Veganism is nothing new in Glastonbury, the town has been home to vegans for decades and attracts many vegan visitors. Nowadays vegan options are appearing on menus everywhere. Thanks to John Higgins, founder of Glastonbury Vegans for helping me compile this guide, along with Normal For Glastonbury’s facebook followers who gave me their own suggestions. Nobody has paid me for a recommendation in this guide and I’m not a vegan myself, but you can be assured these are genuine recommendations from real vegans! This is not an exhaustive list of everyone who caters to vegans, if you think I’ve missed someone off this list let me know.
Food – Eating Vegan
Cafes and Restaurants
Pyramid Catering – exclusively vegan cafe offering ‘Vish and Chips’, Vegan Scotch Eggs and other savoury and sweet vegan recipes. Now in the Gauntlet alleyway off the High Street
Rainbows End (vegetarian) Glastonbury’s first and original vegetarian cafe, have lots of vegan options.
The Old Tannery (formerly Bocabar} in the Red Brick Building (cater for all, but vegan options) – good fro vegan food and they sell decent vegan beer too.
Blue Note (vegetarian) Veggie food from light snacks and cakes to main meals. Vegan burgers. Licensed. A good cafe to bring the kids. Hot chocolate lover Soso tells me she’s tried a number of different cafes and discovered the blue note has a new range with different flavours (orange, mint etc) which she deems to be “the best in town”. They are available with both cows milk and a range of plant based milk. Yum!
Queen Of Cups Restaurant and Freehouse (formerly Hawthorns) cater for all diets, but specialize in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Chef Ayesha used to work at a London restaurant that was voted the second best vegetarian restaurant in the UK, so she has plenty of vegan options.
Hundred Monkeys (cater for all, but vegan options) offer a seasonal menu using local and organic produce
The Winking Turtle according to a reader “have the most delicious vegan and GF cakes! A great choice of non dairy milks too! It is hard being vegan and gluten free when eating out!”
Benedict Street Kitchen offer vegan meals and a range of non dairy milks in their excellent coffee.
Best Pubs for Vegans
While none of the pubs serve an exclusive vegan menu many of them at least make an effort.
Mandy at the Rifleman’s Arms has been working hard to expand their vegan offerings, they are proving very popular.
The Crown is now offering an extensive menu, with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
Takeout Vegan Food
Burns the Bread Glastonbury’s High Street bakery sell vegan pasties and sausage rolls
I hear that the Oriental Chef takeaway at the top of the High Street have vegan options, good tofu dishes and don’t use monosodium glutamate.
Posh Vegan is a Glastonbury based business who offer vegan meals delivered to your door.
Magpies Nest in Benedict Street are now stocking Bettyhula lotions and potions. They are made in the UK, vegan friendly, with all natural ingredients and they never test on animals. They also smell good enough to eat.
The Naked Pantry in nearby Butleigh offer zero waste and mostly vegan shopping
Indigo Herbs offer supplements tailored towards vegans, plus advice and information on their website. You can order direct from their website.
Earthfare Wholefood Shop towards the top of the High Street offer a good range of eco-friendly and vegan health and bodycare products
The Green Room exclusively sells certified organic and vegan wine, beers, ciders and spirits. You can find them in the Monarch Alleyway just off the High Street. We Are Normal For Glastonbury members get a discount! See here.
The Hemp Shop in the Market Place sell vegan clothes, and other vegan, mostly hemp based products.
Violet Butterfly in Northload Street offer natural beauty treatments and stock a range of vegan skincare products
Chocolate Love Temple at the top of the High Street is a Raw chocolate shop selling handmade raw chocolates and desserts. Also stocks fresh, stone ground, raw nut butters, dried medicinal mushroom, superfoods, raw chocolate making ingredients, and other raw food products. All vegan except the occasional use of bee pollen.
Forest Faun Jewellery offer Handmade alternative crystal & fossil jewellery created with love in Glastonbury, UK. Sophie says “I don’t use any leather, silk or wool cords, or pouches. I don’t use any non vegan materials to create my pendants”
Sonus Magus the Glastonbury Music Shop sell vegan guitar straps!
Shieldmaiden sell vegan Viking drinking horns!
All We2Wyrdwood Botanical products (skincare & medicinal salves, creams & tinctures) available from Bridie’s Yard Organic Food Co-op are vegan or can be made so 🌿🌿🌿
The Vegan Drum Lady of Glastonbury paints drums that have vegan skins.
Natural Earthling does vegan skincare, hair care and clothes
Vegan Meet Ups
Glastonbury Vegans is a friendly community for those who wish to embrace a cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. We try to meet on the last Thursday of the month in Glastonbury or the surrounding area for our regular social. It starts at 7.30pm for a meal and chance to chat afterwards. Click here for the Glastonbury Vegans Facebook page.
October 2019 saw Glastonbury’s First Vegan Film Club ‘Veganodeon’ showed ‘Vegan: Everyday Stories’ at the Sweet Track Centre. Occasional. Linked to from the Glastonbury Vegans facebook page.
Paz Banks runs a Raw Vegan Potluck group (Facebook Page here) with regular meet-up’s the group is raw AND vegan i.e. no meat, dairy, eggs, honey etc. and all food should be heated to less than 45 degrees.
Abbots Leigh Bed and Breakfast offer guests a full vegan breakfast and have even perfected vegan Benedict. They aren’t specifically vegan but their chef loves innovating, I sampled his vegan lemon meringue tarts recently, they were exceptionally good. 3, Magdalene Street. Glastonbury BA6 9EW
Apple Fairy Bed and Breakfast – a vegetarian b&b, with a big vegan breakfast choice too. 25 Norbins Rd, Glastonbury BA6 9JF Phone 01458 834547
Angel Nook is a newly re-furbished twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Breakfast is healthy vegetarian/vegan (fruit, yoghurt, cereals and toast) which we set out for you in the kitchen and you help yourself when it suits you up until 10.30. Our house is on the west side of Windmill Hill with lovely views over the town and Wearyall Hill. The terrace has panoramic views of the Somerset Levels and is a wonderful sun trap. 31 Hexton Rd, Glastonbury BA6 8HL – 01458 834879
Rie’s Retreat is a vegetarian / vegan B&B with veggie or vegan catering available for retreat groups. 30 Wells Rd, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9BS Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07507 762 496
Avalon Priory is a spiritual vegan community, only nine miles outside town, offering a vegan events space, bed and breakfast and longer-term accommodation service .
Natural Roots Hair Salon in Northload Street is vegan friendly, they use all vegan products
The production kitchen at C1 Sustainable Life Designs (See Facebook page) is totally vegan should any visitor to Glastonbury suddenly be gripped with an urge to make mass quantities of chutney, dehydrate some roots or cater for a small event.
There’s a local Vegan caterer creating and delivering ready made snacks and raw cakes, she’s also available to chef for retreats and events. Click here for more details.
A vegan couple have just (May 2021) done a 24 hour tour of vegan food in Glastonbury in this well produced and informative video.
I hope vegan readers have found this article helpful, if you have any other recommendations please let me know in the comments or send me an email.
Vegans may find this post I wrote at the start of April amusing, or not:
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