As I begin to introduce more vegan related and local content to my blog, I thought a combination of the two would be a great starting point. I shook up my lifestyle and went from vegetarian to vegan almost three years ago, right on the cusp of the veganism explosion. Just those few years ago, I really struggled eating out as a vegan, which I actually found to be one of the hardest parts of making the transition. Charlie and I eat out more than we care to admit, and being faced with the option of chips as a main meal was somewhat discouraging. Now that veganism has gone well and truly mainstream, it’s SO much easier to eat out as a vegan. All of the chain restaurants have either a vegan menu, or at least a couple of options (that aren’t chips or a house salad), and I’m struggling to keep up with the vegan restaurants popping up!
Cambridge hasn’t been so quick to catch up with the vegan trend, but over the past year it’s definitely making up for it. Whether you’re a vegan yourself visiting the city, or you just want to try out some great plant-based food, be sure to check these out…
Stem & Glory
Stem and Glory was Cambridge’s first all-vegan eatery, and one that I’ve frequented a fair few times. The original restaurant was opened as an add-on to a yoga studio, and was actually launched via crowdfunding. It proved so popular that the S&G team opened up a second branch in the city. They’ve since gone on to crowdfund a London eatery, and appear to be going from strength to strength. On the menu, you’ll find delicious all-day brunch options, lasagne, homemade soup of the day, falafel wraps and daily specials. If you’re after healthy, wholesome plant-based food this is the spot for you.
If you love a bit of vegan junk food (guilty…for the animals not my health ok) then Doppelganger burger is a great shout. They previously held a residence at one of the bars here in Cambridge but branched out into their own premises on Regent Street so they’re super central. The menu is, and as you guessed it, based around delicious burgers. I usually go for the ‘Crunch’ but might try out the ‘Hot Chirpy’ next time. As well as burgers, you can order (via their iPads at the front of the shop) a side of yummy jack fries or just the plain air-fried fries.
Vegan Vice Club
One of my favourite spots for lunch, Vegan Vice Club recently took over the kitchen at Ta Bouche making it all vegan and so damn good. You may have seen me post about their burgers over on my other vegan Instagram account, and they’re so so worth the hype. They’re everything you could want from a dirty burger, saucy, cheesy and meaty (but y’kno, minus the meat). The fries are pretty great too as is the seitan-based Tendercrop chicken. It only opened up in January and I’ve already stopped by a few times so I’m hoping this becomes a permanent residence, especially given how popular it’s been!
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Old Bicycle Shop
Old Bicycle Shop is a great shout if you’re looking for somewhere that’s a slightly fancier dining experience, and caters to all diets including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. It’s no wonder Old Bicycle Shop cater so well for vegans, given that its owned by Clive Watsons’ (Lucy Watson’s dad!) City Pub Company. If Charlie and I are looking to head out on a Friday evening for dinner, we’ll often book here. The menu does change seasonally, and I’ve always got my eye out for their amazing seitan meatballs dish. They’re usually pretty great on the dessert front too, offering something a little bit more exciting than a sorbet.
Stir Bakery is situated along Chesterton road, so it’s slightly out of Cambridge city centre but a great place to head if you’re catching up with friends or wanting to work away on your laptop with a fresh smoothie and slice of cake. It’s rarely quiet, and usually busy with students and freelancers and there’s always a very upbeat and inspiring vibe. The vegan options are clearly marked on the menu, and you’ll find an array of sweets treats as well as dishes such as the ‘vegan Stir stack’. I’d definitely recommend Stir if you’re looking for a space to work during the day that isn’t from home.
2019 has definitely got off to a bang with two great new vegan burger restaurants opening up in the city! I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for more vegan restaurants and vegan friendly restaurants popping up in Cambridge and updating this post accordingly. Of course, if you find a great vegan option in the city, be sure to let me know!