November is World Vegan Month, celebrating and shedding light on how accessible and beneficial the vegan lifestyle can be. Vegan diets are becoming more and more popular as people are becoming more conscious of sustainable food sources and the impact the meat industry has on the environment. And restaurants are responding to this particular diet of eating food from only animals.
If you follow a vegan diet and are staying in one of our North Wales caravans for sale, dining in to cook your own food is an easy option. But when you’re on holiday you have to treat yourself, so we have put together a list of the vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafés in the area that you shouldn’t miss out on.
The Rabbit Hole Café, Llandudno
The Rabbit Hole Café in Llandudno is a social enterprise set up by Aberconwy Mind providing work experience for people experiencing mental health issues, and the food they serve is focussed on being healthy for the body and mind. There is a varied menu of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic options, serving fresh and innovative dishes. If you have more specific dietary requirements, let them know, though vegan dishes are labelled.
When heading to the coast, fish and chips must be on the menu for at least one meal. For vegans, head to Barnacles, near the seafront. There is a separate vegan and gluten-free menu, and several vegetarian options too. Barnacles isn’t just about fish and chips either, as there are home-made meals available too.
Blue Elephant, Llandudno
For lovers of Indian cuisine, Blue Elephant is the place to go. They have a passion for understanding Indian cuisine, using exotic ingredients to reach a new level of excellence. They are happy to accommodate vegan diners, and have a wide range of suitable dishes, though mention you want your dishes prepared with vegetable oil instead of butter ghee.
The Carlton is known for the great value and quality food on the menu, which does include some vegan options such as cauliflower dhansak curry, vegetable bake and Thai lentil pie. There are even some delicious desserts too, and the vegan options are clearly labelled on the menu.
East is a Chinese restaurant and takeaway in Llandudno, and has a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, with many vegan visitors rating the quality and range of the vegetarian and vegan options. Portion sizes are good, the Cantonese-style food is delicious, and the vegetarian set menu can be accommodated to vegan. There are also a few gluten-free options too.
The Castle Hotel, Conwy
Located in the centre of Conwy, The Castle Hotel is full of character, and they have a vegan-friendly menu too, for both lunch and evening meals – just let them know when you book a table and order. Mains consist of vegetable ragu, vegetable korma and oven roasted seasonal veg.
The Raj, Conwy
Indian cuisine is often an excellent option for vegans and vegetarians, and The Raj has over fifteen dishes which are suitable for vegan diets. Let the staff know when ordering at the restaurant and takeaway and they will be more than happy to let you know which dishes are vegan or can be prepared as vegan.
Parisella’s Ice Cream Parlour, Conwy
Like fish and chips, ice cream goes hand in hand with seaside holidays, and it will be sad to miss out. Parisella’s Ice Cream does focus on yummy ice creams using Welsh milk and cream, but they also have a range of sorbets which are vegan-friendly – be sure to let them know when you order.
Pie Records Art Café, Rhos-on-Sea
Pie Records is a quirky café and bar where everything on the menu is vegetarian, and cheese dishes can be served with non-vegan cheese or no cheese on request. The range of dishes will immediately get your mouth watering; pizzas, nachos, burgers, sharing platters and more! It comes highly recommended to vegans by vegans, so be sure to check it out!
La Dolce Vita, Rhos-on-Sea
Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, and though there is often a lot of cheese and dairy in the dishes, La Dolce Vita has a separate vegan menu, with a number of starters, sides, mains and desserts including risotto, pasta and pizza calzone that are vegan-friendly. Just let them know your vegan requirements, and they will be happy to help!
Liffy’s Café and Bistro, Rhyl
One of Rhyl’s top-rated cafés, Liffy’s has a vegan menu available, offering chips and sweet potato fries, summer vegetable ratatouille, vegan curry and more. If you want to try the veggie breakfast, ask them to leave off the sausages which are not vegan.
Paanshee Restaurant, Prestatyn
This Bangladeshi restaurant and takeaway in Prestatyn is very accommodating to visitors who have a vegan diet and only use vegetable oil for cooking. There are over ten dishes on the menu which are vegan, and several vegetarian options too – just let them know when you order which vegan dishes they would recommend!
You may also be interested to know many JD Wetherspoons have vegan options on their menu, but we wanted to focus on local and independent cafés and restaurants located in North Wales! Be sure to check out other posts on our blog about food and drink in the region.