When it comes to plant-based fare, Bath has plenty to choose from. From quick bites to five-star dining, the city’s vegetarian and vegan restaurants offer a delicious meal whatever the occasion. To celebrate World Vegan Day, we asked the members of Bath Vegang for their must-try vegan dishes in Bath…
1. Pakoras at Yak Yeti Yak
Yak Yeti Yak was the first purely Nepalese restaurant to open in the UK and is a great spot for vegan dining. In accordance with the heavily plant-based diets of the people of Nepal, vegetarian and vegan food is given equal billing on the menu to the meat dishes, so vegans will find plenty to enjoy. Start your meal off right with a delicious pakora – choose from crispy ale and beetroot deep-fried in spiced chickpea batter, or cauliflower florets dipped in pakora batter and deep-fried.
2. A Whole Cauliflower at Acorn
Acorn put vegetables at the forefront and celebrate clean, natural flavours. Head Chef Richard Buckley’s food, which is based around local, organic produce, pushes boundaries and uses cutting-edge techniques, offering an exciting and adventurous menu which looks and tastes great. Their whole cauliflower dish offers just that – a whole cauliflower cooked in various different ways. The delicious dish includes bay roast florets, a truffle purée, and a molasses pickled core.
3. BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Burger at Chapel Arts Café
Situated under the auditorium of Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel Arts Café offers a weekly changing selection of mouth-watering dishes. For a delicious lunchtime treat, try their smoky BBQ pulled jackfruit burger. Tuck into smoky BBQ jackfruit and homemade coleslaw in a brioche-style bun, with an accompanying side salad. A gluten-free option is available.
4. All Things Facon at Roots & Shoots
When it came to deciding their top dish from Roots & Shoots, a fully vegan café and takeaway based in the vaults in SouthGate, the Bath Vegang found it very difficult to decide! But the two front-runners did have one thing in common – their delicious coconut facon. Start the day right with a facon buttie, or enjoy it sprinkled over a hearty bowl of mac and cheese for the ultimate winter warmer. Other much-loved Roots & Shoots dishes include their mouth-watering sausage rolls, tasty meatball marinara and the chickless wrap, the perfect grab-and-go lunch.
5. Tasty Toasties at Cascara
Reopened in October 2018 with a fully vegan menu, Cascara is the perfect place to pop for lunch or a coffee and cake. Cascara’s toasties are a particular favourite, with their chickpea 'tuna' melt and cheese and marmite toasties both highlighted as must-tries. Alternatively, if you’re just after a quick drink, be sure to try the delicious choco milk smoothie with cinnamon.
6. Wonderful Wraps at Beyond the Kale
Located in the vibrant Green Park Station, Beyond the Kale is a vegetarian café offering a fantastic menu of organic juices and homemade vegetarian delights. Beyond the Kale offer a mouth-watering selection of wraps, perfect for an on-the-go lunch. Favoured fillings include roasted vegetable and pesto, and homemade falafel.
7. Full Indian Breakfast at Rooted
A relative newbie to Bath’s foodie scene, vegetarian café Rooted opened in 2018. When it comes to must-try vegan dishes, Rooted has plenty, but a particular favourite is the impressive Full Indian Breakfast, which includes grilled paratha, chef’s dhal, mango and lime atcha and coconut yoghurt. Enjoy a vegetarian option with fried eggs, or opt to go vegan with curried scrambled tofu.
8. Onion Bhaji Wrap at Chaiwalla
Chaiwalla serves up street food in a pocket-sized unit in Kingsmead Square, perfect if you're after something quick and tasty. Opened in early 2016, Chaiwalla quickly became a Bath favourite for its Indian street food which is big on flavour. The onion bhaji wrap is a particular favourite, served with accompanying samosas if you’ve got a hearty appetite! Simply request no yoghurt in your wrap and you’re good to go!
9. Banana Blossom Fish and Chips at Nourish
Based just off Larkhall on the London Road, Nourish opened its doors to diners at the end of 2017. The fully plant-based restaurant offers a multitude of tasty options, which will certainly leave you wanting to come back to try the whole menu. Don’t miss their delicious take on the British classic fish and chips, with banana blossom taking the place of the fish. Served with mushy peas and tartare sauce, this dish is bound to delight.
10. Monster Vegan Brekky at The Green Rocket Café
Vegetarian café and restaurant The Green Rocket offer delicious vegetarian food and great coffee in an informal setting. Their extensive menu includes breakfast, lunch and evening supper options, alongside light bites, sweet treats and a range of tasty organic drinks. For the perfect start to the day, try their Monster Veggie Brekky, which includes sausages, roast portobello mushroom, bubble and squeak, tomatoes, greens, toast and homemade beans, with either scrambled egg or scrambled tofu to make it vegan. If you don’t have the appetite for a Monster Brekky, opt for a Mini Veggie Brekky and choose four breakfast items to enjoy with toast.
11. Vegan Gelato at Swoon
If you’re still hungry after trying Bath’s tastiest vegan dishes, how about stopping off at Swoon for a delicious dessert? Open daily from 11am–10:30pm, you can enjoy some tasty gelato after lunch, as a mid-afternoon snack, or after dinner. Choose from indulgent chocolate, creamy mango or fruity raspberry, or check out their guest flavours for more tasty options.