Six of the best vegan restaurants
Looking for an out of the ordinary vegan restaurant? Here's my round-up of six of the best across the county, from glam to bistro.
It’s pretty standard to be vegan these days and Norwich is bang on-trend with this modern, chic addiction to Tombland’s cluster of eatieries. Housed in a Grade II Georgian building a stone’s throw from the cathedral, Erpingham House has at its centre sustainability, health and wellbeing and is owned by a community of people (including a couple of professional footballers) who share this ethos. Nab a table this weekend for their Halloween menu where you get a free cocktail with two courses at £21 or three at £25. Spookfabulous.
Erpingham House, 22 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1RF
Speakeasy cocktails and mouthwatering bites? Add to that, no animals harmed in the process? A mocktail list to rival the best bars in London? Hell yeah, I’m in! The Tipsy Vegan makes no pretence about loving the taste of a bacon sarnie, but they don’t want animals used in the process. So, the food is vegan versions of comfort classics; burgers, mac n cheese, wraps and tapas. These guys are generously offering all children a free lunch this week in support of the free school meals campaign (till 30 Oct). Cheers!
The Tipsy Vegan, 68 – 70 St Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4AR
Inspired by the relaxed bistro style food of France, Italy and Spain, The Gatherers is all about authentic flavours, locally sourced and homegrown vegetarian and vegan ingredients. The menu changes due to what’s seasonaly sourced. Expect delicious herby risottos and full bodied pastas, puds are classics like chocolate torte and carmelised apple tarte. Oh and there’s an impressive wine and classic cocktail list to boot.
The Gatherers, 2 Muspole Street Norwich NR3 1DJ
Located in a charming glass-roofed courtyard, Amandines has served vegan and vegetarian food for over 28 years, making it something of an institution amongst Diss locals. The courtyard is heated via a wood burning stove during the colder months. And the menu? Home-cooked, fresh and seasonal.
Amandines, Norfolk House Yard, St Nicholas Street. Diss IP22 4LB
Art Cafe, Glandford
This is a lovely spot on the way to the coast or after a good stomp around the surrounding Bayfield estate. Cosy but spacious, Art Cafe is home to exhibitions by local artists and has a quirky giftshop (also all local makers) at the cafe front. Dog-friendly and serving great coffee from Grey Seal, the veggie/vegan menu is all (yes, you guessed it) locally sourced and the abience is laid back and welcoming.
Art Cafe, Glandford Manor Farm Barns, Glandford, Norfolk
River Green, Trowse
Run by dedicated Head Chef Chris Avery, award-winning River Green has been feeding locals and visitors for years from its excellent, affordable vegan and vegetarian menu. This place has a great repuation and the ethos is environmentally conscious and 100 per cent loyal to local producers. There’s a supper club menu for Covid times and a cookery school, plus kids eat free between five and six pm – let’s go!
River Green, The Street, Trowse Newton, Norwich, NR14 8AH