Where to Find Brilliant Vegan Food in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Vegan Guide

Being vegan in Bournemouth is easy, and new restaurants and cafés are always popping up. To help find the tastiest vegan eats, we caught up with our friends at Dorset Vegan to determine the top vegan hotspots in this happening seaside town.

Salad Centre

Now under new ownership, the Salad Centre in Boscombe has long been a meeting place for the Bournemouth Vegetarians and Vegans group. The menu is still being finalised, but when we popped in, it had a spiced root and vegetable casserole and a nut roast on offer, plus a variety of salads. Yum!

Raw Cake from Mad Cucumber Bournemouth

Mad Cucumber

Mad Cucumber was Bournemouth’s first vegan café. This lounge in the town centre, great for chilling out, is still a popular spot and the perfect place for catching up with friends. It’s great for coffee and cake or simple well-cooked home-style food.


Looking out over Bournemouth’s beach is Aruba, a beautiful open-plan restaurant and bar. The staff excitedly told us that the veggie curry is vegan, as is the black-bean burger. (Just hold the sour cream.) And vegan wine is available.

Toff-n-Chips at Zoukinis Bournemouth


Over in Westbourne, Zoukinis has a regularly changing menu with many vegan choices inspired by a “passion for flavour”. No seaside visit would be complete without Toff n Chips – tofu that’s packed with a samphire and watercress pesto, served with homemade mushy peas, tartare sauce and a healthy portion of chips. The restaurant also offers a scrumptious breakfast.

Raw vegan treats from Sweet Green Bournmouth

Sweet Greens

The newest restaurant on our list, Sweet Greens opened its doors in Charminster in February. This raw café and juice bar offers some delicious raw vegan cheeses. It’s bijou, with seating for just eight, but it also offers takeaway. Do try the chilli!

Conto Lounge

Like all restaurants in the Loungers chain, Conto Lounge in Winton offers a separate vegan menu. (Ask at the bar to see it.) Options include burgers, sandwiches and a rather yummy chocolate-and-ginger torte for dessert.

Vegan Enchilada from Coriander Bournemouth


This Mexican restaurant in the heart of the Bournemouth town centre has several vegan options listed on the menu, including fajitas, burritos and enchiladas. It’s a regular haunt for many local vegans.

Boscanova Bournemouth

Cafe Boscanova

The big sister of South Coast Roast, Cafe Boscanova in Boscombe is a quirky café with a chilled-out vibe. Several vegan options are listed on the menu, including a delicious full breakfast. And when it comes to coffee, there’s nothing this café doesn’t know!

Avocado on Sourdough Bournemouth

South Coast Roast

The little sister of Cafe Boscanova sits in the Bournemouth town centre on Richmond Hill. The menu is fairly limited, but the staff are more than happy to knock you up a delicious avocado on sourdough toasted open sandwich if you ask. The café also stocks raw energy balls, and you may find that some of the daily sandwiches on offer as well as the soup are also vegan – just check with the staff. Like the staff at Cafe Boscanova, they are also mad about coffee and will happily make you one with soya or almond milk.

Crooked book vegan Bournemouth

The Crooked Book

As the name suggests, this is as much a second-hand bookshop as it is a café. It also sells a wide range of antiques. Limited to coffee and cake (but who needs more?), it offers a varied selection of raw and cooked vegan cakes and can brew up a mean soya latte.

The Bear Cross Inn

Here’s a great secret find on the outskirts of Bournemouth. The owner of this popular pub is very keen to make everyone feel welcome and will make a delicious three-course vegan dinner for you with a bit of notice.


Clearly, Bournemouth has a lot going for it. And on 28 June 2015, the Bournemouth Vegan Fair will be held at the Pavilion Theatre on Westover Road from 11 am to 4 pm. The event will host around 70 stalls, and visitors will be able to sample tasters, collect recipes and talk to suppliers and experts. There will also be a showing of Cowspiracy and a talk from world record–holding marathon runner Fiona Oakes. Learn more at BournemouthVeganFair.co.uk, and check out DorsetVegan.co.uk for even more vegan places in Bournemouth.

Did your favourite vegan hotspot in the area make the list? Let us know if we missed it by leaving a comment below.


  • Alastair commented on May 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Bournemouth Pizza Co. cater for vegans – there aren’t any veggie options listed on their menu, however just mention you’re vegan and they’ll sort you right out. They have vegan cheese (soy based) and everything! Well nice/10

    • frank commented on May 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      thanx for this , its very usfule info

    • JR commented on November 24, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Pizza Express do vegan options as well. No vegan cheese, but loads of veg options, just have it without cheese, it’s still great.

  • Lisa commented on May 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Flirt Bar on the triangle now have a vegan menu on request, and Cafe Riva on Southbourne cliffs have vegan cake option if you’re passing 😉
    Lovely list, thankyou for compiling 🙂 And excited about trying the vegan friendly pizza place!

  • Pauline Stott commented on May 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    The Salad Centre has always been one of my favourites, delicious food. I wasn’t aware that it was under new ownership so must pop along to try it out.

  • Marilyn Bassett commented on May 25, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Can you tell me about vegan places in Dorset.

    • Anne commented on May 29, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Hi Marilyn, if you’re looking for places outside Bournemouth, Happy Cow is a great place to start: http://www.happycow.net/europe/england/

    • Lizzi Shaw commented on June 1, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Hi Anne, you might like to take a look at dorsetvegan.co.uk or follow the Dorset Vegan facebook page where I regularly post about vegan friendly places to eat and upcoming events.

  • janine commented on June 5, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Bournemouth vegan places to eat.
    Thanks for telling us about these places. I am going on holiday to Bournemouth next month and can’t wait to try some of these places out!

  • persian catering commented on August 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    i’m a vegetarian & i love to find these special places for me, & now specially when i’m going to visit Bournemouth i’m sure going to visit the salad center, Conto Lounge & Aruba.

  • Mark commented on September 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hi all!
    I’d just like to give our 100% vegan health food store – Sunrise Organics a mention! We carry a wide selection of foods, superfoods, vitamins, supplements, household and personal products, all of which are 100% vegan. We are also aiming to have organic fresh fruit and veg in store very soon!!
    We are in the The Triangle area of Bournemouth – 9 St Michael’s Rd. BH2 5DP

  • Heather Daly commented on October 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Flirt at the Triangle in Bournemouth have Soya lattes etc and have vegan cakes and cookies.

  • Casy Tom commented on January 19, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Thanks a lot for telling about bournemouth. Iam going out to for a holiday trip next month. Can’t wait to see these places and experience their food menu.

    • Dorset Vegan commented on January 19, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Hi Casy, I hope you have a great visit! A few things have changed since we put the above list together, but you can find an up to date one at dorsetvegan.co.uk. 🙂

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