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.
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.
Nestled in a side street ten minutes from the town centre, The Garden Shed Café is the hidden vegan gem of Royal Leamington Spa. Having opened in 2015, this cosy café was the first 100% vegan café in the Warwickshire, Coventry, and Birmingham area and offers a host of delicious vegan food and drink, all homemade on its premises. As well as mouth-watering vegan cakes and tarts, The Garden Shed Café offers grilled sandwiches, wraps, vegan pizza, and even an all-day breakfast featuring a homemade vegan ‘lawn’ sausage, which is their very own version of a traditional Scottish lorne sausage. This café is the perfect spot for any vegans looking for somewhere to brunch, lunch, or grab a quick coffee and cake in Leamington Spa.
As its name implies, this compact café and juice bar offers delicious raw food as well as amazing smoothies and hot drinks, the majority of which is vegan and almost all items are vegetarian. Their lunch options include personalised salad boxes and delicious vegan wraps and their raw vegan desserts are unmissable. Lots of wood and greenery in their decor adds to the organic, natural vibe.
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.
With funky interior (their lips sofa has been the star of many an Instagram selfie), good tunes, and an upbeat vibe, Zou Bisou is a fabulous café in the Regent’s Court are of Leamington Spa with vegan options that do not disappoint. Enjoy a latte made with a range of vegan milks, and if you’re peckish pair it with one of their homemade vegan sweet treats, including zingy lemon drizzles and tasty apple and cinnamon cakes. There’s no better place to pass an afternoon enjoying a good book or a catch-up with friends whilst tucking into a slab of delicious vegan cake. With regular clientele ranging from young families, retirees, and students, the atmosphere couldn’t be more welcoming.
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.
Coffee Architects is one of Leamington Spa’s most popular brunch spots and its vegan options are outstanding. Most of its menu items can be made vegan as it stocks vegan meat substitutes and cheese, such as their Lebanese flatbread with vegan feta. However, the menu’s vegan highlight is undoubtedly the vegan banana bread French toast ; drizzled with syrup and and loaded with juicy strawberries and blueberries, it’s enough to make any vegan salivate. Vegans can also pop in to Coffee Architects for a coffee and cake as it stocks a variety of plant-based milks, including coconut and cashew, and always has vegan brownies and cakes on offer, all made with water-based egg-white substitute aquafaba which gives them an irresistible fluffy texture.
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 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.
If you want to try somewhere a little different for some delicious vegan and vegetarian food, look no further than The Haunted Bar Lounge, a café, restaurant and bar with a gorgeous gothic twist. Their psychedelic interior has some wickedly dark touches such as dolls dangling from the ceiling and spider web decorations, making it the kookiest, spookiest haunt in Leamington Spa. However, its food is anything but ghastly, and its vegan options are plentiful. Its menu includes halloumi, a falafel wraps and burgers, and a bean burger as well as vegan soups. Vegan treats such as flapjacks are also offered, which can be washed down with a hot drink made with soya or almond milk. This spot really is a devilish delight.
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.