The best healthy restaurants and cafes in the East of England
Written by Kayleigh Thomas
Whether you’re on a detox or diet it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on good food, we’ve rounded up the best healthy restaurants and café…
The best restaurants for dietary requirements
The Bell at Hardwick
Lower Road, Hardwick, Aylesbury HP22 4DZ
A tranquil 17th Century gastropub set in the Buckinghamshire countryside that serves up freshly cooked, locally sourced, seasonal food – with plenty of organic wine on the side! It specialises in catering for diners with non-conventional dietary needs or choices, making booking your next family outing a breeze.
As you unwind in front of the log fire or enjoy the beautiful pub garden, you’ll be treated to a menu designed with mostly gluten and dairy free dishes, and plenty of organic, vegetarian and vegan meals to choose from. From pub classics to Mediterranean dishes and more, The Bell’s food is all prepared in-house from scratch, with new specials every day. www.thebellathardwick.com
The best restaurants for vegetarians in Cambridge
9A King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ
The only vegetarian restaurant in Cambridge, with plenty of vegan and gluten free options to complement their healthful menu. Another great choice for those with food intolerances, the eatery can disclose every ingredient and only uses natural ingredients without additives, colourings or flavourings.
Fully approved by the Vegetarian Society, everything at the café is made fresh each day and the eggs they use are free range. From strawberry salads to chili chocolate cheesecake, and even ecologically-produced tipples, stop by Rainbow Café for a guilt-free indulgence – cheers! www.rainbowcafe.co.uk
The best healthy restaurants for long journeys
Birchanger Green Service Station, Stansted, Essex
The next time you find yourself stuck on the M11, feel comfort in the knowledge that healthy, fast food is within reach – yes, there is such a thing! As the first made-on-site food company in the UK to display all of its nutritional information, Tossed offers up healthy and exciting meals that don’t compromise on taste.
Plenty of fresh vegetables, lean protein and low GI carbs feature on the menu in the form of fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients. With a menu brimming with salads, soups and pho, everything is made fresh on site daily to make healthy eating on-the-go easier than ever. tosseduk.com
The best restaurants for vegans
Chia Naturally Healthy Café
25 Churchyard, Hitchin SG5 1HP
In the heart of Hertfordshire, you’ll find Chia Café’s nutritious plant-based menu. Everything on Chia’s menu is vegan, with many gluten-free items available. A trip to Chia will see you enjoying a meal that is high in fibre with a whole range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that contribute to good health and wellbeing. Choose from superfood salads and smoothies, trendy “Buddha Bowls”, fresh juices, organic teas and coffees – and expect to see plenty of avocado and nut mylks on the menu. chianaturallyhealthy.co.uk
The best restaurants for eco warriors
Based on the High Street in Holt, this is a real gem for the health and environmentally conscious. From superfood salads and smoothies to powerhouse breakfasts, much of Wells Deli’s menu is gluten free and dairy free whilst being all-natural and free of “nasty additives”.
Besides their uber-healthy menu, Wells Deli has a low carbon policy, selects produce for its ethical standards as well as its overall quality, and over 85% of the packaging they use is compostable. www.wellsdeli.co.uk
The best restaurants for organic lovers
The Organic Shop, Café, Bistro and Bar
Church Cottage, Fornham All Saints, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6JW
This little corner of Bury St Edmunds is rather special. Complete with their own smallholding, you’ll find organic, wild, seasonal and locally sourced produce in abundance throughout. In the café and restaurant, all food is cooked fresh that day and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that organic food famously benefits from.
Even better, you won’t find any of the additives banned by the Soil Association here, while high standards of animal welfare are a must to pass from farm to your fork. www.theorganicshopltd.com
The best restaurants for fresh juices
79 Broadmead Ave, Northampton NN3 2RA
Karmana, Northampton’s vegetarian and vegan eatery, comes complete with a fresh juice bar for those who love to cleanse and detox their systems; try an alkalizing juice of kale, spinach, apple, lemon and cucumber, or a warming golden milk with fresh turmeric juice.
With plenty of raw savoury and sweet treats on offer and much more besides, Karmana is also able to cater for anyone with food intolerances and other dietary requirements. karmana.co.uk