Whether you’re a seasoned veggie, taking up the challenge of Meatless Mondays, or just looking for a tasty meal, Bath has plenty of options on offer. Here are our top vegetarian picks in Bath…
Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen
The chefs at Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen are passionate about producing beautiful and delicious plant-based dishes. Head Chef Richard Buckley’s food pushes boundaries and uses cutting edge technique to deliver an adventurous and exciting menu which looks and tastes great.
With plenty of vegan, wheat-free and gluten-free options, everybody is well catered for. Open every day for lunch and dinner, you’ll be sure to have a delicious meal.
Chapel Arts Café
As well as offering a wide range of music, theatre and dance productions, Chapel Arts Centre is also home to a plant-based café. Chapel Arts Café is open for snacks and lunch Monday-Saturday, as well as offering pre-show meals on Fridays and Saturdays.
Amongst the tasty treats on offer, you’ll find delicious flatbreads with a wide range of toppings, scrumptious salads, and homemade cakes. The café is also used as an exhibition space, so you can enjoy the work of local artists whilst you dine.
Demuths Cookery School
If you like the idea of getting stuck in and learning how to cook your own delicious veggie dinner, head to Demuths Cookery School. Run by professional chef Rachel Demuth, a pioneer of vegetarian and vegan cooking, Demuths aims to show that vegetarian food can be colourful, creative and tasty.
Demuths run a range of cookery courses, which teach a variety of different types of vegetarian cuisine, from Mediterranean to Mexican. There are also gluten free and vegan courses on offer. Demuths also offer private bookings for special events – a great idea for a hen party or special celebration.
Giggling Squid opened its doors in Bath in January 2018, offering mouthwatering thai fare in beautiful surrounds. With a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu, there's plenty on offer for those looking to avoid a meaty dish. We're big fans of the Crispy Pak Maew to start - a delicious plant-based alternative to crispy squid - and a thick and creamy red vegetable curry or a flavoursome cashew nut stir fry as an appetising main course.
Yak Yeti Yak
Tucked in the basement of an eighteenth-century townhouse in the centre of Bath, Yak Yeti Yak was the first purely Nepalese restaurant to open in the UK. 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, and you’ll find a wide variety of delicious vegetable dishes to whet your appetite.
If you’d like an authentic Nepalese experience, there is a cushioned area where you can sit on the floor to enjoy your meal, although there are tables and chairs for those who aren’t feeling so adventurous!
In December 2016, the owners of Yak Yeti Yak also opened Nepalese street food café Phat Yaks. Following the same ethos as their parent restaurant, Phat Yaks offers delicious vegetarian and vegetarian breakfast and lunch options which are great for on-the-go dining.
If pizza is your favourite treat, look no further than Dough in the Corridor. With a variety of different pizza doughs on offer (all of which are vegan, and with gluten-free options to boot), you'll be spoilt for choice. Sub mozzarella for their tasty vegan alternative, and you can enjoy a plant-based version of the Italian classic.
The Mint Room
The ethos of Indian restaurant The Mint Room is that tradition and modernity should go hand in hand. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, The Mint Room has a contemporary ambiance and offers traditional Indian cuisine cooked and presented in an innovative and exciting way. Those dining on a sunny day can enjoy their meal on The Mint Room's stunning terrace.
The Mint Room has a generous offering of vegetarian dishes to enjoy inside the restaurant or order to take away.
Newton Farm Café
Newton Farm Café is situated just ten minutes from Bath, in the picturesque village of Newton St Loe. The café is family-run, and a part of Newton Farm Foods, which incorporates a farm, award-winning farm shop and café.
For breakfast, Newton Farm Café offer various delicious veggie options, including a vegetarian cooked breakfast. Their lunch menu is equally vegetarian-friendly, with plenty of meat-free sandwiches. For Sunday Lunch, you can enjoy a Portobello burger, Mediterranean vegetable salad or quinoa risotto.
Another fantastic option for vegetarians is one of Bath’s delicious independent bakeries. Bertinet Bakery offer a stunning range of artisan breads, sourdoughs, pastries and savouries. Make sure you give their famous almond croissants a try – the perfect quick and delicious breakfast option.
Harvest Natural Foods
If you’d prefer to pick up some delicious vegetarian ingredients and cook up a feast at home, head to Harvest Natural Foods. The friendly team at Harvest specialise in providing ethically sourced, vegetarian, speciality foods. They take pride in selling only natural products, untouched by genetic engineering or food additives. You’ll be sure to find the ingredients for the perfect vegetarian or vegan meal, as well as something tasty for dessert!
Formerly The Beaufort, Nourish opened its doors to diners at the end of 2017. The restaurant is 100% plant-based, and offers a multitude of tasty options including barbeque jackfruit tacos, mushroom and ale pie, quinoa and black bean burger, and a delicious take on fish and chips with banana blossom taking the place of the 'fish'.
Green Rocket Café
The Green Rocket provide tasty vegetarian food and great coffee in a relaxed setting. With an extensive menu featuring plenty of vegan options, the Green Rocket are open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. We particularly recommend the Italian tasting plate!
Beyond the Kale
Located inside Green Park Station, Beyond the Kale is a vegetarian café and whole foods shop with a great menu of organic juices, homemade vegetarian delights to eat in or take away, and a range of local produce.
Exclusively vegetarian restaurant Indian Temptation allows everyone to experience a taste of Indian heritage. Indian Temptation offer a varied range of delicious dishes, with a separate vegan menu available on request. All food is cooked fresh, and you can choose to eat in or order your food to take away.
Opened in early 2016, Indian street food takeaway Chai Walla very quickly became a Bath favourite. Housed in a pocket-sized unit in Kingsmead Square, Chai Walla offers a small menu with three delicious vegetarian options, each bursting with flavour.
By Emily McKay