Whether you’re a flexitarian or fully committed to a plant-based lifestyle, you’re guaranteed a fabulous feed at these vegan-aligned venues. Read on for the low-down on the best vegan menus in the South West
Root, Wells and Bristol
The team at Root went against the grain in 2017 when they opened a restaurant that focused on ‘more veg and less meat’. Their gamble paid off, however, and the original Bristol venue’s modern menus of seasonal small plates proved such a success that, in 2022, a sister site opened in Somerset’s cathedral city.
Head chef Rob Howell plucks inspiration from the local micro-seasons for his produce-led dishes. The line-up always features a good showing of vegan options (such as roasted carrots with whipped tofu and salsa verde, and fried charlotte potatoes with romesco and crispy capers) but most other dishes can be modified to a plant-based diet.
Sacred Grounds, Exeter
Exeter’s Fore Street is a hub of indie activity, and at its heart – in the light-drenched atrium of McCoy’s Arcade – is this popular plant-based brunch spot. Sacred Grounds’ signature dish is its “poached eggs”, a recipe that took the cafe’s innovative chefs three months to develop. The secret to its authentic eggy flavour and texture is a clever mix of silken tofu, agar agar and turmeric.
Another house favourite are the seasonal waffles. The sweet or savoury buckwheat beauties are topped with all manner of scrumptious ingredients such as brûléed banana with homemade toffee sauce, vanilla chantilly, chocolate biscuit crumb and toasted hazelnuts. Pair your brunch with a cup of locally crafted Roastworks coffee, served with Oatly Barista milk as standard.
Read our review of Sacred Grounds.
Dane & Port, Bournemouth
Every element of the Dane & Port experience is designed to make customers feel nourished by this natural environment – from the greenery filling the cafe to the organic plant-based dishes crafted in the natural kitchen.
From breakfast through dinner, menus are littered with nutrient-dense ingredients. Start the day with turmeric-infused overnight oats served with fresh fruit and maple syrup, at lunchtime dig into an Earth Bowl of vibrant veggies, legumes and gluten-free grains, or finish the day with Portuguese-style petiscos sharing plates. And don’t miss the chance to indulge in dessert – life’s all about balance, right?
Yak Yeti Yak, Bath
One of Bath’s longest running restaurants (established in 2004), Yak Yeti Yak was serving plant-based food before most diners had even heard of the term. Founders and chefs Sarah and Sera Gurung specialise in Nepalese cuisine, and craft the kind of dishes you could expect to feast on in tiny Himalayan teashops – many of which are vegan.
The menu is a mix of classic Nepalese recipes and family favourites collected from the couple’s travels, and their cooking style is all about freshness and light spicing. Don’t miss the opportunity to try something novel, such as the vegetable momos (steamed dumplings served with tangy tomato chutney) aloo dum (sesame and new potato salad with a lemon and burnt-fenugreek dressing) or pharsi ra kalo channa (squash and braised black chickpeas stir-fried with turmeric and peppery spices).
Make Sarah’s Nepalese celeriac and potato curry recipe.
Sabzi, across Cornwall
Kate Attlee’s collection of delis across Cornwall (find them in Falmouth, Nansledan, Padstow and Truro) are ideal for those seeking a fast-yet-nutritious feed. Everything on the creative menus is available to eat in or takeaway, with the seasonal salad boxes making up the bulk of the offering.
The concept at Sabzi is simple: serve delicious creative food that champions sustainability. There’s a Middle Eastern leaning to the menu (a nod to Kate’s Iranian heritage), so expect hearty house dals alongside kaleidoscopic salads and Persian cakes.
Make Kate’s khoresh bademjan recipe.
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