Running out of home-cooking inspo for the month of meatlessness? Tuck into Muddy's pick of 12 plant-based eateries across the county.
SECO LOUNGE, PLYMOUTH
A mahoosive range of options on the vegan menu, including vegan burgers, tapas, breakfast and sarnies but plenty for carnivores too and all in a fab spot at Royal William Yard, with a big outdoor terrace overlooking the harbour. Family friendly, and comfy with lots of funky art and furniture, designed to make you right feel at home.
SACRED GROUNDS, EXETER
Exeter’s newest, coolest plant-based cafe, tucked away among the vintage stores and guitar shop to the stars, Mansons, in McCoys Arcade. 100% vegan and serving plant-based soups, brunches, waffles and locally-made Smorbord sourdough delights. Dog and buggy friendly – a great spot for a lunch date.
A new all-day licenced brunch cafe specialising in veggie and vegan fare, with world influences and cocktails on the menu. Owners Kian and Susie are rightly proud of their sustainable ethos, with 80% of the menu organic and lots of locally sourced goodies. Friday night they stay open late for two sittings, but it’s already built up a loyal following so don’t forget to book.
THE FLAT, EXETER
Loadsa homemade pizza options from Exeter’s trendy indie quarter on Fore Street, including vegan parmesan and mozzarella. If you’re craving a meaty hit, try their bestseller The Smoked for its earthy cheese and mushroom flavours. Everything can be made gluten-free too and, because they care about the environment, they source locally from Riverford and Darts. Bella!
COSMIC KITCHEN, PLYMOUTH
A brand-new just-opened 100% vegan eatery from twin sisters Gabriela and Lucia Evangelou which started life as a one-day a week pop-up in an old morgue (yes, really) and has now moved to permanent digs in St Johns Hawkins Square just off the Barbican. Expect an excellent atmos and a warm welcome, along with options on Greek mezze and falafel, vegan Scotch eggs, jackfruit wraps, an immense salad bar, daily hot specials, vegan roasts and, oh goodie, a plumptious well-stocked bar.
SEEDS 2, TOTNES
Totnes is not short of veggie and vegan eateries, but this is one of the best for healthy lunchtime salad bowls, to eat in or takeaway, plus home-made cakes, biccies and bread from sister site, Seeds 2 Bakery right across the road. I’m told staff all bring in their fave recipes to share, using local seasonal produce. It’s not 100% vegan (though much is) so check if you’re not sure, and there’s a helpful list of allergens in the window.
THE KIND GRIND, TORQUAY
Kind by name and by nature, Steffi Rox’s bijou cafe on Lucius Street is firmly rooted in the community, does a fab choccy vegan muffin, oat-milk coffee, smoothies, soups and panini. She’s part of the global suspended coffee movement, based on an old Italian tradition, where you can pay the price of two coffees – one for you and another that can be claimed by someone less fortunate. Isn’t that lovely? 100% vegan, family, dog, allergen, dementia and breast-feeding mumma-friendly. Check the facebook page for dates of mum meet ups – for those with bumps and home-schoolers.
RIVERFORD FIELD KITCHEN, BUCKFASTLEIGH
Home-grown on Guy Watson’s Riverford farm, this is ethical, veggie and vegan fare at its finest. Go on Meat-free Monday if you want to avoid the meaty options, but any day will have you looking at cooking veggies at a whole new way – oiled, roasted and yummy flavoured. It’s a sharing menu served on huge platters, so if you don’t like talking to (and sharing food with) strangers bring a bunch of friends. Booking essential.
CAFE BANANA, TIVERTON
All day veggie and vegan cafe in the leafy surrounds of Withleigh Plant Nurseries just outside Tiverton. They do vegan breakfasts on the weekend (it’s a good idea to book as space is limited) or or pop in anytime for coffee and cake. When you see what everyone else is having, you’ll definitely be making a comeback.
HARBOUR HOUSE CAFE, KINGSBRIDGE
Veggie cafe at Kingsbridge’s centre for arts and yoga, this daytime cafe is a hidden gem just off the quay in Kingsbridge. Head here for home-made tarts, vegan cakes, soups, fritters and a cool, calming vibe.
SAMPHIRE BRASSERIE, PLYMOUTH
American fast-food inspired vegan burgers, ‘chicken’, shakes and beer-battered phish, plus cruelty-free cakes and now, a vegan deli for lunch on the go (and they deliver round Plymouth). All the drinks are vegan-friendly, not always a given with vegan meals, including all the wine, ales, lager and cider.
On the go in Barnstaple? Don’t miss the chance to grab lunch from this indie cafe with veggie and vegan food to eat in or take-away in a cardboard box. Curries, stews, salads and veggies, home-cooked and world-inspired. Beats the boring old supermarket meal deal any day, and you’ll be supporting local.