A vegan’s guide to good food in Canterbury

Veganism is on the rise, and whether you want to be kinder to the environment, become healthier, or you want to try it for ethical reasons, what better way to do it than locally! At times like these, it’s so important to support local businesses. Although we’re still on lockdown, and this is somewhat teasing to hear about all this great food, many of these places actually still deliver!  I couldn’t think of a better way to support small business than eating delicious food. If you didn’t already have an excuse to eat your way around the city, add all these places to your post lockdown bucket list.


Veg Box Café

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Lovingly made with the power of plants, completely vegetarian with many vegan options. From golden spiced smoothie bowls and porridge made with coconut sugar and milk to a build your own breakfast complete with scrambled tofu and home baked beans you’re sure to have eyes bigger than your stomach!

Hearty lunchtime hotpots and fluffy jacket potatoes and daily changing bakes makes this a popular spot, even if it’s just to sample their selection of drinks.

The relaxed atmosphere combined with local organic and seasonal vegetables is the perfect chill out spot and staff are keen to share knowledge, posting recipes on Facebook and holding monthly fermenting classes.



The Lady Luck

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Let the days of boring vegan meals be a far distant memory after your visit to The Lady Luck. A rock n’ roll pub kitted out with tonnes of retro gear, plenty of live music nights and even an outdoor seating area. Everything is freshly made on sight and the chefs even make their own vegan mayonnaise!

Not only do they serve your favourite pub classics, such as pies and sausage and mash, they also offer up a range of vegan delights such as a chilli dogs, and a huge variety of vegan burgers from southern fried jackfruit to the saving nemo, a vegan fish burger.

It will be music to your ears to hear every dessert is vegan friendly too, try the apple crumble tart, or the Oreo cookie sundae, they have all your sweet tooth needs covered. The changing specials are usually vegan, and the pub also offers vegan milk substitutes and has a list of vegan friendly drinks available.

Having a dedicated children’s menu with all the options offered in a veganised version makes it the perfect family vegan spot for a touch of lunch!


Lily’s Bistro

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An independent family owned business with plenty of plant-based options, strives to make you feel like you’re in your grandma’s kitchen. They’re dog friendly and if you let them know in advance, they’ll whip up some treats for your furry friends. Ethical and zero waste makes this the ultimate stop for a cosy bite if you want to feel good and eat good.

Most dishes come with the option to be veganised. They offer up things like a breakfast sandwich with vegan sausages, an all-day breakfast and rainbow power salads. They even sometime sod vegan ‘pop-ups’ where the menu is entirely vegan.

They also work with porchlight, Canterbury’s homelessness charity, to help get the homeless into employment, offering them work experience and references. If you want to fuel your day with plant power and do some good, support this local business at lunchtime!


Kitch Café

Did someone say all day brunch menu? This cute little café tucked away on the high street serves up food free from chemical and processed nastiness and strives to be completely natural.

From Avocado toast, loaded sweet potatoes (which you can veganify), date and coconut granola to filled to the brim sandwiches and a full all-day veggie breakfast, what more could you want.

The drinks menu hits the spot too with all your hot and cold favourites including turmeric, matcha or charcoal lattes. And if you’re fruit lover, there’s no fewer than five protein-rich superfood smoothies.

With everything made in house, including the cakes, it would be sad not to try it out.


The Ambrette

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Specialising in contemporary south Indian-style cooking, this modern eatery has an array of vegan options available from smoked aubergine dosai to traditional street food.

They even offer vegan options for their Sunday roast (with unlimited potatoes!) and if you’re heading to the Marlowe, their pre-theatre menu is perfect for finding a vegan delicacy to tide you through the show.

They even do music nights, recently hosting a string trio featuring music from the Beatles and do a jazz night throughout the spring and summer.


Café Mauresque

This lantern lit cellar restaurant is perfect for an intimate lunch or dinner and host a whole vegan menu. From their tapas to their tabbouleh salad  at lunch and hummus or a sweet pepper tagine for dinner, there is a whole range of North African food on offer to try.

To top it all off for pudding and cater to your sweet tooth they have dairy free ice cream and sorbets such as plum or raspberry. If you’re after a hot drink, they also offer dairy free milk alternatives.

Don’t miss the discounts students and Canterbury residents get on the food mid-week.



The Penny theatre

You’ve potentially entered vegan fast food heaven from a vegan full English breakfast and cheese toasties to mac and cheese, smoky hotdogs and chicken burgers. Or if you’re in a group there’s sloppy joe nachos and cauliflower wings

On top of their dedicated vegan menu there’s plenty of clearly labelled vegan options on their regular menu.

If it’s a drink and laugh you’re after, they host a whole range of alcoholic beverages and hold regular music nights, it’s the place to be.