Vegan Restaurants & Options In Teesside - Veganuary 2021

27 Dec 2020

Source: Alkaline Kitchen

The plant-based diet is something that's piqued my interest, especially over the last year or so (mainly thanks to the Game Changers doc on Netflix - big food for thought, definitely worth a watch). And because my awareness of it has grown so much, it's something that I've really noticed when I've eaten out at restaurants or cafes. I'm always having a little look to see how many vegan options are available and whether there's much variety between the dishes.

As someone who isn't a vegan, but is trying to make an effort to include more plant-based meals in her diet, I definitely don't speak for the community, but I think there could be more done for vegans in Teesside and those that are looking to embrace a more plant-based diet. And so just in time for Veganuary, I've put together this handy dandy post of vegan restaurants and options in this region!

Veganuary is a trend that's taken the world by storm over the past couple of years, as it's designed to help introduce people to a vegan lifestyle throughout the month of January. It's a pretty tasty recipe for success, if you ask me! And like every other diet, being a vegan doesn't mean that you shouldn't be able to eat out or order in, so make sure you take a look through this post and give some of these places a try.

Source: The Waiting Room


VEGAN RESTAURANTS & TAKEAWAYS

If you want to make sure that the place you're visiting or ordering from is 100% veggie or vegan, then this section is for you. Here, I've made sure that everywhere listed is either 100% vegan, or a combination of vegetarian and vegan.

Alkaline Kitchen

The duo behind Alkaline Kitchen are all about showing that a plant-based diet is a fun and colourful one. They're famed for their incredible buddha bowls, beautifully fresh ingredients and their quirky decor (which includes a hanging seat - it's very cute). Not only is their food 100% vegan, it's also oil and preservative free, and there's options for gluten and soy free meals too!

15 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1PQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Earth Warriors

Ok, so this spot is neither a restaurant or a takeaway, but instead, it's an eco-friendly shop that's packed full of ethical and sustainably produced products, as well as 100% vegan delicatessen. Think of all the amazing grazing boards and share platters you could make with a variety of vegan cheeses and meats! There's also lots of other food and drink, homewares, garden essentials and a refill station - a great spot for plant-based foodies and eco-conscious lifestyle lovers.

76A Skinnergate, Darlington, DL3 7LX. Visit their website, Facebook page or Instagram for more info.

The Green Apple Cafe & Bistro

If you're looking for a creative menu with plenty of comfort food, The Green Apple Cafe & Bistro is the place for you. With dishes such as quesadillas, burgers, pies, chilli and so much more, this bistro has something for absolutely everyone. There's also plenty of plant-based sweet treats to choose from too, as well as gluten-free options. If you're new to veganism, this is a great spot to visit!

Station Road, Stokesley, TS9 7AB. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

KIND Nutrition

If you don't fancy going out to eat, you can order in instead and one place offering heat-and-eat-at-home meals in KIND Nutrition. This Darlington-based biz offers pre-prepared meals that you simply re-heat at home and they deliver twice a week across Teesside. They're great if you're looking to stock up your fridge with some easy meals that are handmade and delivered with love!

Delivering Wednesdays and Sundays within a 10 mile radius of Darlington. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Number Eight Bakehouse

One place going fully vegan, exclusively for Veganuary 2021, is Number Eight Bakehouse in Darlington. Already boasting a good few vegan options on the menu, this spot is going to be transforming into a plant-based paradise for January. You'll be able to choose from fresh, homemade breads, cakes, cookies, pastries and so much more, so this is a fab spot to try out!

21 Post House Wynd, Darlington, DL3 7LU. Visit their website, Facebook page or Instagram for more info.

Shanti Bistro

Heading out on a trip to the coast? Give Shanti Bistro in Saltburn a try! This vegetarian and vegan spot serves wholesome food, using locally grown and sourced ingredients wherever possible. They're also a licensed bistro, so you can grab vegan wines, ales, ciders and prosecco too. This a great hidden gem along our coast and one you should definitely try. Make sure you check their opening hours though!

Earthbeat Centre, Marske Road, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1QA. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Trouvailles

Another coastal favourite is Trouvailles in Marske. This veggie and vegan cafe boasts a vibrant and fresh menu, and a relaxing 'secret garden' interior. This is a spot with a fabulous amount of variety, so whether you want a breakfast, tapas, an evening meal or somewhere for cake and coffee, this cafe has it all. It's definitely one to add to your list!

100 - 100A High Street, Marske-by-the-Sea, TS11 7BA. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

V-Edge

One thing we love in Teesside is a dirty takeaway and you might think that finding a vegan version would be difficult. That's where V-Edge steps in to prove us all wrong! From parmos to doner kebabs, and loaded fries to ribs (yep, 100% vegan ribs), this takeaway has got it all. They work on a pre-order basis though, so make sure you get your orders in on Fridays for delivery on Saturday or Sunday.

Delivery across Teesside. Visit their Instagram for more info.

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is a firm favourite among veggies and meat-eaters alike, but it's a 100% vegetarian restaurant with a vegan alternative to pretty much every dish on the menu. The food changes by season to reflect the seasonal vegetables and all the bread is home baked, so you can guarantee freshness and top quality. They also have a little wholefoods shop on their site if you want to stock up on some essentials!

9 Station Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton On Tees, TS16 0BU. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Source: Ellephant Vegan Bakery


VEGAN SWEET TREATS

We all get a hankering for something to satisfy our sweet tooth every now and then, and the only thing can fix it is cake, a brownie or something else loaded with sugar. Luckily, we've got a few different vegan options in our region that you can either order from or find at local markets!

Cheesecakes By Chloe

When you think of cheesecakes, it might be difficult to imagine a vegan version, but Cheesecakes By Chloe has a whole menu dedicated to dairy-free and plant-based cheesecakes. You can try Biscoff, milk chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla (Chloe is experimenting with other flavours too, like salted caramel and Oreo, and will post when they're good to go), so you can order a small for yourself or a large for a celebration!

Based in Hartlepool with collection and limited delivery slots. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Ellephant Vegan Bakery

Big fans of appearing at foodie markets, holding virtual markets and serving in their shop, Ellephant Vegan Bakery are masters of the vegan sweet treat world. Anything you can think of, they can make, including cupcakes, celebration cakes, brownies, cookies and so much more. They definitely prove that following a plant-based diet can be sweet (and you can definitely still have chocolate).

Visit their Facebook page or Instagram for more info.

The Green Guerilla

The Green Guerilla is a 100% vegan bakery based in Darlington, and you'll typically find them at food markets and festivals across the country, but you can also buy their bakes online. The father and son duo behind this biz bake a whole host of treats, including flapjacks, brownies, cookie sandwiches and blondies, as well as savoury treats like vegan sausage rolls, scotch eggs and burgers.

Local delivery to DL1, DL3, DL5 and parts of DL2, but ship across the country. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Maple & Dough

Maple & Dough are brand new on the Tees vegan food scene and they're definitely a welcome addition. Think huge, thick cookies with gooey, oozy fillings. That's exactly what Maple & Dough are about! With heaps of chocolate chips, Biscoff pieces, peanut butter and so much more, these are cookies that are going to have everyone's mouths watering.

UK next day delivery available, local delivery and collections. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Simply Fudge

Once you take a look at the Simply Fudge menu, I promise that you'll be totally drooling. This sweet spot proves that being vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on delicious flavours, so with their plant-based fudge, you can have chocolate orange, almond Bailey's, white chocolate and raspberry, Biscoff and so much more. Their little slabs look absolutely fantastic, so make sure you check them out!

Free local delivery. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Sugar Noms

There's nothing quite like a pick 'n' mix, whether you're planning a bit of a movie night at home or you just want a bag of mixed sweets that you can nibble at as you please. With Sugar Noms, you can build your very own vegan pick 'n' mix, as well as pick up plant-based fudge, chocolates and meringues. Basically, if you're in need of a sugar fix, this is a site you need to check out.

Delivering across the UK and collection available from The Innovation Centre, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar, TS10 5SH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Sunflour Vegan Bakery

I first discovered Sunflour Vegan Bakery through Cafe Etch in Middlesbrough after I completely fell in love with their homemade brownies. And not only do they offer beautiful brownies, but fried doughnuts, celebration cakes, pies, cupcakes, loaves and so much more. This is a fantastically versatile business and you'll be able to find them at markets, local cafes or you can put in a bespoke order for collection or delivery.

Visit their Facebook page or Instagram for more info.

Source: Neanderthals Health Deli


SPOTS WITH LOTS OF VEGAN OPTIONS

If you're going out to eat with a group that includes non-vegans or you fancy visiting somewhere that offers non-vegan options, this is a great list of spots that don't advertise as 100% vegan, but have a fab range of plant-based choices. 

Cafe Etch

Cafe Etch is a gorgeously quirky spot in Boro town centre and it's one of my favourites for cake and coffee. They serve up a whole host of locally baked vegan treats, as well as vegan-friendly salads, sandwiches and breakfasts. Even if you don't go along for the food, the history of this building and the atmosphere is worth visiting for.

5 Gilkes Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 5ET. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Cauldron Bistro

No matter what your dietary requirements are, The Cauldron Bistro have an option for you. As Boro's first 100% gluten-free restaurant, all of their food is great for coeliacs, but they also have an extensive amount of options for vegans and vegetarians too. Try the plant-based BLT, BBQ 'pulled pork', pancake stacks, dirty burgers, parmos, pastas or something else off the huge menu!

45 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LB. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Falafel Fella

As the name might suggest, the Falafel Fella is all about fresh, homemade falafel, and almost all of his menu is vegan. Alongside his authentic Syrian falafel, you'll be able to find wraps, hummus, fava fuul, fattoush, stuffed vine leaves and lots of other Middle Eastern dishes. You'll typically find this delicious food on the Falafel Fella street food stall, but you can also book collections and deliveries too.

1 Clark's Yard, Darlington, DL3 7QH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Napoli Woodfired Pizza

Co-owner of Napoli Woodfired Pizza, Carl, used to be vegan, so he knows a thing or two about making truly delicious vegan pizzas. And what could be better than scoffing pizza by the sea? Not a lot! With marinara, veggie supreme, mushroom with white truffle oil and even a vegan cheesy garlic bread, there's plenty of plant-based options to satisfy your pizza cravings!

Opposite The Green, The Front, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, TS25 1BS. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Neanderthals Health Deli

Neanderthals Health Deli is famed in Teesside for its build-your-own buddha bowl system. With this menu, you can pick your main (the vegan option is falafel), plus the veggies, carbs and condiment to go alongside, so if personalising your dish is your thing, this is the place for you! There are a few things on their breakfast menu that are vegan-friendly too, so you can visit any time of day.

7 Leven Road, Norton, TS20 1BQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Seabreeze Fish and Chips

A fish and chip shop isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when someone says 'vegan'. but Seabreeze in Redcar are one of the few chip shops in our region that cook in vegetable oil. As well as this, they're also famed for offering banana blossom fish and chips, which I've seen people rave about. Just make sure you specify that you'd like your food cooked in vegetable oil!

Lobster Road, Redcar, TS10 1SH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Thingy-Ma-Jigs Coffee House

After a lovely stroll in Guisborough forest, head into town for a cuppa and a bite to eat at Thingy-Ma-Jigs Coffee House. This little spot has lots of gorgeous vegan options on its menu, including cakes, sandwiches and soup, so it's ideal for lunch or a little pitstop. This place is also ideal for gluten-free and dairy-free options too, so there's something for everyone!

5 Bow Street, Guisborough, TS14 6BP. Visit their Facebook page or Instagram for more info.

Umi Japanese Bar & Restaurant

Umi is a firm fave amongst Boro sushi fans, but being plant-based doesn't mean that you have to miss out. There are plenty of vegan options here and more than what the site makes out, including tofu katsu curry, edamame, vegan gyozas, pumpkin korokke don and lots more. There are several reviews saying to make sure you specify that you'd like 100% vegan though, just to avoid any accidental egg or milk - something to bear in mind when visiting!

118 - 120 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2JR. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Source: Napoli Woodfired Pizza

As someone who isn't vegan, but is trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into her life, this was a really fun and interesting post to write. It's definitely opened my eyes to what really is and isn't available to certain groups of people, but also shown me that eating plant-based doesn't mean 'eating bland'. There's lots of spots that I want to try on this list and I definitely will in the future!

There are probably lots of places that I've missed from this post (I tried my best to pack in as much as possible!), so if you need any more recommendations or want to learn more about veganism in Teesside, I highly recommend taking a look in the Teesside Vegans and Vegetarians Facebook group.

Where will you be trying this Veganuary?

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