Whether you’re hankering for a spicy curry, freshly-cooked pizza or indulgent sweet treat, Gloucestershire is home to plenty of vegan-friendly venues that serve up innovative, exciting and most importantly, delicious dishes.
Proving that vegan cuisine is far from boring, there are plenty of tempting choices for a hearty breakfast, tasty lunch, or three-course dinners across the county, with SoGlos’s hot list being the perfect place to start if you need some inspiration.
Cooking up authentic Sri Lankan street food in Cheltenham, The Coconut Tree boasts relaxed vibes, delicious dishes and plenty of vegan options to boot.
The extensive menu offers plenty of tempting choice, encompassing everything from stir-fried spicy chickpeas; coconut sambal; and red lentil dahl, to hot battered spicy mushrooms; pineapple curry; and traditional hybrid food, Kotthu.
Gloucester’s leading live music venue is also home to the Guildhall Bar & Kitchen, providing a great spot to eat whilst in the city; what’s more, there’s a tempting vegan menu that’s sure to delight plant-based diners.
Expect a selection of light lunches spanning sandwiches, toasties, and jacket potatoes, with fillings such as humous and olive tapenade; and vegan cheese and tomato. For main meals, choices include Homemade Falafel with onion rings, pitta bread, and red pepper dip; and a Seasonal Vegan Pâté made from roasted pepper, butternut squash and lentils, whilst side dishes include Cajun chips, cheesy chips, olives and falafel.
A new and exciting eatery in the heart of the town, Sama Sama Stroud serves incredible cuisine that’s influences by flavours from around the world. With plenty of vegan dishes on the menu, plant-based eaters are in for a delicious treat at the street food kitchen.
Encompassing burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads and sides, options include a Vegball Banh Mi with sriracha mayo, pickled carrot, radish and fresh coriander; Chana Masala Burger with chickpea patty, mint raita, onion bhaji, tamarind, mango chutney and leaves; Vegan Feijoada stew with sweetcorn salad, and lime and chipotle sour cream; and Bang Bang Cauliflower for a side.
A new coffee house on the Cheltenham foodie scene, The Find offers much more than just hot drinks, with its extensive menu offering an impressive range of vegan food and drink options, along with a note on the menu that highlights its flexibility to alter non-vegan dishes if necessary.
With plenty of tempting choice, breakfast options include The Vegetarian Find with slow-roast vine tomatoes, spinach, veggie sausage, mushrooms, potato and onion rösti, while lunches include a butternut squash, artichoke and bean cassoulet; and mint-infused beetroot and butternut squash sandwich.
Dedicated to catering for everyone, Guru Coffee House in Gloucester has a vegan and vegetarian menu which is bursting with choice, whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, healthy lunch or delicious dinner.
Tuck into Guru’s Outstanding Big Vegan Breakfast with all the trimmings; a lentil, potato and carrot hash; fresh sourdough panini; burgers such as falafel, quinoa and white bean, or beetroot and black bean; along with plenty of other enticing options.
Pizza isn’t off the menu for vegans heading to The Stable in the heart of Cheltenham, thanks to its dedicated menu spanning pizza, garlic bread and salads which are handmade to order.
Pizza options, complete with vegan mozzarella, include The Good Life, combining roasted courgette with aubergine, roasted red and yellow peppers, onion, and fresh basil; Salads include The Big Haze with shredded red cabbage, sweetcorn and sprouting broccoli, fresh chilli, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes topped with cumin seeds, fresh coriander and citrus vinaigrette; and desserts span Vegan Brownie, Cider Poached Pear with vegan ice cream and Vegan Vanilla ice cream.
Located in Alderton near Tewkesbury, The Gardeners Arms has incorporated a number of vegan-friendly meals into its menus of pub classics, whether you’re going for a decadent three-course meal or Sunday roast.
Starters include curried chickpeas on potato rosti, mains include rustic vegetable lasagne; sweet potato and black bean burger; and Mediterranean tomato sausages, while desserts feature sticky toffee pudding; chocolate brownie; and Bakewell tart.
Cheltenham’s first purely plant-based restaurant, Vinnie’s Eatery, is perfect for vegans searching for a delicious and nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner, with the takeaway lunch buffet perfect for quick and simple dining.
With a seasonally-changing menu, diners can look forward to a selection of sweet treats, dinner dishes such as ‘Vizza’ with a side salad; and buffet options such as roast vegetable caponata; beans with cherry tomato ragu; and rosemary roasted potatoes.
The Royal Oak Tetbury not only has a seasonal dinner menu comprised of delicious organic meals which include meat-free options, but offers a dedicated vegan menu too.
Sure to put a smile on diners’ faces, expect dishes such as vegetable spring rolls; vegetable antipasti; chickpea pancakes with lentil dahl; lentil and bean burger; chocolate and avocado pot; and Booja Booja Hunky Punky ice-cream, promising a delectable three-course meal.
A relaxed and traditional pub in the heart of Cheltenham, The Swan is haven for eating, drinking and socialising, serving food from the best local producers and boasting a special vegan menu and Sunday roast.
Choose from spiced bean or Portobello mushroom burger with additions such as vegan cheese, avocado, and onion rings; tuck into Southern fried vegetables; enjoy snacks such as falafel dips or hummus; and finish your meal with an apple crumble or chocolate brownie.
Part of the popular national chain, Wagamama Cheltenham welcomes vegans with open arms, with plenty of delicious Japanese-inspired cuisine to choose from spanning everything from curries to ramen bowls.
The restaurant’s allergen menu details which dishes are suitable for vegans, with a few highlights including wok-fried greens; steamed gyoza dumplings; spicy ramen; and samla curry, along with fresh juices and refreshing sorbets.
A family and community café in Stroud, Star Anise Arts Café has a predominantly vegetarian menu and also caters for vegan visitors, whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or a scrumptious snack with friends.
With the menu constantly changing in accordance with seasonal and local foods, expect dishes such as a vegan full English; Buddha or salad bowls bursting with goodness; sourdough toast with hummus; and warming soup.
Not a restaurant per se but offering a home delivery service, Cheltenham-based business Poco Culina cooks up tasty dishes bursting with flavours of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean – not to mention that they’re healthy, fresh, organic, and 100 per cent vegetarian and vegan.
The weekly-changing menu spans a choice of mains, sides and dips, with diners able to expect a choice of three lunches and a set evening meal, along with the chance to create a mezze-style meal too.
Whether you’re visiting for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or just a sweet snack and coffee, Boston Tea Party in Cheltenham takes care to cater for vegan eaters thanks to its diverse menu.
Tuck into a mushroom and roasted tomato bap; brown rice porridge with coconut milk, vanilla, syrup, fruit and cinnamon; smashed avocado with hummus on pumpernickel rye; a super salad; or a Vietnamese banh-mi sandwich with barbecue-pulled jackfruit, pickled vegetables, vegan mayo and Sriracha chilli sauce.
Located on Cheltenham’s high street, Falafel King is the perfect place to grab a hearty, delicious and nutritious meal, with the eatery serving vegetarian food only and offering plenty of choice for vegans.
Falafel is star of the show and is served with either pitta bread or wrap, salad and a choice of sauce; while baked potatoes, tabbouleh salad and juices are all on the enticing menu.
Cosy Club Cheltenham provides a relaxed setting for eating and drinking throughout the day, with its dedicated vegan menu spanning brunch, sandwiches, tapas, main meals, and puddings.
Among the enticing options are a Thai veggie burger with edamame beans, pak choi, wood-roasted peppers, coconut sauce and chilli jam; courgette, pea and edamame risotto with pumpkin seeds and tomato tapenade; garlic mushrooms with ciabatta; patatas bravas; and a dark chocolate and ginger torte.
A Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria in Nailsworth, The Olive Tree has a vegan menu which encompasses tempting starters, mains and dessert too, making for a tasty three-course feast.
Starters include antipasti, sweet potato wedges or garlic mushroom focaccia; diners can expect mains such as baked field mushrooms, vegan pizza, or risotto with roasted garlic tomatoes, peppers, courgette, olives, onions and kale; while there’s a homemade brownie sundae to finish off your meal in style.
Championing nutritious, nourishing and natural foods, Cheltenham café Kindness & Co has a seasonal menu which is constantly changing, with plenty of vegan options to eat in or take away.
Example treats include sweet raw cacao and hazelnut energy balls; aubergine with spiced tomato sauce, soya yoghurt and fresh herbs; edamame, red pepper and quinoa salad; Puy lentils with roasted beetroot and thyme; and sweetcorn fritter with tomato and spinach relish.
By Kathryn Purvis
Friday 03 August 2018
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