
Rainbow’s End Cafe, 17A High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DP. Tel 01458 833896
The Green Rocket, Bath
Airy veggie and vegan place on the corner of Pierrpoint Street and North Parade, set back from the melee of the Abbey and opposite Parade Gardens with stuff like mushroom, sun-dried tomato and basil rice burgers; salads, broccoli and tofu stir fries; tempeh, watercress, avocado and tomato sarnies for lunch and Vietnamese coconut curry and and baked aubergine for supper – washed down with kombucha, wine, beers and juices. Open every day 9.30am – 4.30pm (Sun 10am – 4.30pm) for breakfast, lunches, afternoon teas and takeaway; supper Weds through Sat (6.30 – 9.30pm).
The Green Rocket, 1 Pierrepont St, Bath BA1 1LB. Tel 01225 420084.
Plant-based wraps, salads, smoothies and juices at this brand new little takeaway on the High Street. The name? The art of eating yourself happy, apparently, which you can do from Mon t0 Sat 10am – 2.30pm.
Scoffage, 9 High Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3BE.
The SEED Cafe, Wincanton
Yummy vegan and veggie food to ‘heal, nourish and detoxify’, with gluten and dairy free cakes, organic teas, coffee and wines. Turmeric latte anyone? Part of Lynne Frank’s one-stop wellbeing Hub at No 3 (workshops, holistic treatments, live music – SEED is all about women’s empowerment), the cafe reopens Weds 22 Jan for Chinese New Year celebrations, then Weds to Sat 10am – 5pm.
The SEED Cafe, 3 Market Place, Wincanton, BA9 9LD. Tel 01963 33886.