Where to eat vegan in Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Dorset: from takeaways and fast food to a Michelin star restaurant
Taking the Veganuary challenge this year? Whether you’re choosing vegan to help save the planet, improve your health, alter your dietary balance – or none of the above and just fancy trying something new – here’s our pick of where to eat vegan in Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Dorset this Veganuary.
This innovative vegan restaurant at The Retreat New Forest turns perceived perception of vegan food on its head in idyllic, elegant surroundings. Nibble on rosemary and orange olives and winter kale crisps before tucking into large plates (woodland gnocchi, porq belly, bubble and squeak), small plates (charred hispi cabbage, oyster mushrooms manchurian) and desserts. A cookery school is in the offing.
The Green Rocket, Bath
Ideally located for a day out in Bath, the laid back veggie and vegan cafe serves up mushroom, sun-dried tomato and basil rice burgers; salads, broccoli and tofu stir fries; tempeh, watercress, avocado and tomato sarnies for lunch and Vietnamese coconut curry and and baked aubergine for supper, washed down with kombucha, wine, beers and juices.
B8 Cafe, Dorchester
B8 (‘bait’) has nothing to do with worms or fishing but (they say) is London street slang for something different, out of place or not normal – which is how this plant-based Asian fusion cafe sees itself. On the menu: street food, seven different coloured Rainbowls of deliciousness (laksa, stir fry, curry, miso), a 10-course dim sum tea party, all-you-can-eat buffets and more – to enjoy inside or out (there’s a garden) or at home.
Plant-based, home-made pakoras, falafels and hummus, wraps, salads, smoothies and super colourful juices at this little takeaway. The name? The art of eating yourself happy.
The Plant Hustler, Boscombe
Serving up a similar menu to its former incarnation, The Dirty Vegan, this is veggie and vegan fast food. Nosh on all kinds of plant-based burgers and fries, hot dogs plus teriyaki, Korean BBQ and katsu ‘chicken’ and other bowls in a canteen-like atmos. You can bring your well-behaved dog to eat in or takeaway; order by phone, online or via their app.
The Olive Tree, Bath
Fine dining for vegans. Push the boat out with Michelin star chef Chris Cleghorn’s nine-course vegan menu at the Olive Tree restaurant at the elegant Georgian townhouse hotel The Queensberry. Have a drool at a sample menu.
Mad Cucumber, Bournemouth
The chill vegan lounge serves up home style breakfasts, lunches, specials and celebration cakes – all of it 100% vegan. Go for their full English; power/poke bowls, bean burgers, pancakes, cakes and smoothies. Order online or visit to eat in or take away.
Vegan and veggie food from around the world inspired by the owners’ multicultural British heritage, so expect everything from a full Indian breakfast and Korean kimchi hot dogs to Sunday roasts. Friday nights with cocktails and monthly supper clubs with dedicated menus sound fun.
Red Panda, Lyme Regis
This tiny takeaway cooks up healthy (no deep frying) East and South East Asian inspired street food, with vegan versions of its steamed bao buns, rice salads and super salad boxes at lunch and curries and specials dishes served with fermented vegetables and various toppings in the evenings. The down cafe East Kitchen + Bar has just opened.
The Cheeky Bean, Shepton Mallet
Chill out over veggie and vegan brunches and lunches, homemade cakes and really excellent Dusty Ape coffee. This is their red pepper, corn and white bean curry, served with a quinoa and lentil side and a homemade coconut roti. Nice.
With the emphasis on wellbeing inside and out, this little vegan cafe and ‘nourishment’ bar might be just the ticket after a heavy Christmas and New Year, with vegan and gluten/dairy free breakfasts, smoothies, power bowls, soups, all day toast, hot herbal elixirs, organic coffee, kombucha and juices to enjoy in or take away.
Splendiferous 100% vegan cakes to scoff in the cafe, take away and made to order. Choc brownies, choc sponges layered with hazelnut praline frosting, covered in toasted hazelnut pieces; carrot cake; toffee apple crumble; strawberry and vanilla cupcakes and more with a cappuccino – or go the whole hog with a vegan afternoon tea of scones, vegan clotted cream, raspberry jam, mini cakes, finger sarnies and unlimited tea, coffee and hot choc.
Tierra Kitchen, Lyme Regis
Veggie and vegan with flavours of the Med – mezzes, falafels, tapas (above), arancini, samosas, tarte tatin, tagines, breads, pastries, cakes – to take away, made with seasonal produce from West Dorset and East Devon.
Rainbow’s End Cafe, Glastonbury
Glasto’s very first veggie cafe has been around for yonks, with a mainly vegan menu – generous portions of soup, mezze, salads (like the cauliflower and peanut one above), tarts, flans, cakes – and a secret garden (plants, trees, waterfall) out the back. It’s a popular place and can get very busy – luckily they do takeaway.
Twelve Eatery, Bournemouth
Organic plant-based grub with cold-pressed juice and cocktails (yes please!)for lunch and into the evening with an all-day menu that includes stuff like wild mushroom bruschetta, beer battered tofu and chips, satay tempeh noodles and choc orange torte; at weekends they serve up their take on the classic brunch.