When you visit a new place, especially as a vegan, it can be hard to know where to find vegan-friendly and plant-based food options. Having recently moved to Newquay in Cornwall, which is one of Cornwall’s most popular summer tourist destinations, we have been checking out some of the local vegan-friendly offerings. We have much more to explore but have found a lot of choices so far.
So if you’re in Newquay and looking to grab a bite to eat that’s plant-based then read on. Here are the places we’ve tried so far and keep an eye on my blog as I’m sure we’ll be sampling many more soon!
Oak & Maple
This is a hidden gem in Newquay located on Cliff Road. It’s a tiny little place that you could easily walk past, but we are so glad we spotted it when househunting in the area. They sell loads of delicious plant-based smoothies and we’ve been three times so far. Every time we were served by the friendliest people and the smoothies were delicious. You can return the glass bottles for re-use. They have some plant-based lunch options such as Rainbow Wraps which I can’t wait to try. There are also vegan sweet treats, juices and wellbeing shots.
The Beet Box Newquay is overlooking Towan Beach and the famous Island House in Newquay. You can find it in Killacourt gardens where you can sit on the well-kept lawns or benches to enjoy your vegan food! They have a huge selection of vegan-friendly food including huge vegan chocolate chunk cookies which the kids (and my husband) love!
Sprout Health Foods (and cafe)
You’ll discover Sprout Health Foods store just off Bank Street in a very picturesque building ‘The Old Printhouse’. There’s a garden cafe which is undercover and like a secret garden to the side of the building. They have lots of vegan food, smoothies, ice cream and delicious coffees with plant-based milk.
What a find! A chip shop that cooks in vegetable oil and has a dedicated vegan menu with chip shop favourites! This is on Fore Street in the main part of Newquay, not far from the harbour which is a great spot to eat your chips if the weather allows! I recommend the battered vegan sausage and chips with curry sauce.
Canteen at The Orchard
Surrounded by orchards and growing plots where they grow their own food which is served in the cafe, as well as wildflower meadows to encourage wildlife, this is a great find just outside of central Newquay, next to Newquay Tretherras senior school. There are vegan options daily and plant-based milk available for hot drinks. We had the pleasure of a delicious iced tea in the summer, with plenty of space outside for the kids to run free.
This is our favourite pasty shop so far with four vegan options. There’s wholemeal veg, Thai curry, curry and steak vegan options. At the time of writing, you can get two vegan pasties for £5 which is a steal.
How to find vegan food when visiting a new area
It can be tricky when you are not familiar with an area to find cafes that offer vegan-friendly food. Luckily, the internet and social media make it really easy to find what you are looking for. Here are some of the best ways to find plant-based eateries as a tourist:
- Use online booking websites: these types of restaurants are designed to make your life easier. Whether you’re looking for afternoon tea, Christmas lunch, bottomless brunches or a simple evening meal for two, restaurant booking apps like Squaremeal help you filter by your location, dietary choices and type of meal to find something suitable.
- Search Google for ‘vegan food near me’: This is something we regularly do when we visit a new area, although their listings can sometimes be out of date and we’ve turned up a couple of times to a location only to find it closed! So do check the businesses personal social media pages or websites to double check!
- Search the location as a hashtag on Instagram: If there’s one thing people love to share on Instagram, it’s delicious meals and cool restaurants. Follow me on Instagram here! Simply search for the location such as #newquay on Instagram and I bet you’ll soon stumble across people sharing the places they’ve eaten at. You can even get more specific with #newquayvegan or similar.
- Pop in and ask: one of the great things about the vegan community is it’s largely not competitive amongst businesses and they all love supporting one another. If you’ve found a vegan eatery then simply ask if they have any other recommendations for eating out as a vegan and I bet they’ll be happy to share.
Other places we’ve tried in Newquay and recommend for vegan food
We have also been to a few other places around the outskirts of Newquay for vegan food, as well as some popular chain restaurants. Here’s a look at these recommendations:
WAX – Watergate Bay
There is a WAX in Newquay, but so far it has been closed since we’ve lived here (September to November 2021). We have been to the nearby Watergate Bay WAX where I enjoyed a quinoa sweet potato salad and Ben had a vegan burger. The portion sizes are great and they support local producers.
This is part of The Lounges chain and they have a large vegan-friendly menu from breakfast through to dinner.
Right next to Great Western Beach in Newquay, is Pizza Express where you can eat in or I recommend grabbing a takeaway which you can take to eat looking out to sea on a nice day. There are benches overlooking Great Western Beach just behind the restaurant.
Vegan options in Newquay at well-known takeaway chains
You’ll also find many other chain takeaways you recognise in Newquay with vegan food options such as Subway and Dominos, for when you’re feeling extra naughty and junk foody!