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National Vegetarian Week: Our pick of Kent's top veggie and vegan restaurants, bars and cafes


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It's National Vegetarian Week, and to celebrate we’ve rounded up some of Kent's best veggie and vegan eats for you to tuck into all week long…

You can get a tasty meal at Walmer's Goose on the Green for under £10
You can get a tasty meal at Walmer's Goose on the Green for under £10

BEST ON A BUDGET

Goose on the Green, Deal

The Goose on the Green cafe, which sits on the Walmer seafront and is just a short stroll from Deal Castle, ranks pretty high on Tripadvisor, so it must be doing something right. Its modest but appealing menu has plenty of veggie bites for breakfast and lunch, and none of them will break the bank. Whether it’s a full vegetarian breakfast, Nutella french toast or a spinach and ricotta omelette, you can easily fill up for under a tenner here.

Where: 27 The Strand, Walmer, Deal CT14 7DX

When: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 2pm, and Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm.

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The Wallflower Cafe is Herne Bay's fully plant-based cafe
The Wallflower Cafe is Herne Bay's fully plant-based cafe

TOP CAFE CHOICE

The Wallflower Cafe, Herne Bay

Sitting on the high street of this quiet seaside town is the Wallflower Cafe. Using only natural and organic ingredients, and with a completely plant-based menu, there is a real focus on putting the best into your body when it comes to the food here. It’s also the first cafe to sell Whitstable-based brand Lost Sheep Coffee. With a breakfast menu of baps, toast and pancakes and daytime dishes such as Buddha bowls and frittatas, there’s lots of choice for a meat-free meal.

Where: Unit 7, 116 High Street, Herne Bay CT6 5JY

When: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

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The Lady Luck is a rock 'n' roll bar in Canterbury serving a range of meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Picture: Google Street View
The Lady Luck is a rock 'n' roll bar in Canterbury serving a range of meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Picture: Google Street View

FAMILY FRIENDLY FAVOURITE

Lady Luck, Canterbury

You might be surprised that a rock ‘n’ roll bar is our pick for a family friendly bite, but this welcoming pub is the perfect place to bring your young vegetarians. Their unique meat-free options, such as the Rick and Morty baguette with szechuan sauce and southern fried jackfruit, are often rated among the best in Canterbury. And what’s more, they have a children’s menu with vegan nuggets, fish fingers and sausages, so your kids can join you for a delicious plant-based meal.

Where: 18 St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ

When: Food served Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 6pm

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Notorious BRG at Lockmeadow in Maidstone, has an alternative vegan menu. Picture: Notorious BRG
Notorious BRG at Lockmeadow in Maidstone, has an alternative vegan menu. Picture: Notorious BRG

BEST FAST FOOD

Notorious BRG, Maidstone

Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean you don’t crave a fast food fix! When you’re in the mood for a burger, Notorious BRG has a full vegan menu that their website promises to be “just as good as the meat options”. With six burgers to choose from, plus a number of meat-free sides such as triple cheese fries and mac and cheese, you never have to miss out on fast food again - although this might just be so good you want to take your time and savour it…

Where: Lockmeadow Complex, 1 Barker Road, Maidstone ME16 8SF

When: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm, Friday to Saturday, 9am to 9.30pm, and Sunday, 9am to 6.30pm

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You can find the Big Greek Bus on the picturesque Harbour Arm in Folkestone. Picture: Folkestone Harbour Arm
You can find the Big Greek Bus on the picturesque Harbour Arm in Folkestone. Picture: Folkestone Harbour Arm

BEST FOR A QUICK BITE

The Big Greek Bus, Folkestone

If you want to grab some speedy street food, it’s almost impossible to miss this big blue double decker bus. Standing tall on Folkestone’s beautiful Harbour Arm, the Big Greek Bus serves a delicious range of Greek grub, from gyros to meze, and the best part is there’s plenty of veggie options to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a halloumi flatbread, falafel salad box or pitta and dips, both you and your meat-eating friends can find something to enjoy here.

Where: Harbour Arm, Harbour Approach Road, Folkestone CT20 1QH

When: Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm

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THAT SPECIAL OCCASION

Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs

With plenty of glowing online reviews and a menu full of fine dining options, you’ll find much more than your standard nut roast here. This restaurant is all about small plates, so you and your loved ones can truly celebrate together as you share your delicious dishes, whether that’s seafood, meat or, of course, vegetarian. There’s a whole section of veggie options that go above and beyond the norm, including a courgette flower with local honey and layered potatoes with aioli.

Where: 23-27 Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1EU

When: Thursday, 6pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9.30pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

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Indulge yourself at Gravesend bakery Vegan Antics. Picture: Vegan Antics
Indulge yourself at Gravesend bakery Vegan Antics. Picture: Vegan Antics

SUPER SWEET TREATS

Vegan Antics, Gravesend

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, a visit to this all-vegan bakery is an absolute must. After five years of serving up a range of both sugary and savoury delights, as well as an enticing Instagram full of mouth-watering photos, Vegan Antics has built up quite the reputation. After your lunch of plant-based sandwiches, nachos or jacket potatoes, make sure you grab yourself one of their delicious cupcakes, cookies, freakshakes, waffles… the list of treats is endless!

Where: 70 High Street, Gravesend DA11 0BH

When: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 11am to 4pm

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TOP-NOTCH TAKEAWAY

Quex Barn Pizza, Birchington

You really can’t go wrong with pizza, can you? When you’ve had a long day at work and all you want is to pick up a piping hot pizza on your way home, the freshly-made offerings from Quex Barn will hit the spot. There’s a good selection of veggie toppings, such as mushroom, garlic and basil and egg, spinach and walnuts, along with your usual margherita. They also offer a vegan menu, where many of their most popular pizzas are recreated with a plant-based twist.

Where: Quex Estate, Birchington CT7 0BB

When: Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm

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National Vegetarian Week runs from today to Sunday, May 22. The campaign is about choosing more vegetarian food to help tackle the climate crisis.

Choosing more vegetarian food means less of an impact on animals whose habitats are adversely affected by climate change. To find out more click here

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