For a vegetarian in Exeter, theres no shortage of places where you can delight your tastebuds. However, some of these are squirrelled away in places you might not think to look, while others are just plain unknown, which is a shame, because some of them are really top-notch. Here are my top places for meat-free munching:
There’s no shortage of places where you can delight your tastebuds in exeter’s city limits
The Plant Café
This lovely little Café opposite the cathedral is definitely one of my favourite places to eat out in Exeter. Not only is it in a lovely setting but the food is amazing, and really pushes the boat out for Exeter’s culinary cucumber scene. They do lovely frittatas and salads but they have some other neat sweet treats too, such as the beetroot-raspberry cake and chocolate chip cookies. Both definitely worth sampling, and then some — good luck with resisting going back for seconds. Hope you aren’t on a diet!
Next door to the Plant Café you’ll find another herbivore haven in the form of Moroccan restaurant Al Farid. They do great deals on mezzes so it’s a great place to go with a large group and just order different things to share. It’s £40 for six dishes and a bottle of wine, so it’s pretty good value as well; in other words, you won’t be busting your budget in the process. If you fancy it, you can even unwind with some shisha afterwards – a rare treat, and a unique selling point to this small veggie venue.
The Evolution Crystal Cafe
If you’re as much of a hippie as I am you’ll love this place. Located at the lower end of Fore Street, the Crystal Café is a crystal shop/bookstore/cafe which serves an excellent selection of lovely vegan and vegetarian food. I would definitely recommend the wide range of herbal teas as well. It’s a hidden gem, and you don’t want to miss it out, so hunt it down on the double.
Herbies is a bit pricey but as a once in a while treat it’s worth a visit. This cosy little restaurant on North Street serves a wide range of tasty dishes including Greek vegetable pie and a carrot and cashew nut loaf. They also have some good sharing platters, so you can feel free to bring along a friend as well without worrying that they’ll be left out. All of their wines are organic and orgasmic and their coffee is fair-trade and fabulous on top of that – just in case you needed any more reason to go (which you didn’t).
The Old Firehouse
Everyone knows that the Firehouse is famously the inspiration for the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter but it also does some great sixteen-inch veggie and vegan pizzas. Flavours include Vegetarian hot, Vegan Mushroom, Vegan Butternut Squash and Greek, so there’s a good variety to go with the good flavour. Their stuff is truly delicious and not to be missed: it’s definitely in the upper crust of vegetarian establishments.