As we learn more and more about the way what we eat affects the world we live in, greater numbers of people are taking a more eco-conscious approach to the food they consume. Where perhaps it was once the case that following a vegan diet meant limitations to the range of eateries to choose from, nowadays not only do restaurants cater to alternative diets but there is a veritable array of delicious vegan food to be enjoyed in high street chain restaurants and pubs as well as fine dining establishments, who choose to place plant-based food at the centre of the menu. Dip into some of the suggestions below and discover the indulgent culinary experiences that a vegan diet has to offer.
In the heart of the medieval grid in Bury St Edmunds is Baskerville’s, the town centre's ﬁrst and only vegan coffee shop with a secret, hidden cocktail bar.
Serving specialty coffees, loose leaf teas, milkshakes (and dirty ﬁlthy shakes, not to be missed!), a selection of cold drinks, some delicious lunchtime libations (including cocktails, wines and beers) through the day, with some light bites too.
For 3 evenings a week (Thursday until 9pm and Friday and Saturdays until late) the hidden bar comes alive, on the subterranean level you will ﬁnd the 1920s, speakeasy cocktail bar serving never before seen craft cocktails and wonderful theatrics.
Everything they serve is vegan, and they take sustainability very seriously.
A contemporary eaterie on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, ICE Cafe serves an exciting range of vegan dishes. The industrial, retro styled cafe's menu includes breakfast dishes including the ICE Vegan Sourdough Special and the ICE Classic Vegan.
For lunch there's Superfood Salad, the ICE Noodle Bowl and the ICE Vegan Flatbread. Leave room for a sweet treat as the shake menu features The Plant Based Poppy; made with almond milk, oreos, vegan gelato, dark chocolate sauce and vegan cream.
The menu literally offers something for everyone from mac n cheese, monster burgers, healthy salads and sandwiches to venison haunch, mussel broth and everything in between and portion sizes are generous without being overfacing. As well as main meals and brunches, the ICE Café also offers giant waffles, milkshakes, coffees and a large bakery and cake selection, all freshly made onsite. There is also a fully stocked bar and comprehensive cocktail and mocktail menu meaning that the ICE Café is rapidly becoming the place to be seen and is proving popular with visitors of all ages.
A popular restaurant in the heart of the town, Gastrono-Me serves an exciting array of vegan dishes on their menus.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast of Dark Chocolate Porridge; Nutritious oats warmed with 70% finest dark chocolate. Topped up with blueberries, pomegranates, and flaked almonds. It’s a bowl jam-packed with antioxidants. Or perhaps the Bean Beanie Burrito; a flour tortilla packed with spicy potatoes, vegan sausage, roasted veggies, Mexican bean and olive salad, guac and vegan mozzarella cheese or the Melbourne Smash; An amped-up classic! Smashed avo, harissa rubbed farmhouse toast loaded with cherry tomatoes and roasted nut dukkah.
Stop by for lunch and enjoy the Tempura beer battered avo tacos; Cripsy yet creamy avo, bacon and corn salsa, crunchy romaine, pink pickled onions, chipotle crema in a trio of mini tortillas or the Tot Dog; Jumbo German Bockwürst sausage topped with crispy tater tots, sauerkraut, American cheese, smoky paprika crema and sriracha.
For dinner, The Vegilante Burger is sure to satisfy! This plant-based burger is made with vegan cheese, pink pickled onions, sriracha mayo, lettuce and tomato in a brioche bun. Followed afterwards with dessert, Tipsy Vegan Lemon and Raspberry Trifle; vegan lemon sponge laced with limoncello, fresh raspberries with a layer of raspberry & Prosecco jelly and topped with custard and cream.
Many of their classic dishes can also be made vegan, including their signature hash – made with a spicy mix of diced potato, chorizo, bacon, onion, tomatoes and peppers. Served on wilted spinach, farmhouse toast topped up with a fried egg.
The Weeping Willow
The Weeping Willow in the quaint village of Barrow boasts a stunning open-plan restaurant situated inside an historic 16th century public house, where beams and characterful nooks can be found in the oldest parts of the building and a roaring log fire welcomes you.
Even though the establishment itself is old, the menu is very modern with a carefully considered section catering solely for vegan diners. Starters such as ‘marinated tofu with pickled beets and root puree’ delight the senses with autumnal flavors and you can choose from main courses like ‘baby aubergine and chickpea tagine’ and ‘cluster of grey oyster mushrooms with polenta chips and salsa verde, red onion and rocket salad’. Vegans will be delighted by the Sunday lunch options too, with the ‘soy and sesame marinated cauliflower steak’ a particular hearty highlight.
Old School Cafe
Offering Vegan and vegetarian food, the Old School Cafe is situated inside Just Traid at the St John's Centre in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds.
Their menu includes hot and cold food options as well as cakes and cream teas.
Choose from chilli, chilli nachos, cheese, leek and mushroom spelt quiche, watermelon, mint and feta salad. Cakes includes tangy lemon drizzle cake, rich coffee and walnut cake and vegan spiced carrot cake.
A chic and elegant AA rosette-winning establishment, The Angel Eaterie excels at creating inspirational and exciting new dishes, which you can enjoy with a view of the abbey as the backdrop to your meal.
The chef takes locally sourced ingredients and uses them to create dishes that truly represent the best of Suffolk’s produce. The eaterie has shown a real commitment to providing the best that plant-based cuisine has to offer, with a weekly ‘vegan Thursday’ dinnertime menu, which gives customers 25% off the delectable vegan menu.
There is a great amount of choice, including nibbles such as ‘tempura gerkins’ and ‘slow roasted tomatoes and artichokes’. Mains include ‘wild mushroom and artichoke linguine with watercress and truffle’ as well as ‘sumac roasted aubergine, caponata and toasted pistachio’. Those with a sweet tooth will find it hard to choose between the deserts; ‘berry eton mess’, ‘roasted almold panna cotta’ and a range of refreshing sorbets’ all make for a delightful end to a satisfying meal.
The Northgate provides guests with a relaxing and indulgent dining experience set against a the backdrop of stunning décor and a vibrant atmosphere. It is clear to see that the menu has been attentively designed with both vegetarian and vegan diners in mind; the current seasonal offering comprises surprising autumnal flavors and textures fully integrated into the main menu, not just provided as an afterthought.
Starters include a delicious ‘pumpkin soup with pickled grapes and crispy wild rice’ and ‘confit salsify with mushroom hollandaise, bulgur wheat, pickled shallot and fresh truffle’. Mains include an intriguing ‘vegan black pudding made with black rice, spices and dried apple’ as well as ‘roasted sprouts with caramelized swede and pear’ and a hearty, ‘oyster mushroom bourguignon glazed in red wine, served with roast celeriac and a celeriac puree’. The chef uses seasonal produce each day to devise a signature desert of the day, such as ‘poached quince with blackberries and a hibiscus and blackberry sorbet’, for a refreshing end to the meal.
The Black Lion Long Melford
Pay a visit to The Black Lion in Long Melford for a dining experience set amongst the stunning surroundings of this luxury hotel and restaurant. The attention to detail creates a relaxing ambient dining atmosphere and vegans will find highlights on the menu that are just for them as head chef Steve Angier continues to ensure that there are plentiful options on the seasonal menu, daily specials board and Sunday lunch menu.
Autumnal offers include ‘heritage carrots, barbequed purple potato, quince and hazelnut’ to start, followed by the delicious ‘miso glazed pumpkin, spiced seeds, hazelnut and dukkah’ as a main course and ‘poached mulled wine pear, roasted winter berry sorbet, almond sponge and roast almonds’ for dessert.
The Swan at Lavenham
The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa is a sumptuous setting for a special meal, The Gallery Restaurant’s striking high timbered ceiling and medieval minstrels gallery is a dramatic setting in which to sample some of the delectable vegan dishes created by head chef Justin Kett.
Starters include ‘heirloom tomato salad’ and ‘rocket and mango salad with pumpkin seeds’, choose from ‘tagliatelle pasta with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs’ and the intensely smooth and flavorsome ‘courgette noodle with almond butter, spring onions, sesame and pine nuts’ for the main dish. Round off the meal with ‘chocolate and orange brownie with orange sorbet’ or ‘popcorn, oat and date slice with berry coulis’.
For a fun and informal place to eat head to the Edmundo Lounge, settle down amongst the quirky décor and choose from the range of goodies available on the dedicated vegan menu.
There is a particularly impressive brunch menu, which includes a full cooked breakfast complete with vegan bacon as well as a spicy twist on the classic avocado on toast. A particular mention should go to the vegan hotdogs and burgers; made with a plant based burger patty and hotdog, these fast food options are stacked high with vegan smoked Gouda and chipotle mayo, inside a brioche style bun. Finish your meal with a taste of something sweet- the dark chocolate and orange torte is well worth saving room for.
Lottie's Artisan Waffles and Coffee
Vegan waffles and ice cream can be found at Lottie's Artisan Waffles and Coffee on Angel Hill as well as vegan banana bread.
Plus vegan bubble waffles including All About the Biscoff, a vegan waffle served with biscoff spread, vegan vanilla gelato, sliced bananas, and topped with crushed biscoff.
Bury St Edmunds vegan cafe, Allison's Eaterie serves a menu of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based and dairy free dishes including 'beefless stew' with winter vegetables, potatoes and mushrooms with a smoky paprika gravy; vegan shepherds pie with vegetables, quesadillas and soups plus sweet treats including sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake and a range of cakes and drinks including the turmeric latte. The cafe also stocks a range of vegan cooking products, cosmetics and homewares.
Experience a sociable meal with friends and family at CASA, an intimate and stylish restaurant serving meze and tapas. Pass the sharing platters around and taste a broad choice of small plates, made to order from the freshest ingredients.
Nearly everything on the menu is vegan or can be ordered as a vegan version of the dish. ‘Garlic and chilli mushrooms’, ‘Courgette koftas with dill and yoghurt dip’, ‘stuffed vine leaves’ and ‘smoked tofu with Moroccan potatoes’, there is so much to choose from, you’ll want to try a bit of everything- and you can! Take your time, enjoy the ambience, gentle music and attentive staff and enjoy a vegan banquet to remember.
Modern French Fine dining is on at the forefront of the stylish and contemporary Maison Bleue in Churchgate Street. Recognised locally and nationally for its spectacle of seasonal dishes offering a twist on traditional French cuisine, this restaurant guarentees gastronomic perfection that caters for all dietary requirements.
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There are plenty of chain restaurants that have also taken on board that veganism is on the rise and have adapted their menus accordingly. Wagamama have taken their famous katsu curry and created a delicious ‘vegatsu’ that sits at the centre of their large vegan menu. Bill’s too have a vast separate vegan menu with highlights such as ‘rosemary and butternut squash hummus on sourdough toast’ and the spicy ‘jackfruit salad bowl’. Even the carnivore-centric Byron Burger have a commendable vegan offering in ‘The beatnik burger’ which comprises a beetroot falafel burger patty with smashed avocado, pickled red onion and rainbow slaw.
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