The colourful city of Bristol
offers a great choice when it comes to veggie and vegan eateries. With lots of places offering up tasty meat-free options, we bring you a definitive guide to the best restaurants to eat at in this lively city.
Restaurant, British, Vegetarian, $$$
Located just next to the Stokes Croft area of the city and hidden down in the colourful Bearpit (an area which has had a serious amount of renovation over the past few years to become more accessible to the public) lies Flow. This is one gem of a find. The inside is decorated with candles, plants and wooden furniture, with bench-style seating. The menu, which changes regularly, is created with a tapas-feel to encourage plate sharing. With the entire menu being vegetarian and with a big vegan offering too, this is perfect for meat-free dining. There are also gluten-free dishes. Do bear in mind that with a small selection of tables available, you’ll need to book in advance for popular evenings and holidays.
More of a cafe than a restaurant, VX, located in Bedminster just off the popular North Street, is a fairly new vegan establishment. With an entirely vegan menu, restricted choices won’t be a problem, as long as you’re not looking for something extremely healthy! Their mantra is ‘vegan junk food’ so think burgers, nachos, cream-filled cookies and hotdogs. It’s worth stopping by, if even just for a slice of cake and a coffee, and to browse the attached grocery section which is filled with all your vegan needs.
This is a Bristolian staple for all things veggie. Kino has been open a number of years and is the go-to spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Situated in the vibrant and cultural Stokes Croft area of Bristol, the cafe hosts gigs downstairs. Everything here is made on-site, down to the mayonnaise, and everything here is 100% free of animal ingredients.
Cafe Kino Interior |© Courtesy of Cafe Kino
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Vegans of Bristol rejoice; Pepenero serve the best vegan pizza! With an entire vegan menu (as well as a vegetarian and meat menu), you’ll be spoilt for choice at this Italian-run restaurant, which is now downstairs at a popular Kings St pub. There’s also an array of pasta dishes on offer if pizza isn’t your thing.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
While not strictly vegetarian, Pho is an Asian restaurant providing lots of choice for meat-free eaters. Almost the whole menu is gluten and dairy free, and the options for veggies range from salads, pho, rice and noodle dishes including plenty of tofu. The restaurant is in the heart of the city just off the busy Corn St. With extremely large portions for very reasonable prices, this is a great option for lunch or dinner before you go shopping or hit the bars for some cocktails.
Kale & Kettle
Restaurant, Coffee, $$$
Just down the road from Kino, Kale & Kettle offers up a 100% plant-based menu in cute, fairylight-lit surroundings. The simple, yet effective menu offers 3 types of options; akkras in a bun (blackeye pea fritters served with sesame kale slaw, citrus aioli and sriracha in a bun), vegetarian sushi, and a sumptuous salad box, plus a number of side options and bar snacks.
Roll for the Soul
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, $$$
Roll for the Soul is an entirely vegetarian and vegan not-for-profit cafe, with a bike workshop attached. Serving up baked goods, lunch and dinner options, not to mention one of the best freshly ground coffees we’ve tasted, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to eat in Bristol.