Whether you’re a dedicated herbivore or simply fancy something healthier and more inspired to eat during your stint in Cornwall, the culinary buzz of the county extends to all aspects of dining, with a burgeoning vegan and vegetarian scene that’ll happily sate all plant-based diets.
So swap your meat for a tasty veg-packed plate of goodness that’s kinder to both you and nature as you explore Cornwall’s utterly fabulous array of vegan and vegetarian offerings…
The Cornish Vegan
Located in the heart of Truro’s bustling city centre, The Cornish Vegan is a revelation when it comes to all non-animal edibles.
Specialising in home made, home style, and seasonal ‘comfort’ food, the freshly produced foodstuffs are a tantalising treat for the taste buds: daily specials like farinata, lasagne, enchiladas, curries, chilli, pasta and stew dishes flank signature dishes such as The Cornish Vegan Buddha Bowl; lentil, mushroom and walnut burger; ‘TLT’ sandwich; and The Cornish Vegan ‘Chickin’ Sandwich.
And don’t forget to order a delicious dessert: think homemade cakes like brownies and carrot cake, raw desserts from Pura Pressed and a highly scoffable (and totally dairy free) cream tea.
The Canteen at Maker Heights
Anyone in and around the Whitsand Bay area – take note. Ex-River Cottage chef Nick’s culinary adventure is garnering fans from far and wide as he dishes up some seriously delicious offerings at his special seaside shack.
Nestled on a hill in the Rame Peninsula overlooking nearby Kingsand and Cawsand, the gorgeously wild location provides the perfect stumble-in for hungry walkers searching for a lip-smacking bite to eat.
The diminutive menu uses fresh seasonal ingredients and presents something for everyone, with veggie options such as three-beet, mozzarella and walnut salad; taster board featuring frittata, hummus, homemade bread and falafel scotch egg; veggie pizza; coconut and broccoli soup; and nut roast burger as tastily prime examples.
The Bean Inn
From those day-tripping to visitors staying in the sublime seaside town, St Ives presents a brilliant vegetarian option: The Bean Inn.
Using local and seasonal ingredients, the globally inspired menu is as fresh as it is flavoursome, with most meals being both vegan and gluten free to boot!
Their sample menu certainly promises a spoil some affair for all the senses. Tuck into the likes of Thai red curry, potato cakes with pea curry and tarka dahl, mushroom ragu with posh mash and allotment vegetables, Caribbean Ital vegetable curry with rice and peas, or Moroccan vegetable and chick pea chermoula casserole.
Extend the pleasure with a dark chocolate and raspberry mud pie, summer fruit filo tart, or seasonal fresh fruit crumble.
The traditional tearoom in Porthleven is a top choice for anyone wanting homemade food of the tastiest calibre.
Catering for a range of dietary needs and individual preferences, the team is currently in the process of increasing the range of vegan meals and cakes, which currently comprise crowd-pleasers such as mushroom stew with dumplings, vegan tagine and chickpea curry, along with a variety of sandwiches, soups and baked potatoes.
What’s more, you can tuck into a wonderfully self-indulgent, yet completely vegan cream tea for an extra sweet Cornish-dining experience.
Also offering vegetarian and vegan-friendly options:
Archie Brown’s in Penzance and Truro
Café Cloud in Newquay
Pea Souk in Falmouth
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion
The Bay, Penzance
The Waymarker in Falmouth
Pinky Murphy’s in Fowey
The Honey Pot in Penzance
The Beached Lamb Café in Newquay
The Tree Top Café in Looe
Café Cinnamon in Falmouth
Ohana Beach Café in Newquay
Boscastle Farm Shop
Have a look at our Holiday Cottages in Cornwall.