Vegetarian Bristol & Bath

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*Updated May 2016*

I’ve been running this blog for nearly two years now, and during all of that time I’ve wanted to do a vegetarian post, but feel like my knowledge isn’t as extensive as I’d like.

I’m always happy to go to vegetarian restaurants, and tend to eat out a lot at Japanese, Korean and Indian restaurants, which by their nature offer extensive vegetarian choices (Thali Cafe and Teohs are my personal favourites), but even so it seems only fair to have a fully fledged vegetarian give their thoughts about the best of what’s on offer. And so it was that I asked my friend and fellow blogger Kim to collaborate on this piece.

Kim has been a vegetarian for 14 years, and a Bristol resident for four. She lived in Bath for seven years before that, so she’s had plenty of time to find the best meat-free places to eat. She blogs sporadically at bristolvegetarian.tumblr.com and tweets as @BristolVeggie – so once you’re done reading this post go over and see what else she’s been reviewing!

Stalls and pop-ups

Gopals Curry Shack

Spicy goodness from Gopals Curry Shack

Gopal’s Curry Shack
Indian street food with a modern twist – bubble and squeak samosas anyone? You’ll spot Gopal’s Curry Shack at markets all over Bristol, including Whiteladies Road on Saturdays and Temple Quay in the week; they often pop up at Love Food Fest events too. The Aloo Tikki Chaat comes highly recommended.

Falafel King
Whether it’s the stall by the fountains or the shop on Cotham Hill, Falafel King is surely a cornerstone for most vegetarians and vegans in Bristol. The sturdy falafel & salad wraps come in two sizes (we’re yet to finish the large one in less than two sittings) with a selection of sauces, plus there are also muffins and baklava if you fancy a sweet treat.

Tasty wraps from The Spotless Leopard

Tasty wraps from The Spotless Leopard

The Spotless Leopard
The Spotless Leopard van can be found on Alma Rd from Tuesday to Thursday, and on Gloucester Road on Saturday, serving vegan sandwiches, salads and wraps, as well as warm offerings such as spanakopita or lentil burgers. There’s also cake; lovely, lovely cake. Lots of wonderful cake. The coconut, lime & raspberry variety is a personal favourite.

Edna's Kitchen

Fantastic falafel from Edna’s Kitchen

Edna’s Kitchen
A strong contender for the best falafel in town, Edna’s Kitchen is situated on the edge of Castle Park near The Galleries and is open every day from 10am until 5pm. Everything on offer here is vegetarian or vegan; as well as falafel there are halloumi wraps, sabiche (aubergine and egg), and eija (herby frittata). Fresh, quick and very tasty.

Restaurants

Acorn in Bath

The best of the veg from Acorn Kitchen in Bath

Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen
Hands down, the best vegetarian food to be found in Bath or Bristol – and among the best food in general for that matter. It’s a little expensive, but it’s worth it for the imagination and skill that goes into the food. Dishes often comprise hot, warm and cold elements. Expect menu items such as steamed beetroot with blackcurrant sorbet, truffled broccoli with cauliflower pannacotta, or glazed mushrooms served with cheese-filled profiterole-style pastries. When it comes to dessert, the salted chocolate tart is out of this world.

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Halloumi ‘fish’ and chips at 1847 – woooof.

1847
A new addition to Bristol’s veggie fine dining scene, and worth visiting for their halloumi ‘fish’ and chips alone. The interior is simple and sophisticated, and their £10 lunch deal which includes wine is worth a look.

The selection of tasty tartines at Flow

The selection of tasty tartines at Flow

Flow
Bristol’s latest vegetarian restaurant, this place is a good mix of sophistication and cosiness. Choose from a variety of seasonal plates such as stuffed aubergine, courgette spaghetti or Vietnamese style spring rolls, or go for the tartines topped with ever-changing combos including beetroot hummus, labneh or broad bean & mint. The cocktails are also bang on.

Thali Cafe
In addition to their Northern thali which includes a yummy paneer curry, they also do a dairy free thali, alongside numerous veggie snacks and sides such as mango and paneer shish kebabs, masala dosa, uttapam and crunchy salads.

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Fi Real
An unassuming Caribbean cafe/restaurant opposite Sofa Project on Old Market. Curry, stew and rice’n’peas are the order of the day, as well as fresh juices, smoothies and cakes. Everything is vegetarian, if not vegan. Expect a friendly welcome.

Pepe Nero
Up until recently, pizza was the nemesis of all those who had to avoid dairy, but not anymore. Pepe Nero can be found at The Beer Emporium on King St or The Full Moon on Stokes Croft and are proud purveyors of pizza which aims to cater to everyone, whether they be carnivores, vegetarians or vegans. The menu is extensive, and as well as pizza also pasta, light bites, soups and desserts.

Maitreya Social
Bristol’s original vegetarian hotspot, Maitreya is not as well known for its fine dining options these days, but is still a local hub for reliably good food. The breakfast menu in particular is great, and the cafe itself has a calm and casual feel, a welcome retreat from the bustle of St Marks Road.

Other amazing places to check out which aren’t exclusively veggie but offer a brilliant choice of vegetarian & vegans dishes include Souk Kitchen (modern Middle Eastern with a bright, fresh menu -every dish bursts at the seams with flavour), No. 1 Harbourside (just check out their Twitter to see what I’m on about – incredible stuff) and Wilks (this Michelin-starred establishment has a veggie trump card up its sleeve – Sunday’s five course vegetable tasting menu!).

Cafes

Green Rocket Bath

A hefty, healthy sandwich from Green Rocket Bath

Green Rocket Café
This Bath café offers wholesome, imaginative food, most of which is vegan, and there’s even a raw option. Choose from standard cafe fare such as soup, sandwiches and cake, or larger meals such curry, noodles and mezze platters. Everything we’ve tried there has been lovely.

Roll For The Soul
A bike workshop, community hub and cafe in one – RFTS offers more than most city centre cafes. The menu is entirely vegetarian, with a strong presence of vegan dishes too, popular choices include their stuffed khobez flatbreads, curries and anything from their epic cake selection.

Cafe Kino cakes

Cafe Kino: Worth a trip for the cakes and pastries alone.

Cafe Kino
A focal point on Stokes Croft – vegan-centric Kino attracts a loyal fan base regardless of their diet with its wholesome and homemade menu, ranging from their spicy burgers, to vegetable stews and curries, through to a mouth-watering range of cakes, tarts and biscuits. They also run a great programme of events, including gigs, talks and workshops.

Kale and Kettle
A recent addition to Stokes Croft, this slick and relaxed cafe boasts an exciting-looking menu including noodle pots and akkras (black eyed pea fritters) in a bun.

Chapel Arts Cafe pizza

Gorgeous flatbread pizzas from Chapel Arts Cafe

Chapel Arts Cafe
An unassuming location in the crypt of a chapel in Bath, but the food here means this place is always busy. The wholly vegetarian menu is mainly geared towards gorgeous flatbread pizzas with an array of toppings, or huge mezze platters.

VX Bristol
Vegan junk food you say? Count us in! Having started in London, VX have opened their second branch on East St in Bedminster and are serving up all manner of meat and dairy free filth including hot dogs, kebabs, nachos and huuuuge cake.

We’re also lucky to have several excellent local chains which provide impressive vegetarian and vegan options, including Friska, Bagel Boy, Biblos and Boston Tea Party – check out their websites for more menu information.

Pubs and bars

Boca Bar Bristol

A veggie alternative to fish and chips from Bocabar

Bocabar
Not exclusively vegetarian, but included in this round-up for its wide range of veggie pizzas and salads. The vegetarian ‘fish’ (ok, halloumi) and chips is a good choice, but we’ve heard good things about the meat-free Sunday roasts too.

Poco
Fresh and adventurous food which wears its eco credentials on it sleeve. Poco does a broad selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired tapas dishes, such as spanakopita, fattoush, various homemade dips and seasonal cheeses.

Lounge veggie breakfast

The sturdy veggie breakfast available at the Lounges

The Lounges
Laid-back cafés with at least one – but often more – veggie version of everything on its menu. You’ll find the usual suspects here: falafel burger, lentil curry, paninis, and there’s often a vegetarian special. The Lounges do a good breakfast too, with lots of choice for non-meat eaters, and there’s also an entire menu just for vegans.

Watershed
Another café with a fairly extensive vegetarian menu, covering baguettes, baked potatoes and vegetable tarts. The soup, pasta and risotto of the day are always vegetarian too.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough choices to consider, but where are your favourites? Did we miss anywhere off?

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43 thoughts on “Vegetarian Bristol & Bath

  1. Thank you for this post! As a vegan I sadly have to write off a few of your recommendations but there are a few on there I wasn’t aware of which I’m really looking forward to trying!

    Can I recommend a few more who have excellent veggie/vegan options:
    – The Bristolian
    – Tampopo
    – Friska
    – Boston Tea Party
    – Pepe Nero
    – Eat a Pitta (My personal favourite falafel in the world)
    – Thali Cafe
    – Teohs
    – Biblos

    • Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the extra tips! I’m kicking myself for not mentioning Pepe Nero or Biblos, but the others are all excellent shouts too. I’ll try and drop as many extra names into the piece as possible!

    • Pepe Nero, Thali Cafe and Friska are good shouts. Is Tampopo really that vegan-friendly though? (That’s the place in Cabot Circus, right?!) Last time I went there was barely anything that was marked as vegetarian, let alone vegan!
      I also think Boston Tea Party’s vegetarian fare has gone downhill in recent years – especially the ‘super salad’. Used to be amazing, now it’s just shoots and seeds.

      • I only started going to Tampopo recently so maybe it’s improved recently? They have a fair few veggie options and label their vegan dishes clearly 🙂

  2. Edna’s kitchen IS the best falafel in town – it’s wonderful. The Lounges, however, are pants… especially the food… We have some guests this weekend – not vegetarians – but this list will come in very, very helpful with refreshing my memory of a few of Bristol’s great places to eat!

  3. Maitreya Social is excellent – we went there for a (veggie) friend’s birthday and even all us carnivores were really impressed and didn’t miss the meat! Service was excellent too – our waitor went through the entire menu, explaining what each dish was like and giving recommendations. Excellent experience.

    Look forward to trying some more of these now, too 🙂

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  12. So glad you enjoyed Chapel Arts Cafe.

    I work there, and love hearing all the positive feedback we get about the food!

    Great write up with lots of interesting places I can’t wait to check out!

    Sus

    • Thank you, I’m so pleased you like the piece – I’ve been coming to the cafe for years and stop in most weeks for lunch with friends, it’s a guaranteed winner, especially the mezze selections! 🙂

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