Glastonbury, home to the internationally renowned Glastonbury Festival, is an ancient market town wrapped in layers of history, myth, and legend. The community’s New Age beliefs are reflected in the quirky independent businesses and the huge number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. After visiting the famous Glastonbury Tor and the beautiful Abbey ruins, fuel up at one of these 10 fabulous cafes and restaurants.
Explore the local flavours of southwest England at Hundred Monkeys Café. The relaxed restaurant and bakery serves vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free foods using organic, locally sourced fish, meat, and other ingredients. Decorated with cosy pinewood furniture and local artworks, the cafe is a great spot for a casual breakfast or lunch, or a sampling of the cafe’s large loose-leaf tea collection. For breakfast, try the Full English (or the Full Vegetarian or Full Vegan), and for lunch, order some small plates to share or dive in with one of the entrées, like winter vegetable curry or poached sea bream and crab tagliatelle.
Rainbow’s End was established more than 25 years ago as Glastonbury’s original vegetarian café. The family-run restaurant, located on the High Street, is well known as an award-winning eatery in the city. The menu features an array of selections inspired by dishes around the world, and everything served is vegetarian or vegan. Try a Mediterranean vegetable and cannellini bean casserole or a falafel platter. Finish your meal with a delicious dessert of one of the restaurant’s homemade cakes. On sunny days, you can enjoy your meal sunning on the outdoor patio.
This restaurant and bar, located in a renovated factory, offers fantastic food, cocktails, and beers along with a hip place to hang out with live music and dancing several times a week. The quirky venue serves a diverse range of food, including gourmet crêpes, vegetable risotto, hand-carved Wiltshire ham, and more. The ingredients are always sourced locally if possible. Bocabar has been a finalist in the Taste of the West’s Best South West Casual Dinner. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in this eclectic haunt, or just pop in for a coffee on the sunny terrace.
Burns the Bread is a proper, old-fashioned British bakery that serves a range of savoury treats and sweet cakes. From sandwiches, pies, and home-baked bread to cakes, biscuits, and pastries, the family-run business is well known and loved in the community. The staff members are helpful and enjoy chatting with customers. Like most restaurants in Glastonbury, Burns the Bread prepares plenty of vegetarian options and will cater to their customers’ needs. The small shop fills up quickly around lunchtime, so arrive early to beat the rush.
Gigi’s Italian Restaurant is a special place in Glastonbury where customers can find high-quality, authentic Sardinian cuisine. The chefs value quality over quantity, so the menu has a smaller selection, with the food always made with the greatest care. The busy, bustling atmosphere sets the mood for a fun and lively evening. Always packed with locals, this restaurant excels in quick and friendly service. Stop in for a casual dinner of your favourite pizza or pasta.
This local spot is a traditional English tea room overlooking the Glastonbury Abbey ruins. Abbey Tea Rooms & Restaurant has a classy atmosphere complete with linen tablecloths, fresh decorative flowers, and fine china. The menu holds a selection of local Somerset cuisine, like homemade soups served with chunky bread, traditional ploughman’s lunches, and steak and Somerset ale casserole. Each dish is made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and they can always be tweaked on account of any dietary requirements. Enjoy afternoon tea with a choice of scones served with thick clotted cream and a selection of jams or other baked treats.
This traditional public house is decked out in antique memorabilia like old bottles, signs, and even an iconic telephone box. The kitchen serves real ales alongside excellent English pub food like Somerset sausages, steak and ale pies, and crispy fish and chips. Enjoy lunch or dinner with a pint or two in this atmospheric place, or book a night in one of the inn’s five rooms for some local accommodation.
Located a few miles outside Glastonbury is Goodfellows, a restaurant run by former Charlton House Michelin-starred chef Adam Fellows and his wife Martine. Goodfellows specialises in light, elegant fine dining. Chef Adam’s specialty is seafood, and Goodfellows’ menu features many adventurous seafood dishes along with more traditional meat and vegetarian options. Order from the set-price tasting menu or the à la carte menu where you’ll find delicious options from perfectly cooked scallops to poulet basquaise.
Blue Note Cafe is another notable vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Glastonbury. The cafe serves light snacks, cakes, and entrées at affordable prices. Located on High Street, the cafe backs up to the gardens of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. Blue Note Cafe is a reliable spot where many locals lunch because the portions are generous and the coffee is delicious. Try the Schnitzel burger, a favourite among customers, served with cheese and garlic mayo and a side of chunky chips. Enjoy your meal in the outdoor seating area at the back of the restaurant.
Another wonderful choice in Glastonbury’s cafe scene is The Lazy Gecko. The quirky restaurant is filled with eclectic art and furniture, and it fills up quickly with locals around lunchtime. After a morning exploring Glastonbury, arrive a bit early to grab a table and order the homemade soup of the day, the bacon burger, or a tempting cake. Come in early for a filling breakfast and a large cup of coffee or tea. Every dish is made fresh to order, so the wait can be a bit longer than restaurants that reheat and serve their food.