Dorset does vegan!

If you're heading to this part of the Jurassic coast, prepare yourself for breathtaking scenery, fascinating history and no shortage of animal free food. During a family holiday to Swanage, we found vegan food to keep us going during long treks along the coast and for endless gift shop browsing.

Here's how to eat your way around small town cafes and restaurants in Swanage and surrounding areas.
Old Brick Pizza, Swanage
Animal free pizza base, minus the cheese and you have a delicious vegan pizza! Even better when you have some one to share with so you can do half-half!

Gee Whites, Swanage
With a lovely view of the sea, even this seafood cafe, like most usual non vegan cafes, had good old jacket potato with beans. Carb up for that long coastal walk!

Corfe Castle
Full of history and fascinating stories, this National Trust site also provides vegan suitable food. Seasonal soup, on this occasion courgette, as well as spiced courgettes muffins AND vegan scones and jam! That makes for one happy explorer.

Masala, Swanage
A curry house will rarely let you down. We ordered a range of veg dishes, fried sides and coconut rice. So good we visited twice!

La Trattoria, Swanage
Just like Indian food, Italian can often be vegan by accident. Spaghetti and other pasta (other than fresh egg pasta) with chilli, tomato and basil is a classic. The restaurant was also very accommodating in making the garlic bread with olive oil instead of butter. A refreshing jug of pims between me and Mum rounded off the meal well!
Lulworth Cove
A beautiful spot to visit, with a variety of gift shops, pubs and cafes on the road to the cove. We found a cafe which had a roast veg and halloumi panini, which we requested was served with onion chutney instead of cheese. A simple request and you have a delicious vegan suitable snack!

The Hive Cafe, Weymouth
Despite the rain pummelling down, this vegetarian/vegan cafe made everything brighter! A large range of vegan food such as falafel, quesadilla and burgers are available as well as vegan cakes. The huge chocolate and cherry cake was so popular that I just about got in before it flew off the shelf!
Buffmonger, Swanage
I wouldn't recommend eating their products but even though they smell good enough to munch! Almost all of Buffmongers products are vegan and handmade in the owners kitchen. Shampoos, bath bombs and anything else you can wish to treat your body to. Find these guys tucked behind the shops on Station Road down Commercial Lane.

With a delightful kitchen in our sea front apartment, I couldn't resist the opportunity to whip up my own tasty dishes.

The biggest tofu topped salad in the world and of course a beach front run to complete the perfect hols


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