Top five Vegan recommends in the City
'Veganuary' - a guilt-free excuse to try out some of the city’s best vegan eateries!
If one of your resolutions for 2019 was to lead a leaner, cleaner and greener existence, then ‘Veganuary’ will be right up your street. There are lots of great vegan places popping up across the city so here are our top five for your dining pleasure.
Let us know if we’ve missed any as we love to hear from you!
The newest kid on the block is also the greenest: Erpingham House is not only plastic-free, it’s also a Certified Carbon-Free Dining restaurant and with help from its customers (yes, that’s you!) it has planted 882 trees to date. They’re also big supporters of local businesses and charities so you can chow down to your heart’s content and know that you’re doing the right thing for those around you as well as for your own body and soul. There’s something for everyone here, as it combines all the best elements of café, restaurant and bar, so you can drop in at any time of the day or evening for food, cocktails or both. Plus, it’s housed in a beautiful building in the centre of Tombland, so you can make a night of it if you wish. Perfect.
Wild Thyme is the perfect destination for pretty much any occasion. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or coffee and cake, it’s got you covered. Their dinner menu is especially varied, with any number of delicious options for dessert (we challenge you to choose between Baileys crème brulee or brioche bread and butter pudding) and it’s very reasonably priced, with no main course over £11. If that’s not enough, it’s fully licensed too, so you can enjoy a glass or two of organic prosecco to toast your virtuous existence too. Cheers!
Going vegan doesn’t mean forgoing your weekly curry. Namaste has two restaurants – the original, smaller setting of Namaste India in Opie Street and the larger Namaste Village on Queens Road – so you can choose an intimate dining experience or take a crowd and party like it’s 2019! All your traditional favourites are here, from tikka masalas to bhajis, but with a menu that’s full of fabulous street food dishes too, it’s a good chance to try something new. They also have delivery and takeaway options available. That’s Friday night sorted!
The Tipsy Vegan started life as a market stall and proved so popular that a restaurant followed soon after. This is American-style vegan dining twinned with ‘speakeasy cocktails’ so expect a relaxed atmosphere, big burgers and lots of tofu bacon! We’re a big fan of the Mac & Cheese but there’s a wide variety of tasty favourites on the menu and even staunch non-vegans will struggle to tell the difference. The restaurant can be found in the heart of St Benedict’s, but if you’re in a rush, you can always visit the original market stall, Bia Vegan Diner, which can still be found on Row B 54/55 today.
Tofurei is a vegan café with a difference. It serves food from its own micro soya dairy with beans grown in Norfolk, so its local produce doesn’t get much more local than that! They were also finalists in the ‘Field To Fork’ category of the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2018, so don’t just take our word for the quality of their coffee and cakes! Sit in with a sweet treat or grab your lunch on the go, and if you like what you taste, their products are available to purchase too so you can have a go at creating your own vegan masterpieces at home. But if you’re not quite ready to tackle that, you can always pay them another visit: we hear on the grapevine that they’ll be expanding to larger premises in the summer, so watch out for news of their opening in our What’s On pages (as always, you’ll read it here on Muddy first!)
Words Hannah Colby