Being vegan can be challenging when it comes to travelling. I know I’m not the only one who does extensive research before a trip to figure out which restaurants are vegan friendly and which ones to avoid. Luckily, as veganism is becoming more popular, more restaurants are jumping on board so it’s becoming ever easier to eat out as a vegan. Today I’m going to be sharing a few places I found during my trip to North Wales, with some killer vegan options that are to die for!
I couldn’t post about vegan Wales without mentioning Voltaire. Voltaire is a fully vegan restaurant in Bangor, and it popped up quite a few times on my search as being rated one of the best vegan restaurants in the UK, so obviously I had to check it out!
Here is their menu:
They have an amazing range of different dishes, although the star of the show is their burgers (wait until you see the size of mine in a second). I desperately wanted one of their pudding shakes – but you’ll see why I didn’t soon! All the food we had was so delicious, and really reasonably priced, too. The staff were so friendly and knowledgable, and the restaurant itself was so cosy and eclectic and had such a hyggelig atmosphere – I loved it! Voltaire is definitely the best vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to, I honestly cannot recommend it enough! Looking back at the menu, I can’t believe I missed the table picnics – they sound so good!
Here’s what we ordered:
Cheesy Nachos – bowl of corn nachos, topped with their 9-bean chilli, cheese, salsa, sour cream, jalapeño and sauce.
I had the Hawaii Five O Burger topped with pineapple & cheese with a tower of onion rings. (It was HUGE).
And Kristian had the Big Bada Boom burger topped with a hash brown, cheese, jalapeños, salsa, cheese sauce and an onion ring.
I’m pretty sure I had a cocktail too, but for some reason I didn’t photograph that.
Postcode: LL57 2SE.
The Press Room Cafe
I’m including the Press Room Cafe as a vegan lunch option. Even though the vegan Welsh rarebit was unfortunately the only vegan item on the menu, it was so delicious I couldn’t not mention it. (It did have mushrooms in it too, but I was able to pick them out!) It was made with a brand of vegan cheese called Sheeze (they sell it in the shop downstairs), which we bought and enjoyed afterwards. The Press Room Cafe is in Conwy, right next to the castle/high street, and there is parking nearby.
Postcode: LL32 8LD
Hebog Cafe & Bistro
The Hebog Cafe & Bistro is located in Beddgelert, next to the river. We stayed at a campsite nearby and didn’t want to go far for dinner, so we stopped here. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, so if the weather’s nice you can sit outside by the river, which we loved.
I ordered the chickpea, spinach, and red pepper curry with half & half (rice and chips – I was on holiday!) served with rice, poppadum, and mango chutney. It was very nice but spicier than I was anticipating!
Kristian had the BBQ pulled jackfruit burger with vegan slaw. He said it was nice but he’d had better burgers. He felt they could’ve done a bit more with it.
They also do a vegan veggie board, and sweet potato falafels with avocado, cous-cous, beetroot & celeriac slaw. They also do a vegan breakfast (I wish I knew that at the time!) and various vegan lunch items which all sounded delicious. It wasn’t the best vegan food I’ve ever had, but it had a lovely relaxed atmosphere so for that reason, I would return.
Postcode: LL55 4UY
There were so many other places I wanted to try, but we were only in North Wales for two nights. If & when I return I’ll definitely be checking out some other vegan restaurants, so keep checking back for updates! If you enjoyed this post, check out Being Vegan In: Copenhagen.