With a natural larder overflowing with fruit, veg, and hedgerow pickables, Cornwall is famed for its fresh and wonderfully green ingredients, which take centre stage in the county’s many fabulous restaurants.
Cornwall boasts an impressive array of eateries, from Michelin star restaurants to cosy coffee shops and beachside haunts, but it’s the county’s growing number of vegetarian and vegan foodie destinations that has our attention!
Making the most of the rich source of local ingredients and showing off a penchant for delicious recipes and mouth-watering food and drink, these vegan hotspots are bringing plant-based food into the spotlight, and we are absolutely here for it.
Feeling hungry? Here’s our round-up of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Cornwall to get those taste buds tingling.
Archie Browns, Penzance
Old Brewery Yard, Penzance TR18 2EQ
Any Cornish vegetarian worth their hummus will know about Archie Browns. The popular health food shop and vegetarian café has branches in Truro and Penzance and is known for its healthy, delicious veggie fare.
Pop in for a heart-happy lunch featuring the likes of salads, gluten-free quiches, and homemade soups, as well as more unusual options such as farinata (delicious vegan pancakes made with chickpea flour). Whatever you do, make sure you order something from the cake stand and a smoothie to wash everything down – it’s a truly hunger-crushing combo!
The shop is also well worth a visit, full of tempting treats and eco-friendly finds, from vegan haircare to freshly baked bread. Penzance and the surrounding villages are full of fun and fascinating things to see and do too, from Jubilee Pool to the wonderful Newlyn Filmhouse.
Be Kind, Hayle
South Quay, Hayle TR27 4EP
Another lip-smacking addition to West Cornwall’s vegan offering, the Be Kind Vegan Coffee Caravan boasts a dizzying menu full of all manner of totally vegan delights. From incredible toasties (think Cubans with homemade pulled ‘pork’ and Philly cheesesteaks) and vegan BLTs to indulgent cakes, brownies, and cookies and warming coffees, the choice is next level from this oh-so-smiley food van.
It’s not just sumptuous snacks and lunches being served up here, either. Jaw-dropping views across St Ives Bay are your dining companions, alongside a roster of fun-filled and friendly community events, from free art classes to organised litter picks. Equipment is supplied at these events and there’s no need to book, so you can simply rock up with a smile on your face and get stuck in!
Sit down with your tasty treats or take them to go and enjoy them on the sun-warmed sands of one of the nearby beaches – dogs welcome! Checkout Be Kind’s social media to keep up with their exciting menu of food and events.
The Cornish Vegan, Truro
15 Kenwyn Street, Truro TR1 3BU
Just like it says on the tin, this beloved restaurant in Truro is 100% vegan. And boy, is it good if you’re in the mood for some meat-free comfort food. Inspired by travel and a world of different cultures, you can expect the likes of vegan fish and chips, mushroom fusion, and Canadian poutine. For those after something a little lighter, you’ll find delicious daily salad specials, poke bowls, and soup of the day.
Everything is made in-house (or sourced from local producers) at The Cornish Vegan, including their vegan butter, mayonnaise, and even cheese. The menu is always being updated to keep things fresh and interesting, giving you all the excuses to visit as often as you can. Eat your vegan feast in or take it away and enjoy it in the beautiful Victoria Gardens in Truro.
Potager Café, Constantine
Potager Garden High Cross, Constantine, Falmouth TR11 5RF
Tucked away in a lovely garden in south Cornwall, Potager makes its home in a converted greenhouse, creating a wonderfully unique setting for your next veggie feast. The menu is an ever-changing celebration of good food, with inventive dishes promising something new and delicious with every visit.
Stop by for a slice of homemade cake, a slap-up veggie brekkie, or a soul-nourishing lunch, from salads and soups to tacos. Alongside the moreish menu, you’ll also find a line-up of creative workshops, including weaving, fabric dyeing, and botanical ink, giving you the opportunity to feed the mind, body, and soul all in one visit.
The Bean Inn, Carbis Bay
Coast B&B, Coast, St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2RT
If it’s gourmet you’re after, book a table at The Bean Inn. This intimate, candle-lit restaurant near St Ives is the perfect choice for a special night out. On any given eve there is a selection of starters, sides, and mains to choose from, ensuring there is something to tickle every taste bud!
Favourites include freshly made soups, seasonal sharing Buddha bowls, and stuffed potato cakes with pea curry, spiced veg and tarka dahl. A dessert menu full of sweet treats is there to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth, while the kids’ menu ensures little bellies are catered for too.
Many of the options are vegan or can be made suitable and the entire drink selection is all vegan-friendly, including locally made wines and beers. Spend the day relaxing by the waters of the many beautiful beaches that surround Carbis Bay and St Ives to really bolster the appetite, before sitting down to your glorious meat-free feast.
Tintagel PL34 0AH
Totally vegan and completely delicious, Vega in Tintagel is a true celebration of all things plant based. The friendly and buzzing atmosphere is outshone only by the tasty menu, which offers lunchtime and evening meals. Feast on wholesome and homemade fare, from soups, curries, and chilli to lasagne, mac and cheese, and loaded hummus. The onion bhajis are legendary!
Located near one of Cornwall’s most famous castles, not to mention some incredible north coast backdrops, we heartily recommend stepping out onto the Cornish coast for a spectacularly dramatic walk to build up an appetite for your vegan feast. You can even round off your visit with a refreshing dip in one of the county’s most magical waterfalls – absolute perfection!
Fal Falafel, Falmouth
The Moor, Falmouth TR11 3QA
Fancy some award-winning street food? Well, with Fal Falafel’s ‘come hungry, leave happy’ ethos, you can expect a mammoth feed of feel-good food. Every aspect of the menu has been perfected to ensure balanced meals that are good for the soul and kind to the planet, from local ingredients to biodegradable packaging.
On the menu, you can look forward to a filling mix of fresh falafels and hummus with either pitta, salad, or both! Throw in some stuffed vine leaves and a Turkish coffee and you’ve got the perfect fuel for a day exploring Falmouth and its many fabulous beaches.
Roots Café, Perranporth
44 St Pirans Road, Perranporth TR6 0BJ
Known for its giant, dog-friendly beach, Perranporth is also becoming a bit of a hotspot for great eats, especially if you’re looking for a sundowner by the sea. If it’s top-notch, veg-fuelled fare you’re after, then welcoming Roots Café is a win-win.
The changing menu features a range of yummy dishes, from poke bowls and falafel wraps to vegan pies and jacket potatoes – not to mention a selection of sweet treats to really get the taste buds tingling (think hot vegan brownies and chocolate Oreo cakes)! Keep an eye on their social media for upcoming dishes, and take your tasty foods to-go to enjoy them on the golden sands of the beach – perfect for a spot of wave watching.
Canteen at the Eco Park, Porthtowan
Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Chapel Hill, Porthtowan TR4 8HL
Boasting the food mileage of a wheelbarrow push, Canteen is the place to go for farm-to-fork freshness and button-popping dishes. Based at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park, the café is open seven days a week, 9am to 3pm, with several evenings boasting thematic – and delicious – fun (Wednesdays are Canteen kebabs, Thursdays are tacos, Fridays are paella, and Saturdays are curry night). The day-to-day menu varies, with the likes of chilli, BBQ, and puddings adding a variety of colours and flavours to your plate - not to mention their famous Sunday lunches!
Wilder Allotment Kitchen, Falmouth
48 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EA
Falmouth is quickly becoming a top vegan hotspot, with many of its eateries either fully vegan, veggie, or boasting an excellent vegan menu. Wilder is the former, with a veg-packed menu that bursts with flavour. Served in a tummy-rumbling thali style, you can expect an eye-popping mix of dishes, from Bombay roast spuds and lemon basmati to coconut curry and roast squash in a Goan sauce. The menu changes regularly too, giving you every excuse to visit as much as you can. Sit in or take away, the choice is deliciously yours!
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