My job and unstoppable love of food has taken me far and wide across the UK in search of the very best places to eat vegan. Believe me – I’ve had a lot of hot dinners!.. sandwiches, curries, snacks, burgers, gourmet meals, cakes, glorious smoothies and other concoctions…
My latest triumphant find is Roots Cafe, in my once hometown of Taunton in Somerset. My best friend had told me they had an impressive selection of vegan dishes, alongside a meat-dairy based menu. Seeing was believing. Congratulations to them for producing one of the most imaginative vegan menus I have seen outside a 100% veggie venue.
I ate a wonderful cooked breakfast, which included Scrambled Tofu, Courgette Rashers, Portobello Mushroom, Potato Cakes,
Grilled Tomatoes, Baked Beans, Toast & Vegan Butter. This was followed by vegan Australian Crunch!
Here are the other really imaginative and inspiring sandwich options they offer:
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Courgette rashers cooked in soy with garlic & thyme mushroom
Avocado, Hummus & Cucumber
Fajita Tofu, Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado
Roasted Veg, Tahini & Guacamole
Hummus, Apple Slices and Sweet Carrot Chutney
Roots serve hot drinks made with all different kinds of plant milk, as well as soya, to be enjoyed with a host of cakes and sweet treats, which are also vegan.
If only some of the other cafes I have visited would take a leaf out of Roots’ book! Even though many where I live serve soya milk, some don’t and most of the time, the only thing I can eat is a flapjack! It would be lovely to be able to go out to lunch and choose a sandwich like those offered by Roots. So Swansea and South Wales, please take note! One great exception is the D-Lish Cafe on the Kingsway, which does have several good vegan options and is very welcoming.
Viva! have just published their new Catering Guide, which is free to download. It offers recipes and tons of information about how to cater for veggies and vegans. I was even lucky enough to shoot the photographs.