A Vegan Guide to eating out in Bude and the local area
With the growing popularity of plant-based eating, Bude has plenty to offer if you’re a vegan, follow a dairy free diet or just want a meat-free meal. The choices are increasing constantly, and venues don’t always have the opportunity to keep their menus and websites current.
As a Bude Vegan, I’ve written this guide to help fellow vegans unearth the hidden gems in Bude, so eating out in the area is a pleasure and not a chore. You’ll be able to enjoy the backdrop of beautiful beaches, countryside views and chilled out vibes knowing you wont go hungry. This is not a definitive guide and is subject to change so please always call in advance to avoid disappointment.
I’ll start by saying we have a good selection of Vegan confectionery at the Bude Tourist Information Centre. We have vegan ice cream and locally made vegan biscuits and cookies – perfect for holiday souvenirs!
Get Your Veg On
According to travel tips from “The Guardian” newspaper readers, this little “yellow van” offers street food right next to Bude Canal. It’s in the top 10 of vegan friendly places in the UK serving a solely vegetarian menu all with a vegan alternative and has become a “go-to” place for hungry vegans wanted to eat “alfresco” alongside the Bude Canal. All their plates and cutlery are compostable, you can use their tables or picnic blankets and watch the world go by or take your food away. Call ahead to reserve a slice their chocolate cake as it sells out quickly.
Situated on the lower wharf overlooking the canal with seating inside and out, their separate vegetarian and vegan menu has plenty of choice to take you from breakfast to dinner. A delicious but simple avocado on toast or scrambled tofu with roasted tomato and chives. Their super-food salads, veggie or pulled Jack fruit burger can all be gluten free and with the option of a “little or a lot” depending on your appetite allows for sampling lots of dishes. It’s great to see vegan coleslaw as an option, chips “n” dips with vegan chipotle mayo & aioli and vegan spread.It’s those little extras that can make all the difference.
In the small hamlet of Pyworthy a few miles over the board into Devon expect a warm welcome from this country pub. Growing their own organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, the salads will be very fresh. If you want chips they have a separate fryer which is gluten free too. On Sunday’s there is a vegan nut roast option, Thai Curry, Mushroom Stroganoff and Ground African Nut stew at other times. They have a wood fired pizza oven with the option of two vegan pizzas and a chocolate brownie with fresh fruit to finish with.
Bude’s tapas bar is a great place for social eating with lots of small dishes to share. The menu has a vegetarian section and the staff are knowledgeable at guiding you through the options that can be vegan friendly be omitting ingredients like honey etc. located on Bude’s Nature Reserve you can walk directly onto the paths for an evening stroll.
The Brendon Arms
On a sunny day the beer garden is a great place to stop for a drink and watch the world go by. Two red and three white wines are vegan friendly as is the prosecco. Food wise there is a Butternut squash, Sweet Potato and Red Onion Salad or Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Chickpea Tagine. Jacket potato and beans if you want something lighter. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, they’ve got Chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream.
Rectory Farm Tea Rooms
A Cornish pasty and cream tea are at the top of most people’s list when coming to Cornwall. Having won awards for their Cream Tea you don’t need to miss out as a vegan. Served on vintage plates you’ll almost get the full experience as they don’t quiet stretch to vegan cream but there is dairy free spread. The veggie pasty is accidentally vegan so to is the soup of the day. For hot drinks they have soya milk and they make every effort to have a vegan cake option but it’s not always available. They do have vegan ice cream in a cone if you need cooling down on a hot day.
Rosies Kitchen & Starboard
Based over at Crooklets beach this a family and dog friendly eatery has a choice of three vegan burgers. Their pizza bases are vegan and cooked in a wood fired pizza oven with vegan cheese as an optional extra. They have a separate fryer for chips and offer vegan milk shakes as well as soya milk for tea and coffee. If it’s not clear on the menu if something is vegan always ask a member of staff as the kitchen are happy to change anything around.
Across the road from the TIC this family friendly place has a dedicated vegan breakfast option, vegan burger and vegan nachos, also chocolate torte and ice-cream for dessert. They offer free wifi and dogs are made welcome with doggy treats. They offer a “meals on wheels” service so its worth asking if they can deliver locally.
Bayleaf Indian Restaurant
Bayleaf is in the centre of Bude, and has the option to eat in or take away. Their vegetarian options are marked, they understand the vegan principles and are very happy to discuss options. You will have to forgo the naan bread but the rotti and puri are both vegan. They use vegetable oil for cooking and not butter.
Cornish Coasts Farm shop
This licensed café also has a farm shop and is open all year around. Near to the Rebel Cinema which is 5 miles south of Bude it could offer a potential pre-film option. Their vegetable chilli is vegan, and you can have it with rice, jacket potato or chips. The also have a vegan falafel and offer oat and soya milk for drinks and vegan mayonnaise and diary free spread.
The Rebel Cinema
5 miles south of Bude just off the A39 is where you will find The Rebel. With 2 screens and constantly changing programme and free parking. Films can be pre booked on line. Popcorn is a cinema staple and their salted and sweet popcorn is made with vegetable oil. Confectionery wise they have Starbursts, Skittles, Bourneville chocolate and mint poppets when available. Their BBQ crisps are vegan and they have orange Calippo ice lollies.
Tucked away and just above the river near “Nany Moore’s” bridge this central eatery has a creative constantly changing adaptable vegan friendly menu. Organic vegetables grown from their own gardens and daily fresh salads all made from scratch. Open daytime for small bites and all-day dishes. The evenings have a laid-back vibe often with guest chefs and “pop up” events are planned throughout the year.
Opposite Bude Tourist Office is Bude Castle and Heritage Centre. Café Limelight on the 2nd floor,( lift available) has great views towards Summerleaze beach and the breakwater. The soup of the day is often accidentally vegan or you can have pasta with tomato sauce. Vegetable chilli or baked beans can be served with rice or jacket potato. If you have a sweet tooth, they can have up to three vegan cakes options and have Moofree chocolate bars.
Docton Mill Tea Rooms
Deep in the Devon countryside in a lovely peaceful setting the tea rooms are nestled in beautiful gardens which have the addition of a charming outside courtyard. The homemade soup is often vegan, home grown salads and fruit, vegan salad dressing and usually a blackberry crumble tray bake. A very small kitchen means they can’t stock many additional ingredients, but you are very welcome to bring vegan food with you to eat along side food brought from the menu.
Bude’s only floating restaurant on Bude Canal with advance notice will offer a full vegan cream tea with dairy free spread and coconut cream. Known for their cakes, please call in advance for a vegan option to avoid disappointment. On their set menu jacket potato with beans or the vegetable ciabatta can be made suitable for vegans. Soya and oat milk are available for hot drinks and they have a separate fryer for chips.
Lifes a Beach
Looking over Summerleaze Beach the location is hard to beat. Food wise they currently have pulled jackfruit in BBQ sauce in the burger section this comes with garlic veganaise and a Rojak salad made up of crispy tofu, mango, pineapple, spinach and pine nuts in a malya dressing. A vegan curry with pilaf rice and chilli too. The have a separate fryer for chips and they serve Old Mout Cider. For hot drinks soya, oat and almond milk are available.
Easy to find in the centre of Bude on Queen Street, Surfing Frog is a licensed café in the day and restaurant in the evening. Head chef Jo trained in France and is vegan herself and is intending to extend her vegan options. Currently on the menu, tacos with beer battered cauliflower, Asian-slaw and sesame dressing, Italian risotto balls rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, Vegetable spring rolls with dipping sauce, vegan nachos, baguette with roasted vegetables, vegan aioli & pine nuts. (lunchtime only) Also herby garlic bread, sweet potato fries and curly chips. Vegan Rosilly Cornish Ice cream and chocolate brownie for something sweet. Cornish beers Tribute and Kovev sold in bottles and some vegan wines are also available.