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 fabulous cafés 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, and uses organic, locally sourced fish, meat and other ingredients. Decorated with cosy pinewood furniture and local artwork, the café is a great spot for a casual breakfast or lunch, or a sampling of the café’s large loose-leaf tea collection. The menus change depending on the season, but their cooked breakfasts – with veggie and vegan options – are a constant.
Rainbow’s End was established more than 25 years ago as Glastonbury’s original vegetarian café. The family-run restaurant is known for its entirely vegetarian and vegan menu which takes inspiration from all over the world; there’s everything from tagine to moussaka to a classic Sunday roast on offer here. Rainbow’s also boasts a great salad bar, as well as delicious homemade cakes. On warmer days, you can enjoy your meal on the sunny outdoor patio.
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A restaurant and bar located in a renovated factory, Bocabar doesn’t only offer fantastic food and cocktails but also a pretty hip place to hang out. If you’re not up on your feet dancing to the DJs and live music, you’ll be tucking into the fish of the day, the pork and chutney sausage roll or the local Dorset ice cream. 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.
A quaint English tea room overlooking the Glastonbury Abbey ruins, Abbey Tea Rooms & Restaurants serves up a delicious selection of local Somerset cuisine, including warming homemade soups served with chunky bread and cottage pie. Each dish is made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and their afternoon tea is as traditional as it gets, with a choice of scones served with thick clotted cream and a selection of jams. Complete with linen tablecloths, fresh decorative flowers and fine china, this tea room is as authentic as it gets.
This traditional public house is decked out in antique memorabilia such as old bottles, signs and even an iconic telephone box. The kitchen serves real ales alongside excellent English pub food, including 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-star 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 tuna sashimi.
Blue Note Café is another notable vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Glastonbury. The café serves light snacks, cakes, and entrées at affordable prices. Located on High Street, the café backs up to the gardens of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. Try the Schnitzel burger, a favourite among customers, served with cheese and garlic mayo and a side of chunky chips. You can also enjoy your meal in the outdoor seating area at the back of the restaurant.
Another wonderful choice in Glastonbury’s café scene is The Lazy Gecko. A quirky restaurant filled with eclectic art and furniture, this place fills up quickly with locals around lunchtime. After a morning exploring Glastonbury, arrive a little early to grab a table and order the homemade soup of the day, the chowder or a large coffee and a cake. Every dish is made fresh to order, so the wait can be a little long, but it’s always worth it.