Craving a food adventure beyond the kitchen? To save you having to ransack search engines for the best vegan restaurants, cafes, street food or quick bites around the UK, our Editor has tried and tasted various plant based eateries to bring you this month’s hot spots.
Cradle (Editor’s Pick)
40 North Street, Sudbury, Suﬀolk
Every now and then, something rather special pops up unexpectedly. For the plant based residents of sleepy Suﬀolk market town Sudbury, that place is called Cradle.
The venture first started in a rural village in the Loire Forez region of France, when couple Holly Sutton and Christophe Vigie opened a bakery in 2009. In 2015 though, aﬅer deciding that they wanted to re-brand as plant based, the couple relocated to the UK for a fresh start.
The result was Cradle. Backed by a wealth of knowledge and experience, everything at Cradle feels just right. The restaurant looks beautiful with a rich blue frontage and stylish wooden interior which oozes class.
Then, there’s the menu. Everything is made from scratch. The food here is high end and delicious, reflecting its French patisserie roots. A blackboard with around four or five options changes daily, meaning that the food choices never get stale and there’s always a reason to come back for more. The ethos feels very much about quality over quantity. Dishes are meticulously presented and are full of fresh flavours. In spite of this though, nothing feels exceptionally over-priced.
One of the menu staples seems to be a savoury tartine, which pops up time and again in a diﬀerent variety and always goes down a treat. A juice of the day and homemade kombucha are added bonuses to the drinks menu which also consists of great quality coﬀee and dairy-free hot chocolates.
Perhaps the best thing about Cradle, though, is the fact that they actually mill their own flour meaning you know as you’re eating that sourdough loaf, that it’s been meticulously prepared just moments from where you are sitting.
Need any more reasons to pay Cradle a visit? Well, dining in this eatery doesn’t only benefit your health, the planet and the animals. Cradle is not only a café and bakery, but a social enterprise which invests its profits back into community gardens and food waste solutions amongst other worthwhile projects.
So next time you find yourself driving through Suﬀolk looking for a place to eat — look no further than Sudbury and enjoy this undiscovered, plant based gem.
This chic venue just two minutes from Newcastle’s Central Station was recently voted the UK’s best vegan restaurant in the 2017 Vegan Awards and it’s easy to see why! From their jackfruit kebab to the vegan chimichanga, there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing what to eat at The Bohemian. Fancy a night in? Their sister company, The Boho Vegan Pizza Co, provide excellent pizza, available for delivery.
Tia’s Vegan Menu
Situated close to the middle of the city, this quirky Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant in Durham has both a vegan menu and a vegan happy hour menu. Tia’s fajita dish combines Mediterranean vegetables with Mexican flavour, whilst their garlic bread with vegan cheese and vegetarian skewers are also excellent choices. The restaurant also hosts a varied collection of specialty tequilas and traditional cocktails – so why not make a party of it?
Fancy something a little diﬀerent? Twid oﬀer plant based mains and desserts – with the rather exciting twist of live opera music. With the raw vegan sushi terrine and the quinoa stuﬀed mushrooms, every plant based enthusiast is catered for. Desserts include raw mango cheesecake and chocolate cake, whilst Twid also oﬀ er a wide range of cocktails and wines. Open six nights a week.
Whilst this chilled-out venue is a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, there is plenty of provision for those of us looking for entirely plant based food. Open for breakfast through to dinner, this mellow restaurant oﬀers three menus for varying times and sizes of meal, which include the likes of jackfruit and black bean tacos and a delectable vegan triple chocolate and butterscotch torte.
Fed By Water
This highly popular plant based Italian restaurant is simply marvellous. They only use purified water – for drinking and for food preparation. With ingredients shipped in from Italy, it all comes together to produce a thoroughly enjoyable and highly nutritious dining experience. The spaghetti carbonara gains particular praise and joins tagliatelle and pizza on the menu, alongside many other Italian classics; all transformed into plant based delicacies.
V Rev Vegan Diner
Burgers. Hotdogs. Milkshakes. V Rev Vegan Diner serves all of those, all 100 per cent plant based – it’s a vegan junk food heaven. Situated in the city’s Northern Quarter, it is close to the Arndale shopping centre – perfect for an indulgent lunch in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. We’re still drooling at the thought of the hot dog which comes with toppings of mac and (dairy-free) cheese, ‘baecon’ and chives. Definitely worth a trip.