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Taking on Veganuary? Here's some of Suffolk's most popular vegan and plant-based eateries you can visit

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A plant-based diet has become increasingly popular in recent times, with more than half a million people taking part in Veganuary last year.

With similar numbers expected to be taking on the challenge this month, Suffolk News has compiled a guide to some of Suffolk's best-loved plant-based eateries.

Whether you're a seasoned vegan or someone who's trying out a plant-based diet for January, here's some restaurants and cafés in the county where you can enjoy Veganuary.

A plant-based diet has become increasingly popular in recent times, with more than half a million people taking part in Veganuary last year. Stock image
A plant-based diet has become increasingly popular in recent times, with more than half a million people taking part in Veganuary last year. Stock image

Allison's Eatery, Bury St Edmunds

The first plant-based café in Bury St Edmunds, Allison's Eatery has served vegan food and drinks to customers since it opened its doors on the St Olaves precinct in 2019.

The café offers breakfast and lunch options, including a cooked breakfast and vegan style pulled pork burger, as well as homemade cakes, so it's perfect for a brunch date or an afternoon tea.

The business also has a small shop and a refill station to help reduce plastic waste.

Cradle Foods, Sudbury

A plant-based bakery and restaurant based in Sudbury, Cradle Foods on North Street is also a social enterprise.

It describes its mission as producing 'nutritious and delicious foods from scratch, only using plants grown from ethical growers', while working to 'create and implement a more conscious local food system, to encourage positive food choices and reduce waste'.

Because of this, the menu changes weekly depending on what fresh produce is available, but on the lunch menu this week has featured caramelised Jerusalem artichoke soup with fresh sourdough; creamy leek and gram flour tartelette with celeriac and walnut remoulade; and galette des rois with crème anglais.

Hank's Deli and Shop, Ipswich

If you're if need of somewhere to stock up on vegan goods, Hank's Deli and Shop in Ipswich is the place to go.

It opened in July 2019 in Ipswich town centre, and has since moved from its original Lloyd's Avenue location to a larger premises on Carr Street.

And if you're hungry while shopping, there's even a café, offering pizzas, hot and cold sandwiches, breakfasts and barista coffee.

Hank's Dirty, Ipswich and Felixstowe

The former Hank's Deli and Shop location on Lloyd's Avenue in Ipswich is now home to Hank's Dirty restaurant, which offers vegan fast food.

From burgers to kebabs, and loaded fries to fish-less options, it's ideal for anyone wanting to try meatless indulgence.

Hank's Dirty also has a location in Felixstowe, on Beach Street, and at either restaurant you can either sit in or takeaway.

The White Nettle, Sudbury

The White Nettle on Sudbury's North Street is a family-run, vegan art café which serves homemade food.

Alongside paninis, pastries and cakes, the business also sells handmade gifts such as glass art work, cards, prints and candles.

If you can't make it to visit The White Nettle in person any time soon, they also sell some of their jewellery gifts on their Etsy website.

The Walnut Tree, Thwaite

Offering vegetarian and vegan pub grub, The Walnut Tree in Thwaite has a wide-ranging menu, including appetisers, starters, sides, mains, desserts as well as a children's menu.

The pub, on Norwich Road near Eye which opened in 2017, serves vegan dishes such as bao buns, roasted mushroom wellington and Walnut Tree Buddha bowl.

The business also has their own range of frozen gourmet pizzas and vegan, gluten free 'redi-meals' to takeaway and enjoy at home.

Baskerville's, Bury St Edmunds

Speciality coffees and craft cocktails are on the menu at Baskerville's in Bury St Edmunds.

Formerly known as Moriarty's, the vegan café and cocktail bar has a daytime menu also features teas, shakes, pastries, cakes, wraps and burritos.

If that wasn't enough, Baskerville's also offers a tipsy afternoon tea, while its evening menu boasts cocktails aplenty over its two different floors.

Plant Café, Woodbridge

The first fully vegan café in Woodbridge, Plant Café offers a selection of food and drinks which can be enjoyed inside or as a takeaway.

Serving breakfast, lunch and small dishes, patrons of Plant Café will also find the eatery offers plant-based cakes, savoury items, a kids menu and an afternoon tea to boot.

From American-style pancakes to seitan kebabs, and dirty fries to scones, a visit to this business will certainly show you that vegans are not short of delicious options.

The Greenhouse Café, Felixstowe

As with many of Suffolk's vegan eateries, The Greenhouse Café is a family-run business that says sustainability and ethics are extremely import to them.

The business, which opened in late 2018 as the town's first completely plant-based café, specialises in brunches, lunches and bakes.

The Greenhouse Café on Orwell Road offers pancakes, toasties, sandwiches and cakes, and there's also a smaller menu for those who want to take away.

Hullabaloo, Ipswich

If you can wait until March, Hullabaloo café on Ipswich's St Peter's Street offers plenty of vegan options.

The sample menu on Hullabaloo's website features dishes such as waffles, soup, toasties and mezze.

The café, which was the first plant-based one to open in Ipswich in 2018, is set to reopen to customers after a short break on Wednesday, March 2.

And there's also plenty of businesses across Suffolk that, while are not wholly vegan, have plant-based menus and options. These are just some of them:

  • Cosy Club in Ipswich's Buttermarket
  • Unruly Pig on Orford Road in Bromeswell near Woodbridge
  • Café Bencotto on Hamilton Road in Felixstowe
  • The Crown on Southwold's High Street
  • Wrights in Bury St Edmunds' Cornhill, which is offering a vegan toastie throughout January
  • Bagel or Beigel based in Mendlesham, which has an online shop
  • Edmundo Lounge on Cornhill in Bury St Edmunds
  • Prado Lounge on Market Hill in Sudbury