Whether it’s fine dining, a light lunch, a taste of the exotic, or even a match-day meal, Gloucestershire’s best vegetarian menus might be meat-free but they certainly aren’t lacking in taste or choice.
From seasonal stews and spicy stir fries, to street food and hearty burgers, SoGlos finds 15 of the best vegetarian menus in Gloucestershire.
Serving up some seriously tasty Thai food, The Vine in Cheltenham whips up a storm in the kitchen with a host of flavoursome dishes available for vegetarians.
With everthing from fiery vegetable curries, tofu stir fry and spicy specials, tasty treats include a classic pad thai, udon and a punchy panang curry.
A traditional inn which specialises in organic food, The Royal Oak Tetbury boasts a dedicated vegan menu, with a selection of seasonal dishes spanning starters, mains and deliciously indulgent desserts.
Veggies can expect innovative and ever-changing options, with highlights on the menu including vegetable spring rolls with chilli and ginger dipping sauce for starter; chickpea pancakes with lentil dahl for main; and chocolate and avocado pot for a sweet finish.
The first place in Cheltenham dedicated to purely plant-based, whole, and seasonal foods, Vinnie’s Eatery opened to the delight of health food fanatics, vegetarians and vegans, serving up wholesome food without any meat in sight!
Dishes sure to get your stomach growling include buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, fresh berries and coconut yoghurt; bean and vegetable burger with sauerkraut, homemade ketchup and paprika parsnip chips; and spiced apple cake for a sumptuous sweet treat.
A health food café located in the centre of Cheltenham, Kindness & Co believes diet and nutrition are at the centre of a healthy and happy life, with its ever-changing menu offering a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes which are nutrient dense and bursting with flavour.
Whether you’re craving a comforting bowl of porridge, refreshing salad, or warming hot dish, the seasonal menu has featured meals such as Mexican bean stew; Moroccan chick pea tagine; baked aubergine with pomegranate; and puy lentils with roasted beetroot and thyme.
Gloucester Quays’ stylish eatery Portivo Lounge caters for carnivorous diners and vegetarians alike, with a dedicated and varied vegan menu spanning brunch, mains, tapas, sandwiches and hearty soups. Meanwhile its sister venues Curio Lounge and Toro Lounge cater for veggie diners in Stroud and Cirencester respectively.
Highlights on the menu include chimichurri field mushrooms with potato hash, fried aubergine, slow-roasted tomato and spicy beans; falafel burger with hummus, avocado and guacamole toppings; and grilled halloumi salad with roasted butternut squash.
Serving up organic, wholefood dishes in the centre of Stroud, Woodruffs Organic Café offers a vastly veggie menu which covers tasty breakfasts, lunches and sweet snacks, in addition to hosting vegetarian cookery classes at regular dates throughout the year.
Spicy bean burgers, taco chips with chilli; Goan coconut dahl; and Greek mezze are some of the deliciously enticing lunch options, while the Mexican and vegetarian breakfasts promise hearty, meatless feasts to kick start the day in delicious style.
Located in Lechlade, Vera’s Kitchen delivers delicious and nutritious dishes, which takes care to cater for county vegetarians, with a seasonal menu spanning breakfasts, lunches and light bites.
And while menu options change almost daily, diners can expect to find an array of enticing plant-based dishes ranging from seasonal salads and cooked breakfasts, to frittatas, omelettes and vibrant vegetable mixtures.
Nestled inside a period building in the centre of Gloucester, Guru Coffee House offers an inviting atmosphere and is dedicated to serving seasonal, local and quality dishes – with the majority of them suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
While the menu changes daily to ensure the freshest food, visitors can expect to find a selection of hot and cold dishes, including sandwiches and paninis with freshly baked bread, soups, salads, and nutrient-dense breakfasts.
Having famously made the decision to cut all animal products from the menu in 2015 – making it the first football club in the world to do so – Forest Green Rovers FC serves strictly vegan food to its players and fans.
Football fans can look forward to meals and light bites, ranging from Mexican fajitas and an Italian Panzanella salad, to pie with mash and the humble chip butty – which is sure to keep supporters toasty and warm during those winter matches. Meanwhile an extensive hospitality menu offers varied vegan buffets.
And it’s not just meat-free food which visitors can look forward to, as the football club even ensures that the beer and cider on sale is vegan, with The Cotswold Brewing Company serving up fruitarian tipples.
Offering a taste of Sri Lankan street food in the centre of Cheltenham, the Coconut Tree invites visitors to tuck into freshly prepared and authentic dishes, offering a unique dining experience and the chance to try something new – with the majority of dishes vegetarian friendly.
The menu comes with its own glossary, with diners able to look forward to meat-free plates such as the oldest Sri Lankan street food, Hoppers; pineapple curry; red lentil dahl with coconut cream; devilled mushrooms; and Ladies Fingers aka fried, jiggled and pickled okra.
Fine dining restaurant Lumière may be a lavish option, but the award-winning Cheltenham eatery caters for county herbivores, with bespoke vegetarian menus for lunch and dinner, serving up seven and nine-course feasts respectively.
Sure to raise the bar on ordinary veggie options, entrees on the tasting menus include potato terrine with wild garlic, leek, parsnip and morel; duck egg with Wye Valley asparagus, mushrooms and Perigord truffle; and garden pea risotto with goats’ curd, crones, mint and black garlic.
An award-winning eatery in Cirencester, The Organic Farm Shop and Café serves vegetarian dishes throughout the week, with one vegan option also on offer, using fresh ingredients from its vegetable garden.
With a varied and constantly changing menu, veggie visitors can look forward to plant based dishes ranging from seasonal salads and soups, to a warming dish of the day. Items on the sample menu include beetroot and horseradish pie; fennel, potato and cheddar gratin; and stuffed squash.
Serving food inspired by macrobiotic and wholefood cuisine, Star Anise Arts Café in Stroud has a predominately vegetarian menu, serving a range of seasonal dishes, and championing local produce.
Items on the innovative sample menu include vegetable miso broth with shitake mushrooms and ginger; sweet potato and spinach pakoras with turmeric rice, spiced lentil dahl and salad; and superfood salad with quinoa and black rice, curly kale, roast butternut, blood orange, pomegranate and a tahini and miso dressing.
A pizza, pie and cider restaurant in the centre of Cheltenham, The Stable draws in pizza-holics, carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, with a varied, Gloucestershire-themed menu which has plenty of vegetarian options, not to mention a dedicated vegan menu.
Whether you’re craving a hearty Squish Squash pie with butternut squash, sweet potato, goats’ cheese, spinach and plum chutney; The Gloucester Grazer pizza with herb roasted potato, Dorset Blue Vinney cheese, roast onions, spinach and fresh mozzarella; or a vegan Allo Aloha with pineapple, field mushrooms, ‘cheese’ and optional avocado, there’s something to please everyone.
For grabbing food on-the-go, or picking up fresh ingredients for cooking up concoctions at home, Stroud Farmers’ Market is bursting with tasty treats and locally sourced produce, with The Veggie Deli stall a haven for vegetarians.
Shoppers can refuel with some handmade meat-free delights, with items on the resident deli’s menu including Gloucester crumble; beetroot goats’ cheese bake; and scotch egg, with vegan options such as chickpea frittata; forest mushroom slice; and Caribbean bajan pie.
Where's your favourite place in Gloucestershire for a veggie fix? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Monday 15 May 2017
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