Updates to the third edition as at 12 May 2012.
NEW Café Virtuoso vegetarian cafe 7 Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1LA. Tel: 01234 354707. Open: Mon-Sat 8.30-16.30, Sun closed . Brand new vegetarian café and coffee shop in the town centre, specialising in wheat-free and vegan. Kids meals, high chairs. Meditation classes, book club, evening talks. www.cafevirtuoso.co.uk
The Eating Point, Milton Keynes, closed. Instead go to Veggie World new vegan Chinese restaurant at 150-152 Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2RS. Tel: 01908-632 288. Open: Wed-Sat 11.30-14.30,17-22.00, Sun-Tue closed. 100 vegan dishes in the evening and low price set lunches around £3.80, or go a la carte. Lots of meat substitutes like fake chicken and pork, plus tofu, stir-fried veg etc. Starters and soups around £2.40-2.70. Main courses £5.20-5.50, take-away £3.80. Special rice from £4 eat in. Four set meals £10 to £20 such as mixed starters, crispy duck, tofu in In black bean sauce, sweet and sour ribs, kong po fish and Thai fried rice. Bring your own wine. Freshly crushed fruit smoothies £2.50-2.80. Tea and coffee £1.40-1.60. Children welcome, high chair but best to bring your own for very small children. www.veggie-world.com
Joan's B&B has closed. The Jolly Abbott has closed.
NEW Taste of Cambridge vegetarian falafel stall on Market Street by the church, near the market square. Tel: 077155 11260. Open: Mon-Sat 11.00-16.00, Sun closed (reduced hours in winter). All the falafels wraps ££3.95-4.45 are vegan and contain hummus, harissa and tahini. They also do vegetarian pizzas to order, can be vegan without cheese. Winter soups £2.50-2.80, often vegan, with crusty sourdough bread. Vegan brownies £1.50 are always selling out. Organic fruit drinks £1.40, cloudy lemonade 80p. Cash only. www.tasteofcambridge.co.uk
NEW The Railway Hotel vegetarian pub-restaurant, 32 Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ. Tel: 01702-343194. Food: Tue-Fri 12.30-15.30, 18.00-21.00, Sat-Sun 12.30-18.30. Most of the food is vegan. Main courses £6.50, or weekday lunchtime only £5, such as Thai green curry with sticky rice, mixed bean chilli with rice or wedges, burgers with wedges, vegan calzone. Antipasti or portion of chips £3. Desserts £3 include vegan chocolate cake with orange sauce. Children welcome till 9pm. Beer garden, dogs welcome there. www.railwayhotelsos.co.uk
NEW Cafe Dharma in Yoga Dharma centre, 129 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2NW. Tel: 01702-600 762. Open: Mon-Sat 8.45-17.30, Sun bookings only. Vegetarian cafe with a vegan chef in a yoga and therapies centre, near the bus and train stations. Cooked breakfasts £2.95-4.55 such as porridge, spicy scrambled tofu with ciabatta. Wraps, paninis, sandwiches £2.95-3.95 include roast veg, sausage and tomato, falafel with beans and hummus, avocado with salsa and pesto. Light bites and lunches £3.95-6.95 are almost all vegan like carrot and coriander soup, mezze plate, pasta bowl, goulash, risotto or Thai tofu salad. Dairy-free cakes, vegan ice-cream and cookies £1.05-1.95. Fresh juices, smoothies, shakes £2.55-3.95. Cup of tea £1.25, pot of loose leaf herbal tea £2. Coffee £1.50-£2. Children welcome, toys, books. Sofas. Outside seating, dogs welcome. Drop-in adult yoga classes, kids you need to book for. www.yogadharma.co.uk
In Colchester, Garden Cafe, The Lemon Tree and Natural Bodycare have closed.
Singapore Sling, Southend, closed. Cafe Pulse in Leigh-on-Sea has closed and they recommend the vegetarian menu at the The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ. Tel: 01702-343194. Food: Tue-Fri 12.30-15.30, Wed 19.00-22.00, limited menu outside these hours. Sometimes it's two dishes for £10 on Wed night or all you can eat. Phone during the day for details. www.railwayhotelsos.co.uk
Suruchi in Ilford has closed but there are three new places:
NEW Saravanaa Bhavan vegetarian Indian restaurant, 115-127 Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4PU. Tel: 020-8911 8718. Open: 10.00-22.30. Train: Ilford. Tube: Gants Hill then bus. Very big restaurant on two floors near Ilford station, part of a worldwide chain with branches in East Ham, Tooting and Middlesex. Starters £1.45-4.50. Over 20 kinds of dosas and uthappam £2.45-3.95. Curries and Chinese dishes £3.95. Business meal £4.25, south Indian thali £6.95, north Indian £7.95. Desserts £1-3.95 include vegan halva, ladu, fruit salad. Wine from £5 glass, bottle £15-35. High chairs. Party room. www.saravanabhavan.com
NEW Dosa Rani vegetarian Indian and Singaporean restaurant and sweet shop, Goodmayes at 56-58 Goodmayes Road, Ilford IG3 9UR. Tel: 020 8598 8333. Train: Goodmayes BR. Open: Mon-Sun 11.00-23.00. Lunch special £3.99 rice, veg, curry of the day and dal. Starters £1.40-3.20. Dosas £2.95-4.20. Lunch thali £5.99, dinner £7.99. Noodle dishes £5.45. Curries around £5. No vegan desserts. Soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee £1.20-1.90. No alcohol. Children welcome, high chairs. Seats outside, dogs welcome.NEW Chili & Chutney Indian vegetarian restaurant, Ilford at 355 Eastern Avenue IG2 6NE. Tel: 020-8550 1113. Tube: Gants Hill. Open: Tue-Thu 11.00-21.30, Fri-Sun 11.00-22.30, Mon closed. Opened October 2010. Food from the Punjab, South India, Gujarat, Bombay and Indo-China. Lunchtime all you can eat buffet £3.95. Sumday brunch £6.95 11.00-15.00. Evening a la carte. Lots of starters 50p-£4. Main dishes £2-4.50. Thalis £3.50, £5.50, deluxe £7.50 with dessert. Desserts £2-2.50 include vegan jelabi, bundi ladoo, halwa. Bring your own alcohol, licence applied for. Children welcome, 2 high chairs. MC, Visa minimum £10, cashpoint opposite. www.chilinchutney.com
The Violin B&B has closed.
NEW Woody's vegetarian cafe, Apsley, near Hemel Hempstead at 19 Dickinson Quay, by the Grand Union Canal at Dickinson’s Wharf, Apsley HP3 9WG. Tel: 01442-266280. Open: Mon-Sat 10.00-22.00, Sun 10-17.00 (last orders one hour before closing). Train: Apsley (opposite). Directions: On A4251 between Hemel centre magic roundabout and M25 junction 20. In a beautiful, tranquil location alongside the Grand Union canal. English cuisine with Italian Influences. Soups with home-baked bread £5.50, or £3.75 as a starter. Stone-baked pizzas with vegan bases£6.35-9.95. Salads small £4, large £6.20. Savoury filled pancakes, vegan options, £5-£7.90 according to number of fillings. Cookies, brownies, cakes and desserts £1.20-5.90 including at least one vegan and gluten-free option such as chocolate banana cake or chocolate fudge cake. Organic vegan wines and beers, house wine £3.40 glass, £11.80 bottle. Children welcome, 2 high chairs, colouring books and games. Outside seating in summer, dog water (but only guide dogs inside). Disabled access. You can park at the back Mon-Fri 10-5pm, at other times there is the Papermill pub on the other side of the canal and offices where you can park out of hours. www.woodyscafe.co.uk
NEW Anusia vegetarian cafe, Tring at 50 High Street HP23 5AG. Tel: 01442-823993. Open: Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00, Sun 10-16.00. This daytime vegetarian cafe was opened June 2011 by David and Ania, who previously ran the Green House vegetarian restaurant here. Anusia is pronounced Anoosha, a Polish nickname for Ania. It’s in a grade 2 listed 16th century building, fitted out in a contemporary style. They can cater for gluten-free and raw. Breakfast options include their own supermuesli £3.95. Starter soup £3.95, main £5.90. Spicy chickpea and red kidney bean burger £8.95 with wedges and salad. Salads £4.95 small, £7.95 large. One or two daily specials (always something vegan) till 4pm from £7.85 such as Thai curry, lentil shepherd’s pie. Club sandwiches, wraps and panini with toasted or untoasted sourdough bread £4.95-7.95 come with mixed leaves and vegetable crisps, fillings include Cajon marinated tempeh and vegetable fajita wrap. From July 2011 lunchtime buffet with salads and hot foods, small plate £5.95, large £8.95. Cakes, brownies, muffins and cookies £1.30-£2.70, raw vegan cheesecake or apple pie £4.50, add a scoop of their banana, strawberry or chocolate cashewnut ice kream £1.90. Lots of organic ales, apple or pear cider £3.50-4.50. House organic wine £3.25 medium glass, £4.65 large, £13.95 bottle. Some vegan wines. Children’s portions, high chairs. Play room on the first floor for private parties or to rent out for yoga and evening events. Play area with little table, chairs, toys. www.cafeanusia.co.uk
Down to Earth in Ware is now The Lounge pizza-pasta restaurant with plenty of vegetarian and vegan food.
NEW GoKula vegetarian café, 65 Market St, Watford WD18 0PR. Tel: 01923-353289. Open: Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00, Thu-Sat 10.00-21.00, Sun 11.00-18.00 Family run, the first ever veggie cafe in Watford opened May 2010 in the town centre, a few minutes walk from Charter Place. No eggs. Baps and wholemeal toasted sandwiches £2.50, wraps £3.60 such as red bean, falafel, burger or grilled veg. Bean or spicy vegeburger £2.99, with salad and wedges £4.99. Baked potato £2.60, fillings 60p. Salads £2.75, 5.50 with couscous, beetroot, artichoke, olives. All day full cooked breakfast £5.50. Wrap with salad and wedges or baked potato £5.60. Vegan chocolate orange fudge cake £2.45. (Vegan) ice-cream £1.60. Vegan apple crumble with ice-cream £2.25. They do take-out. Children welcome, high chairs. Outdoor seating, dogs welcome. Free wifi. Saturday music open mic night 7-10pm. Secondhand books, dvds and cds. Outside parking and NCP Church car park behind Travelodge. MC, Visa. www.facebook.com/GoKulaCafe (menus)
NEW Namaste India vegetarian restaurant, Norwich , 2a Opie Street NR13DN. Tel: 01603 662016, 07787 413056. Open: Tue-Sun 11.30-14.30, 18.00-23.00, Mon closed. The lunch set menu £6.95 is great value with a choice of masala dosa with lentil soup and chutney, or a thali that includes the curry of the day. Evenings and Sunday a la carte with usual starters and chaat (around £4), dosas and uttapam (£3-7), mains (£7-10) like Punjabi cashew curry in sweet and spicy sauce, Gujarati mashed mixed veg curry with toasted sandwich rolls, or north Indian aubergine. Desserts (£3.45) include vegan rice pudding with soya milk, or banana, almond and cashew with mango pulp. Bring your own alcohol, corkage £4.95 per bottle of wine, £1.45 beer. Children welcome, bring your own child seat. www.namasteindianorwich.com
NEW Lili vegetarian cafe, Norwich Sackville Place Business Centre, 44-48 Magdalen Street Norwich NR3 1JU. Tel: 07787 413 056. Open: Mon-Sat 08.00-18.30, Sun 10.00-17.00. Snacks and light meals such as pakoras and wraps. Tea £1.50, coffee £2. Facebook Lili Coffee Cafe
NEW Moorish vegetarian falafel café, Norwich 17 Lower Goat Lane NR2 1EL. Tel: 01603 622 250. Open: Mon-Sat 11.00-17.30, later in summer, Sun 12.00-16.00 in summer. Facebook Moorish Falafel Bar
NEW The Oasis World Peace Cafe, Attleborough at Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre, Cyprus House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE. Tel: 01953-451 937. Open: Tue-Sat 10.00-15.30, Sun-Mon closed. Busy cafe with a peaceful atmosphere, run by volunteers, 15 miles west of Norwich on the way to Thetford. All day cooked breakfast ££5. Light lunches £3-4.75 include 3-bean chili with rice; jacket potatoes with two fillings and salad; large bowl of soup with bread ; panini with salad; cup of soup & sandwich combo; spicy wedges with salsa and salad; nachos and spicy beans with dip. Homemade cakes are very good value at £1.70, though there is not always a vegan option. Very child-friendly, there is a lounge off the main cafe where they can roam with baby chair and kids’ books. Garden with seating in spring/summer, dogs welcome. Cash or cheque only. www.amoghasiddhi.org.uk/world-peace-cafe
The Tree House, Norwich has closed.
NEW The Nectar vegetarian cafe, Norwich at 16 Onley St, Norwich NR2 2EB (corner Durham Street). Tel: 07971 134023. Open: Tue-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun-Mon closed. www.thenectarcafe.co.uk
NEW Loving Hut Chinese vegan take-away & cafe, Norwich at 28 Cattle Market Street, Norwich NR1 3DY. (City centre, opposite Castle Mall) Tel: 07845-282127. Open: Mon-Fri 11.30-17.00, Sat 11.30-16.30, Sun and bank holidays closed. Mainly Chinese food, also salads, and frozen food to take home. Hot and cold buffet, fill up the container with as much as you like, £3 small, £4 large. Noodles, fried rice, Thai curry, sweet and sour veg, soya protein, stir-fry that changes every day such as broccoli and black beans, mini spring rolls, pasta and salads. Vegan hot dogs and burgers £3.50 with chips. Sandwiches from 2009. Vegan fish or sausages and chips £4. No seats, but you can stand at a table to eat. Previously called Vegeland. www.lovinghut.co.uk/norwich
NEW Pulse vegetarian cafe & restaurant, Norwich at The Old Fire Station Stables, Labour In Vain Yard, Guildhall Hill, Norwich NR2 1JD (above Rainbow Wholefoods, off Guildhall St). Tel: 01603-765562. Open: Mon-Tue 10.00-17.00, Wed-Sat 10.00-22.00, Sun 11.30-16.00. Cafe by day, restaurant-bar by night, lots of vegan and gluten-free food. Very international menu plus daily specials, lots of organic. Courtyard for outside dining. Full cooked breakfast on panini £5.95 till 6pm. Toast, crumpets or muffins £2.10. Wrap, panini or bruschetta with three bean salad £5.95. All day:appetizers £4.50 such as spiced red lentil soup with wholemeal bread; mini falafel, chilli sauce;spicy vegetable samosa with satay dip. Sharing Platter £6.50 for 2, £12 for 4. Main dishes £7.95 include the Pulse big bean and lentil burger in a seeded bap, coleslaw and sweet potato chips £6.95; spicy bean enchilada, guacamole, stomato and coriander salsa and iceberg lettuce; wild mushroom and ale stew with black pepper dumplings; macaroni cheese, garlic bread and mixed leaf salad (vegan option); roasted red pepper and courgette chilli sin carne and basmati rice; tom yam noodle stir-fry with smoked tofu and pack choi; Margherita pizza (gluten-free and vegan option). Puddings £4.95 include vegan banoffee and pecan trifle; apple, ginger tart with vanilla ice-cream; chocolate, cherry and walnut brownie with hot chocolate sauce. Cakes muffins and cookies £2-2.40. Vegan organic wines from £4.95 glass, £15.95 bottle. Kids' menu, crayons and paper, high chairs, baby changing. Courtyard for outside dining. Dogs welcome. www.pulsecafebar.co.uk (menu) - www.facebook.com/pulsenorwich
NEW River Green Cafe vegetarian restaurant and deli opened 6 July 2011 at The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8AH (2.4km south-east of Norwich city centre). Tel: 01603-622448. Open: Wed-Sat 11.00-22.00, Sun 11.00-16.00, Mon-Tue closed. Buses from centre stop outside. The owners of the Red Lion veggie food pub in Great Bricett, Suffolk, have partnered with a local vegan businessman to open on the outskirts of Norwich, in an old bakery with cafe, formal dining area, meeting/event room and eventually a deli. Food will be similar to the Red Lion with also a lighter daytime menu and a completely organic and vegan wine list and locally sourced vegan real ales. Cakes will be supplied by Coopers Vegan Foods. Patio overlooking the village green. Visa, MC, Amex. www.rivergreencafe.co.uk Facebook: River-Green-Cafe
NEW World Peace Cafe, Kelmarsh at Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre, The Old Rectory, Kelmarsh, Northants NN6 9LZ
(on the west side of Market Harborough). Tel: 01604-686778.
Directions: X7 bus (hourly) Leicester to Northampton, get off at Kelmarsh Hall, follow signs for Buddhist Centre.
Cafe: Mon-Sun 11.00-17.00. Office: Mon-Fri 11.00-13.00, 15.00-16.00.
A peaceful oasis with a vegan manager. Paninis £3.75, jacket potatoes £3.50, toasties £3, scones.
Cakes and flapjacks include gluten-free and vegan.
Kids’ meals could be a toastie with fruit or yogurt and drink. Full disabled access.
NEW Western House vegetarian B&B, Cavendish at High Street CO10 8AR. Tel: 01787-280 550. Train station: Sudbury 7 miles. Open: all year. One single, one double and two twins at £20-22 per person. Vegans catered for with prior notice. Children aged 2 onwards welcome. No pets (they have cats). No smoking throughout.
NEW The Red Lion vegetarian pub, Great Bricett at Greenstreet Green, Great BricettIP7 7DD. Tel: 01473-657799. Pub open Tue-Sun 12.00-14.30, food till 14.00; Tue-Sat 18.00-23.00, food till 21.00; Sun eve, Mon closed. Directions: On the B1078 roughly halfway between Needham Market and Bildeston. Stay on the main road and you will find it about 200 yards past the turning to the village(coming from Needham). From A14 get off at Junction 51 at the bottom of the A140. Follow the signs into Needham, and then to Bildeston. Fantastic vegetarian country food pub, about 30 minutes from Bury St Edmunds and 20 minutes from Ipswich. The quality of the food is fabulous and worth a big detour for. Menu changes frequently. Starters could include £4.90 avocado salad; sweet potato soup with chilli oil and toasted almonds. 8 main courses £7.90-10.90 such as African sweet potato stew; Mediterranean vegetable and tomato pie. Specials board changes weekly, for example main course of walnut salad with brown rice, pear and avocado. Desserts £4.50 include vegan summer pudding with dairy-free ice-cream, or sorbet in a chocolate basket (suitable for vegans). Give them a call if you have any special dietary requirements. Wine from £3.05 glass, £11.90 bottle. Dogs ok in bar area and they can sit outside on the outside patio which has tables, and there are further picnic tables on the grass. Kids welcome, menu can be adapted. Baby changing facilities. Al fresco terrace. Can cater functions up to 30 people. July 2011 they are opening Green River vegetarian cafe in Trowse, see Norfolk. www.theveggieredlion.co.uk (menu)
NEW Museum Street Cafe, Ipswich at Westgate House, Museum St, Ipswich IP1 1HQ. Tel: 01473-232393. Open: Mon-Fri 8.30-16.30, Sat-Sun closed. Ipswich finally has a vegetarian cafe, and they aim to offer vegan options every day too. They operate on the canteen principle with hot food ready to serve on a hot-plate so that people who work locally or are in a hurry can grab a meal. Great value too with main courses under £5 including a green salad, and plenty more salads are available as extras. Mains include various tarts, sweet potato cakes, lentil patties with home-made chutneys, spinach roulade etc. Ploughman's includes home-made pickles, hummus and pitta bread with sun-dried tomato salad, vegans can have extra hummus or something else. Soups, usually vegan, served from autumn to late spring. Home-made cakes, some vegan such as orange and date, from 70p for a choc slice to £1.70 for a large slice of cake. Children welcome, and next door is the Real Nappy Network shop with baby changing facilities and can lend a high chair. One small outside table. Not licensed, corkage may be charged. No credit cards. www.museumstreetcafe.com
NEW The Cross vegetarian restaurant and wine bar, Woodbridge at 2 Church Street, Woodbridge IP12 1DH. Tel: 01394-389076. Open: Tue-Sat 12.00-14.00, 18.30-21.00 (last orders); bar 12.00-15.00, 18.00-23.00; Sun-Mon closed. Opened November 2009 in a restored grade 2 listed building in a market town. Starters £5.50-£6 include squash and sweetcorn soup, or onion and chickpea fritters. Mains £10-£14 such as tikka masala dahl curry, pizzas, wild mushroom pancakes with cashew and walnut pesto couscous, or superfood salad. Desserts £6 or £7 with vegan ice-cream, such as Victoria plum and apple crumble, pineapple with hot chilli sauce and Booja Booja ice-cream; rhubarb and apple crumble; ice-cream £4. Vegetarian, mostly vegan, wine from £3.80 glass, £15 bottle. Beer £3.50. Cocktails £6. Thursday lady's lunch £15 for a cocktail, two courses and a glass of wine. www.thecross1652.com (latest menu) - Facebook: The-Cross-1652
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