11 of the best places for vegans and vegetarians to eat out in Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 14:16 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:06 18 January 2019
From vibrant, colourful salads to rich, flavoursome curries, Cheltenham is full of fantastic places offering delicious meat and dairy-free alternatives. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best spots for tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes to try
You can find this vegan and vegetarian foodie spot on the high street. The menu is good enough to tempt the most stubborn of meat-eaters, with a cheap and healthy array of pittas, wraps and burgers all stuffed with a generous helping of falafel and Instagram-worthy ‘Rainbow Salad’. Comedian and actor Bill Bailey, even popped by when he was visiting Cheltenham on tour!
Follow the tasty smells on the high street and you’ll most likely end up at the Falafeleat kiosk outside of the entrance to the Regent Arcade, where every Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 3pm, you can pick up award-winning falafel to takeaway. The falafel is made using their very own recipe and on the menu you’ll find pittas, snack boxes, salad bowls and stuffed falafels - we’ve heard the falafels stuffed with feta are super yummy.
If you’re not vegan/vegetarian then you’re unlikely to know about this hidden gem but we think it need to be shouted about to vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Expect an exciting menu with vegan cakes, oak milk lattes, vegan breakfasts, cauliflower tagine, lasagnes using vegan cheese and much more. This cosy cafe’s close proximity to the high street makes it an ideal spot for a post-shop brunch.
Koj is a Japanese restaurant pioneering a #nosushi dining experience. Instead, you can expect an authentic menu inspired by Koj’s heritage and experience in Japan with plenty of creative vegetarian dishes to sate the appetite.
Lunchtime offers include deep fried chickpeas, Sapporo-style miso ramen, mushroom donburi and crispy cauliflower buns. Whilst the a la carte menu comprises an extended selection with beetroot sashimi, pumpkin dengaku and panko cauliflower with spicy tobanjian sauce.
The award-winning Coconut Tree offers authentic, tapas-style Sri Lankan dishes in a laid-back, welcoming setting. The menu has lots to offer the hungry diner, including a long list of vegetarian and vegan dishes – think hot battered spicy mushrooms, pineapple curry and red lentils cooked in coconut cream. Try one of their delicious cocktails while you’re waiting for your food to arrive.
Strictly vegetarian and vegan, the friendly team at Vinnie’s Eatery serve hearty, plant-based dishes which are not only delicious but healthy too. The menu is small but carefully selected, making the most out of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Also, any late brunch-goers can enjoy breakfast throughout the day - the cinnamon buckwheat and brown rice flour pancakes served with chocolate sauce and fruit are perfect if you’re after something sweet.
From wood-fired pizzas and ‘dirty’ burgers, to American-style sides, there’s plenty of hearty grub on the menu at The Bottle of Sauce. But what’s pleasantly surprising is their offerings for vegans and vegetarians too.
On the burger menu you’ll find the ‘Mushroom Man’; a cheese stuffed Portobello mushroom with all the trimmings, and the ‘Holy Guacamole’; a chickpea and blackbean patty with chipotle mayo. Whilst there are two woodfired pizzas to choose from and several options on the breakfast and brunch menu too.
This family-run, Caribbean restaurant can be found at the top of the High Street, with a relaxed atmosphere, laid-back interiors and properly authentic, home cooked Caribbean fare. The extensive menu caters for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike - the vegan-friendly, mouth watering sweet potato pudding with soya ice cream is a must for dessert if you still have room!
Recently opening its doors, Henry’s Tea Rooms is already making a mark on Cheltenham’s thriving foodie scene. Serving up a variety of lunches, sweet treats and afternoon teas within its cosy setting, the tea rooms are the perfect place for a coffee and catch up or a lunchtime treat tucking into something tasty. The veggie and vegan afternoon tea sounds delicious – a meat-free platter of sandwiches, homemade scones and sweet treats to enjoy.
Well-known in Cheltenham for their pizzas and pies, and an offering of 80 different ciders, The Stable has a great vibe for end of the week dinner and drinks. The menu is extensive with something for everyone, including four vegan pizzas, a vegan pie and warmer winter salads. We love the sound of The Good Life pizza: roasted courgette with chilli flakes, aubergine, red and yellow peppers, with onion, vegan mozzarella, topped with hazelnuts.
Famous for their live music and love of American culture, this retro diner also cooks up a mean vegan feast. The menu includes vegan hotdog and fries, vegan BBQ pulled Jackfruit burger, a vegan spicy bean and lentil burger, vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, a vegan English breakfast, vegan waffles and shakes. Everything is made from fresh ingredients in-house.
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