Eating Out: Norwich

Alex Bourke of Vegetarian Guides discovers Norfolk is flat out wonderful for veggies.

Eating Out: Norwich

If you love Brighton – and who doesn't? - then you will adore Norwich, especially the Lanes district, mostly pedestrianised and packed with hundreds of independent shops. There are theatres, music dens, and veggie venues aplenty to scoff and quaff. Mix in medieval and Tudor buildings, modern malls, and a huge market every day except Sunday, for the best city centre break in Britain. Historic hotspots include the castle, guildhall and museums of archaeology, costume, aviation and even Colman's mustard.
Tofurei vegan café and deli has just opened, in the heart of the Lanes, with an onsite soya microdairy and 'vegan butcher'. They produce flavoured soya milks, tofu-based mince, burgers, and Cumberland 'soysages', and sell round wooden boxes of Camembert-style Tyne Chease made from cashew nuts. The café serves pizzas, pies, 'soysage' rolls and sandwiches, such as chickpea 'tuna'. Cakes vary each day from a huge range, such as vanilla sponge with coconut and strawberry topping. They also run workshops on making soya milk and tofu and provide ingredients for your first home batch.
Relax with coffee, cake and a spot of eco-reading at The Greenhouse organic vegetarian café, inside Norwich Environment Centre. It's so chilled that mobiles are turned off at the door. Great value meals include hearty soup of the day, quiche, and filled ciabatta panini like tofu sausage with fried onion and ketchup. Pick up some Montezuma chocolate buttons or Booja-Booja truffles, and keep an eye out for evening wine tastings.
For a picture-perfect Sunday lunch, ride the bus to Trowse at the edge of town, where River Green Café vegetarian restaurant overlooks the village green. Try mushroom and chestnut pie, a broccoli, pea and quinoa burger, or the sumptuous date, apricot and cashew nut stuffed aubergine with garlic mushrooms and spicy red wine sauce. Fabulous desserts feature vegan, gluten-free blueberry and lemon cheesecake, and a banoffee nut pie with chocolate biscuit base served with chocolate-covered bananas and coconut vanilla cream.

Also recommended:

  • For fast lunch for a fiver, visit Moorish Falafel Bar, the quirky KindaKafe, or Loving Hut for a Chinese vegan all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • In the market, grab a jackfruit burger from Bia Kitchen vegan food truck, and cakes and more at the Norfolk Kind Food stall.
  • Wild Thyme licensed vegetarian restaurant, just round the corner from Tofurei, is perfect for cooked breakfast or an early dinner.
  • Vegetarian Indians Namaste India and Namaste Village are your best bet for Sunday night when others are closed.
  • Stay at vegetarian bed and breakfasts Homestay Norwich and Number 15. Both are near the centre.

Key Information

The Greenhouse
River Green Café
Moorish Falafel Bar
Facebook: KindaKafe
Loving Hut
Bia Kitchen
Norfolk Kind Food
Wild Thyme
Namaste India & Namaste Village
Homestay Norwich
Number 15
Tourist info

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