VEGAN PLACES – GREAT AYTON, YORKSHIRE
We decided to take a trip up to Yorkshire for the weekend to go camping & hiking. Our only concern we had when travelling through the small villages, was if we were going to find anywhere to eat that caters for vegans. It is becoming a lot more popular at the moment; however, smaller villages and places sometimes don’t have enough people travelling through to cater for that all the time. We knew it was going to be on the off chance, but after a few googles, we managed to find three places in this quaint village that we would highly recommend. There were other places that popped up on the internet, but they were either parts of chains, and we wanted to support the independents and local places.
Now please note – these places have options, not vegan menus. We were able to find items rather than full blown meals.
1. The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club
We saw this cute place driving through the town, I loved the aesthetics of it even before we had walked in. We only visited for coffee/drinks, but asked if there were any vegan options. They sometimes have cakes here, but they do offer a vegetarian breakfast with other vegan options available though. We opted for coffee with oat milk, but they do have other milks available.
On the weekend, this is definitely the place to be. Full of walkers, runners, locals & the cycle groups, it can get busy. There’s plenty of space to go in and sit down, or to grab for a takeaway.
2. The Poorhouse
This small cafe/bar is definitely a cosy place to go on a cold winters evening. We found it on the off chance, we could see through the window how lovely it looked, with a lit fire, and general welcoming feel, and so decided to head in.
We were greeted by very friendly staff, at the door we asked if they had any vegan options; the lady went and checked for us and said they didn’t have any vegan cheese but they could create something for us. This was more than enough, we weren’t expecting any vegan cheese (it can be such a hard one to have/get the right thing), so it was great that they could cater for us for normal pizza.
I still can’t quite describe what this place is, in terms of a restaurant, or a cafe. When we asked for a menu, they said there wasn’t a drink menu & she just said that it was the pizza for food. On the website it says “evening menu stone baked pizza and platters”.
When it came out, it smelled amazing. There was mixed vegetables on this garlic tomato sauce. It’s safe to say, the plates were clean afterwards. I would highly recommend this place, it’s small, it’s sweet, and it just has a nice local vibe.
There is also an adorable cat named Cookie who loves to walk around and entertain the guests.
3. Fletchers Farm
Now, this is a working farm. We were very aware of this case when we turned up, however, we could see that there was options on their website for milk alnternatives, and thought we would try it out.
We only went in for drinks and on the off chance cakes, or some other product. They had oat, soya, and almond milk on offer. On the day they unfortunately had run out of the teacakes which were vegan, so we opted just for jam on toast (make sure you say no butter if you order).
If you are looking for lunches/evening meals, keep an eye on their facebook, they often have set menus available which also include some veggie/vegan options.
You can also spend some time at the farm looking at all the animals, and the surrounding open fields. This is a good place to start long walks, take the children, and have a browse of the farm products.