7 of the best places to eat vegan
With World Vegan Day on the horizon, we've rounded up the best places across the counties to try plant-based eating for size.
With World Vegan Day on 1 Nov (yep, it’s a thing), you might be thinking of ditching the meat and dairy in a bid to become a bit healthier or do your bit for the environment. Going plant-based doesn’t mean you have to give up on eating out though – as you can see from these best places to eat vegan in Herts & Beds, from fine dining to weekend brunch.
This slick fine dining spot got a coveted mention in this year’s Michelin Guide and the kitchen is headed up by MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Scott Barnard – need we say more? As well as the Chef’s Table experience where you can enjoy the seven to nine-course tasting menus (there’s a veggie option available), they’ve recently extended their foodie offering to include a more casual dining room menu and yep, you guessed it, there’s one just for vegans. You’ll find delectable sounding small plates like Pearl Barley Risotto with Pickled Cauliflower, Jackfruit and Chipotle Tacos and a Tofu Chocolate Mousse.
Thompson, St Albans
There’s no need for vegans to miss out on the fine dining experience at this 3 AA Rosette restaurant, where Head Chef Phil Thompson has created a completely plant-based tasting menu (don’t worry – veggies and meat-eaters are catered for too with their own menus if you’re bringing non-vegan guests). There are five and a seven course options (starting at £52 per head) with paired wines available (from £30 per head extra), and dishes featuring intriguing combos, like White Wine Poached Pear with Roast Pear Puree, Toasted Walnuts and Immature Garden Shoots, and Braised Fennel with
Salad of Celery, Wild Herbs, Shoots and Herb Oil.
Vutie Beets, Letchworth Garden City
After transforming into a vegan supermarket and green grocer over lockdown, Vutie Beets in now back in its full cafe swing – and not a minute too soon! The menu here to small but perfectly formed, with particularly good options for breakfast and brunch (the Spanish scramble with crispy tempeh chorizo on toasted sourdough sounds excellent), but you could equally pop in for a coffee and cake if you’re pressed for time.
Made in Bedford, Bedford
This artisan-boutique-cum-café has all the eco creds. Pop in for a coffee and you’ll end up sticking around for a slice of vegan cake or pasty and leaving with some environmentally friendly beeswax wraps and a bamboo toothbrush!
Based at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, this wholefood café is all about fresh, nutritionally balanced fare. Everything on the menu is veggie with a wide range of vegan options too (many being free from all those naughty but nice things like gluten, refined sugars and dairy). It serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, with dishes like Spinach Pancakes with Lime and Chilli Butter, and Nut and Hempseed Burger with Homemade Guac and Caramelised Onions.
Albero Lounge, Bedford
Housed in an old school building on the river bank this quirky and laid-back café bar makes a point of catering for all dietary requirements and has an impressive vegan menu, with not just one or two, but loads of plant-based options to take you through the whole day. You’ll be spoilt for choice, from vegan brunch and ‘bacon’ butties to vegan tapas, superbowls to sandwiches and burgers to burritos. Tuck in!
Chia Naturally Healthy, Hitchin
Dedicated to the benefits of a plant-based way of life, this health-conscious café uses natural, seasonal and organic ingredients and while the dishes are free from many allergens they’re full of flavour. The nourishing bowls and wholesome brunch options sound just the ticket for a healthy kickstart, and why not wash it down with a superfood smoothie, nutritional drink (charcoal latte, anyone?), ‘mylkshake’, or immune-boosting shot?
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