The holiday hotspot has more than meat-free pasties to offer its plant-based visitors. Check out these vegan-friendly restaurants in Cornwall
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth
Make tracks to this stunning cliffside hotel for a nourishing feed at its vegan-friendly eatery, The Wild Cafe.
The all-day dining spot with amazing sea views shifts its offering to suit the season: warm evenings are filled with vibrant salads and grilled veggies, while winter nights showcase heartier fare. Happily, there’s always a cracking selection of vegan dishes on the menu – whatever the time of year you visit. Starters include the likes of roasted heritage-beetroot salad with wildflower honey, walnut crumble and pickled shallot, while for mains you can choose from dishes such as bulgur wheat stuffed aubergine with romesco and smoked almonds. Desserts promise plant-based beauties like chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream.
Sunday lunch sessions cater for vegans too. The roasted butternut squash with stuffing, crispy kale and seasonal veg is a fab alternative to the traditionally meat-centric roast dinner.
Cornish Pizza Company, St Agnes
While not exclusively vegan, The Cornish Pizza Company‘s bill of artisan pizzas is so good it’s earnt a loyal following of vegans who travel cross county to enjoy a plant-based slice at its scenic St Agnes venue.
Owners Tim and Fiona Barton are keen to introduce more people to the delicious possibilities of plant-based dining and always ensure there is a selection of vegan pizzas on the menu. Whatever you go for, you can be sure it has been crafted from the freshest local and seasonal ingredients – most of which have been sourced from producers in the village.
Menu staples include the Vegan Roots (hand-stretched dough topped with mixed peppers, preserved lemon, Moroccan-spiced chickpeas, vegan mozzarella and fresh coriander) and Vegan Music (a delish combo of slow-cooked jackfruit, barbecue sauce, onion marmalade, sliced onions, rocket, lemon juice and homemade cashew parmesan). There’s no need to hold back on the sides either as all of the dips, sauces and slaws are vegan too.
Caffè Rojano, Padstow
Discerning vegans are well fed at Paul Ainsworth’s casual dining spot in Padstow.
While sister restaurant Paul Ainsworth at No6 deals in formal tasting menus, Caffè Rojano showcases Italian and Spanish cuisine in a series of small plates, pasta dishes and pizzas. Its dedicated vegan menu curates a short-but-sweet selection of grazing dishes, including plump gordal olives, wild mushroom bruschetta with truffle mayonnaise, and garlic and chilli pie. If sharing isn’t your thing, there are more selfish options such as tagliatelle pasta with cherry tomatoes, black olives, chilli, pangrattato and basil, and Napoletana-style pizza.
Restaurants don’t always make it obvious which wines are vegan friendly, but Caffè Rojano has a cracking list of clearly labelled vegan drops to explore. There’s also a stellar line-up of dairy-free cocktails.
Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling, near St Ives
If you cut meat from your diet to help save the planet, you’ll want to pay a visit to Adam Handling’s zero-waste restaurant at Carbis Bay.
The dining experience at Ugly Butterfly is a unique blend of sustainability and creativity. There are five- and seven-course plant-based tasting menus (with optional wine flight), which feature dishes such as barbecued squash with shiso and dashi, and chocolate with rhubarb and sorrel.
The line-up of attractively presented dishes is crafted by head chef Connor Blades using Cornish ingredients. From peels to seeds, any trims and off-cuts from the main dishes are utilised by the Ugly Butterfly Bar team in the creation of drinks and bar snacks.
Good Vibes Cafe, Falmouth
It’s not only the vibes that are good at this Falmouth find: the plant-based fodder is also pretty great, going above and beyond the standard cafe offering.
The vegan breakfast is a crowd-puller (made up of sliced avocado, paprika hummus, basil-roasted tomatoes, thyme-roasted mushrooms, homebrew beans and toasted sourdough), but there are other appealing vegan dishes on the menu such as the red lentil dal with spiced croutons and pink pickled onions. However, don’t make your mind up before checking the blackboard of specials which showcases compilations like miso mushroom broth with Tenderstem broccoli and flatbread.
Good Vibes’ homemade vegan bakes are another droolsome draw. Order one of the gooey mocha brownies or chunky PB&J cookies and pair it with a silky flat white crafted from Origin beans.
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