Looking to bring Veganuary into the rest of the year? Whether you’re vegan yourself, have one in the family, or are just curious about the plant- based life, things have moved on a long way from bland tofu and endless falafel. With dedicated vegan cafes to fine dining establishments that provide full vegan menus you will have no trouble following this diet on your trip to The Malverns. As well as the below recommendations many restaurants and cafes are able to accommodate a vegan diet, we would recommend calling ahead or mentioning when booking to make sure they can whip you up something yummy. No one wants to be left with a plate of soggy lettuce, read on for our top picks of vegan eateries…
Great Malvern’s dedicated vegan café boasts a fully plant based menu that is good for the planet, your health and delivers fantastic flavour. Always innovating their dishes the menu changes regularly, using organic seasonal ingredients and sourcing locally. Choose from daily vegan bakes, energising smoothies, fluffy pancakes and a vegan twist on your breakfast favourites like vegan omelette and tofu benedict. With a calm atmosphere and excellent coffee to boot this is the first port of call for vegans in The Malverns.
Abbey Road Coffee
Come for an oat flat white, stay for the buzzing atmosphere and excellent cakes. Loads of vegan options including alternative milk choices for their barista made coffee and vegan cheese toasties of multiple varieties served on locally baked bread with salad. The reclaimed wood interior, outdoor seating and plenty of greenery bring a relaxed, Scandi vibe to this corner of Great Malvern.
As the longest running Indian restaurant in Great Malvern, having opened in 1987, this popular spot offers a full vegan menu. Covering dishes from across the Asian sub-continent including vegetable pathian on puri, sweet and sour veggies on deep fried dough, and a hot Goan style mirch wali, a coconut based dish with ground cashew, coriander and chilli seeds. There are plenty of options to choose from with side dishes of dhal, bhajis, fried rice, chapatis and more. The atmosphere is airy and welcoming with attentive service and an extensive cocktail menu, a special evening is guaranteed.
St Ann’s Well Café
Ideally placed for refreshment at the start or end of a hike up the hills this pretty landmark café is fully vegan and vegetarian. There’s tiered Italianate outdoor seating up the hillside and a feeling of being hidden amongst the trees. The cakes, hot drinks, soups and light bites are worth the fairly steep road up from Great Malvern and, with flapjacks from £1.50, it’s hard to beat this wholesome spot.
Greenlink is a top Great Malvern attraction for anyone interested in veggie, vegan, specialist or health food diets. They stock all manner of spices, meat alternatives, organic produce, nuts, seeds and eco friendly toiletries and cleaning products. The café area serves hot drinks, pastries and is well known for its wholesome vegetable soups. It’s earthy, organic goodness from head to toe; if that sounds like your thing you will find your people at Greenlink.
Located on the Malvern Hills, next to British Camp car park, this refreshment kiosk means that vegans don’t have to miss out on that essential mid-walk ice cream. Sally’s Place offers a wide range of plant based ice creams and sorbets as well as vegan sausage baps, pastries and cakes. Make sure to make yourself known as a vegan as, such is the wide range of products, they may not have everything on display.
This exceedingly popular Bangladeshi restaurant in Upton upon Severn makes eating out as a vegan easy. If you are dining in a mixed veggie, vegan and carnivore group no one will have to compromise at Pundits. Everything in the vegetable section on their menu but one dish, the Sag Paneer, which contains a halloumi like cheese, is suitable for vegans – as are most of the rice dishes and Chapatis. We recommend ordering a few dishes in side portion sizes to make for a flavoursome feast.
This riverside eatery is another one for mixed vegan and meat eater groups, with a great selection of meat, fish, veggie and vegan small plates. The vegan set menu offers tapas favourites like stuffed peppers, patatas bravas, chargrilled artichokes and more. There’s no less than three delicious salad options, a vegan sharing platter and vegan baklavas. Just make sure to order extra of everything as you know your meat eating friends will want a bite! It’s a lovely setting too, upstairs has views across the river and a vaulted wood panelled interior which all feels very cosy and nautical.
Vegan and vegetarian café set in an organic farm and artistic community. The dishes change seasonally and depend on what produce the farm brings forth. The café itself is a lovely light filled timber framed room with high ceilings, wooden floors and fairy lights strung across the beams.
Poolbrook Kitchen and Coffee Shop
This cosy family run eatery, close to the Three Counties Showground, serves up comforting classics and has a clear menu with a choice of labelled vegan dishes. A good option if you’re after a hearty vegan breakfast or brunch, their vegan full English does the classic breakfast proud with plenty of vegan sausage, hash browns and home baked sourdough. Those after a sweet fix in the morning can choose from three vegan pancake toppings, banana with maple syrup or chocolate sauce or warm fruit compote. There’s plenty more if you stop by for lunch with baked potatoes, vegan sandwich options, Buddha bowls and hot specials like homemade dhal with rice and naan.