Eating & Staying Out Guide
Local Exclusively Vegetarian Cafés, Restaurants & Takeaways
Some of the shops on our Shopping page also sell takeaway food, eg sandwiches, pasties, cakes.
We've included a few just outside our area too - roughly within a 30 mile radius of Southampton as the crow flies. If you are travelling a long way, please contact the place before you go there - veggie places do sometimes close down, or change hands and become non-veggie. Opening and closing days and times can change too. If you know of any changes - i.e. places opening, closing or changing to non-veggie outlets, or if you'd like to send us a review, we would love to hear from you - please email us.
The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW. 023 8023 8582. thearthousesouthampton.co.uk. It's an art gallery with a fully vegetarian café serving an imaginative range of internationally inspired vegetarian and vegan food. 10% discount on food and drink for Solent Vegetarians & Vegans members.
BBVegan, 16 The Hornet, Chichester, England, PO19 7JG. According to the HappyCow website: "Little plant-based eatery est. 2017 offering bowls, salads, wraps, curry, cakes, daily and weekly specials, and desserts." facebook.com/rethinkveganfood
The Beech Café, The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HR. 01730 823 166. sustainability-centre.org/beech-cafe1.html. It's part of the Sustainability Centre, which practices permaculture at its 55 acre site.
Café Paradiso, 45 North Street, Chichester, PO19 1NF. 01243 532967. Fairly limited choice for vegans. Moved to this new address in 2015.
Café Thrive, 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, SO14 1JX. 023 8129 0599. cafethrive.co.uk. Fully vegan, opened in August 2017.
[New] Café Thrive, 22 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6EJ. 01202 780019. cafethrive.co.uk. Fully vegan, their second branch which opened in November 2018.
Espresso Kitchen, 69 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5RT. According to the HappyCow website: "An independent, organic, ethical vegetarian coffee house with plenty of clearly labeled vegan options, including salads, baguettes, a selection of pastries (raw bounty bar, raw peanut slice, raw banana, cocoa, date & cashew cheesecake, carrot muffins), organic pea protein for smoothies, almond and soy milk." espressokitchen.co.uk
Good Intentions Café, 67 Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QE. Vegan cafe. Opened in May 2018. facebook.com/goodintentionscafe.
[New] Hunter Gatherer, 249 Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 0JR. huntergatherer.coffee. Vegetarian with vegan options.
Indian Melody, 25 High Street, Southampton SO14 2DF. 023 8063 899. indianmelody.net. Indian vegetarian restaurant.
Java, Tilly Mead, Unit 3 Commercial Road, Swanage, BH19 1DF. facebook.com/javaindependentcoffeehouse. Coffee shop, fully vegetarian food with some vegan choices.
[New owners] Kind Kitchen, 706 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 6BY. facebook.com/kindkitchenbournemouth. Vegan café, mainly raw foods. Used to be Sukha Lounge which closed down but reopened as Kind Kitchen in Jan 2019.
Mad Cucumber, 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY. 07871 856300. facebook.com/mad.cucumber. A vegan bistro which opened in June 2013.
Muffins Galore, Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-sea, Lymington, SO41 0TX. muffinsgalore.co.uk. Fully vegetarian tea rooms in Braxton Gardens.
Offbeet Food, Chesapeake Mill, Bridge Street, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5JH. 01329 833731. offbeetfood.com. Used to be non-vegetarian, but went fully vegetarian in Jan 2015, and all of the food has been up-market, vegan since early 2016. Mostly gluten-free. They also offer events catering, eg weddings. Used to be called Café Meon.
Offbeet Food, Sunnyfields Farm, Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9FX. offbeetfood.com. Opened in July 2018 in the outskirts of Totton. Mostly gluten-free. They already have a café in Wickham.
Paula's Vegan Bakery (pop up), 11 North Cross Street, Gosport, PO12 1BE. therealjunkfoodvegan.com facebook.com/paulasveganbakery. Gosport has a shop that's a vegan bakery! They also sell cakes by mail order.
Pause Cat Cafe, 119 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1HF. According to the HappyCow website: "Vegetarian and vegan cafe with rescue cats. Has fresh juices and smoothies. Menu differs from day to day and offers dishes such as falafel, smashed avocado, chickpea burger, soup, sweet treats and raw desserts. Note that you must book online to visit." pausecatcafe.co.uk
Puja Sweet Mart, 57 St Mary's Road, Southampton, SO14 0BH. 023 8023 3677. pujasweetmart.co.uk A takeaway that sells both Indian sweets and savouries, e.g. pakoras, samosas, onion bhajis. Most of the savouries and a few of the sweets are vegan. It's owned by Jagdish and Kashmira Chavda who are both vegetarian.
Pulse, 2 Pier Street, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1ST. Vegan cafe. Opened in May 2018. facebook.com/twopierstreet.
Rawberry, 52-54 St Georges Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH. rawberry.net. Mainly juices, but they do sell soups, wraps and desserts too.
Simply Wholesome, 100A Marmion Road, Portsmouth, PO52 2BB. Vegan takeaway. Re-opened in October 2017. facebook.com/simplywholesomesouthsea.
Thrive Café and Wellbeing, 95 Oliver's Battery Road South, Winchester. 01962 864999. facebook.com/thrivecafeandwellbeing. Opened in June 2016. Vegetarian café, yoga classes and retreats, workshops, supper clubs.
[New] Twelve Eatery, 12 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY. 01202 310166. twelveeatery.com. Vegan restaurant, opened in late November 2018.
[New] The Yoga Cafe, 244A London Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7HG. www.facebook.com/emmasyogacafe. Vegan cafe with Yoga studio upstairs. Opened Jan 2019.
Other Websites with Recommendations
Vegan Southampton lists places where you can buy vegan food in different areas in Southampton.
Local Exclusively Vegetarian Caterers
Earth Mother's Vegan food and Products vegan cakes and desserts stall on Saturdays at Lymington Market. facebook.com/earthmothersveganfood
Ginger Nut vegetarian desserts and savouries, all gluten, dairy and soya free (but some contain eggs). Market stalls at Lymington market. facebook.com/gingernutgoodies
Hannah Banana vegan cakes and sweet treats. Southampton area. hannahbananabakery.co.uk
Sweetie Pie home-baked sweet pies, all vegan and gluten-free. Portsmouth area. sweetiepiesouthsea.wordpress.com
Roses Bakery vegan and gluten free cake business from home, providing made to order treats, tarts and cakes as a pick up service and Portsmouth delivery available if first discussed. facebook.com/rosesbakeryportsmouth
Eating Out Veggie in Other Parts of the Country
There's a few internet sites which list places to eat out for veggies and vegans. You can help them to grow by sending them your recommendations and corrections. We recommend happycow.net (worldwide coverage) and not as good but still useful myvegantown.org.uk (mostly UK). veggieheaven.com (UK and a few other countries).