Eating Out: Bath

Alex Bourke of Vegetarian Guides dives into the sights, shops and veggie cafés of Bath.

Eating Out: Bath

The world heritage city of Bath is rightly famed for its 2,000-year-old Roman baths complex, Georgian buildings, museums and galleries, but there is so much more. Treat yourself to a cookery course at Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School, explore the 170 chalets of the Christmas Market, and luxuriate in hot spring water at the modern Thermae Spa, which even has a rooftop pool with views over the city. There are cutesy, independent shops galore, plenty of live music, and veggie food is everywhere.
Green Rocket vegetarian cafe has views of the abbey and Parade Gardens and a global menu that is restaurant quality. Lunch and dinner mains (£6.50–£10.95) include mezze platter; broccoli and tofu stir-fry with lemon, sherry and ginger sauce; or go full British with ginger-beer-battered tofu with triple-cooked chips, minted pea puree and rhubarb ketchup. There are epic cakes such as rhubarb and custard, while evening desserts crank it up a notch with vegan tiramisu, Kashmiri almond and pistachio pudding, and raw blueberry cheesecake. Wines and beers are all vegan.
For that special date, Acorn is Bath's fine-dining vegetarian restaurant. Tapas-style small lunch plates (£3.50–£6.50) are ideal for sharing, such as beetroot in thyme oil and dukka, smoked mushrooms, garlic broccoli, soup and pates. Two- and three-course lunches and dinners (£17.50–£33) could start with split pea and ginger soup or pine nut risotto, followed by smoked field mushroom with mushroom and walnut paté, rosemary potato galette, 
salt-baked celeriac puree and market greens. Finish with an exquisite dessert, such as salted chocolate tart with blood orange sorbet.
Metropolitan Cafe, nestled over a craft and gift shop between the abbey and the Jane Austen Centre, is more like a traditional tea room with a tempting cake counter – try the vegan banana-chocolate-peanut buttery one or double chocolate brownie. There are also wraps, sandwiches, toasties, warming soups, salads and a children's menu.

Also recommended…

• Chapel Arts Cafe, located in a performing arts centre, specialises in light breakfasts, tapas and mezze-style platters with flatbread, and luscious cakes, such as vegan orange with pistachios.
• Beyond the Kale is a vegan cafe with wraps, salads, cakes, juices and smoothies. Try raw lasagne, or roasted veg salad with pesto, lentils and mushroom quiche.
• For Indian vegetarian, Chai Walla café cooks street food to order, while Indian Temptation is a proper sit-down place with a separate vegan menu.
Demuths' website lists accommodation for all budgets, including the fully vegetarian Marlborough House. Or opt to stay in nearby Bristol.

Key Information

Green Rocket
Acorn •
Metropolitan Cafe • Facebook: Metropolitan Cafe
Chapel Arts
Beyond the Kale • 
Facebook: Beyond the Kale
Chai Walla
 • 42 Monmouth Street, BA1 2AN
Indian Temptation
 • Facebook: Indian Temptation
Marlborough House
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