A Vegan Diet

What is a vegan diet?

Vegans eat a plant-based diet: no meat, dairy or other animal products, such as eggs or honey.

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Why eat vegan?

People observe a vegan diet for many different reasons. Common reasons include ethical, environmental and health considerations:

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Eating out in and around Cambridge

Here are links to a selection of restaurants that serve vegan food. This is by no means an exclusive list. If you feel left out, give us a shout! In no particular order:

  • Rainbow Cafe – an award winning restaurant in central Cambridge that serves only totally vegetarian food and specialises in vegan and gluten-free.
  • Taste of Cambridge (A van on Market Street by the church, next to the market square) – Has a range of vegan falafel wraps, as well as pizzas to order, soups and vegan brownies, very tasty and good value. Uses local and organic ingredients where possible.
  • CamYoga (14 George IV Street, CB2 1HH) – Always has a vegan option on the menu, usually a number of very nice choices
  • Cocum – a South Indian restaurant that caters for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • CB1 (32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD)- Has a vegan working behind the counter and preparing the food most days so there is always a good range of choices!
  • The Box Cafe (Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD) – Has a vegetarian meze platter which they are happy to adapt for a vegan, by replacing a couple of the items
  • The Snug Bar (the original Snug on Lensfield Road, CB2 1EN – NOT the other one on East Road for some reason) has two vegan options on the menu, which a vegan kitchen member had to fight to get on there, but if you order there you will need to be a bit careful to explain that you want it vegan, so no mayonnaise with it etc)
  • Black Cat Cafe (2 The Broadway, Mill Road, CB1 3AH) An Aussie-inspired cafe over the bridge on Mill Road offers coffee, cake, brekkie and lunch, with some vegan options we’ve been told
  • Urban Larder (9 The Broadway, Mill Road, CB1 3NA) Smart cafe / deli specialising in locally sourced produce that caters for a range of diets, including gluten-free and wheat-free. Some veggie and vegan options.
  • Pizza Express (either Jesus Lane or Regent Street) – It’s good to know that they are happy to use vegan cheese (such as Sheeze or Cheezly) on a normal pizza if you let them know in advance that you’re bringing it

Suppliers of vegan produce

  • Cambridge Farmers’ Market: Local growers provide organic vegetables in the market square, Cambridge, every Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
    • Mayflower Organics: Stall at Cambridge (Sunday) and Ely (Saturday) markets. Email Simon Steel.  An organic vegetable producer. Produce grown in Littleport, Cambs. Sells a wide range of local, seasonal vegetables, as well as (non-local) ginger.
  • Arjuna Wholefoods (12 Mill Rd, Cambridge, CB1 2AD) – a vegetarian wholefood store founded in 1970 that stocks a range of organic fruit and vegetables (some locally sourced), as well as specialist foods (vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free), vegan friendly organic wines and beer and a selection of takeaway snacks and meals.
  • Daily Bread Co-operative (Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, King’s Hedges, Cambridge, CB4 2PH) – a workers co-operative that offers a wide range of organic fruit and vegetable, bread and cakes, toiletries, stationery, and other fair trade items.

Vegan groups in and around Cambridge

  • Cambridge Vegans and Vegetarians – an an informal group of vegans and vegetarians of all ages from the Cambridge area who meet up regularly for food, events, and camaraderie
  • The meetup site has a list of upcoming events for vegetarians and vegans, which usually has two or three upcoming things at any time. It is also open to people who are interested in becoming vegetarian and just need a little bit of advice.
  • Anglia Ruskin Vegan Society – do tours of Cambridge showing people how and where to shop for vegan products. They also organise talks and film screenings and have a stall once a week on campus (accessible to the public).