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The Loaf Vegan Guide To Berwick & Borders: Places to Eat & Shop - vegan-friendly & eco-minded places in & around Berwick.
Published by Page Karen · 8 February 2015 at 04:00
Vegan-friendly, gluten-free, & eco-friendly places to eat & shop in & around Berwick, Northumberland & the Scottish Borders.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. We'll keep updating as we receive new information. The current suggestions are based on personal or guests' positive experiences, but situations can change, so we always recommend checking before eating.
I've added some eco & recycling-minded places for shopping too, as although not vegan, our visitors often ask for such suggestons, & this keeps the info all in one place.

NORTHUMBERLAND.

BERWICK.

Daytime:

We recommend The Corner House Cafe, 31 Church Street. A lovely little independent cafe which offers a consistently good vegan soup daily, superb vegan coffee, smoothies & at least one choice of vegan cake! Added bonus is the cosy open fire & lots of books. We love this place, especially for their willingness to cater for vegans. Some gluten-free options too. Please support this fab little business!
https://www.facebook.com/thecornerhouseberwick/timeline 01289 304748

The Granary Bistro, Dewar's Lane. Best vegan-friendly chips (& wedges) in Berwick (most of the chip shops still use lard/dripping.) Always willing to adapt items on the menu to a vegan version. Falafel, hummous, salads, mushroom panini the usual vegan options. No desserts as yet... Great vegan coffees. Varied programme of events & live music/open mic nights. Granary Gallery above. Free car park outside main entrance.
https://www.facebook.com/yhaberwick?fref=ts 0845 371 9676

Sinners Cafe, Sidey Court, off the high street. Berwick's longest-running cafe offering vegan options. Independent. Classics such as aduki bean pie & vegan casserole. Desserts usually bought in, like LazyDay Foods biscuits. Good vegan iced coffee.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sinners-Cafe-Berwick-upon-Tweed/215898328429076 01289 302621

The Loovre, Ice Cream Parlour, Bank Hill, at the foot of Megs Mount (No 27 on tourist map) in former derelict public loo - now a beautiful little building! - offering spectacular views of the river & out to sea whilst you scoff your vegan icecream! Independent. We spoke to Dave when he set up this venture last year & asked if he'd stock a vegan option & he immediately responded with the delicious, & healthy!, vegan IceDelight, from Belhaven Fruit Farm. This stuff is pricey but heaven, & we really admire Dave's committment to reclaiming Berwick's old buildings & willingness to cater for vegans too - please support him if you can & enjoy a walk round the Walls with a vegan ice! If enough people ask, he's also said he'll offer a plant milk option for his teas & coffees too.
https://www.facebook.com/theloovre?fref=ts 07872 011323
IceDelight - https://www.facebook.com/icedelight/timeline

High Street chains Caffe Nero & Costa Coffee, Marygate, are handy for the usual vegan options; Caffe Nero friendly & welcoming with good coffee, though charging the disappointing 'ethical-tax' as vegans know it - an extra 30p for having plant milk.

The Curfew - Micropub, 46a Bridge St. Through passageway next door to The Market Shop (not Shoe Lane.) Independent. Small bar & cosy courtyard. Regularly stocks vegan local beers from brilliant Spittal nano-brewery Bear Claw Brewery. Ask for other vegan drinks options.
https://www.facebook.com/curfewmicropub?fref=ts 07842 912268
Bear Claw Brewery - https://www.facebook.com/bearclawbreweryberwick

Other local pubs we recommend, stocking the usual vegan options:

The Barrels Ale House, 59-61 Bridge St. Real ale pub, with cellar for great live music and DJs. Free internet access.
https://www.facebook.com/TheBarrelsAleHouse?fref=ts 01289 308013
The Pilot Inn, 31 Low Greens. Usual vegan options & live music. 01289 304214

Not eating places, but great for picking up vegan goodies for picnics/treats:

The Green Shop, 30 Bridge Street. Independent. Not a vegan shop, but total vegan heaven. Loads of vegan, Organic, environmentally-friendly, locally-produced & Fairtrade goods, gluten-free treats & staples, toiletries, cleaning products, foods, beers & wines. Our guests regularly tell us we're better-provided from this little Berwick shop than they are in big cities!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Green-Shop-Berwick-upon-Tweed/499165120228180?ref=ts&fref=ts 01289 305566

The Market Shop/Sallyport Gallery, 48 Bridge Street. Independent. Wholefoods & vegan toiletries, cleaning products, supplements, & gluten-free options. Great little art gallery/gift shop & framers through the back.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Market-SHOP/486121104784535?sk=timeline 01289 307749

High street chain Holland & Barrett, Marygate. Usual vegan options, some toiletries & supplements, gluten-free foods.

Evening:

We recommend you call in advance, but the following have created some great vegan meals for our guests, though some need prior notice for puddings (or you can choose from our Evening Dessert-Only Menu at Loaf, & enjoy back here by the fire. https://www.facebook.com/notes/loaf-vegan-bb/loaf-food-packed-lunches-evening-dessert-menu-special-treats-afternoon-high-teas/368252099976009 )

El Taperio, 52 Bridge St. Spanish and Moroccan cuisine. Ask for veganised options.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Taperio/159643054193162?fref=ts 01289 309533

Villa Spice, 34 Ravensdowne. Indian cuisine. Can ask for the veggie menu to be veganised.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Villa-Spice/195443127162723?fref=ts
http://www.villaspice.co.uk 01289 306836

Amaryllis, 5-7 West Street. Cafe/Bistro. Ask for dishes to be veganised.
https://www.facebook.com/amaryllisberwick?fref=ts 01289 331711

Audela, 41-47 Bridge St. Vegan options with prior notice.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Audela/1392448200976044?fref=ts 01289 308827

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant, 35 Marygate. Guests highly recommend the tofu dishes.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Garden-Chinese-Restaurant/131249413589875 01289 331411

Foxtons Wine Bar & Restaurant, 26 Hide Hill. Have catered well for our vegan guests, & come recommended in the comments below. Well worth ringing in advance to check what they could provide for you.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foxtons-Wine-Bar-Restaurant/497567843598538?fref=ts 01289 303939

Magna Tandoori, 39 Bridge St. Indian cuisine. Vegan options & take away available too.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magna-Tandoori/144415338934127?sk=timeline 01289 302736


Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan):

Berrydin Books, 18a Castlegate. Independent. Brilliant little second-hand bookshop! Highly recommend. Also offering Storytime children's sessions. A must-visit.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Berrydin-Books/158849047460982?fref=ts 01289 309000
Alisha's Attic, Tweed St, off Castlegate. Independent. Well stocked little shop of second hand & vintage goods, clothes & small furniture, but do be aware they often have silk, leather or fur items stocked too.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-living-alishas-attic/143505395852125?fref=ts
Bridge Street Bazaar, 14 Bridge Street. Independent. Second hand & vintage goods, clothes & recycled furniture.
http://www.berwickbazaar.co.uk/ http://www.berwickbazaar.co.uk/ 01289 305444
Auction House & Antique Centre, 95 Main St, Tweedmouth. Antiques & auction house.
https://www.facebook.com/AntiqueCentreBerwick?fref=ts 07414 957134
Living by Liz, Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Horncliffe. Reclaimed & second-hand goods, interiors & garden wares. Vintage & Rustic Prop Hire for Weddings & Special Occasions. Just along the road from Loaf. (Vegans can avoid the rest of the honey farm & just head to Liz's shop.)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-by-Liz/162933520465232?fref=ts
Furniture on the Farm, Lamberton Holdings. Second-hand furniture, salvage, interior wares and gardenalia.
https://www.facebook.com/lambertonfurniture/timeline
Cafe Kazmiranda & The Music Gallery, 83c Marygate. Vintage & second-hand goods & clothes. Live music & open mic nights. Our vegan guests have told us only veggie food options so far, but worth checking for vegan each time, plus we'll ask for clarification from the owners in case of any regular vegan (or veganis-able) gems we don't know about.
https://www.facebook.com/cafekazmirandaberwickontweed/timeline 01289 308030

You are also welcome to bring food back to Loaf/order takeaways to eat in, but we do ask you to let us know, & to eat these at the table in the guests' lounge only & not in your rooms please (owing to previous accidents with lunches & takeaways in the bedrooms).
We provide crockery & cutlery, clearing & washing up after, & do not charge for this service.


LINDISFARNE.

Daytime:

Pilgrims Coffee House & Roastery, Holy Island. Now officially catering for vegans as well as veggies! Great home-roasted coffee, & vegan soup & cake options. All on stunning Holy island!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pilgrims-Coffee/352087918159988?sk=timeline 01289 389109

EMBLETON.

Day & evening:

The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Embleton, NE66 3UN. Have a separate veggie menu to the main meat & fish menu, & have catered for our vegan guests.
01665 576111

ALNWICK.

Daytime:

Baileys of Alnwick, 49-51 Bondgate Within. Soya milk for teas & coffees. Keep asking for vegan food! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baileys-Of-Alnwick/211534892191053?ref=ts&fref=ts 07725 615713

The Olive Branch cafe, 10 Market St. Recommended in comments below - apparently very accommodating, willing to veganise dishes, & stock soya milk. https://www.facebook.com/farawayplaces/timeline 01665 602727

Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without. Stocks soya milk, can cater for vegans with prior notice.
https://www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/ 01665 510785

Bari Tea, 28 Narrowgate. Specialist tea shop. Great teas. No vegan eats yet, but keep asking!
https://www.facebook.com/BariTeaUK?fref=ts 01665 510508

Treehouse Restaurant, Alnwick Gardens, Denwick Lane. Recommended by N.E. locals - apparently have a set vegan menu - sounds good! - inc frittatas, soup, risotto, butternut squash salad, summer pudding.. & the inevitable sorbet / fruit salad - but still, great they're making an effort!
http://www.alnwickgarden.com/explore/whats-here/the-treehouse/about 01665 511350


Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan):
Barter Books, Alnwick Station. Huge, fabulous second-hand book shop in a converted and restored Victorian railway station, with open fires and a cafe. Soya milk for teas & coffees. Beans on toast only vegan option to our knowledge, handy if desperate, but worth asking for other options too!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barter-Books/116972251694484?fref=ts 01665 604888


SCOTTISH BORDERS.

EYEMOUTH.

Daytime:

Giacopazzi's, 18-20 Harbour Rd. Have a couple of delicious vegan sorbets & usually one dairy-free cornet option. Check ingredients first!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giacopazzis/294934575008?sk=timeline 01890 750317

Cafe Questo, 31-32 Harbour Rd. Have provided good vegan soup, bread & coffee in the past.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Questo/151987933316?sk=timeline 01890 752444

Evening:

Oblò Bar & Bistro, 18-20 Harbour Rd. If you fancy a little trip further up the coast, Oblo Bar in Eyemouth (about 20 mins drive) have expressed an interest in catering for our vegan guests - again, give them a ring first.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Obl%C3%B2-Bar-Bistro/116813006248?sk=timeline 01890 752527

EARLSTON.

Daytime:

The Thomas and Ethel tearoom • gallery, High St, Earlston. Debbie Thomas, the owner, says "We always stock soya & rice milk at the cafe for drinks. We use coconut milk in our creamy soups. We offer gf options, gf oatcakes and buckwheat crackers. All our soups are vegan except ham and lentil and all homemade from scratch. We are looking to be contact suppliers for Just bread that is wheat,gluten, dairy and egg free (vegan certified) getting deliveries twice a week. We are looking to do a selection of vegan cakes also as we are getting more requests regarding allergies. My daughter (Tegan) is wheat intolerant and so am I. I have many other allergies/intolerences including dairy plus others and as a family we are aware how hard it is eating out. I have many vegan friends so good tasting vegetarian/vegan food just the norm. We are looking to put jacket potatoes and veg chilli on the menu and offer a selection of gluten free veg salads."
Sounds great, & Mike can vouch for excellent vegan coffee - do go support this fab new little cafe!
https://www.facebook.com/ThomasAndEthel/timeline 01896 849856

KELSO.

Rutherfords Micropub - The 1st in Scotland, 38 The Square. Friendly micropub, right in the heart of Kelso. Have asked them & they've confirmed they're looking into stocking some vegan-friendly craft beers as well as the usual drinks. Do support this fab new venture!
https://www.facebook.com/Rutherfordsmicropub.co.uk/timeline 07803 208460

Environmentally-minded retail (reused, recycled, repurposed, not specifically vegan):
FoundItAtLast Bookshop, 2 Bield House, Newton Don, Kelso. Large secondhand bookshop in the middle of the countryside. Four rooms over two floors. A few miles north of Kelso (near Stichill).
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FoundItAtLast-Bookshop/163694590364017?sk=timeline 01573 224042

COLDSTREAM.

Daytime:

Coldstream Gallery, 51 High St. Plant milks & Fairtrade teas & coffee (looking into possibility of offering vegan cakes) in friendly & gorgeous contemporary gallery surroundings. Featuring a wide range of works by local artists, including beautiful recycled silver, sea glass & pottery jewellery by veggie artist Laura Johnson.
https://www.facebook.com/ColdstreamGallery?fref=ts 01890 882882
https://www.facebook.com/LauraJohnsonArtist/timeline

Cornerhouse
Vegan & veggie options at The Corner House, Berwick.

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