Best vegan & veggie eats in Berks
Vegan or vegetarian curious? Get your local plant-based fix at one of these 10 foodie joints that put veggies front and centre and deliver on flavour
The vegan diet can give you wobbles, but if you fancy dipping your toe in the water, try the mighty Vegivores in Caversham. Plant-based street food sellers – Kevin and Emma Farrell – opened their bricks and mortar Vegan restaurant in 2019 and the delicious dishes are even going down well with die hard meat eaters. The nourish bowl, Dal Masala and Tacos are a surefire hit. And with nothing on the menu over £15, it’s healthy on the wallet as well as the bod. Trigger warning! It’s right next door to the local butchers, so avert your eyes and feel the veggie love.
Pan Restaurant, Wokingham
Berkshire’s great gastronomic secret. Pan Restaurant is a Muddy favourite foodie haunt showcasing Asian tapas that packs a punch with an explosion of flavour. Chef Owner Charlie Blacker has worked in three Michelin star restaurants in Kyoto and on private super yachts cooking for the rich and famous. The menu is highly curated – three meat, three fish and four plant based – and the veggie dishes are mind-blowingly good, so you can go meat-free with confidence.
Eliane, Hungerford and Sunningdale
Hitting Veganuary hard or just embracing a post-Crimbo reboot, Eliane is your go-to place for a healthy, delicious brunch and lunch that caters for all. Yup veggies, vegans, raw foodists and allergy sufferers are all good here. With cafés in Sunningdale and Hungerford, soak up the glam and contemporary that would have Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP army salivating over the avocado on toast and lunch medleys.
Cliveden Dining Room, Taplow
Meat free can be fancy. The Cliveden Dining Room offers a vegan and vegetarian a la carte tasting menu. So sink your your bottom into a plush velvet chair and be seduced by some our favourite dishes Veganuary or not – the heritage beetroot salad with hazelnuts and chicory is lush as is the black olive risotto and grilled cauliflower steak. Yum.
The Sushi Maki, Newbury
Polish your health kick halo, The Sushi Maki is a much-loved Japanese restaurant in Newbury, serving, you guessed it, sushi. This funky little eaterie on Market Place has a loyal following and they offer a vegan/ vegetarian menu, as well as fish and meat. So dip your toe into plant-based waters or stick to Veganuary and give your friends and family the option to eat what they want. The Hiayshi Roll (pictured) of iceberg, tomato, cucumber, avocado, rolled in hiyashi wakame seaweed is a tasty option.
Ooh la la. It’s French. It’s fancy and it’s Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant. Try the vegetarian Elegance tasting menu – seven sensational courses for £79, courtesy of L’Ortolan’s talented Head Chef James Greatorex. It’s indulgent, fine dining that’s practically guilt free.
The Coconut Tree, Reading
Serving good vibes, tasty cocktails and small sharing plates, this Sri Lankan restaurant isn’t strictly vegan but the menu offers plenty of options with half of the 20+ mains fully plant-based, plus more vegetarian options. No brainer dishes include hot battered mushrooms (also GF), Parripu (red lentil dahl) and the Fat Sister (not an insult, but a pumpkin curry!). The staple Hopper – a coconut pancake with Sri Lankan condiments – is also a must-try.
The Giggling Squid, Windsor and Wokingham
Starting life in a tiny fisherman’s cottage in Brighton back in 2002, Giggling Squid began with a simple idea: to cook ‘simple, rustic, fresh Thai food’ and now has outposts across the country, including two in our area. The restaurant has a special evening vegan menu which includes a selection of stir fries and curries (the Massaman is mouthwatering), plus a very reasonable set tapas lunch.
London Street Brasserie, Reading
A small but perfectly formed vegan menu at this award-winning riverside Reading restaurant. Owned by Chef Paul Clerehugh, London Street Brasserie gives all diners the chance to sink their teeth into something delicious. The sautéed wild mushrooms on sourdough toast and sweet potato bok choi rendang sound amaaaazing.
Fego, Ascot and Sunningdale
Influenced by South African hospitality and design, this buzzy mini café chain has two outposts in Berkshire, both of which offer a separate vegan menu to please your plant-based needs (it’s all pretty low cal too, if you’re going PB for health reasons). For breakfast get your fix with a smashed avo or a Maca berry smoothie, and for lunch choose from superfood salads, teriyaki tofu wraps and meatless patty burgers with all the trimmings.