1. Good 2 Go Perranporth
Super tasty, 100% vegan, fast, great value – and minutes from one of Cornwall’s best surf spots! Good 2 Go’s menu consists of homemade falafel (served with hummus and salads in either a wrap or box), three different vegan hotdogs (classic, chilli ‘cheese’ and the ‘chihuahua’), a warming veg chilli (with tortilla chips and optional toppings) and a mezze box. There’s also an amazingly rich and smooth raw chocolate and hazelnut cheese cake (made in-house) alongside a innovative selection of baked cakes (supplied by the Little Green Vegan Bakery). You’ll find a good selection of thirst quenchers too – fresh smoothies, Whole Earth organic sparkling drinks, soya milkshakes, various teas and coffee (and water of course!). The only downside to Good 2 Go is the fact it has to close over winter! Open from Good Friday through to the end of October each year.
2. Wildebeest Falmouth
Exciting, innovate and of course delicious (100%) vegan offerings in a modern, cosy and relaxed setting. Many of Wildebeest’s dishes are inspired by Japanese and Mexican cuisines – which makes for a delightfully interesting menu – but if you’re after something a bit more homely there’s usually always a good hearty soup on offer as well. When it comes to desert I recommend trying a cheesecake – it’s insane at this place! There’s good coffee, as you’d expect (can be made with various plant-based milks), and wide selection of teas, fresh juices, smoothies, beers, ciders, wines and spirits (many of which are organic). Wildebeest was the first 100% vegan eatery to open in Cornwall and it remains a real asset to food lovers (vegan and non-vegan alike) in Cornwall! Opening times are currently limited to evenings and are subject to change as the owners have recently had a baby – check before you pay a visit.
3. Sprout Health Foods Newquay
Sprout is Cornwall’s newest premier health food store. It boasts a useful and interesting array of vegetarian/vegan/specialist food and drink products and runs regular community events (which include the likes of product samplings, foraging walks and film screenings etc). Sprout made this list though for it’s (nearly completely vegan and gluten-free) range of taste-bud teasing raw cakes/sweets (my personal fave is the caramel slice by Truro based Pura Pressed) and it’s great coffee (various plant milks available). They’ve also recently introduced hot food, or a ‘hot pot’ should I say, which changes daily (available to eat-in or take away). Also, it’d be rude not to mention Bast and Claire, the super smiley and helpful owners, and the beautiful wooden table – fit for a King (or Queen) – which sits in the middle of the store! (The table makes Sprout a fine spot for catching up on a bit of reading/work or, if you’re feeling social, some interesting conversation!) Open daily from 9am – 5pm.
4. Whiskers Newquay
Cornwall’s funnest and funkiest coffee shop/bar/live music venue
has just gotten better with it’s recent addition of a kitchen. Whiskers menu isn’t exclusively vegan but it has several vegan choices – most notably the pizza. Vegan ‘cheese’ costs a bit extra when ordering vegan pizza but in terms of the amount of ‘cheese’ you get, the serving size, and the taste, you definitely get your moneys worth – especially if you pop in on a Tuesday when all pizza is 2-4-1! All the pizza is made fresh to order so grab a coffee with soya or almond milk (or a cold pint!) whilst you wait. There’s always vegan cake at Whiskers too!
(Sadly I have just found out that Whiskers have decided to remove their kitchen so vegan pizza is no longer available 😦 . Keep supporting the vegan coffee and cake though!)
5. Strong Adolfos Wadebridge
Strong Adolofos is rural hideout just outside of Wadebridge, only several miles from some quality north coast surf spots (Constantine, Harlyn, Polzeath etc), making it a perfect pre- or post-surf coffee and lunch spot. As is the case with Whiskers, Strong Adolfos is not exclusively vegetarian/vegan but they do a very good vegan dahl and soup (varies from day to day) – and I think it’s important to show a demand for vegan options in non-vegan establishments. There is normally at least one vegan cake option to accompany the tasty and meticulously presented coffee. Last but not least – great interior design with ample surf porn!
For more vegan eats in Cornwall, the Cornwall Vegan blog has compiled a large and highly detailed list of eateries in the county that are able to cater for vegans. It’s a really useful resource also available in paper copy for a small cost.