In the interests of full disclosure, I should start by saying that our family is neither veggie nor vegan. We are low meat consumers though and we do make great efforts to ensure that our food is responsibly farmed. As a result, we do eat a lot of veggie and vegan food, especially when we are out and it is harder to find high standards for animal welfare.
So, with that in mind, here are
11 Awesome Family Friendly Veggie and Vegan Eateries in Exeter
Family owned veggie restaurant with lots of vegan options. Always popular so can be a little crowded at times but very accommodating to families.
11am-2.30pm Monday to Friday. 11am-3.30pm Saturday 6pm-9.30pm Tuesday to Saturday
15 North Street, EX4 3QS
The Prospect Inn
Full service pub with very welcoming staff and lots of space for kids, both inside and outside. Perfect stop off after a walk along the Quay – offers full menu including veggie and vegan options: I’m rather partial to the Halloumi burger. The owner are hugely supportive of local food producers and very active in the local community.
10am-11pm Monday to Saturday. 10am-10.30pm Sunday
The Quay, Exeter
The Plant Café
Hugely popular veggie and vegan café for breakfasts, salads, soups, cakes and great coffee. Can be crowded inside but a beautiful spot to site in the sun if you can bag one of the outdoor tables. Food is fantastic and they have lovely staff but I have found them to be slightly bemused by children.
8.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Saturday
Rabbit Vegan Café
Fully vegan café much frequented by students but welcoming to families too. Feels faintly greasy spoon inside and the service is efficient rather than welcoming but kids will love the decorated well (reputed to be the well formed when St Sidwell died).
10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday
3 Well St, EX4 6QR
No 1 Polsloe
Tiny café with small but perfectly formed menu with veggie and vegan options. Some of the best coffee and cakes in Exeter too. Very welcoming to families but perhaps not much space for active toddlers.
10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday. 10.30-4pm Sunday
1 Polsloe Rd, EX1 2HL
The new kid on the block on the Quay and already very popular with families. Lots of space, both inside and out, toys and books for children. Lots of veggie options and separate vegan menu.
8am-11pm Sunday to Wednesday. 8am-12am Thursday to Saturday
38 Commercial Road, EX2 4AE
I remember the original in Bristol so the chain never quite lives up to expectations BUT they are very welcoming to children and do have lots of veggie and vegan options to choose from. South American menu with western pizzas, burgers and kid favourites such as macaroni cheese.
10am-11pm Monday to Wednesday. 10am-11.30pm Thursday to Saturday. 10am-10.30pm Sunday
79-81 Queen Street EX4 3RP
Super friendly and welcoming café in St Thomas with lovely veggie options and great play area for kids. And extra bonus for raw vegan chocolate cakes.
8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. 10am-2pm Saturday
118 Cowick Street
My new favourite find on Gandy Street. Simple menu of burritos and tacos with vegan cheese and GF options. Colourfully decorated and upstairs rooms perfect for lounging around on a Saturday afternoon.
15 Gandy Street, EX4 3LS
12noon-4pm Sunday to Tuesday. 12noon-9pm Wednesday to Saturday
Another fabulous local community café that offers a real family friendly atmosphere and provides veggie and vegan options.
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 9am-2pm Saturday
21 Whipton Village Road, EX4 8AN
And if you are in town and in a hurry, Warrens Bakery offers a range of veggie and vegan pasties to take away.
Corner of South Street and High Street
Bonus: 3 Family Friendly Veggie and Vegan Eateries near Exeter
This is one of my personal favourites. Super welcoming to families with a beautiful play area full of wooden toys. Highly imaginative menu that is veggie based with the option to make vegan or add meat. Stunning cakes and perfect coffee too.
9am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday
7A Market Street, EX17 2AL
Plant Based, Exmouth
I’ve not made it to Plant Based yet, though it is on the list for this summer, but it does come highly recommended by local parents.
Vegan café offering pizzas, salads, soups and mains as well as children’s menu, cakes and smoothies.
10.30am-5.30pm Monday to Wednesday. 10.30am-3pm Thursday to Friday. 10am-4pm Saturday
15 High Street, EX8 1NP
The Accidental Vegan Café, Honiton
Again, I’ve not been to this café but it has been recommended to me. Judging from their Facebook page, they offer amazing puddings as well as breakfasts, mains, salads and regular specials.
7.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday
19 New Street, Honiton
I hope you enjoy this list of Family Friendly Veggie and Vegan Eateries in Exeter – do let me know if I’ve missed any out by commenting below.