I was recently asked for suggestions on where to find vegan food in Worcester, and at the time I quite honestly didn’t have a clue. In fact this post is a complete contrast from my roundup of 8 of the best new burgers in Worcester that I shared with you a few months back! Thanks to some great suggestions from the Worcester Foodies Facebook group I was able to go back and recommend a few places. Since then I’ve decided to research further, and although most restaurants will adapt their menus to accommodate dietary requirements I’ve compiled a list of restaurants, cafes and eateries serving healthy, delicious vegan food in our city. Also, make sure you check out the Worcester vegans & veggies Facebook page for more updates and news about vegan food in Worcester.
All Bar One
A ‘Nutritious Power Foods’ section on the menu at All Bar One features a choice of healthy vegan options, as well as a selection of other vegan dishes available throughout the main menu. The super green noodle laska with vermicelli noodles, spiced coconut sauce, pak choi, spinach and beansprouts provides 2 of your 5 a day and is rich in vitamin C and folate. If you’re feeling hungry why not try the vegan burger? It’s an aubergine & harissa patty topped with beetroot houmous, fire roasted peppers served in an ancient grain bun instead of brioche.
All Bar One, Unit 3-8 Cathedral Square, Worcester
Call on 01905 677863
A full vegan menu can be found at ASK Italian with lots of tasty salads, pasta dishes and pizzas to choose from. Why not start with the vegan Tuscan Bread Salad, followed by one of Ask Italian’s vegan top your own pizzas and a vegan Blood Orange and Chocolate Tart for dessert. The inclusion of a kid’s vegan menu makes ASK Italian the perfect place for meeting up with friends, family and for big parties as there’s something for everyone.
ASK Italian, 2, High Street, Cathedral Square, Worcester
Call on 01905 22730
Be The Change Foods
Be The Change Foods is Worcester city centre’s newest 100% vegan lounge, and is open for lunch and dinner with a huge selection of delicious vegan dishes on offer. Daily specials add variety to an already extensive menu. Order from a diverse breakfast, lunch and sharing trays during the daytime. In the evening there are plenty of pizzas, mains, burgers and desserts to tempt you to keep on coming back for more. Although alcohol isn’t currently available to buy at Be The Change, they are more than happy for you to bring your own drinks.
Be The Change Foods, 2, Corn Market, Worcester
Call on 01905 412407
Get started with some toasted focaccia with hummus & olives or the roasted garlic and herb ciabatta to share around the table at Bill’s Restaurant. A starter of wild mushroom soup followed by the rustic butternut squash stew, or a vibrant Ancient grain bowl (order as a small plate or as a main) is available all day.
Bill’s Restaurant, Chapel Walk, Worcester
Call on 01905 21095
Bodega Cantina launched a new menu at the beginning of 2018 and have a clear and separate vegan menu available. Nachos, tacos, quesadillas and burritos are amongst the classic South American favourites. For something a little different choose the qa Chinese-Peruvian stir fry containing quinoa, tofu, broccoli, sliced vegetables and spring onion in a teryaki spiced sauce.
Bodega Cantina, 14, Foregate Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 22200
Café Bliss serves Mexican and Caribbean style cuisine from within the gallery space of Worcester Arts Workshop. The Belizean chef ‘Ms Bliss’ has created an exciting vegan menu with popular favourites such as the Mexican breakfast: homemade chickpea sausage, tomato, mushroom, re-fried beans, roasted pineapple, fried plantain, potato & tortillas. Other popular dishes include the coconut curry and ‘Worcester Soup’ – a much loved charity soup made vegan to satisfy all, and served with a Ma Baker’s vegan cob and vegan spread.
Café Bliss, Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester
Call on 07821 733246
Chester’s Mexican Restaurant
Having created a menu to cater for all tastes, Chester’s pride themselves on their speciality Mexican vegetarian and vegan dishes. The choices are vast and a ‘VE’ symbol indicates which dishes can be adapted to a vegan version from the main menu. Traditional Mexican mains include tostados, Mexican chickpea ratatouille, butternut squash risotto, red wine & ancho mushrooms, and not forgetting Chester’s all popular vegan chilli.
Chester’s, 51, New Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 611638
Loungers which has 21 Cosy Club restaurants nationwide were crowned best vegan menu of the year in 2017 by the PETA Vegan Food Awards. Cosy Club is a fairly new addition to Worcester city centre and has been very well received by diners looking for great cocktails and all day food. This Vegan menu has everything from tapas to a Thai burger, sandwiches, Thai green curry, aubergine tagine and more. Just make sure you save some room for the chocolate and coconut torte.
Cosy Club, 6, Cathedral Square, Worcester
Call on 01905 915085
Mad Snacks at Firefly Worcester
Since my last visit to Firefly Worcester, there have been some big changes from the kitchen. Gone are the beef burgers and dirty fries, instead you will now find an array of delicious vegan street food style options made in their now fully vegan kitchen. Still serving up burgers, Mad Snacks Street Food have found unique and delicious ways to re-create traditionally meat based favourites such as the chilli cheese dog, Korean burger, cauliflower wings, mac ‘n’ cheese and on Sundays check out their vegan roast. Weekly specials are also added in along with some very tempting desserts.
Firefly Worcester, 54, Lowesmoor, Worcester
Call on 01905 616996
Paradiddles is an alternative café / bar and a place for music and creativity. It’s also a venue for live music and for bands to get together for rehearsals. It’s only natural that somewhere that has such a sense of community would also want to involve food in the equation. The menu is simple, but has a strong focus on vegetarian and vegan choice with treats such as vegan hot chocolate and vegan rocky road being served from the café. A new addition of vegan stone baked pizzas are also now available, the dough and sauce are both handmade.
Paradiddles, 61/61a Sidbury, Worcester
Call on 07598 519241
One of Worcester’s most established restaurants started by it’s owners over 20 years ago, is also the only restaurant in the city centre to have an entry in the Good Food Guide 2018. Saffrons Bistro has created a menu for its vegan diners, and plant based options on the current menu include a choice of an artichoke, sun-blushed tomato & olive salad marinated celeriac & pear salad to start. The main course dishes are pan fried gnocchi, artichokes, black olives & rosemary jus or baked courgettes stuffed with ratatouille, new potatoes with a mixed salad. The team at Saffrons are very happy to accommodate the requirements of their guests, so just give them a call before visiting and they’ll do their best to adjust their menus to suit where they can.
Saffrons Bistro, 15, New Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 610505
The Old Rectifying House
Situated on Worcester bridge, The Old Rectifying House overlooks the picturesque River Severn. *Rectifying (or rectification) refers to the purification of spirits to produce a high concentration of alcohol.* The rear of the 18th century building used to be part of the Williams Distillery (owned by John Williams) and was used to rectify, or purify, gin on its arrival from the main part of the distillery across the river at Tybridge Street. Although remaining loyal to its neighbour’s roots by serving a wide selection of liqueur from its extensive bar, ‘The Old Rec’ is equally as popular with locals for the food on offer. I’m told that the macaroni cheese is excellent from the vegan menu, and other dishes have been created with a spin on British classic such as Sheppard’s pie and toad in the hole.
*extract taken from The Old Rec’s website
The Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester
Call on 01905 619622
The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro
Head over to The Olive branch for a taste of traditional Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. The restaurant has an intimate vibe and an ideal setting for sharing lunch or dinner with a group of friends or loved ones. A full vegan menu boasts a good selection of tapas dishes, alternatively go to the main menu for a Spanish classic. A paella (using pasta noodles instead of rice) filled with vegetables, mushrooms and saffron is a twist on the traditional dish. Or try the risotto made with Arborio rice, flavoured with sautéed mushrooms, roasted butternut squash and green peas finished with fresh herbs and white wine for a warming fill.
The Olive Branch, Church Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 616669
TJ’s Kitchen at The Conservatory
TJ’s Kitchen is brand new to Worcester, opening at the end of March 2018 and serves from the kitchen inside The Conservatory bar. The two owners, as well as being chefs, have also been friends since high school, and their new venture aims to offer Worcester pub favourites as well as catering for its vegetarian, vegan and gluten free customers. The vegan burger is a falafel patty with pulled BBQ jackfruit, gem lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, served with seasoned fries, salad and a homemade vegan slaw. The soup of the day is always vegan friendly, and vegan weekend specials are also available from time to time.
TJ’s Kitchen, The Conservatory, Friar Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 612687
One of Worcester’s most highly recommended breakfast, brunch and lunch spots is Wayland’s Yard, situated on Foregate street, just a short walk from the train station. Start the morning with the vegan fry up: smashed avo, wilted spinach, vine tomatoes, mushrooms, sweet potato hash, house smokey beans & white toast. Lunch is all about the sriracha quesadilla: toasted soft flour tortilla, avocado & marinated veg. Alternatively choose the vegan nacho dog: Wayland’s handmade vegan hot dog topped with paprika spiced tortilla chips, sweet peppadew peppers & vegan cheese sauce on a Ma Baker’s bun. Also look out for the new vegan buns section which is coming to the Wayland’s menu at the end of May.
Wayland’s Yard, 6, Foregate Street, Worcester
Zizzi overlooks the iconic Sir Edward Elgar statue at the top of Worcester’s busy high street, serving Italian favourites from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads. The ‘beetball’ polpette – pink beetroot ‘beetballs’, oven-baked in a pomodoro sauce with melted Mozzarisella (made with coconut oil), chilli threads & fresh oregano features as a new starter on the spring / summer 2018 vegan menu. For mains choose from pizzas and pasta with one of the various plant based sides, or try the new Arcobaleno ‘rainbow’ salad (also made with pink beetroot ‘beetballs’) for a colourful and nutritious lunch or dinner. Finish up with Zizzi’s sticky chocolate praline torte or vegan dessert calzone.
Zizzi, 106, High Street, Worcester
Call on 01905 731616
If I’ve missed out your favourite, please let me know in the comments box below…