We know visiting other areas can be tough as a vegetarian or vegan, so we thought we’d recommend a few places to try in Nottingham if you happen to be in the vicinity. I’m sure there are loads more to hunt out, but this should at least cover you for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the city!
The Alley Cafe Bar
Located not far from the central square in Nottingham is The Alley Cafe, tucked away down.. you guessed it, an alley! We visited for breakfast with a non-veggie friend, worried he would struggle to find something for brunch that would appeal just as much as a ‘proper’ fry-up. We were wrong to be so concerned as he really enjoyed the food on offer, saying it didn’t make him feel as bloated as a meat feast would have. With freshly made smoothies that can be made using dairy or non-dairy depending on your preference, we felt Alley Cafe catered well for vegans and vegetarians. The menu featured breakfast dishes, sandwiches, light bites, pizzas and burgers, and was all reasonably priced.In fact, their full vegan breakfast was great value at £6.10. With baconesque (a bacon substitute), sausage, hash brown, grilled tomato, mushroom, organic beaked beans, scrambled tofu and toast, it was more than enough to fill Mr. Canny up for the day. We couldn’t visit and not try out one of their vegan cheesecakes. There’s a daily special board with an assortment of goodies listed, and on the day we visited it was raspberry. It was hard to believe it contained no dairy as it was smooth and creamy. Our resident cheesecake monster was not with us while we were in Nottingham and he was very disappointed when I showed him the photo below. Maybe next time!
With the relaxed feel of a European café, The Alley Cafe is a great place to go for a brunch or lunch. With live entertainment scheduled and open mic nights, it definitely has a bohemian vibe to it.
Annie’s Burger Shack
Mr. Canny lived in Nottingham for many years before he moved North, so when we visit its to catch up with his old work colleagues. Annie has a long history of serving up burgers in the city, and operated out of pub kitchens such as the Old Angel and Navigation before opening up her own venture.
Annie’s Burger Shack seemed like a great place for us to catch up with these friends, especially as we discovered there’s a great selection of burgers on offer. In fact, every one of the burgers can be made vegan or vegetarian on request. With names like The Elvis (topped with peanut butter and jam), The Deathray (covered in hot chilli sauce) and The Sunday Dinner (Yorkshire puds and stuffing feature), you know these aren’t your average burgers!
Totally spoilt for choice, we took ages deliberating. I eventually ordered The Gringo. This burger is topped with a tortilla basket filled with Mexican rice, refried beans, and salsa. I had the vegan version so the Mr could also try it and was happy to see dairy-free cheese being used. His Lemmy burger was covered in jalapenos and served with curly fries.
The burgers may seem expensive here – expect to pay between £9 and £13 – but they are well worth it. They are great quality and the portions are huge. A must-visit in Nottingham.
No trip would be complete without a trip to the boozer, and Nottingham has some fab ones to chose from. Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem is where everyone goes as a tourist, but how about a pint and pie in the city’s first 100% vegan pub? We stopped off at The Peacock when it was still serving up an albeit small selection of meaty dishes, but the focus was very much on their vegan and vegetarian customers. Now, like The Ship Inn in Newcastle, it is launching a fully vegan menu on the 5th September.
It is a brave move, but one I’m sure many will welcome. They did a fantastic menu, ranging from Sunday lunches to these bar snacks like Vork Pies. Locally made, these pies were absolutely better than the real deal. If you’re in the area, seek them out!
The Mr. had Sausage & Mash, which was covered in the most delicious gravy. There was nothing we could fault and would highly recommend a meal there.
Dinky was made to feel very welcome, we loved the music (The Cure, Bowie and Fleetwood Mac were on during our visit) and the staff were lovely. Like The Ship Inn, you’ll need to be careful with the ales though as not all available will be suitable, but an app like Barnivore will help.
We hope you’ve found our little guide handy and would happily welcome other suggestions for the next time we visit if you’re a local reading this!
Thanks for reading,