Whether you’re a committed vegan or giving Veganuary 2022 a go, SoGlos has discovered some of the best places to head for a bit of plant-based feasting in Gloucestershire.
From spicy curries, freshly-made pizzas to indulgent treats, Gloucestershire is home to plenty of vegan-friendly venues that serve up innovative, exciting and, most importantly, delicious dishes.
SGGLA Restaurant of the Year 2020, The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham, cooks up authentic Sri Lankan street food in a quirky, laid-back setting.
With many dishes being naturally dairy-free, its extensive menu offers plenty of vegan choice, including traditional Kotthu; spicy polenta battered mushrooms; coconut sambol; pineapple curry; and the creamy and delicious Fat Sister – pumpkin cooked in coconut cream.
Gloucester’s leading live music venue is also home to the Guildhall Bar & Kitchen, which boasts a dedicated vegan menu sure to please plant-based diners.
Dig into comforting classics like toasties and jacket potatoes with vegan-friendly fillings, as well as main dishes like homemade falafel with onion rings, pitta bread and red pepper dip, and a seasonal vegan pâté made from roasted pepper, butternut squash and lentils, served with homemade chutney.
KIBOUsushi on Cheltenham’s Regent Arcade offers an impressive vegan selection from its menu of authentic Japanese dishes.
With hand rolled sushi; homemade ramen; teriyaki; yakisoba; and even mushroom tempura bao buns, there’s plenty to choose from – the pumpkin korroke are a must try.
Guru Coffee House in Gloucester town centre has a vegan and vegetarian menu which is bursting with choice, from healthy bowls to comforting burgers.
Tuck into Guru’s ‘outstanding big vegan breakfast’ with all the trimmings; a lentil, potato and carrot hash; fresh sourdough panini; falafel, quinoa and white bean, or beetroot and black bean burger; along with plenty of other enticing options.
Vegan and vegetarian restaurant, Vegetus, on Cheltenham’s Winchcombe Street serves up a variety of dishes, including plant-based versions of familiar favourites.
Enjoy a New York inspired seitan burger with vegan cheese, pickles and coleslaw; a Middle Eastern style kebab wrap with tahini and salad; Moroccan mezze for two with falafel, dolma and hummus; or even tofish and chips with minty peas, for a vegan take on a British classic.
Located in Alderton near Tewkesbury, The Gardeners Arms has incorporated a number of vegan-friendly meals into its menu of pub classics.
Starters include mint and edemame bean bruschetta, for the main course there’s thai coconut and mango curry or an oriental vegetable burger, then for Sunday lunch there’s a homemade nut loaf wellington. There’s even vegan wine too!
The ever-popular 288 Bar and Wok on Cheltenham’s High Street welcomes vegans with a variety of delicious Asian cuisine from its dedicated vegan menu.
Highlights include the vegan platter with tempura vegetables, tofu wraps, vegetable dumplings and spring rolls; vegan Singapore noodles; sweet and sour tofu; and tofu curry, with plenty of vegan soups and sides too.
Gloucester rugby themed Hooker and Eight serves up some seriously sexy pizza from its restaurant on Westgate Street.
It offers vegan versions on its classics and H&8 originals menu, including the cherry and white (also known as a margherita); the chapperoni with chilli sauce base, veggy parmesan, pepperoni, chilli and basil; along with a vegan calzone. There’s even a homemade vegan pesto sauce that’s perfect for dunking chips and crusts.
Promising a warm welcome and a plentiful plant-based menu, Karibu in Stroud offers eco-conscious vegan dining using locally sourced produce.
The menu is inspired by Kenyan, Asian and South American food, with dishes like samosa chaat, cassava chips, enchiladas and Thai green curry. There’s also a selection of dreamy desserts, including a biscoff and coffee cheesecake. Lush!
The Royal Oak in Tetbury has a seasonal menu including organic meat-free options, as well as a dedicated vegan menu too.
Expect dishes such as beetroot croquettes; tempeh rendang stew; falafel burger; and chocolate fondant with vegan vanilla ice cream.
A relaxed, traditional pub in the heart of Cheltenham, The Swan serves up Indian street food from Dilliwalas to go with a pint of its real ale or craft beer.
Get your spice fix with a selection of small plates, including mirchi pakora chillies; samosa; smoked jackfruit curry; and masala fries, or go for a big plate like the sabj seekh vegetable skewers.
12. Vegan food at Sowl Fuud in Gloucester
Favourite with local vegans, Sowl Fuud is Gloucester’s first 100 per cent vegan takeaway.
The ‘home sowl fuud’ menu features gumbo, stew, curry and dhal, while the ‘fast sowl fuud’ menu offers burgers, wraps, kebabs and dogs made with tempeh, seitan, plant-based patties and coconut cheese. There’s even golden tempeh nuggets!
A family and community café in Stroud, Star Anise Arts Café has a predominantly vegetarian menu which also caters for vegan diners. The menu changes seasonally and uses local produce wherever possible.
Star Anise Arts Café is currently operating as a takeaway only with dishes including quinoa tabbouleh; bean and lentil salad; a Japanese snack box with marinated tofu in toasted sesame and tamari dressing; and a focaccia snack box with olives and hummus.
Welcoming diners in with a warm community atmosphere, School House Café in the St Paul’s area of Cheltenham has some delicious vegan options on its menu.
From vegan cheese and beans on toast to a hummus platter, a selection of vegan toasties, or warming jacket potatoes.
An Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Tewkesbury, Zitto e Mangia has lots to keep vegans happy.
As nearly every dish on the menu is prepared fresh to order, vegan diners can choose from pasta, pizza and risotto, which can all be made meat and dairy-free, with vegan starters including bruschetta, soup and salad available too.
Serving southern-Indian dishes, Bhoomi Kitchen in Cheltenham offers vegan meals full of colour and flavour.
Enjoy curries like kandala masala with black chickpeas; baby eggplant curry with cashew nut sauce; or vegetable biryani with fragrant rice. For fans of tandoori, try the hara bhara kabab – a chargrilled potato, spinach and pea patty; or opt for a traditional masala dosa with coconut chutney.
Offering delicious vegan dishes made with local and seasonal produce, Woodruffs Organic Café in Stroud, is an ideal spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Start the day with almond and oat banana bread; avocado on sourdough; or a vegan cooked breakfast; then for lunch, tuck into a hummus and falafel toastie; butterbean and sweet potato stew; or aubergine moussaka. There are also vegan kid’s options too.
With a menu of fresh Thai food, Bangkok Canteen in Gloucester has a delicious selection of vegan dishes using locally sourced produce and tofu made in the UK.
Starters include fried sweetcorn cakes and veg tempura, while for the main course spice fans will love the tofu kapraw – stir-fried tofu with chilli, garlic and Thai basil; or try something different like chu chee chickpeas with red curry sauce and butternut squash or pad ma kua – crispy aubergine in spicy tamarind sauce.