Your guide to #Veganuary in Canterbury

More and more people are deciding to make the switch to Veganism in 2018. According to the Vegan Society, there are now 542,000 vegans in the UK, more than three times as many as there were a decade ago. Following the success of public health campaigns such as ‘Dry January’, over 50,000 Brits have signed the Veganuary pledge this year, committing to the diet for 31 days.

To get you through your second-week ‘hump’, where the initial Pinterest-fuelled enthusiasm may be waning, we have made a list of our favourite creative vegan options from Canterbury’s independent cafés and restaurants.

For a cosy evening meal…

The Lady Luck Bar
18 St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BQ

A rock ‘n’ roll pub with a lot of heart and a wide range of vegetarian and vegan food. Don’t be shy when taking a peek at their dessert menu either – the pub made PETA’s ‘Top 12 Vegan Sweet Treats across the UK’ list, with their deliciously decadent honeycomb sundae made up of layers of ice cream, chocolate sauce, and homemade vegan honeycomb.

We recommend…
Chestnut mushroom & Ale homemade pie (£10.95)

View their menu here


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On your lunch break…

The Veg Box Cafe
17A Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HG

Serving up vegetarian and vegan food, the veg box cafe offers the traditional vegan fayre; salads, warming soups, and homemade cakes. With kimchi, sauerkraut and raw desserts, this is a dreamy menu of earthly delights.

View their menu here

We recommend…
A salad box fit-to-burst with yummy grains, pulses and leafy greens. (£5.50 – £9.50)


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17 Sun St, Canterbury CT1 2HX

Offering vegan salads, flatbreads, cakes and even burritos, Canterbury is a great place for a bite to eat. Sit upstairs and people-watch as you look over Sun street with a smoothie.

View their menu here:

We recommend…
The Indian burrito: rice, spinach mango chutney, spring onions, peas, carrots, onion bahji, chicken, mint & yoghurt dressing. (£6.80)



For your brunch date…

4 St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2AT

Deliciously creative vegan options on offer here, including goodness bowls, seasonal soups and a full English breakfast (with a green twist).

We recommend…
Buckwheat pancakes with cinnamon, apple, berries and walnuts. (£9.95)

View their menu here


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The Skinny Kitchen
7A St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2AT

A healthy food kitchen on the High Street. Expect Buddha bowls, vegan pancakes, and plenty of smashed avocado on toast.

View their menu here

Our pick: The Acai bowl with granola, banana, strawberry, coconut, chia seeds, mint, and of course, acai. (£8.50)


For a snack on campus…

The Gulbenkian Café
University Of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB

If you need a study break, there’s usually plenty of vegan options to choose from at the Gulbenkian, including a variety of cakes and tasty, varying meals. They’re really good at providing clear labels for those with dietary requirements – so if you’re gluten-free or have specific allergies, this makes life that little bit easier.

We recommend…
Trying one of their cakes with a soy latte. (Price varies)

View their menu here


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For the morning after…

The Monument Pub
St Dunstans Street, Canterbury

You may have gone vegan, but that doesn’t mean you want to renounce greasy junk food (especially after a night on the town). The Monument is Canterbury’s only plant-based pub, boasting a menu that certainly goes against the grain of a conventional vegan cuisine. You won’t find Buddha bowls or quinoa here, but you will find hearty vegan hot dogs, doner kebabs made of seitan, and ‘to-fish’ and chips. Perfect for the curious carnivore or adventurous vegan.

We recommend…
The Doner Burger. (£10)

View their menu here


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For a snack in town…

Veg’n Out

Veg’n Out is a family-run, plant-based catering van in the centre of town! Here you can try out vegan chicken drumsticks, vegan cheesecake, enormous made-to-order baguettes and chips to boot. If you’re hankering for some meaty textures or simply curious to try out some meat-alternatives, this is a great place for a visit.

We recommend…
The Snickers cake. (£2.50)


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For cooking supplies…

Canterbury Wholefoods
1-3 Iron Bar Ln, Canterbury CT1 2HN

Canterbury Wholefoods is the perfect pit-stop for that obscure looking ingredient that you need for a recipe that you found on Pinterest, or for your foray into vegan shampoo and conditioner. Whether you want some store-cupboard essentials or if you want to stock up on cheese and meat alternatives, this store has plenty to experiment with to see what works for you. It’s also their policy to stock no genetically-modified goods and no products that involve animal testing.


The Goods Shed
Station Road West, Canterbury CT2 8AN

Selling locally sourced vegetables from local farms, this is the perfect spot to stock up on seasonal vegetables. All of the produce sold in the market is produced on farms under 12 miles from Canterbury.



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