19 Nov City Guide: Eating Vegan in Canterbury
I went to university in Canterbury, and aside from studying, I spent a lot of my time searching for vegan food (because why wouldn’t you?). When I first moved into the City the vegan food scene was pretty good, and there was always somewhere to eat, but now, there are so many vegan options that it’s become increasingly difficult to decide…
Yes, Canterbury has an all-vegan pub, and it’s incredible. The location is slightly away from the centre of town and closer to residential areas, however, I can assure you that the walk is worth it. The Monument has friendly, welcoming staff, a beautiful, big garden area, amazing food, and two really cute cats. Check out their menu here; you can expect food like burgers, hot dogs, toasties, etc. I took both of my parents here (who both eat meat) and they said they wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between the vegan burger, and a real meat burger – they loved it!
This restaurant isn’t fully vegan but they do have a couple of vegan pizza options, with vegan cheese on top, which makes all the difference! The serve sourdough pizzas cooked in their clay pizza oven, which gives it a nice authentic Italian taste mmm. The vegan cheese is cooked to perfection, and I think that’s so impressive at a non-vegan restaurant?! The interior is lovely, there is plenty of natural lighting, as well as huge booths to sit at.
Lady Luck was one of the first places I realised had a great vegan menu in Canterbury. It’s a fairly small pub in the centre of the city, has a great vibe, and usually has bands playing in the evening. One of my favourite things I have ever had at Lady Luck definitely has to be the ribs – I think the only way you could tell it was slightly different to meat was that it was quite a bit chewier.
I am so gutted that I didn’t try Veg Box sooner because their salads are incredible. I think I avoided it throughout University because I’ve never been a huge lover of salads, and I absolutely hate the boring side salads you get in restaurants. Veg Box has some of the freshest and tastiest salad ingredients I’ve ever eaten. It’s actually a vegetarian café, but a lot of the food is vegan and (I think) all of the salad bar is too. I haven’t tried any of the warm food yet; they sell breakfast, curries, soups etc. It tends to vary as they sell whatever is in season. It’s so difficult to make salads look photogenic sometimes, but just trust me, it tastes good!
Even though it’s fairly new, I’ve eaten at the Veg n Out van countless amount of times. The food is so reasonably priced, and tastes so good – definitely better than your typical ‘burger van’. They sell ‘fish and chips’, breakfast buns, home made desserts, and more; it’s actually surprising how much they sell just from their van!
There are plenty of other vegan options in Canterbury, for example, chain restaurants, and independent cafes like Kitch; these choices are just a few of my favourites!
Have you ever been to Canterbury? If you have, what’s your favourite place to eat at?
P.S If you liked this post then you might like another vegan city guide here.