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 moved to Newquay in Cornwall in 2021, 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!
Table of contents
- Vegan-friendly places to eat in Newquay!
- Oak & Maple
- Sailors Arms Newquay
- Sprout Health Foods (and cafe)
- Harbour Chippy
- Canteen at The Orchard
- Beach Bakery
- Trerice Barn Cafe
- More places we’ve tried and recommend in Newquay for vegan food
- Stable – Fistral
- WAX – Watergate Bay
- Concho Lounge
- Pizza Express
- Slug and Lettuce
- Vegan options in Newquay at well-known takeaway chains
- How to find vegan food when visiting a new area (4 top tips)
Vegan-friendly places to eat in Newquay!
Here are lots of cafes, restaurants, eateries, fast food outlets, juice bars and more that have vegan options. This list will be regularly updated as we discover more great vegan places to eat in and around Newquay. Great for locals, tourists and holiday-makers alike. I hope you find something vegan to suit your tastebuds!
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 homemade smoothies, juices raw cakes, energy balls and more!
Every time we’ve been, we’ve been served by the friendliest people which makes a difference.
The smoothies and juices are delicious. We also love their Rainbow Wraps with a satay dip!
You can return the glass bottles for reuse by leaving them in a box outside their entrance.
Oak and Maple open seasonally, but if you’re local you can book a juice delivery on their website during the winter months.
Sailors Arms Newquay
Perhaps one of the most famous places in Newquay due to its nightclub?! Most people who have been to Newquay for clubbing will know Sailors. However, The Sailors Arms is their pub and restaurant right next door to the nightclub which has a huge menu with loads of vegan options as of October 2022.
They are a family-friendly venue in the daytime with an outdoor terrace with panoramic views across the Atlantic from Towan Beach to Watergate Bay and beyond. There’s cosy seating inside and a fully stocked bar.
On our first visit, we tried the vegan burrito, vegan burger and vegan loaded fries. You can check out my Sailors Arms restaurant review from our first visit. They have loads of vegan options so if you’re looking for vegan pub grub then this is a great place!
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 ideas, 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 central 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.
They are open seasonally. In 2021 they stayed open until the week before Christmas, closing until March 2022. However, they sometimes shut earlier depending on how busy the winter season is.
In the summer of 2022, they were open from 12 pm to 8 pm each day.
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.
They cook the most amazing vegan cinnamon buns on site each day!
This is our favourite pasty shop so far with lots of vegan options.
In 2021 there were wholemeal veg, Thai curry, curry and steak vegan options.
In 2022 they seem to have dropped the vegan steak bake but added other new vegan flavours such as vegan ‘chicken’ and pepperoni, vegan red Thai curry and vegan ‘chicken’ fajita.
We are big fans of their pasties!
(They also do a vegan roll, but it’s pretty flavourless so we don’t recommend it. Instead, go to Beach Bakery at Towan Beach for the best vegan sausage roll in Newquay, or if they’ve sold out we recommend Morris Pasties for a vegan sausage roll.)
The beach bakery is at Towan Beach (where you’ll find the amazing island house). They have the best vegan sausage rolls we’ve found so far in Newquay! They also do a vegan blueberry muffin which our daughter loves!
There are milkshakes and warm drinks with vegan milk available.
A smoothie and juice bar on Fore Street with SO many options and they are customisable.
I love the Kook Classic juice (carrot, apple, orange) with added ginger.
Also the Very Berry smoothie with banana instead of sorbet. Yum!
Trerice Barn Cafe
On the outskirts of Newquay is Trerice Manor and Gardens which is a National Trust location, if you have a pass. Or you can pay to enter. They have a barn cafe with some vegan options including a vegan pasty, vegan ciabatta sandwich, vegan soup, vegan cookies and ice cream when we visited in 2022.
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More places we’ve tried and recommend in Newquay for vegan food
We have also been to a few other places around the outskirts of Newquay for vegan food and some popular chain restaurants.
Here are our recommendations:
Stable – Fistral
If you can get a seat by the window or outside on the balcony, then you have amazing views overlooking Fistral beach and the ocean. Great vegan pizzas, maybe our favourite vegan pizzas if we had to choose!
WAX – Watergate Bay
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 while looking out to sea on a nice day. There are benches overlooking Great Western Beach just behind the restaurant.
Slug and Lettuce
Me and Bella went here for a mummy and daughter treat and were pleasantly surprised at how lovely the decor was inside. It was really quiet too as it was after school on a weekday – we were the only people inside, like VIPs! I’m sure it gets more packed in the summer season, but we went in winter. They have lots of vegan food choices from burgers to tacos.
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 Macdonalds, Burger King, Subway and Dominos for when you’re feeling extra naughty and junk foody!
Papa John has opened in 2022 in Newquay too which does delicious vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets, but for a takeaway pizza we’d have to say Dominos is better! The Papa John vegan cheese really sticks to your teeth!
How to find vegan food when visiting a new area (4 top tips)
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 double check the business’s personal social media pages or websites!
- 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.