Eat in the City: Dorset and Somerset

Vegan Viennese Swirl and coffee

All of our big cities have wonderful and exciting vegan-friendly places to eat and it is easy to assume that once out of the cosmopolitan hubbub of Bristol, London or Glasgow there is little in the way of vegan-friendly fayre; you would be wrong! In the dairy and meat farming counties of Dorset & Somerset there is a strong vegan movement and plenty of great and often surprising cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours catering for the vegan mood that appears to be (thankfully) sweeping the nation.

 

Blandford Forum: Cariad Wholefoods

Cariad is a little vegan gem and is a relatively new addition to North Dorset. It is jam packed with all of the vegan essentials as well as some really exciting treats like Mouse’s Favourite Camembert Cashew cheese and Sgaia vegan Meats. They also stock a full range of vegan supplements, natural remedies and toiletries as well as fresh vegetables, brownies and locally made Kombucha.

 

Yeovil: Café 50

This rather unassuming little café is surprising for its incredibly extensive menu and epic portions. Café 50 caters to omnivores and vegans alike but always strives to keep things interesting with fun mains and delicious desserts such as aquafaba meringue with kirsch soaked cherries & vanilla ice cream. They are Happy Cow approved and take real pride in their vegan offer.

 

Wool: Ruby’s Tea Room

Ruby’s Tea Room is totally unexpected but hugely welcome. It is on the tourist trail to Lulworth Cove near Monkey World and offers a great range of vegan options whether it be a full fry up or a Bakewell tart. They serve everything on delightfully mismatched crockery and their baked goods are absolutely delicious.

 

Sherborne: Ecco Gelato

Ecco Gelato is located in the historic town of Sherborne and has a large range of dairy based ice creams but always has several vegan sorbets in the fridge as well as a couple of rice milk ice creams. The gluten free cones are also vegan and the coffee rice milk ice cream is particularly lovely. For best results take your cone around the corner to the Abbey and gaze at the beautiful honey coloured sand stone while eating.