The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Leamington Spa

S309XX The veggie slam at Plum Bistro, a vegan restaurant in Seattle, Washington, USA.
S309XX The veggie slam at Plum Bistro, a vegan restaurant in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Cecily Grace Morgan

With its beautiful white Regency architecture, stunning greenery and canal, and eclectic mix of shops and eateries, it’s not hard to see why Royal Leamington Spa is so popular. This is especially true for foodies thanks to its massive range of restaurants and cafés, many of which offer amazing vegan options, making Leamington Spa a great destination for any vegetarians or vegans looking for a bite to eat. From raw vegan cakes to vegan pizzas, this town has something to satiate the appetite of any veggie who visits.

Cellar Club

Situated underground at the very top of Leamington Spa’s Parade, Cellar Club is one of the town’s newest eateries and a veritable paradise for vegans thanks to its incredible vegan menu, courtesy of Nottingham-based company Vegan Junk. Here, vegans can dine on a spectacular range of junk food including pulled ‘pork’ hotdogs, a ‘cheese beast’ burger, and even a doner kebab made from seitan. However, the deliciousness doesn’t stop there, as Cellar Club offers a breakfast club on Saturdays and a roast on Sundays. All this delicious vegan junk, combined with its friendly staff and cool underground vibe, makes Cellar Club the perfect place for any hungry veggies.

The Drawing Board

With a funky yet cosy interior, friendly staff, and a menu that caters to all tastes and dietary requirements, The Drawing Board is one-of-a-kind eatery in Leamington Spa. The menu’s vegan gem is without doubt their unique baharat roasted heritage carrot dish, but there are lots of other options that can be made vegan, including risotto and patatas bravas. As an independent restaurant, The Drawing Board can be very flexible and creative with its dishes, and will happily whip up a specific vegan wonder, such as a vegan roast dinner or vegan birthday cake, if asked in advance. It seems it’s time for vegans to get back to The Drawing Board.

Basement Browns

A pizza restaurant may not seem like the ideal eatery for vegans, but Basement Browns certainly is. Going one step further than offering vegan cheese, this modern and friendly pizzeria also offers a range of vegan meat substitutes including vegan sausage and vegan chorizo, meaning that vegans and vegetarians can enjoy the same type of mouth-watering pizzas as all the other customers – for the same price. There’s a reason Basement Browns is one of the most popular pizza restaurants in Leamington Spa, and this is especially true for vegans, for whom Basement Browns is a must-visit.

The Steamhouse

Leamington Spa’s The Steamhouse is synonymous with unbeatable bagels and is one of the town’s top brunch spots. All their bagels are freshly baked each morning and are completely vegan-friendly, available with delicious vegan fillings including avocado, hummus, and falafel and tasty vegetarian fillings such as halloumi and scrambled eggs. It also offers plant-based milks, vegan chai and vegan cakes. With a cute store just off Leamington Spa’s famous Parade and an Insta-worthy interior, The Steamhouse is a must for any vegans who want to brunch in style.

The Clarendon

The Clarendon is a quirky pub situated at the very top of the town’s Parade. As well as offering live music events and drinks aplenty, this spot also has a fantastic food menu which features some tasty vegan treasures such as a stuffed red pepper salad, a vegan burger, a jack fruit bao bun, and an aubergine chilli. Best of all, this watering hole serves a delicious vegan dessert in the form of a chocolate orange torte. It’s also a fabulous spot for any vegetarians, with two veggie burgers and several veggie curries on offer.

Procaffeinate

Despite being a relatively new coffee shop, Procaffeinate has quickly become one of the most popular coffee spots in Leamington Spa. This is no surprise, given its pretty pastel interior, outside seating area, stunning views of the canal and its wildlife, and perhaps most importantly, fabulous coffee. The coffee can be made with a variety of non-dairy milks, there’s even a soy beetroot latte, and the portions are generous. Their lunch menu offers a falafel wrap which is served with warm and crunchy tortilla chips, and there are often vegan cakes available. There’s certainly no need for vegans and vegetarians to procrastinate over a visit to this lovely spot.

This article was written in association with The Boar, a student publication based at the University of Warwick.

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