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, Truro
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 homemade, 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, 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, The Canteen.
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, St Ives
For day-trippers or visitors staying in the sublime seaside town of St Ives, The Bean Inn presents a brilliant vegetarian option.
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 chickpea chermoula casserole.
Extend the pleasure with dark chocolate and raspberry mud pie, summer fruit filo tart, or seasonal fresh fruit crumble.
Twisted Currant, Porthleven
Twisted Current is a traditional tearoom and 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 a 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:
Bookoos, Helston and Falmouth
Archie Brown’s, Penzance and Truro
Café Cloud, Newquay
Pea Souk, Falmouth
The Bay, Penzance
The Waymarker, Falmouth
Pinky Murphy’s, Fowey
The Honey Pot, Penzance
The Beached Lamb Café, Newquay
The Tree Top Café, Looe
Ohana Beach Café, Newquay
Boscastle Farm Shop, Boscastle
Slice of Cornwall, Helston
Have a look at our Holiday Cottages in Cornwall.