Not everyone is that fond of steak and sausages. Between 10-15% of the world’s population don’t eat meat. According to a 2006 survey by Mintel, 6% of English people are vegetarian and 10% abstain from red meat alone. So, about one in ten of those reading this will have real trouble finding somewhere to eat out that offers more than just two menu options for their chosen diet. Luckily, Nottingham actually has a host of great choices that will satiate your hunger for decent vegetarian diners.
Homemade – 20 Pelham Street
A supporter of local produce and bastion of fresh food, this cosy little café serves up a bistro style menu full of exciting choices including jacket potatoes, sandwiches, breakfasts, salads and cakes. They came second in the 2010 Observer Food Awards ‘Best Cheap Eats’ category and rightly so. They specialise in indulging your sweet tooth; even if you’ve packed your own lunch, definitely go there for dessert. They technically do serve meat, in the form of burgers, but the rest of the menu more than makes up for that.
Aubergine Cuisine – 23-25 Heathcoat Street
The clue is in the name, really. They cater for both vegetarians and vegans with an organic menu which is sourced locally for the most part. The veggie paella is the dish to go for; or, if you’re in a sharing mood the “Sharing Meze” has seven samplers to sink your teeth into. Two courses cost £16.90 and that’s a good price for some of the best meat-free cuisine around. In fact, even if you’re a burger connoisseur, you will definitely want to give this restaurant a go.
Flying Goose Café – 33 Chilwell Road
Since opening in September 2010, this neat little diner has earned some rave reviews and has a constantly revolving menu, depending on what produce is in season. They excel at puddings (try the apricot and pistachio crumble) and offer a main course menu full of spice and herb infusions, bringing a whole new taste to vegetarianism. It might not look out of the ordinary from outside, but once you have tasted what’s on offer, you’ll return there many times.
Alley Café Bar – 1A Cannon Court
Just off the popular hangout of Market Square, this gem is hidden in a little alleyway; when you find it, you’ll have found some serious flavour. As well as a 90% vegan and fully vegetarian menu, this little bar also hosts live music and art exhibitions. It’s also open ‘til late which means the drinks and feasts can last all night. There are food options from around the world, as well as British favourites; so you can decide to either stick to your comfort zone or experiment with your taste buds. What really sells this place, though, is the service – the staff are friendly and will make your experience that bit more wholesome.
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