Whether you have been vegan for as long as you can remember or are simply looking to introduce more plant-based meals into your diet, Exeter has plenty of delicious destinations to choose from. Here’s a selection of some of the city’s top places to dine -making your vegan dreams come true from breakfast all the way through to dinner.
Start your day right with breakfast at Sacred Grounds in McCoy’s Arcade. This plant-based eatery has firmly established itself as a cult favourite, especially with its photogenic interior that pops up time and time again on visitors’ Instagram feeds. The fresh, 100% vegan menu is produced locally and then lovingly prepared into amazing plant-based sweet and savoury delights. Their signature dishes of waffles and smorbrod are complimented with superfood smoothies, ethically sourced coffee and cakes.
South Street Standard
Next to the stunning Cathedral Green sits the independent bar and kitchen South Street Standard, the perfect hang out for when you are feeling peckish morning, noon or night. Their all-day summer menu features vegan options throughout, including a green malay curry, seitan burger and vegan mezze board. Open every day of the week, there is plenty of opportunity to catch up with your friends over one of their tasty plant-based offerings whilst relaxing in a stylish dining setting.
Cavern Club Café
This popular music venue located on Exeter’s Queen Street may be the go-to night-time place for an eclectic mix of indie, rock and funk music, but by day it becomes a vegetarian and vegan café. Providing a relaxed atmosphere for both brunch and lunch, the café provides a whole range of affordable and tasty vegan meals. Choose from their all-day breakfast, burger, pick ‘n mix jacket potato and toasted sandwich fillings or ‘fish’ and chips, and don’t forget their naughty but oh so nice milkshakes, with flavours including Oreo, peanut butter and salted caramel – all of which are vegan!
The Lin Den
Fresh on Exeter’s foodie scene is North Street’s The Lin Den. The patisserie serves up freshly made cakes and pastries that are 100% vegan and hand-crafted inhouse by Claridges-trained patisserie chef, Paula. When it’s time for that mid-week coffee and sweet treat, head to The Lin Den and choose between their array of delights including cinnamon rolls, almond and apple pie cake and triple chocolate fudge cake.
The Flat, on Fore Street, has your dinner plans sorted with their delicious vegan menu that is perfect for fans of fresh, homemade pizza. Self-described as ‘planet-friendly indulgence, done simply’, The Flat pride themselves on creating the best quality pizzas using freshly prepared and ethically sourced organic ingredients. If you can’t eat in it’s not a problem, their delicious range of pizza and drinks can be collected and enjoyed at home too.
Exeter’s vegan offering does not end there either. The city’s streets are bursting with other independent eateries that offer delicious plant based options, including: The Plant Café in Cathedral Yard for fresh, light lunches, Old Firehouse on New North Road for giant pizzas and homemade pub-inspired grub, Tea on the Green on Cathedral Green for locally sourced breakfast and lunch menus and Herbies on North Street for colourful and imaginative lunch and dinner.
Alongside these choices, Exeter’s chain restaurants also have menus that cater for vegans, with Absurd Bird, ASK, Bella Italia, Bills, Café Rouge, Carluccio’s, Comptoir Libanais, Giraffe, Las Iguanas, Nando’s, Pho, Pizza Express, The Stable, Turtle Bay, Wagamama, Yo! Sushi and Zizzi offering a fantastic range of options.