Food month: The Best Vegan Eats in Norwich
April of 2016 (after watching Cowspiracy), I switched from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one. I don’t want to go on and on about how amazing I feel both physically and spiritually about the decision I have made. Instead, I’ll share with you my experience of transitioning into a vegan lifestyle in the city of Norwich.
In one word: EASY. I’m comparing Norwich to some of the bigger cities I’ve travelled to, and I have to be honest, it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve had some of the most delicious meals, pastries and coffees in this lovely city. Here are some of the best ones out there:
Let’s start with the best Indian restaurant in Norwich: the one and only Namaste. They’re an all-vegetarian restaurant, but about 80 percent of their meals are vegan and gluten-free. You also want to give Wild Thyme a try. They’re veggie, with loads of vegan options. The venue is very inviting and I recommend you try their brownies. The Belgian Monk in Norwich already has a great rep. Did you know they also have an entirely vegan menu? This includes shakes.
Now, while these restaurants are absolutely delicious, you may also want to consider some student-friendly places (a.k.a. budget eats). Here are the three you want to try: the Vegan Diner located in the Norwich Market, Moorish Falafel Bar and Ruth’s Kitchen; a quick, filling and easy meal for about 5 pounds… not too shabby.
Time to discuss cakes. I have a pretty serious sweet tooth and so I’ve made sure to do my research. Vegan cake is all around you! The Deerly Beloved Bakery is an all-vegan bakery based in Norwich. The best part is that you can find their cakes and sweets on the UEA Campus (currently Unio), the Waterstones Café in town and Biddy’s Tea Room.
Another place you want to check out is Gosling & Guzman, on Charing Cross (end of St Benedict's Street). Every Friday and Saturday they offer these absolutely mouth-watering buns that you don’t want to miss. And go early, they run out! And while you’re there, try their flat-white with coconut milk.
When it comes to trying out vegan food, Norwich has proven to be great. There are loads of other restaurants and cafes with vegan options. These were just some of my favourites. Try them out and let me know what you think!
About the author, Zahra Khosroshahi
I’m a PhD student at UEA, looking at the representation of women in Iranian cinema. When I’m not consumed by films, I like to write about environmental issues. I believe we all need to take better care of our shared and only home.Follow me on Instagram for more Vegan inspiration: @zahra_livinglifenatural