While most restaurants and cafés cater to vegetarians, it’s a real treat to be able to choose from a menu filled with a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. To celebrate #WorldVegetarianDay, we’ve looked high and low across Cornwall and found the very best mouthwatering places to eat without meat.
The Apple Tree Café, Sennen
At this warm and welcoming café, half a mile from Land’s End, treat yourself to a hearty vegan and gluten free burger or a wholesome bowl of delicious stew. At The Apple Tree Café, the cosy fire, fresh bread and open plan kitchen make you feel right at home and with a permanent exhibition of local art and a sunny garden, it’s a wonderful destination for families, cyclists and walkers alike.
Archie Browns, Penzance & Truro
Freshly-cooked, inspired vegetarian and vegan food is what Archie Browns is best known for. Using fresh, local ingredients with the best of seasonal produce, the menu always incorporates food that is new, interesting and exciting. Whether you sample one of the famous mixed salad bowls, a hearty slice of homity pie, one of the daily specials or a healthy green juice, there is something at Archie Browns for everyone. Their health shop is gold-mine for health-nuts and evironmentalists alike, so make sure to have a browse after your healthy meal.
Pea Souk, Falmouth
At Pea Souk, the emphasis is on the seasons, authentic food cultures and the integrity of the ingredients. Combining layers of intense flavours with sublime textures, their wholesome meals are sure to stimulate your tastebuds! We recommend that you try one of their mouth-watering burgers – ‘The Gertie’ is absolutely scrumptious – or one of their chunky vegetarian or vegan ‘Doorstep Sandwiches’.
The Canteen, Millbrook
Set in old Nissen huts with stunning views, The Canteen at Maker Heights offers something special for people who appreciate local, seasonal and freshly prepared food. Along with locally sourced meat options, wonderful vegetarian favourites include the vegetarian sharing board (which changes according to the best produce available), the Canteen nut roast on a Sunday and the vegetarian breakfast, without a processed sausage in sight!
The Bean Inn, St Ives
Offering diners a gourmet vegetarian experience, The Bean Inn boasts tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes using local, organic and seasonal produce whenever possible. Soak up the wonderful vibes and devour spectacular food made with passion in the restaurant gallery (an apt way to relax and unwind in this arty seaside town). The restaurant re-opens this Valentine’s Day with an updated menu, fingers crossed their potato cakes are still available!
Snail’s Pace Café, Bodmin
Snail’s Pace Café is a unique off-grid solar powered café producing homemade food using local, and where possible organic and fair trade, ingredients. Offering vegetarian breakfasts and other yummy vegetarian options, they are proud to specialise in tasty veggie food.
Pinky Murphy’s, Fowey
Looking for somewhere relaxed and laid back? Pinky Murphy’s is for you! With the tables named after the team’s favourite artists (from Elvis to Maverick Sabre), here you can stay all day, knitting, reading or just enjoying the lovely atmosphere. The Veggie Platter is their signature dish, expect a sundried tomato and butter bean based pate, pea pesto and homemade hummus with lashings of greenery and warm bread – veggie heaven.
The Hub, Liskeard
Situated in The Liskerrett Centre, The Hub serves scrummy homemade food, made with fresh, quality ingredients. We recommend you try their lentil fritters, goat’s cheese pizza and sweet potato patties, all served with beautiful salads. Tuck into your meal, enjoy the cosy environment and admire the colourful artwork on the walls. Gluten free & vegan dishes are also available.
01579 340 307
The Secret Garden Café, Truro
At The Secret Garden Café, the aim is to make healthy food as tasty as possible and change preconceptions about veggie food (it’s not all bean-sprouts and lentils!). They cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets and there are also options for the non-veggie/s that you have dragged along. Don’t forget to try one of their tempting cakes and balance out the virtuous veg with something naughty!
The Tree Top Café, Looe
Overlooking The Monkey Sanctuary grounds, the Treetop Café serves heavenly vegetarian food, from tasty homemade pasties to yummy veggie burgers topped with a cool salsa and jalapeno peppers. This eco-friendly café endeavours to use local suppliers, fair trade products and all of the food waste from the café is composted and used in the Sanctuary gardens and orchards, which in turn helps to provide food for the monkeys.
01503 262 532
The Honey Pot, Penzance
In the centre of town in Penzance, The Honey Pot has been making visitors happy for 100 years. They pride themselves on providing delicious food for a variety of diets, with over half the menu catering for vegetarians and delicious treats available for both dairy-free diets and gluten-free diets. Try their yummy salad toppings and sandwich fillings, daily soups, or hearty jacket potatoes topped with bulgar wheat chilli, vegetable curry or mushroom with white wine and cream cheese sauce.
Nominated the best vegan restaurant in the Veggie Awards 2015, Wildebeest in Falmouth is a must for vegans and vegetarians. This hip café is 100% vegan, with a diverse menu brimming with delights that vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love. Drawing inspiration from around the world, the menu includes quesadillas, Pad Thai, noodle soups, cupcakes and cocktails.
Spinacio’s, St Ives
Spinacio’s Vegetarian Restaurant uses vegetables from their garden to cook up treats for you to enjoy overlooking the stunning harbour of St Ives. Choose from their broad menu of vegetarian dishes, including beetroot, broad bean and cannelini ban pâté, chickpea and chana dal curry, and fresh gooseberry and limoncello crumble with homemade custard. For vegans they have an amazing selection of puddings, from tofu cheesecake and ice cream, chocolate cake and bonbons, and chocolate and banana cake.
Ohana Beach Café, Newquay
Enjoy your vegetarian meal overlooking the Atlantic ocean at Ohana Beach Café. Like the name, meaning ‘Welcome family’ in Hawaiian, the atmosphere at Ohana is friendly, relaxed and welcoming. Start the day off right with a veggie fry up, dig into a falafel and avocado sandwich at lunch, or devour their home-made loaded nachos after your long day at the beach. Their evening menu changes daily, featuring a selection of exciting vegetarian tapas.
Café Cinnamon, Falmouth
Vegans and vegetarians are spoilt for choice at Café Cinnamon. Their menu is full of flavour and great value, with their vegetable mezze proving to be a favourite amongst diners. They also bake delicious cakes, including scumptious gluten-free and vegan brownies, carrot cakes and macaroons!
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‘Cornwall’s Best Veggie Friendly Restaurants ’ is taken from our Feb/Mar 2015, Vol.2 Issue 19. Subscribe to myCornwall magazine for more stories like this one.