Best vegetarian restaurants in North Yorkshire

22nd November 2019

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In between exploring Yorkshire’s stunning countryside, walking the coastline and wandering through the busy cities, you’re likely to become very peckish. Luckily for you, Yorkshire is the home of good food, meaning you’ll never be too far away from a hearty meal or a tasty snack! As it is the ultimate foodie destination, it’s no surprise vegetarians will also be spoilt for choice in Yorkshire, with a vast selection of excellent vegetarian-friendly restaurants to choose from. In this guide, we reveal the very best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in North Yorkshire.

The Old School Tea Room

If you find yourself exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, make sure to stop by the idyllic village of Hebden, where you will find The Old School Tea Room, that serves up a selection of homemade, delicious food.

We spoke to Emma from the team at The Old School Tea Room to find out more: “The tearoom has plenty to offer including delicious breakfasts, homemade cakes, lunches and speciality teas, coffees and hot chocolates, all enjoyed in a quirky old school with fab views. There are plenty of vegetarian choices and even a dedicated vegan menu. Our bestselling ‘Homemade Tart of the Day’ always has a veggie option and comes with fresh salad and hand-cut chips or try some of the other options such as the tasty bean burger, halloumi salad or sweet potato curry.”

The Old School Tea Room is only two miles from the busier market town of Grassington. So, if you’re visiting Yorkshire because you want to experience some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, make sure to park at Grassington and walk along the country footpaths to Hebden, spotting nature views and tranquil lakes on the route. Before you head back into town, make a quick pit stop at the tearoom for something tasty.

Emma adds: “There are picturesque local walks, a pretty tea garden, goats and hens and a range of unique crafts for sale! We also offer our vegetarian afternoon tea served on vintage china for £15.95 per head (must be pre-booked). This includes a selection of sandwiches, savoury pastries, fruit scone with jam & clotted cream and four dainty cakes. The café is also licensed and offers a good selection of wine and local beers, prosecco and gin and tonic, as well as seasonal specials.”

The Whitby Deli

The Whitby Deli

Located in the beautiful seaside town of Whitby is The Whitby Deli, a shop and café offering a delicious antipasti selection. If you’re staying in a hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay, make sure you pop into the deli to try their high-quality local cheeses, as well as the rest of the ingredients on their deli platters, which include olives, peppers and capers. Every Saturday night the deli also hosts a popular Pizza Night, with a tasty range of pizzas, all handmade in the kitchen!

We spoke to Catherine from the Whitby Deli to find out what vegetarian-friendly foods people can expect to find: “We offer lots of vegetarian foods and have recently added vegan options too. On the brunch, menu our avocado and eggs are very popular along with our avocado, feta and oregano. Our daily soups are always vegan - we also have vegan spread for the bread which accompanies it! For lunch, our taleggio and mushrooms on toast are hugely popular as is the pate toast and pickles, we always have a vegetarian plate on the counter like our red lentil and coconut or mushroom and truffle.

“We are known at the deli for a friendly relaxed atmosphere, we are knowledgeable about our allergens and cater for coeliacs, and other dietary needs. Our food is home-cooked, we are not a restaurant, everything produced from the kitchen is made with great care and a lot of love which shines through.”

Mademoiselle’s

You’ll find a little bit of France in Yorkshire’s Mademoiselles, another foodie hotspot in Whitby. Situated in a magnificent Georgian building, this restaurant serves up delicious French cuisine, with plenty of vegetarian options.

Sue from the team at Mademoiselles tells us more: “Mademoiselle’s is an independent French café Bistro serving great food in atmospheric surroundings. We use locally sourced produce wherever possible. Our vegan and vegetarian dishes, are wholesome and hearty, made daily with the freshest of vegetables.

“We change our menu regularly with homemade soups and daily specials which are very flavoursome. Our chefs delight in producing great quality dishes at affordable prices. We are also very proud of our vegan and gluten-free cakes and afternoon teas. Our chefs always try to accommodate any dietary requirements.”

From the current evening menu, you could enjoy a traditional fourme d’Ambert, made with blue cheese, pickled walnut and apple salad, followed by a tasty aubergine tagine with hummus cashew nuts and vegetables, and lastly, you could treat yourself to a classic crème brûlée.

The Wild Plum

The Wild Plum Café

If you love to shop and find yourself in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, then you should head to Snooty Frox, an award-winning independent fashion store, which sells everything from occasion wear to casual garments. On the first floor of the store is the accompanying café, The Wild Plum, a café that is as equally pleasing on the eye as it is to the stomach. The stylish furnishings and delicious menu make it the perfect spot to tuck into a vegetarian-friendly meal.

We spoke to the head chef Bethany Haresign to find out more: “We are very much vegetarian led! Our Sous-Chef is vegetarian, and the team are so passionate about creating a menu that has something for everyone, whatever dietary requirement. We focus on seasonal quality vegetables and build our menu around that – you literally ‘eat the seasons!’ We’re currently working with pumpkin, mushrooms, celeriac and Yorkshire beetroot to create some very special dishes. Some firm favourites are our Autumn Harvest salad, Satay Cauli Steaks, Greek Eggs and Bread and Butter French Toast, to name a few!”

Bethany tells us the most popular vegetarian dishes: “As we work with seasonal ingredients, the menu changes weekly. From our breakfast menu, The Funghi with roasted Portobello mushroom has been very popular. A vegetarian staple on our lunch menu has to be our Wild Plum Buddha Bowl. We’re currently serving this dish with sticky pumpkin. And for a sweet treat, our Classic Pancakes and Classic Waffles are a must-try and are served all day, every day.”

If you’re thinking of popping into The Wild Plum to enjoy something delicious, Bethany explains what you can expect from your experience: “Day dining at its very best! Our eclectic menu takes inspiration from across the globe, using only the finest and locally sourced seasonal ingredients. And as for the interior, it’s bursting with colour, print, texture and foliage - there’s eye-candy absolutely everywhere you look! We now have an open kitchen so diners can see our creations coming together.”

Humpit Hummus

Hummus

If you’re looking for plenty of vegetarian choice on the menu, then you won’t be disappointed when you visit Humpit Hummus. The clues in the name, that this restaurant serves up some delicious meals centred around hummus and pita. Humpit Hummus can be found in 13 locations in the UK, but if you’re in the North Yorkshire area, then head to York to tuck into their salads, filled pitas and sweet potato fries.

We spoke to Jonathan from Humpit Hummus to find out the most popular thing on the menu: “Everything in our menu is 100 per cent vegan! The most popular dish is definitely the filled pita with fresh salad, hummus, falafel and sauces.”

If you’re a vegetarian, or you just enjoy mouth-watering food, then make sure to head to these vegetarian-friendly restaurants in North Yorkshire:

  • The Whitby Deli
  • The Old School Tea Room
  • Mademoiselle’s
  • The Wild Plum
  • Humpit Hummus