Glastonbury for Vegans

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.

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.

Felafels at Queen of Cups
Felafels – Queen of Cups

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!”

Cafe Sol in the Gauntlet alleyway off the High Street offer coffee, smoothies, juices. Breakfast, Lunch and delicious cakes. Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free.

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.

The King Arthur pub in Benedict Street serve a vegan roast, while the Rifleman’s Arms offer vegan burgers and hot dogs.

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.

Posh Vegan Thali

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.

Vegan Shopping

Bettyhula from Magpie’s Nest

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

Vegan Drum Lady

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.

Accommodation

Abbots Leigh Bed and Breakfast Glastonbury
Abbot’s Leigh

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 rie.white1@gmail.com Tel: 07507 762 496

Vegan Roast at Rie’s Retreat

Vegan Services

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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13 thoughts on “Glastonbury for Vegans”

  1. Well done, Vicki. I’m still impatiently waiting for someone to put up that half-million I’ll need to open a classy vegan restaurant in Glastonbury, but, strangely, no-one’s yet come forward. By the way, just down the road in Street there’s Pizza Express, The Thai Elephant, the Grape and Grain and also the Bear Hotel, all of which have several vegan options; and the Old Tannery does a fab cooked vegan breakfast too. I’ve yet to try the vegan guitar straps, however; I’m not sure my dentures could deal with them. XX

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  2. I think veganism is really stupid and can lead to ill-health. There are a lot of stupid trends in this country and it should not be for Glastonbury to play the monkey. Do something different for goodness sake!

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    • I hardly think Glastonbury can be accused of jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to veganism, we’ve had vegetarian cafes for decades and started offering vegan options way before most towns in the UK. I’m not a vegan, but I’m aware that plenty of people are and it is undoubtably useful for vegan visitors to be connected with the businesses that serve them.

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      • Veganism is an extreme form of dieting and we humans are not developed to eat purely vegetables. It will have untold health consequences and then the healers will make loads of dishonest money trying to heal people with pseudo medicine. Also you talk about being good for business, but Glastonbury has been a dairy producer for far longer than the vegetarians have existed. Where you promote and sell one thing, you take from some other group, so a normal person is faced with half the menu full of all sorts of undesirable stuff, such as the new one is gluten free. It’s a right con because again gluten is a healthy food and high in protein.

        By the way, I’m a free market advocate, so I believe the best thing is let the customer decide. Do not try and tell the customer what he wants. Glastonbury is doing the bidding of extreme cult-like groups. They have no understanding of health and the way the body works.

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        • Well, humans are omnivores, indicating a capacity but by no means a necessity – in other words “omnivorous” is descriptive, as opposed to prescriptive – and thus a broad, balanced and wholesome vegan diet (which of course features considerably more than simply vegetables) offers all the necessary nutrients a healthy human requires, as clearly evinced by the many modern athletes and others who follow such a diet and have done so for years (personally, for example, I’m a very fit, well-built and healthy 14 stone 6-footer and I last ate animal flesh in 1970).
          In the past, without the capacity to ingest animal proteins and products, our species may perhaps have foundered, but today, at least in developed countries, we are in a position to at last relinquish the innate cruelty, waste of resources and of course the dramatic contribution to Climate Change induced by our vast over-consumption of animals; there’s never been a better or more apposite time to adopt veganism.
          I always feel the so-called “free market” resembles a big dog, Andrew; train it well, look after it carefully, keep it on a lead in public and even occasionally muzzle it if necessary, and it can be a fine and useful companion. Allow it to run about freely and uncontrolled and someone (often those who can defend themselves least) usually ends up with a nasty bite or worse.
          I can see zero evidence here of anyone “telling the customer what he/she wants”. People are free to choose their own lifestyles, and if you believe as you say in the power of the market then why not rejoice at the provision by it for intelligent and informed consumers, who themselves are by no means ignorant of health and how the body works? Oh, and if you can provide a clear working definition of “normal” I’d love to hear it!

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          • A few quick points:

            According to a retired biochemist researcher I used to chat to on another forum, your healthiest diet is the typical diet you would eat out on the African savanna, and the more you deviate from that, the less healthy you will be. His point, which was also his specialism, was the biochemistry of the body does not change very fast regarding evolution.

            If you can’t see promotion of vegetarianism over promotion of meat in Glastonbury then you are not paying attention. Even in the article we read above there is a group dedicated to it, but none I have seen for meat. That’s bias and an anathema to the free market enthusiast.What you do in a free market is ask your customers what you should supply. They are boss.

            Finally, regarding concerns over global warming and carbon reduction, I’d have thought Hinkley Point would make the largest difference, but I hear it is none-too-popular around here. This is doublethink in action.

      • Here’s a tip – get a nice rump steak, chop it and season it with some spices, garlic, salt and pepper, then fry it up with some oriental vegetable mix, some teriyaki sauce and noodles. It will take you about 15m and by my reckoning it would take longer to get served in the local chippy.

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      • Andrew, the last thing a Capitalist system wants is a truly “free market” as any first-year Economics student will explain better than I; just Google “Is there really such a thing as the Free Market?” .and you’ll find much of explanatory interest.
        The UK could have been investing massively in renewable energy over the past 50 or so years, creating many jobs and gaining much international credit for it, but has instead obfuscated and kow-towed to the Nuclear Industry and its massive waste and decommissioning problems.
        As far as Glastonbury goes, there is currently not a single vegan or even veggie evening restaurant in operation, a fact which always surprises guests here. The UK as a whole is in fact massively biased toward the doublethink around animals in which we are invited to cheerfully collude from birth (show the kids the “sweet little lambs” but don’t even mention their inevitable fate in a few months, never mind offer a tour of the abattoir in which it is brought about, etc, etc -; there is no shortage of examples).
        So I’ll say this again; you claim to have faith in the market: well, the market is undergoing a transformation as a direct result of pressure from consumers (those to whom you refer as “the boss”) who desire to eat less and fewer animal products. Not only that, but no-one’s forcing you to change your own personal eating habits. Why so unhappy, then?

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        • The main thing to understand about the free market is it is non-coercive. A free marketeer running a restaurant would not promote any one thing above any other. Regarding faith in it, I have faith in it but it does require the customer to have some intelligence so they can decide something sensible for their consumption. Babies can’t do it and need mother to guide them. Failure of the free market can come about by failure in communication. I was trained as a scientist, so I have a skill in taking a disinterested and neutral point of view, needed for science. What I see you doing is promoting one product over the other, and that is unfree marketing.

          By the way, the reason nuclear is uneconomic is because we suffered a brain drain. In the 50s Britain was the first to commercialise nuclear power. For Hinkley we had to bring the French in to build it and the Chinese to finance it.

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  3. All markets are by their nature “coercive”. A “free” market would look fine to someone buying a product but the moment someone wishes to sell then it all falls down, because a market by its nature requires both sides to exist. And I’m not really talking about “products” here anyway, I’m talking about the unnecessary cruelty, inefficiency and climate change to which our mass consumption of animal products adds a great deal. So I’m promoting non-violence over violence, efficiency over non-efficiency and environmental respect over disrespect, and very happy to do so. Life simply isn’t a “market-place”, no matter how hard our current economic model would like to suggest. .
    As for nuclear power, my concern has always been the overwhelming problems regarding waste and decommissioning (not to mention potential accidents, of course) regardless of the nationalities of the builders.

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