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Hello, Veganuary! 10 places to eat meat-free

Searching for a plant-based brunch or a vegan boba tea? We've got the month of meatlessness covered with these great venues and deliveries around the county.

No longer the sole preserve of the hippie contingent, plant-based food is officially on-trend. Whether you’re a committed vegan, meat-free Mondayer or just fancy something a bit healthier this Veganuary, here’s our pick of the best restaurants with vegan menus in Devon.

Rafiki’s, Ashburton

Newly moved to No 14 North Street, this family-run pop-up is a colourful go-to for mezze and world-food veggies, with Thai spiced soups, kimchi, quesadilla and hot sarnies with always plenty of vegan choice on the menu. One to book for brekkie or brunch betwixt a walk on Dartmoor and if you’re in the mood for a vegan ice-cream post-walk head to nearby Creamos on St Lawrence Lane.

The Veg Box, Exeter Quay

Muddy’s go-to for Sunday morning walks, here’s your place for veggies sitting in the sunshine on a bistro table overlooking the beautiful quayside or inside the pretty interior which rocks a pink and botanical theme. Even the bottle water comes in pink bottles. Go for vegan wraps, pancakes, cake, smoothies and local Roastworks coffee – brunch for your insta-feed.

Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh

Riverford know their veg – they grow tonnes of it organically on their farms, and here it’s so close you can walk up to the poly tunnel or take a tour. The talented Field Kitchen cooks rustle up a sharing menu – so if you don’t like mucking in then book with a bunch of friends – served farmhouse-style on big platters. Saturday brunch, served at 9.30am, is meat-free: a four-course, vegetarian set menu with flavoursome veg you might not always expect to see at the breakfast table. It’s kid-friendly but there’s no kid menu as it’s good to get them liking what we eat, no? Everything is cooked to the correct quantities to reduce wastage, so no just dropping in please: booking is essential.

Cosmic Kitchen, Plymouth

100% vegan eatery run by twin sisters Gabriela and Lucia Evangelou which started life as a one-day a week pop-up in an old morgue (yes, really) and won Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice 2021. Go for a welcoming atmos, 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 live music on Fridays and a fully vegan bar.

The Edgy Veggie Kitchen, Totnes

An exciting new Totnes kitchen and cafe, tucked away behind the Mansion House just off the High Street worth seeking out for vegetarian owner and chef Ruth’s small-batch veggie and vegan food to eat in or takeaway – made fresh on the day then frozen for take-home, click and collect or free delivery in compostable cartons on Monday and Wednesday across the TQ postcodes if you order before midday.

Baobab Cafe, Crediton

We’re talking colourful couscous and tabbouleh salads, plates piled high with caramelised roasted veg, crispy chick pea fritters, exciting flavourful medleys of pulses and quinoa. You sure won’t leave hungry from this daytime cafe, but you will come away feeling inspired to try harder with your veggie cooking.

Korea Town Kitchen, Bideford

Yep, seriously – an under-the-radar Korean kitchen in Bideford (not a restaurant but delivering in a 5km radius) and putting a smile on vegans’ faces with their smoky Buldak cauliflower dishes, braised organic tofu and seaweed rice wraps and loads more on their mouth-watering vegan menu here.

How on Earth, Exeter

Missing meat too much? This family-run, city-centre deli specialise in making their own range of vegan meat substitutes alongside freshly made lunches. They’re worth popping in for a wide range of local, artisan products too, including nut-based cheese, chutneys, snacks and drinks.

The Oasis Plant Based Eatery, Paignton

Just a short stroll from the seafront to this haven of 100%plant-based food, for all day vegan brekkie with scramble tofu and facon, vegan pancakes, wraps and Caribbean nosh.

Bubblelicous, Teignmouth

This cute new seaside cafe serves up bubble teas in lots of different flavours, cold fruit teas and burritos. Not heard of bubble tea? Do keep up *no, me neither*. So, my son explained to me… based on the 80s Taiwanese trend for boba tea, they’re plant mylk shakes which you have with a variety of flavoured boba capsules which pop in your mouth for a bubbleicous hit. Already a hit with the kids, and ideal for anyone who want to stay cool – literally.

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2 comments on “Hello, Veganuary! 10 places to eat meat-free”

  • Gill January 7, 2022

    You left out the amazing Nourish in Teignmouth. Vegan pizzas, breakfasts, salads and (my favourite) the amazing Soul Bowl. Although small, it’s just had a makeover and is looking super cosy and cute.

    • lisabuckland January 7, 2022

      Thanks for the update Gill x


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