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There is such an abundance of places to eat as a vegan in Norwich, with more coming every year. There are so many great places that I have split the categories into evening meals, casual dining and takeaways, and vegan groceries. I have tried to primarily focus on places I think are local businesses who are well known for their vegan food. There are far more places that are vegan-friendly and large chain restaurants as well as reviews for the restaurants I have listed which can be found over at Happy Cow.
This is a great place for birthdays and evening meals, or even visiting just for their huge list of vegan cocktails. This place has a real quirky feel, with jazz covers of popular songs commonly playing, and an American diner meets world food style menu. Everything is freshly made in-house, from their 'meats' to their mayo, and they have brunch, lunch and evening menus. Bookings needed for weekend evenings.
Highlights: Their BBQ ribs! They also host a popular monthly quiz night with The Sleazy Vegan.
Relatively new on the Norwich vegan scene. Based on Tombland, Erpingham House is '100% plant-based' aesthetically on point; it has flower walls, indoor trees covered in fairy lights and quotes on the walls. It would be great before a night out as it has an extensive bar menu. It is also open daytimes and sells the sought after CBD oil coffee for £4.
Highlights: Their raw vegan snickers desert and virgin pornstar mocktail.
Not fully vegan (or vegetarian), so it is a great choice for eating out with people who are non-vegan as it caters to all. They have a full page vegan menu with a lot to choose from, ranging from vegan cheese
River Green Cafe does lovely, locally sourced, environmentally ethical vegetarian and vegan food and almost everything on the menu has a vegan option. The tofu katsu and the mushroom wellington are two of my favourite mains. Based in trowse, a couple of miles from the city centre, it is much easier to park nearby. They also create fresh lovely microwavable meals 'redi-meals' for nights when you really don't have time to cook and they're delicious.
For a special occasion, River Green also does a chef's table' evening, where you can have a private chef cook a 5-course tasting menu in front of you. This requires booking in advance and costs about £50 a head. It is a great option for a birthday or celebration.
Highlight: Roast Dinner on a Sunday
This is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Norwich and does brunch, lunch and early evening meals. The food is incredible and changes seasonally. Unfortunately, it is currently closed due to smoke damage (following a fire in Rainbow Wholefoods beneath it but set to reopen August 2018).
Casual dining/ Takeaway
Norwich Market -Bia's Kitchen / Booja Ice-cream at The Ice Cream Parlour
100% vegan. Incredible cakes, delicious salad bowls, smoothie bowls and great coffee. It also has a really cool outside area upstairs, which is such a suntrap and is painted with a really pretty mural.
The Greengrocers actually fits into all of the categories in this article as it is attached to a largely vegan wholefoods store and also is open for evening meals Thursday-Sunday for pizza nights. They are vegetarian, vegan and omni catering, with a wide range of vegan options, and most of their food is locally sourced.
Their brunches are very popular and you can see why from the picture below. I love going to read the paper and have a leisurely coffee in the sun on their outdoor tables. The pizza they do on their pizza nights is also exceptional and they do vegan cheese and customise however you want from any of the ingredients available. They also do gluten-free bases.
Vegetarian and vegan options. This cute little cafe and shop on Castle Meadow run a pay-forward service with coffees and meals for people who can't afford to eat or have a hot drink at the time. The food is usually a fairly simple vegan option such as a dahl or a salad, and it also has a compassionate co-working space upstairs.
This is for takeaway. Their main meals can be customised to have any selection of tofu, mock duck, roast cashews, or Quorn and they also have lots of amazing vegetable options too.
Vegan Groceries and
A great wholefood shop with a lot of vegan health foods. They have moved temporarily to Lower Goat Lane after the fire in May.
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I haven't managed to take photos at all of these places yet, so if you have a good food pic from any of the above and you would be happy for me to use it here, please leave a comment below.