Eating out as a vegetarian one is often faced with a poor selection of meals which are mostly cheese or dairy based. On a typical menu of over twenty items, with each dish being a particular treatment and presentation of one animal or another, there would be maybe two menu items that are advertised as being suitable for vegetarians. (more…)
The Warehouse Cafe, 54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham B5 5TH
The Warehouse Cafe Restaurant in the lower edge of Birmingham’s city centre is a small oasis for vegetarians and vegans. Situated very much in the alternative lifestyle category, The Warehouse Cafe continues to offer good vegetarian food from around the world.
The Magic Cafe, 110 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RQ
Tucked away on the south side of Oxford, in a triangulate town and gown estate that is commonly referred to as “The Mystical Triangle”, The Magic Cafe is a throwback to the 60′s beards-and-sandals type of vegetarianism and would equal, and better, anything found in that other hippy hypercentre: Glastonbury High Street. (more…)
Jyoti’s Vegetarian, 1045 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8AS
Jyoti’s Vegetarian Indian Restaurant is the only vegetarian Indian restaurant in Birmingham – and it’s also the best! Half sweet shop, half Indian restaurant, eating at Jhotti’s was a delight. For Lunch I had the Thali which is a bit of everything, with a coconut sweet to finish. (more…)
The Wedge Cafe, 13 High Street, Coventry CV1 5RE
The Wedge Bookshop and Cafe in Coventry closed a long time ago but while it was open it served good, wholesome, vegetarian food. When I worked in the city centre I used to have lunch there regularly and I miss the variety of food that was always available. This was all before the Internet and there doesn’t seem to be a mention of The Wedge anywhere on the Web, so here’s my shout out to it.
Terra Viva, Gabriel Street, Royal Square, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2LU
Terra Viva is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in St Ives, Cornwall. Newly opened and just getting on its feet, with friendly and well intentioned staff, clean and pleasant new fixtures and fittings. I visited Terra Viva earlier this year but have not been too sure what to write about it. (more…)
The Hub, 4 Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF
If you are in St Ives then you’ve got to go to the Hub, either for the food, for the bar, for their coffee or simply for the location. What could be better than sitting back and relaxing in this “style bar” looking out across the harbour and watching the world (and the walking tourist industry) go by.
Blas Burgerworks, The Warren, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EA
Tucked away in a narrow side street behind the lifeboat station at St Ives is Blas Burgerworks. All eco-rustic and local-organic Blas offers a couple of vegetarian burgers that are above average. There is a blackbean burger, served in two ways, and a “Sunflower Burger” which is a spicy tofu burger. (more…)
Cafe Irie, 38 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1LP
Not vegetarian but close. If you’ve just been surfing and want a chilled place to relax when you’re stoked then this is the place. Cafe Irie is on Fore Street, next door to Northshore, and sits in the middle of Newquay’s surf/stag divide. (more…)
Wagamama’s, Touchwood, Solihull B91 3GS
It’s always a bit messy eating at Wagamama, a Japanese noodle bar originating in London and now a chain seemingly as widespread as McDonalds. The dishes are usually some combination of noodles and soup and are eaten with a small flat wooden ladle and/or chopsticks. Slurping noodles that wriggle endlessly from the bowl throwing their sauce all over the place. (more…)
Summersault, 27 High Street, Rugby CV21 3BW
Summersault is the only vegetarian restaurant for miles around so I suppose I had quite high expectations; but when I visited it for a midweek lunch I was a little disappointed. (more…)
The White Horse, 4-6 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5PZ
The White Horse vegetarian Sunday Lunch Nut Roast doesn’t arrive on a plate it arrives in a dish and is swimming in gravy. The whole meal was quite enjoyable, the nut roast wedge was solid and flavourful and sat on top of a bed of cabbage, mashed potato, Yorkshire pudding, roast parsnip and roast potatoes. (more…)
The Axe and Compass, Five Ways, Wolvey, Leicestershire, LE10 3HG
The Axe and Compass is a pleasant family-run pub on the outskirts of Wolvey that specialises in providing good food for families. The pub is very popular with locals and people from further afield. The menu is extensive and offers an ample array of popular and sometimes exotic meals for its ‘market town’ audience. On the whole it provides hearty and enjoyable, reasonably priced, good value food.
There is not a very good choice for vegetarians however. The Avocado and Brie Bake in particular is to be avoided. (more…)
Brown’s, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RU
Browns is a modern, independent, family-run cafe-pub-bar set in their own impressive, purpose-built, building designed by architect Adrian Baynes. Browns is a good choice for vegetarians in Coventry and Warwickshire. (more…)
The Butcher’s Arms, Priors Hardwick, CV47 7SN
The Butchers Arms at Priors Hardwick is a family run restaurant dating from the 70′s which offers a fine dining experience for the more mature market. The menu offers a variety of interesting and traditional meals with some Portuguese specialities. Vegetarian options are limited however to a liking for cheese. (more…)
Revolver, Bishop’s Tachbrook, CV33 9RN
The Revolver is a GastroPub which has set out to be “a recreation of a Seventies Steak House”. Unfortunately it is too good a recreation with the food being of passable quality and overpriced …just like in the Seventies.
Avoid altogether if you are Vegetarian – there is nothing enjoyable for you here. On a menu of over thirty eight items there is just a £6 cheese sandwich.
[This review was first written on 31 March 2007. Since then things have changed ...the sandwich is now eight pounds fifty.]
[MP. September 2008.]