Since its World Vegan day today, we thought we’d join in with the likes of vegainstas Bill Clinton, Madonna and Miley Cyrus and delve into the top five vegan eateries on the Island.
It’s no surprise that the Island is currently experiencing the best of veganism, given that since 2016 the amount of vegan meals ordered in the UK has risen by 388%! Even if you’re not plant-based or vegan, these restaurants and cafes offer something for everyone.
Opened only this year, Peach Vegan Kitchen & Zero Waste Store has created waves in Newport with its delicious homemade cakes and creative menus that make every trip as good as the first time. They have also recently started doing a mouthwatering Sunday roast – with all the (vegan) trimmings!
Peach also sells lots of great zero waste home and living products at reasonable prices; from bamboo straws to dry shampoo. This fabulous eatery is a perfect haven to get away from this rainy weather this winter.
Django’s Tapas offers a unique experience not found anywhere else on the island. A plant-based restaurant, Django’s is also a jazz cafe, a BYOB eatery and is based at what was once the old Lavender farm.
With a regularly changing tapas menu, expect anything from mushroom casserole to za’atar sambousek, luscious cakes, and vegan ice cream. Django’s is a blissful, picturesque restaurant and jazz cafe with a distinctive and welcoming atmosphere. Also, just like Peach, Django’s have just started a vegan Sunday roast too!
On a mission to make the world healthier and more sustainable, owners of Tansy’s, Jaime and Ollie, have been working tirelessly to create this wonderful restaurant in Godshill. Probably best known for their ‘Vish & Chips’, (their vegan version of fish and chips) which is made from Banana blossom and served with classic skin-on chips, mushy peas, and Tansy’s homemade tartare sauce. Tansy’s definitely isn’t exclusively for vegans and welcomes everyone into their delightfully creative restaurant. Also, definitely do not miss out on dessert – especially the cherry pie.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few years, you’d definitely have come across The Garlic Farm at one point or another. Famous for its local garlicky produce, such as their Vampire Relish and their infamous Black Garlic Beer, The Garlic Farm in Newchurch has a lot to offer for vegans and vegetarians alike.
Their most popular vegan options include the mezze sharing platter which contains every garlic lover’s dream of roasted garlic bulbs, butter bean and garlic hummus and garlic mushrooms. If you’re extra hungry, you can always treat yourself to their Mediterranean vegan flatbread, complete with vegan garlic mayonnaise.
This option may come as a surprise to most vegans but The Woodvale pub in Gurnard has recently changed their menu to include some fabulous new vegan options to enjoy. Situated overlooking Gurnard beach, it’s a wonderful place to cosy up, play some pool and tuck into some scrumptious food.
Serving the Moving Mountains® plant-based burger, which even ‘bleeds’ like regular beef patty (don’t worry, it’s just beetroot juice!) and Asian inspired dishes such as miso with tofu and cabbage, The Woodvale has something to satisfy the whole family’s taste buds.
Vegan Lemon Cake
- 170 g self-raising flour
- 200 g caster sugar
- 250 ml lemonade
- 80 ml vegetable oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 50 g icing sugar
- 113 g dairy-free butter
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Pre-heat oven to 180°C (350°F).
- Blend all the cake batter ingredients together.
- Once smooth, pour the mix into a greased baking tin and pop into the oven for 40 minutes (or until fully cooked all the way through).
- While that is baking away in the oven, mix the icing ingredients together.
- Drizzle the icing over once the cake has cooled down.