It’s that time of year when millions of people across the UK are getting down to New Year’s resolutions.
It’s no secret that for many of us our will to drink less and exercise more will weaken before the month (or maybe even the Christmas tree) is over.
But one resolution that has grown stronger in recent years is Veganuary.
Read more: Exeter’s famous pie shop abandons all meat for Veganuary
The movement was created in 2014 to encourage people to give up animal products during the first month of the year – and beyond.
Last year 582,000 participated and this year organizers expect even more people to register.
If you are thinking of joining them, but don’t feel like being confined to home for a month, fear not, Devon is full of restaurants serving great vegan food.
Here is our selection of the group.
Banana Cafe, Tiverton
Cafe Banana isn’t just plant-based, it’s surrounded by plants too. Relax in this miniature paradise set against a backdrop of tropical foliage, with a slice of handmade vegan carrot cake.
Based at Tiverton’s Withleigh Nurseries, customer favorites include the plant-based brownies and the New York-style bagel that includes homemade seitan, arugula, pickles, mayonnaise and American mustard.
You will also find sandwiches, soup, daily specials as well as delicious tea and coffee.
Collective CafÃ©, Bideford
Voted ‘Best Coffee in Bideford’, Cafe Collective on Grenville Street also offers a legendary vegan Sticky Ginger Cake, made from its own recipe.
There’s also a full vegan breakfast, along with lighter breakfast options like sliced ââtomatoes and black pepper, or toast with fresh mushrooms. Then there are vegan pizzas, a garden burger, homemade vegan sausages, and a plethora of gluten-free options.
Everything is made on site and there is a range of beers, ciders, wines and prosecco (unless of course you do Dry January).
Wild thyme coffee, Braunton
Eat breakfast all day or come for a leisurely lunch or dinner. At Wild Thyme Cafe, there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to suit all appetites.
Vegan specialties include spicy Mexican rice and beans with roasted sweet potato, humous, tortillas, salsa, avocado, salad and roasted seeds; roasted parsnip and carrot soup with fennel and cumin seeds; and Ethiopian Stew, a lentil dish spiced with Berber spices, served with rice, Asian coleslaw, and mango chutney.
This popular cafÃ© also has its own roast on site. Its Rainforest Alliance beans are imported green from Colombia and carefully roasted by hand by Greg of Kope Coffee Roasters, in small batches of no more than 1 kg at a time.
The cafe is located in the Caen Field shopping center and you can view the menus here.
Willow’s Tea Room, Landkey
You would never guess that the cakes at Willow’s Tearoom are vegan, but that’s exactly what they are.
This charming cafe near Barnstaple reopened in 2021 as a plant-only venue. Since then, the coffee nut cake has sold like vegan hotcakes.
There are plenty of other animal-free goodies out there as well, including meatless breakfasts and lunches and dairy-free cream teas.
Willow’s accepts dogs and the CEO (meaning the Meal Chef) is a Dalmatian called Oreo.
Cake or Death, Exeter
Who doesn’t love a brownie? And Cake or Death Bakery in Exeter creates some of the best you’ve ever tasted. They are also vegans (but don’t tell non-vegans that.)
It’s run by Katie Cross who was inspired to start her own business after being interviewed to appear on Bake Off. While she didn’t quite put on the show, her designs experienced a storm in Exeter and beyond.
The cafÃ© is open on Bartholomew Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. But if you can’t come, don’t worry, you can order them online as well, to have hassle-free delivery to your mailbox.
The hairy barista, Totnes
For a cake that counts towards your five a day, look no further than The Hairy Barista on High Street in Totnes.
The beautifully presented herbal treats are all freshly made and handmade.
Choose from heavenly squares of chai latte cheesecake, peanut and caramel bars, chocolate, date and banana cakes, or a range of breakfast muffins.
Most of the products on offer are organic, refined sugar and gluten free, proving that you can really have your cake and eat it.
the Edgy Veggie, Totnes
While not strictly a cafe (they bring you the food), The Edgy Veggie is a vegetarian takeout that took off during lockdown.
It was started by Ruth Rae and her partner John, after Ruth was put on leave from her job as a conductor at Schumacher College.
Vegetarian and vegan meals are made from healthy, local ingredients. Enticing options include Thai curries, homemade pie, tomato and bean stew, cashew and apricot tagine, and smoked chili which can all be ordered online.
Cafe Daisy, Torquay
Vegan black pudding – who would have thought! But at Daisy’s, you’ll find that and many more animal-free alternatives to some traditional favorites.
Along with the vegan breakfast (including vacon, not bacon), there is also an attic VLT with vegan mayonnaise as well as a range of animal-free burgers.
Fancy something sweet? Then discover the range of vegan waffles, ice creams and cakes. Or how about a slice of apple pie with vegan custard, or maybe a Lotus Biscoff freakshake topped with vegan “cream”?
Babbacombe Rd’s licensed cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday evening from 6:30 pm.
The Green Man CafÃ© & Cakes, Chagford
Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or indecisive, you’ll love homemade cakes at this cozy cafe in Chagford. And dogs and muddy boots are also welcome.
Located on the High Street, there are also local, seasonal vegetarian options to eat in or take out.
The Oasis herbal restaurant, Paignton
The Oasis is a 100% vegan cafe in Paignton.
It’s run by former singer Nikki Jordan-Watts who became a chef because she couldn’t find the kind of tasty Caribbean vegan food she loves.
Highlights include Caribbean rotis and Gallo Pinto – a flavorful Costa Rican rice dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch.
There’s also a fully vegan breakfast, pancakes, and a selection of cakes.
In addition to Oasis, Nikki runs the famous vegan takeout delivery service L’il Mamas next to Palace Avenue.
Nourishing herbal coffee, Teignmouth
The people of Nourish not only do pretty much everything on their own, but they even cultivate some of it.
The menu includes soup bowls, tofu mixed vegetables and coconut curry served with brown rice and fresh flatbread, date and nut bread, and a whole host of vitamin goodies.
You’ll find it on Regents Street in Teignmouth.
CafÃ© Rio, Maidencombe beach
Nestled in the cliffs, this hidden gem offers a wide range of vegan and non-vegan snacks, including soup, paninis and cakes, made with local ingredients.
It’s also the perfect place for a dip or paddleboarding – and you can rent some, as well as kayaks.
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