Picture: Vegan options at The Cornerhouse Berwick
Vegan-friendly & some free-from, gluten-free, & eco-friendly places to eat & shop in & around Berwick, Northumberland & the Scottish Borders.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. We'll keep updating as we receive new information. The current suggestions are based on personal or guests' positive experiences, but situations can change, so we always recommend checking before booking/eating.
I've added some eco & recycling-minded places for shopping too, as although not vegan, our visitors often ask for such suggestons, & this keeps the info all in one place. - The Loaf Vegan B&B Dec 2016
Daytime (please scroll down for evenings):
We recommend The Corner House Cafe, 31 Church Street. A lovely little independent cafe which offers a consistently good vegan soup daily, with vegan bread & spread, falafel, at least one hearty salad, superb vegan coffee, & usually a choice of vegan cake! Added bonus is the cosy open fire & lots of books. We love this place, especially for their willingness to cater for vegans. Some gluten-free options too. Please support this fab little business! Update Feb 2016 - Under new ownership, the Corner House is offering more vegan options & is also staying open into the evenings now too (7pm some days) - more time to enjoy vegan cake!
The Granary Bistro, Dewar's Lane. Best vegan-friendly chips (& wedges) in Berwick (most of the chip shops still use lard/dripping.) Always willing to adapt items on the menu to a vegan version. Vegan sharing platter, spinach burger, falafel, hummous, salads, mushroom panini the usual vegan options. No desserts as yet... Great vegan coffees. Varied programme of events & fab live music/open mic nights. Granary Gallery above. Free car park outside main entrance.
https://www.facebook.com/yhaberwick?fref=ts 0845 371 9676
Sinners Cafe, Sidey Court, off the high street. Berwick's longest-running cafe offering vegan options! Independent. Classics such as aduki bean pie & vegan casserole, delicious nut roast. Homemade vegan tiffin. Good vegan iced coffee. Update Oct 2016 - Sinners are now offering lots more vegan options & homemade vegan cake too!
Cafe Kazmiranda, through the Music Shop, 83C Marygate (high street), Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1BA Lots more vegan options now! Karen, the owner, tells me she's really moving towards a vegan menu. Also gluten-free & vegan cakes. 01289 308030
The Loovre, Ice Cream Parlour, Bank Hill, at the foot of Megs Mount (No 27 on tourist map) in former derelict public loo - now a beautiful little building! - offering spectacular views of the river & out to sea whilst you scoff your vegan icecream! Independent.
We spoke to Dave when he set up this venture last year & asked if he'd stock a vegan option & he immediately responded with the delicious, & healthy!, vegan IceDelight, from Belhaven Fruit Farm. This stuff is pricey but heaven, & we really admire Dave's committment to reclaiming Berwick's old buildings & willingness to cater for vegans too - please support him if you can & enjoy a walk round the Walls with a vegan ice!
If enough people ask, he's also said he'll offer a plant milk option for his teas & coffees too.
https://www.facebook.com/theloovre?fref=ts 07872 011323
IceDelight - https://www.facebook.com/icedelight/timeline
High Street chains Caffe Nero & Costa Coffee, Marygate, are handy for the usual vegan options.
Paxton House, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1SZ. Short drive from Loaf, or 50 min walk down the lane then along riverside into the grounds. Georgian stately home with original interiors, Chippendale & Trotter furniture & excellent Georgian menswear collections.
Guided tours, garden, woodland & riverside grounds, adventure playground, shop & Stables Tearoom - usually one vegan-friendly homemade soup available. (Keep asking for plant milks & at least one veganised cake, as there is a market for free-from foods!) 01289 386291
The Curfew - Micropub, 46a Bridge St. Through passageway next door to The Market Shop (not Shoe Lane.) Independent. Small bar & cosy courtyard. Regularly stocks vegan local beers from brilliant Spittal nano-brewery Bear Claw Brewery. Ask for other vegan drinks options.
https://www.facebook.com/curfewmicropub?fref=ts 07842 912268
Bear Claw Brewery - https://www.facebook.com/bearclawbreweryberwick
Other local pubs we recommend, stocking the usual vegan options:
The Barrels Ale House, 59-61 Bridge St. Real ale pub, with cellar for great live music and DJs. Free internet access.
https://www.facebook.com/TheBarrelsAleHouse?fref=ts 01289 308013
The Pilot Inn, 31 Low Greens. Usual vegan options & live music. 01289 304214
Not eating places, but great for picking up vegan goodies for picnics/treats:
The Green Shop, 30 Bridge Street. Our guests' favourite shop in Berwick! Independent. Not a vegan shop, but total vegan heaven. Loads of vegan, Organic, environmentally-friendly, locally-produced & Fairtrade goods, gluten-free treats & staples, toiletries, cleaning products, foods, beers & wines. Our guests regularly tell us we're better-provided from this little Berwick shop than they are in big cities!
The Market Shop/Sallyport Gallery, 48 Bridge Street. Independent. Wholefoods & vegan toiletries, cleaning products, supplements, & gluten-free options. Great little art gallery/gift shop & framers through the back.
High street chain Holland & Barrett, Marygate. Usual vegan options, some toiletries & supplements, gluten-free foods.
We recommend you call to check vegan options in advance, but the following have created some great vegan meals for our guests, though some need prior notice for puddings (or you can order in advance from our Evening Dessert-Only Menu at Loaf, & enjoy back here by the fire. https://www.facebook.com/notes/loaf-vegan-bb/loaf-food-packed-lunches-evening-dessert-menu-special-treats-afternoon-high-teas/368252099976009 )
Gasparro's, 52 Bridge St, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AQ - Lovely little independent Italian restaurant with vegan pizza (no cheese) & a few other vegan-friendly dishes available. 01289 309533
The Corner House Cafe, 31 Church Street. A lovely little independent cafe which offers a consistently good vegan soup, bread & spread daily, superb vegan coffee, hearty salads, & usually a choice of vegan cake! Added bonus is the cosy open fire & lots of books.
We love this place, especially for their willingness to cater for vegans. Gluten-free options too. Please support this fab little business! Update Feb 2016 - Under new ownership, the Corner House is offering more vegan options & is also staying open into the evenings now too (7pm most days) - more time to enjoy fab vegan food!
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, 35 Marygate. Some great vegan-friendly options; can highly recommend the tofu dishes. Takeaway available.
Foxtons Wine Bar & Restaurant, 26 Hide Hill. Have catered well for our vegan guests, & come recommended in the comments below. Well worth ringing in advance to check what they could provide for you.
Audela, 41-47 Bridge St. Some good vegan options with prior notice.
Magna Tandoori, 39 Bridge St. Indian cuisine. Some vegan options & take away available too.
The Queens Head, 6 Sandgate, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1EP Some vegan options available with prior notice. 01289 307852
Lazeez Grill House, 6-7 Golden Square, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1BG Lebanese food. Good veggie options, more limited vegan options. Watch out for some confusion between vegan & dairy free only. Friendly, helpful staff. 01289 331781
Pizzaiolo, 1 Prince Edward Rd, Berwick, TD15 2EX. Takeaway/home deliveries. A vegan friend works here & confirms the pizza dough is vegan-friendly & extra veggies can be subbed for cheese, & also that the french fries are vegan-friendly. 01289 332206.
Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan or veggie):
Berrydin Books, 18a Castlegate. Independent. Brilliant little second-hand bookshop! Highly recommend. Very supportive of & promoting Loaf. Also offering Storytime children's sessions. A must-visit.
Straight Lace, 31b Castlegate. Independent. Friendly, helpful. Good quality second hand & upcycled furniture, fabrics, gifts. Very supportive of & promoting Loaf. Highly recommend. 07970 678013
Auction House & Antique Centre, 95 Main St, Tweedmouth. Antiques & auction house. Lots to explore. Small cafe attached. No vegan options to my knowledge, but worth keeping asking.
Living by Liz, based at Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Horncliffe. Reclaimed & second-hand goods, interiors & garden wares. Vintage & Rustic Prop Hire for Weddings & Special Occasions. Just along the road from Loaf. (Vegans may not choose to visit because of its location, but you can avoid the rest of the honey farm & just head to Liz's shop.)
Cafe Kazmiranda & The Music Gallery, 83c Marygate. Vintage & second-hand goods & clothes. Live music & open mic nights. Good vegan food & drink options.
You are also welcome to bring vegan food back to Loaf/order takeaways to eat in, but we do ask you to let us know, & to eat these at the table in the guests' lounge only & not in your rooms/on the sofas please (owing to previous accidents with lunches & takeaways in the bedrooms).
We provide crockery, napkins, & cutlery for your brought in meals, clearing & washing up after, & do not charge for this service.
Pilgrims Coffee House & Roastery, Holy Island. Now catering for vegans as well as veggies! Great home-roasted coffee, & vegan soup & cake options. All on stunning Holy island! Update Feb 2016 - Pilgrims have just announced an extended vegan menu for this new season - more reasons to support them!
Day & evening:
The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Embleton, NE66 3UN. Have a separate veggie menu to the main meat & fish menu, & have catered well for our vegan guests.
The Art Rock Cafe & Gallery, Rock Midstead Farm, Rock Midstead Cottages, Alnwick NE66 2TH. (Between Embleton & Alnwick) Vegan options in this coffee house with vintage furniture and curios.
https://www.facebook.com/theartrockcafe/ 01665 579339
Baileys of Alnwick, 49-51 Bondgate Within. Soya milk for teas & coffees. Keep asking for vegan food! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baileys-Of-Alnwick/211534892191053?ref=ts&fref=ts 07725 615713
The Olive Branch cafe, 10 Market St. Recommended in comments below - apparently very accommodating, willing to veganise dishes, & stock soya milk. https://www.facebook.com/farawayplaces/timeline 01665 602727
Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without. Stocks soya milk, can cater for vegans with prior notice.
https://www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/ 01665 510785
Bari Tea, 28 Narrowgate. Specialist tea shop. Great teas. No vegan eats yet, but keep asking!
https://www.facebook.com/BariTeaUK?fref=ts 01665 510508
Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick Gardens, Denwick Lane. Recommended by N.E. locals - apparently have a set vegan menu but needs prebooking - sounds good - inc frittatas, soup, risotto, butternut squash salad, summer pudding.. & the inevitable sorbet / fruit salad as pudding - but still great they're making an effort!
Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan):
Barter Books, Alnwick Station. Huge, fabulous second-hand book shop in a converted and restored Victorian railway station, with open fires and a cafe. Soya milk for teas & coffees. Beans on toast only vegan option to our knowledge, but worth asking for other options too!
Giacopazzi's, 18-20 Harbour Rd. Have a couple of delicious vegan sorbets & usually one dairy-free cornet option. Check ingredients first!
Cafe Questo, 31-32 Harbour Rd. Have provided good vegan soup, bread & coffee in the past.
Oblò Bar & Bistro, 18-20 Harbour Rd. If you fancy a little trip further up the coast, Oblo Bar in Eyemouth (about 20 mins drive) have expressed an interest in catering for our vegan guests - again, give them a ring first.
The Thomas and Ethel tearoom • gallery, High St, Earlston.
Now also stocks homemade vegan & glutenfree cakes!! (Jan, 2016.)
Debbie Thomas, the owner, says "We always stock soya & rice milk at the cafe for drinks. We use coconut milk in our creamy soups. We offer gf options, gf oatcakes and buckwheat crackers. All our soups are vegan except one and all homemade from scratch." Hearty vegan chilli & jacket potatoes.
Do go support this fab vegan-friendly & glutenfree cafe!
https://www.facebook.com/ThomasAndEthel/timeline 01896 849856
Rutherfords Micropub - The 1st in Scotland, 38 The Square. Friendly micropub, right in the heart of Kelso. Have asked them & they've confirmed they're looking into stocking some vegan-friendly craft beers as well as the usual drinks. Do support this fab new venture!
Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan):
FoundItAtLast Bookshop, 2 Bield House, Newton Don, Kelso. Large secondhand bookshop in the middle of the countryside. Four rooms over two floors. A few miles north of Kelso (near Stichill).
Coldstream Gallery, 51 High St. Plant milks & Fairtrade teas & coffee (looking into possibility of offering vegan cakes) in friendly & gorgeous contemporary gallery surroundings. Featuring a wide range of works by local artists, including beautiful recycled silver, sea glass & pottery jewellery by veggie artist Laura Johnson.
https://www.facebook.com/ColdstreamGallery?fref=ts 01890 882882