Vegetarian East of England Updates

Vegetarian East

Updates to the first printing as at 16 March 2015. (Purchasers of later printings will have some of these already in the book)


NEW Café Virtuoso vegetarian cafe 7 Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1LA. Tel: 01234 354707. Open: Mon-Sat 9.00-15.30, Sun-Mon 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.

The New Inn, Wymington has been taken over and is no longer veggie-friendly.


NEW Taste of Cambridge vegetarian falafel stall on Market Street by the church, near the market square. Tel: 077155 11260. Open: Tue-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. and Facebook Taste of Cambridge


NEW The Den at Twenty Three vegan cafe, Colchester opened March 2015 at 23 Crouch Street CO3 3HH. Tel: 01206-616966. Open: Mon-Thu 08.00-17.00, Fri-Sat 9.00-16.00, Sun closed. Breakfast, lunch, cakes, waffles, ice-cream, cakes, tea and coffee. Also take-away.

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.

My Kitchen in Southend has closed and they recommend

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.

A Pinch of Veg in Ilford has closed so go to the nearby

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.

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.

Chili & Chutney in Gants Hill, Ilford has closed.

Saffron in Saffron Walden has closed.


NEW The Green Kitchen vegetarian cafe, St Albans at 419 Hatfield Road (A1057) AL4 0XP. Tel: 01727 753661. Open: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 9.00-16.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Sun 11.00-15.00, Wed closed. Bus stop five doors down, from city centre ask for Oaklands, from Hatfield direction ask for Colney Heath Lane or Oaklands College. Free parking in nearby residential streets Longacres or Wynchlands Crescent. Mostly vegan. All day cooked breakfast, soup, vegan sausage rolls, pasties, tarts, salads, pasta, Mediterranean platter, sandwiches and wraps, cakes, bakes, biscuits, smoothies, shakes. Children's menu. Coffees include hazelnut or almond latte. and Facebook the green kitchen

NEW Cafe Anusia, Tring (pronounced "Anoosha") vegetarian cafe replaces The Green House restaurant at 50 High Street and is run by the same people. Open: Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00, Sun closed.

NEW GoKula vegetarian café, 65 Market St, Watford WD18 0PR. Tel: 01923-353289. Open: Mon- Sat 10.00-18.00, Sun 11.00-17.00 New family run vegetarian cafe in the town centre. No eggs. All day full cooked breakfasts (£3.50-£5.50). Wraps (£3.90, with wedges and salad £6.90) such as falafel, burger or Mediterranean veg with hummus. Mains (£2.90-£6.50), served with salad and wedges or baked potato, include spicy vegeburger, pizzas, buckwheat pancakes, or have the belt-busting Special (£7.90) with soup, pancake, filled baked potato and salad. Desserts (£1.60-£2.45) are worth a special trip for vegans with ice-cream, chocolate orange fudge cake, apple crumble, chocolate espresso tart. Teas from £1.20. High chairs, colouring books. Outdoor seating, dogs welcome. Last Saturday of the month open mic night 7-10pm. Sundays from 5pm half price meals and videos on vegetarianism and spirituality. Visa, MC. (menus)

Woods vegetarian cafe in Bricket Wood has closed.


Pulse is now called Wild Thyme under new ownership but still vegetarian. Open Mon-Wed 10.00-17.00, Thu-Sat 10.00-20.00, Sun closed.

NEW Namaste India vegetarian restaurant, Norwich , 2a Opie Street NR13DN. Tel: 01603 662016. Open: Tue-Sat 12.00-15.00, 17.30-23.00, Mon 17.30-22.00. 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 (£8-11) like Punjabi cashew curry in sweet and spicy sauce, Gujarati mashed mixed veg curry with toasted sandwich rolls, or north Indian aubergine. Desserts (£3.45-4.95) 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. and

NEW Namaste India Masala Dosa Bar, Sackville Place Business Centre, 44-48 Magdalen Street Norwich NR3 1JU. Tel: 07415 868916. Open: Mon-Sat 12.00-20.00. Second branch of the Indian vegetarian restaurant. Facebook: Namaster India Masala Dosa Bar

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 River Green Cafe vegetarian restaurant and deli at The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8AH (2.4km south-east of Norwich city centre). Tel: 01603-622448. Open: Tue-Sat 11.00-23.00, Sun 11.00-16.00, Mon 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 a deli. Food is similar to the Red Lion with organic wine list and locally sourced ales. Patio overlooking the village green. and Facebook: River-Green-Cafe

Vegeland in Norwich is now called Loving Hut and open Tue-Sat 11.45-16.15.

The Tea House in Norwich is no longer vegetarian.

Wholefood Planet, Norwich has closed.

The Brick Kilns in Little Plumstead is now doing accommodation in 3 luxury bedrooms. 2 double ensuite £75-80 per room, 1 twin with private show room £65; as singles £50-60.. Children over 12 welcome. No dogs


Rainbow Bed and Breakfast has closed.

Holland & Barrett Cafe in Bury St Edmunds has closed but the other two remain open though serve tuna.

The Cross in Woodbridge has closed.

Holly Tree House in Wingfield is no longer vegetarian but still cater for vegetarians.

White House Farm no longer has the farmhouse but the caravan remains plus a a luxurious bell tent self-catering, with the option of vegetarian breakfast. then click on White House Farm then Inspired Holidays.

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