With some cafés and pubs thrown in for good measure…
Trying your hand at Veganuary or ditching meat for good this year?
From revived vegan brunches, yummy veggie lunches and meatless meals for dinner, we’ve rounded up Newbury’s best vegan foodie spots to help you on your plant-based journey…
The invention of vegan mozzarella really is a thing of dreams. If turning vegan meant no more pizza, we’d really be struggling. Thank goodness that Newbury’s family-favourite, Lusso, provides us with all the vegan pizza pleasure we could ever want or need. Post-pizza? Donut worry…There are plenty of vegan-friendly options and sorbets available, with dairy-free milks for hot drinks to finish off!
Find me: 11 Weavers Walk, Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1AL
The downside of heading into Newbury’s latest sweet-tooth satisfying venture, The Sweet Box, is that you will want to try every beautifully decorated and amply-filled treat in sight. The vegan cakes on offer here vary almost daily, meaning that there is always something new to try while resisting the temptation to binge.
Find me: 72-73 Marsh Lane, Newbury, RG14 1AY
Cross Keys is an independently owned pub that has absolutely nailed their chosen ‘dia de los muertos’ themed decor. Oozing with style, this newly renovated venue was taken over by new management in the height of Covid, and has upped its menu game to include pizzas, sharing boards, burgers and loaded pitta breads with vegan and veggie options to choose from.
Find me: 8 London Road, Newbury, RG14 1JX
Classic breakfast and brunch has gone vegan at this cosy little spot at Inch’s Yard. From vegan full English to fruit compote with homemade muesli, grab a blanket and make yourself at home in their cosy outdoor seating area. The Flower Pot also offers delicious vegan smoothies and sweet treats to enjoy on the go or dining in.
Find me: 11 Inch’s Yard, Newbury, RG14 5DP
A nation-wide favourite, Bill’s revived vegan meals won’t disappoint! Taking eggs-ellent brunch to a whole new level (or shall we say, ‘eggless-llent’), Bill’s has teamed up with the world’s first vegan egg innovation: OGGS®. Made from chickpea protein, Scrambled OGGS® has already scooped food industry awards for best Innovation and flavour taking the title “World’s Best Egg Alternative”. Pop in to try it here first, with vegan full English breakfasts and vegan eggs on toast already proving to be insanely popular!
Find me: 16-18 Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5AZ
Lettuce taco about Mexican food…How does ‘chilli non carne’ and chipotle jackfruit loaded fries float your boat? Or spicy mixed veg burrito stuffed with vegan beer beans, ‘Violife’ cheese, and allll the vegan sauce you could possibly want? Well, you can find it here, and then some, at The Lion. Not only does this indie pub offer a menu that’s bursting with flavoursome Mexican dishes and vegan beers, but it is probably one of the most extensive in Newbury.
Find me: 39 West Street, Newbury, RG14 1BD
You can find chicken tikka-less masala, kofta, jalfrezi, and many more of your Indian food favourites at Newbury’s newest Indian restaurant, Indigo Bay. With award-winning dishes in stylish yet comfortable surroundings, if you fancy an Indian meal for dinner in Newbury, this is your answer!
Find me: 54 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5QA
This year, Caffe Nero has partnered with THIS to broaden its plant-based offering with new delicious items on the menu. ‘Sausage’ Ciabatta for breaky or ‘Chicken’ Arrabbiata Panini for lunch, either can be served with a good helping of vegan cake, and washed down with your diary-free hot drink of choice!
Find me: 86 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AE / 141 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5EN
Tofu Pad Thai with Vegetable Tempura… We’re in! And we haven’t even got to the juicy sides and starters. We love their golden little nuggets of wild mushroom, tofu, sweet corn, chestnut, and glass noodle, deep fried in pastry and served with sweet chilli sauce. All mains come with the option of ‘veg and tofu’ to go plant-based, meaning you can still enjoy all your usual Thai favourites.
Find me: 102a Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5DY
Dirty. Pretty. Vegans. And don’t get us started on the burgers! 7Bone truly know how to do burgers better than most. Our favourite, the ‘p no bj’, consists of a vegan patty, miso peanut butter, crispy fried onion, facon lardons and chilli jam. We are also obsessed with their Kung Fu Fries, loaded with sriracha mayo, gochujang, sesame seeds, crispy and spring onions. We don’t know what half of it means but it sure does taste good.
Find me: 4 Bridge Street, Newbury, RG14 5EX
Another truly delicious Thai restaurant in Newbury! Make sure you try the mixed veg starter, as it offers a generous helping of everything from traditional Thai spring rolls, crispy tofu, corn fritters, vegetable tempura and vegetable satay, and then the choice of mains is endless! From a Massaman (a peanut-based curry from southern Thailand), Pad Kaprow (a Chilli and Basil Stir-Fry), or a Pad Thai with added Tofu, you can’t go wrong! If you’re still hungry, you’re spoiled for choice with five fully-vegan side dishes.
Find me: 53 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AN
Choose between the Vegan Roast, stuffed with vegan ‘turkey’ and the classic cranberry, port and thyme, or (and we love the name of this one) The Mooless Moo, consisting of jackfruit ‘steak’, craft ale and a black pepper sauce. All pies can be served as, what The Catherine Wheel like to call, ‘The Vegan Mothership’. We’re talking vegan mash, crispy shallots, vegan cheese and gravy… the lot. If you’re feeling particularly ravenous, we recommend a side of vegan smoky beans, too.
Find me: 35 Cheap Street, Newbury, RG14 5DB
Many of Mr. Moo Juice’s shakes and smoothies can be made diary-free. With over thirty delightful thirst-wrenching drinks on offer, it really is impossible to choose which one is best. Need something protein-packed to refuel after exercise? We pick the Natural Muscle Moo: Coconut milk, banana, honey, hemp powder, spirulina, flax oil, blueberries, and peanut butter. Have a sweet-tooth craving that needs fulfilled? Just head to Mr. Moo juice and you’ll soon be sorted.
Find me: Merlion House, West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HP
The Sushi Maki has re-written the sushi by-laws with its variety of vegan sushi rolls and Japanese food on offer. They even offer a fantastic 16-piece vegan platter featuring hosomaki with a variety of vegan fillings, salted edame beans, dragon rolls, nigiri and, not to forgot the Yasai Roll, which will have you saying YAS for sure when you bite into its flavoursome concoction of mixed paprika, cucumber, tomato and sesame seeds.
Find me: 23 Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5AA
Another venue promising to bust the bacon in favour for vegan sausages, avo, hash browns, beans and toast for their plant-based take on the English classic breakfast. With fillings such as vegan cheesy beans, curry, falafel and sausages, you can also pimp up any bog-standard baguette, panini, jacket potato or salad at Weavers Coffee Shop, not to mention their list of vegan cakes and sweet slices!
Find me: 1-2 Weavers Walk, Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1AL
Pizza Express show they really are the experts when it comes to plant-powered pizza. Not only do they offer over 15 different varieties of vegan pizzas, but they’ve done their research when sourcing their vegan mozzarella, too. Made from rice water, the company dedicated a whole load of research to find something that melted similar to normal mozzarella, as we all know part of the enjoyment of pizza is that melted-cheese gooey goodness.
Find me: 23 Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5AA
Pret A Manger make their views on vegan food pretty clear; vegan means variety! Year-on-year their exclusive vegan menu comes back with an even stronger game, and 2022 is no exception. New for this year, try their Meatless Meatball Protein Pot, packed full of beans, mushrooms and chunky vegan meatballs to get you through, or for a classic, try their avo, olive and sun blushed tom baguette- yum!
Find me: 93 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AA
Costa Coffee offers an extensive list of over 20 vegan items, from cakes, sandwiches and savoury snacks, to the new Bac’n’Bap (above) meat-free breakfast bap. For a warming lunch, try one of their amazing toasties, paninis, soups or mushroom risotto, followed by a BOSH! slice- which you would never believe isn’t vegan- or one of their own home baked cakes. Not hungry? Pretty much any drink can be made diary-free, too!
Find me: Unit 2, 2 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1DJ
If you’ve not heard about – let alone not tried- Subway’s vegan cookies, where have you BEEN!? We don’t know how they can taste THIS so very good, but they sure do. Alternatively, until 15th Feb 2022, Subway has a new sandwich filler- TLC (Tastes Like Chicken) Tikka – a soy based protein with delicious Tikka spices- joining its regular Vegan menu of the regular TLC, Plant Patty, Meatless Meatball Marinara and Veggie Delite. Subway offers a wide selection of plant-based breads and sauce toppings and are another advocate for ‘Violife’ cheese, in the form of vegan mozzarella-style slices.
Find me: 20 The Kennet Centre, Newbury, RG14 5EN
Commonly known for their selection of homemade vegan cakes for birthdays and celebrations, Fusion Deli also know a thing or two about vegan savoury treats, too. From yummy deep filled burritos, salads, and Mediterranean veg paninis, this is what all lunches-to-go should be made of!
Find me: 2 Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1BT