In light of Veganuary, I thought it was an appropriate time to share with you all my favourite vegan and vegetarian cafes in Devon, these are my go to’s. I literally can’t go to Exeter without visiting the plant café, if I don’t get to chill in Rumpuscosy on a trip to Plymouth it’s not worth going, and if it rains when I plan to go to Barricane beach, I might cry! Check out exactly why I love them so much below:
Barricane Beach Café, Woolacombe
Although Barricane Beach Café is only open during the warm summer months due to its unique yet weather dependant location, it is worth noting and saving a special visit for the longer and warmer days and evenings ahead of us. Woolacombe beach is a well-loved and popular attraction, amongst locals and visitors, but, take a short stroll around to the next bay, either along the beach when the tide is out or across the headland to the next cove and you will find Barricane Beach. It’s an idyllic shelled cove, with steep cliffs either side protecting visitors from any winds. A couple of hours or a day spent there is pure bliss and guarantees relaxation. Not only do you get to enjoy the outstanding scenery, you can eat some of the finest, freshest, most delicious authentic Sri Lankan food in the whole of North Devon and quite possibly, further afield, all while watching the ocean waves. The experience is one of a kind, your food is served on proper plates, with proper cutlery, yet you get to enjoy it on one of the best beaches in North Devon- what could be better? Vegetarians and vegans can rejoice too, as much of the menu is suitable, with alternatives available!
The Plant Café, Exeter
Once you find and try the Plant Café, it’s likely you won’t want to eat anywhere else in Exeter. The café is small yet cosy and inviting, with warm blankets for the outdoor seating on colder days and magazines, community news and great music inside. The view out of the window is of the stunning Exeter Cathedral and greenery, so if you are looking for a small slice of tranquillity before the day ahead, it’s a great place to go! The ambience is relaxed and inviting and the food is even better. Each selection is freshly made, full of colour and life, as well as being healthy and nutritious. It is the sort of food you feel good about eating and that your body thanks you for. Portions are generous, the variety is abundant (even for vegans), it’s great value for money and it all tastes incredible!
The higgle-dy-piggle mix of vintage and quirky furniture and miss-matched cups, saucers, plates and cutlery isn’t for everyone (I love it) but the food and atmosphere is likely to appeal to all! Not only does Rumpuscosy serve great food, in an even better atmosphere, it is also for a fantastic cause, with profit donations going to Effervescent. Effervescent is a creative arts space in the heart of Plymouth city centre (right next door to Rumpuscosy), so once you’ve enjoyed your bite to eat, head next door and check out the ever-changing exhibitions, all designed by local, young people. The menu stays fresh and new dishes are frequently added, depending on the season. Each one I have tried is mouth-wateringly good with a great balance of flavours and plenty of food to keep you full! If you’re a tea fan, this is also THE place to be, with a fantastic range of loose green, fruit and flavoured teas! Sip to your hearts content!
Where are your favourite vegetarian and vegan friendly cafes or restaurants in Devon? Let me know via my social media channels so I can check them out too!
Image credit: Herry Lawford