As well as being Lincolnshire Day, Sunday, October 1 is also World Vegetarian Day. If you are vegetarian or vegan, have you tried these restaurants and cafes in Lincoln where you will receive a warm welcome?
World Vegetarian Day is a chance to celebrate a meat-free lifestyle. With more people than ever choosing to be vegetarian, there are now more options than ever before for eating out. Some eateries are even going exclusively vegetarian and vegan.
Check out some of these veggie friendly establishments in Lincoln … of course, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy their food.
Cafe Shanti is a very popular vegan and vegetarian cafe in the centre of Lincoln, offering breakfast, starters and light bites, main meals, desserts and drinks.
Food Monster was very impressed, awarding the Clasketgate venue five stars in March 2016, stating: “The menu has a fantastic range of dishes from banana korma to lasagne and veggie burgers.
“It was so refreshing to find a veggie restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere where meat eaters will not feel out of place.”
A few menu highlights include halloumi and mushroom burger in a bun with sweet potato fries (£5.95), lasagne with sweet potato fries and side salad (vegan, £5.95), and that banana korma, rice and naan bread with chutney (vegan without naan), £5.95.
Visit Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-5pm; Friday to Saturday, 9.30am-9pm.
The Bailgate Deli is a notable hot spot in uphill Lincoln for anyone who enjoys vegetarian food.
The venue’s website says: “Our focus is vegetarian food and drink with a strong leaning towards vegan.
“There’s been a vegetarian shop here for the best part of 40 years. We’ve added a space to eat and drink, an inventive menu and a steady stream of cakes, salads and savouries.”
There’s also a small range of vegetarian/vegan kitchen cupboard staples for sale.
Fans on Trip Advisor say: “My partner and I eat here at least once a week, we do so because it’s superb. The vegan selection is excellent and with an ever changing and always interesting specials menu. I recommend this lovely little place to everybody!” – Darryl C.
“The Bailgate Deli is a gem. A vegetarian and vegan delight with sufficiently hearty fare available to appeal to the more carnivorous. From soup to stews, wraps to salad, or if you just fancy toast the food is excellent quality and freshly prepared.” – Oscar830.
Highlights on the menu include A Full Vegan: All Day Brunch of tofu scramble, tempah, mushrooms and tomatoes with toast (£6.50); Mezze of falafel, olives, aubergine tapenade, hummus, halloumi with salads and bread, vegan option available (£7.50); and deli falafels with salad and bread (£5.50).
Visit Monday to Friday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.
Pimento Tea Rooms is a vegetarian cafe and deli on Steep Hill.
Owner Jessica Bradshaw says: “We’re open seven days a week serving an alternative breakfast menu with the likes of tofu mushrooms, veggie sausages for example.
“Our lunch menu includes soups, salads, mains, speciality toasts, jackets, sandwiches and we try to do as many of our options as vegan or with a vegan alternative. Almond milk, soya milk, soya cream, soya custard and vegan spreads are always available.”
Seating is available on two floors, with an outside seating area for sunny days.
Visit Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10.30am-5pm.
Cote Brasserie – Lincoln
Although not a vegetarian restaurant, Cote Brasserie – Lincoln has a separate vegetarian menu (and gluten free menu for that matter).
This is on my ‘must visit’ list and I’ve already picked out spinach and poached eggs on a toasted muffin with homemade Hollandaise sauce (starter £7.95) and grilled spinach and cheddar sausages with sautéed potatoes, garlic, and parsley, served with Dijonnaise (main £10.95).
272 High Street, Lincoln. Visit Monday to Friday 8am-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-10.30pm.
Slug and Lettuce
This high street chain has developed a menu with a creative selection of vegetarian dishes which have obviously been given some thought. The variety is demonstrated in dishes such as Butternut squash lasagne (£7.99); Asparagus and pea ravioli (£7.99); Grilled halloumi tortilla salad (£7.99); Chipotle bean burger (£7.99) – all mains. Also, cheesy-topped nachos (£8.49).
A veggie board for sharing includes mini bean burger sliders, omelette soldiers, beer-battered onion rings, tempura vegetables, crispy jalapeños, olives, tomato and avocado, skinny fries, ciabatta and dips (£15.29).
274–277 High Street, Lincoln. Visit Monday to Thursday 10am-11pm; Friday to Saturday, 10am-1am; Sunday 11am-10.30pm.