Vegan Vibes – 17 plant-based foodie hotspots in Norfolk
Smoothie bowls, vegan burgers, Insta-worthy restaurants & gorgeous cafés. Plant-based, planet-loving, feel good food. In Norfolk, it's easy being green.
Forget London and Brighton because Norwich is officially Britain’s most vegan-friendly city. According to recent research from catering equipment retailer Nisbets, the Fine City is well ahead of the game with a buzzy, earth-friendly food scene. And we’re not just talking about the big city because those rural village and seaside towns all in on the act too.
Re.Source, Timber Hill, Norwich
Fabulous family-run Re.Source soothes your eco-anxiety by doing it all for you. As well as being a 100% vegan, low-impact general store full of good things, their lovely calm upstairs café has a daily changing menu. Blissfully simple yet incredibly indulgent. Who knew? Turns out looking after yourself is actually one of life’s greatest pleasures. Right, that’s the soul food sorted. Let’s get on with saving the planet.
Erpingham House, Tombland, Norwich
Instagram fabulous from fab floral doorway to the beautifully presented and totally delicious food, this Grade II listed Georgian building is a stone’s throw from the cathedral. Owned by a community of people (including a couple of professional footballers) who care about sustainability, health and being massively groovy. I mean where else can you get Rose Latte and Dirtea Mushroom Tea? Exactly.
The Tipsy Vegan, St Benedicts, Norwich
Speakeasy cocktails, mouthwatering bites and a mocktail list to rival the best in London? 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. Cheers!
The Gatherers, Norwich
Inspired by the bistros of France, Italy and Spain, The Gatherers is all about championing plant-centric local produce, authentic flavours and homegrown vegetarian and vegan ingredients. The menu changes seasonally. For autumn, expect delicious herby risottos, smokey woodland soups and comforting pastas with classic puds like chocolate torte and caramelised apple tart. There’s an impressive wine and cocktail list to boot. And the plant-based tasting menu is a joy.
Namaste Village, Norwich
Namaste Village is a family-run Indian vegetarian and vegan restaurant with some of the finest food around. Inspired by different regions of India, it’s healthy, delicious and innovative. We love the dosas, Gulab Jamun (sweet heaven!) street food sharing platters and proper good salt lassi. And the tandoori pizzas are the stuff of Norwich food legend. There are cookery classes plus you can buy the ingredients and utensils in their online grocery store, Namaste Bazaar. Like they say, it takes a village…
River Green, Trowse
Run by dedicated Head Chef Chris Avery, award-winning River Green has been delighting locals and visitors for years with its innovative, affordable vegan and vegetarian menu. This place has a great reputation and the ethos is environmentally conscious and 100% loyal to local producers. There’s a monthly supper club and a cookery school soon to open in a new venue. Chris’s blog is a good read too.
Moorish Falafel Bar, the Lanes, Norwich
This lovely Moorish indie in Lower Goat Land rustles up incredibly tasty, excellent value vegan food, inspired by the sunshine and zest of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. Stylish, super fresh ingredients, bring a smile to very happy tummies in the Fine City.
Ancestors Coffee House, Norwich
Beautifully presented 100% vegan family businesses. Don’t go to those gloopy chain places where the drinks are more sugar than coffee, keep it gloriously indie Norwich! We love the Kimcheese Toast and incredible, super moreish homemade orange and turmeric cake. There are artisan speciality teas and coffee – cappuccinos and chocolate smoothies go down well with the teens and twiglets. Oh, and a funky backdrop wall out back to adorn your Insta squares.
Tofurei. St Gregory’s, Norwich
Not content with performing their magic on humble beans, Norwich’s soya alchemists have used their transformative powers to create a very cool café/bistro space for scoffing all their vegan deliciousness. Warm wood, plants, pigeons (just go – you’ll find out!) and a NYC loft vibe. With tofu products scratch-made using their own tofu, this is vegan deliciousness to shout about.
You voted them Best Restaurant in the Muddy Awards 2021, and they’re winners of a zillion other accolades besides, so you’ll be delighted to know Chef Bainbridge and the Benedicts team can deliver a full-on plant-based feast, celebrating some of the best vegan food around. The fantastic vegan menu will be specially prepared with the freshest ingredients in Norfolk, so you need to give 24 hours notice before arriving to swoon over every mouthful.
Tucked away at the bottom of Timber Hill, Benoli is an Italian restaurant focussing on fresh classics all made in-house from scratch. The dedicated vegan menu changes with the seasons as frequently as the à la carte with dishes added and reimagined depending on the available produce. Taking inspiration from food across Italy they bring a modern twist to classics. Must-have favourites include the mafaldini with artichoke and sage butter followed by the blood orange sorbetto with campari and geranium.
Brick Pizza, Norwich and local stockists
The nights are drawing in. You know the Norfolk villages. We’ll all be snowed in ( 3 days last year!) so you need a freezer full of joy to get through to the spring. We’re talking your own stash of vegan pizza from ace Norwich dough spinners Brick Pizza. There are plenty of brilliant local stockists or get yours delivered. Order the 5 or 10 Vegan Box – Tomato, Vegan Mozzarella, Peppers, Onions, Olives and Basil. Eat the day they arrive or freeze for a Saturday night of red wine and telly. Winter is coming. Bring it on.
Dhaba at Fifteen, Magdalen St, Norwich
Cousins Jahangir Alom Ali and Juned Ahmed Ali launched Dhaba at Fifteen to celebrate Indian street food and home cooking, combining the flavours of traditional food carts with the refinement of contemporary cuisine. Lots of gorgeous rich roasted spice, earthy baking and tangy pickle makes vegan hits like the South Indian vegetable curry (cauliflower, potato, tamarind, coconut milk, curry leaves and mustard) really sing. There’s plenty for carnivores too, but honestly, they are missing some absolute delights.
All Day Brewing, Salle near Reepham
This innovative, proudly local Farmhouse Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen sits in the fields just outside Reepham. Ciders, ales and fabulously quirky beers (Norfolk Watermelon Kombucha Sour Wheat Beer, Cucumber and Grape Gose (Norfolk Grapes), Quince and Wormwood sour) are ready to quaff with (depending on the night) sourdough pizzas, curry, tapas and the poshest chips around – sea salt & sumac, in-house naturally fermented Kimchi, red onion, ginger garlic tofu and cheddar cheese; finished with vegenaise and coriander – extra yum! Rural living just gets trendier by the day.
Aloha Ices, High St, Sheringham
Lovely Leyla took over from her equally fabulous Mum in 2019 and has kept all the best bits of her legendary seaside ice-cream stall whilst bringing it glam up to date with Alburgh Ice Cream’s fabulous selection of Vegan flavours. They include Vanilla, Coconut, Coconut & Pineapple, Raspberry Ripple, Honeycomb, Mint Choc Chip and Chocolate and all are free from milk, nuts and gluten. There’s a delectable vegan soft serve too, which comes in a vegan cone/tub or be served as a wildly fabulous sundae with a load of scrumptious vegan toppings. Divine!
Located in a charming glass-roofed courtyard, Amandines is a trail-blazer, serving vegan and vegetarian food for almost 30 years, making it an institution amongst lucky Diss locals. The courtyard is heated by a snug wood burning stove during the cosy months. And the menu? Home-cooked, fresh and seasonal.
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 Café is home to exhibitions by local artists and has a quirky giftshop (also all local makers) at the café front. Dog-friendly and serving award-wining artisan coffee from Grey Seal, the veggie/vegan menu is all (yes, you guessed it) locally sourced, including from Bayfield, and the atmosphere laid back and welcoming.