Happy Veganuary! A new year, a new challenge.
Last year, a whopping 168,500 people took the Veganuary pledge and stopped eating all animal-derived products for an entire month.
This year, this figure is projected to be even higher, with more media attention promoting the fact that a vegan lifestyle is “the single biggest way to reduce our environmental impact on the environment”.
If you’re looking to take a tangible step to take care of our environment, of animals, and of your own body too - you might have already started your plant-based month. If so, we salute you! And we’re here to make your transition a little bit easier, with a vegan beginner’s guide to Norwich.
Norwich has always been pretty ahead of the times with vegan options, but in recent years, it’s really boomed.
However, we thought we’d provide some additional yummy plant-based options city wide, as life (sadly) doesn’t revolve solely around roasts and brunches.
Looking for a quick lunch?
The Market in the heart of Norwich now has plenty of vegan options.
There’s Bia Diner who serve up delicious street-food that’s entirely vegan - try the Pulled Jack Bap.
Try Falafel and Friends for some more experimental plant-based fare - from the Aubergine Schnitzel to a KimChi Dog. Yum.
Other options include Kinda Cafe on Castle Meadow, which has loads of veggie/vegan options, as well as running a “Pay it Forward” scheme for those in need.
Moorish Falafel Bar, delivers both on the fantastic falafel front, and also does seriously tasty vegan burgers.
And for some superfood vegan fare - head to Pono which is a superfood bar inspired by Hawaiian culture. Smoothie and poké bowls are strongly recommended.
A sit-down meal with drinks?
Try Erpingham House, a ground floor cafe, 1st floor restaurant & second floor bar that is beautifully decorated. They also run their business as plastic-free as possible.
The Tipsy Vegan is Bia Diner’s older and sophisticated sibling, located in the lanes. It’s great for cocktails and tapas.
Fancy a curry?
You’ve got to try Namaste. A traditional Gujarati Indian restaurant, they serve healthy and delicious veggie/vegan food from different regions of India.
Or, if you don’t want the meal out - treat yourselves and order our favourites - Vegan Wok. We’d have to recommend the mock duck Massamman curry. So. Good.
Vegan Sweet Treats
Tofurei is the place for vegan sweet treats. With different flavours regularly, you’ll be sure to find one to placate that sweet tooth. Otherwise, it produces its own tofu and sells other freshly baked savoury goods - try a soysauge roll.
Around the corner, Biddy’s Tea Room now also serves up delicious plant-based puds. Their vegan Cake is made by Kayleigh Baddeley-Read of Deerly Beloved Bakery. They also do a vegan afternoon tea if you book at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst it’s great that so many supermarkets now offer plant-based alternatives, we think supporting our independents is so important! You’ll more likely to find fresher, more organic and a more interesting selection of goodies.
Head to Rainbow in its new home on the lanes for organic produce and non-GM goods, freshly baked bread and fruit and veg.
The Green Grocers in Earlham, as well as serving banging vegan breakfasts in their cafe, houses a shop too. Here, you can find fresh fruit, veg, vegan wine, and they have an amazing plastic free weigh and pay dispensary.
And the Little Shop of Vegans on Magdalen Street sells everything a vegan could ever desire! From gifts, to clothes, to pizzas, and a great selection of sweet treats too.
Also, try picking up your fresh fruit and vegetables from along the front row of the market - for seasonal, local produce.
Let us know how you get on with some of our favourite vegan offerings - hope you enjoy them as much as we do.