13th Jul 2022 in Food & Drink
If you are vegetarian or vegan and planning a trip to Belfast, dining in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter is a must.
There is an abundance of restaurants that will cater to both vegetarian and vegan diets and suit your budget, whether you are looking for a sophisticated meal or something a bit more relaxed.
2 Taps Wine Bar
Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring St, Belfast BT1 2ED
In the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and open since 2005, 2 Taps Wine Bar provides a Spanish and European tapas dining experience with a fully-equipped cocktail bar and a heated outdoor seating area where dogs are permitted.
2 Taps have an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu which includes Spanish omelette, patatas bravas, vegetarian paella, vegetable tagine and salads. Currently, their cocktail of the month is the Mayflower which is made with may-loang gin (dragonfruit), campari, cranberry, lemon juice and gomme.
Worth considering is 2 Taps Bottomless Sundays, where you can get 3 tapas, dessert and a choice of prosecco or sparkling sangria for £40pp from 2pm-4pm.
For more information go to: https://2taps-winebar.com/
Open Monday-Sunday 12PM-10PM
20-22 Waring St, Belfast BT1 2ES
Pizza Punks is a relaxed, independent restaurant that first opened its doors in 2018. With the pink neon lights, flavourful cocktails and party atmosphere, it’s a great place to go with your friends, family or on a date night.
Pizza Punks is all about giving customers the options they deserve, whether that be vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. At Pizza Punks, you can choose from a range of pizza bases or pasta dishes with all the toppings you want for just £12, along with tasty desserts options where prices start from £6.95, tried and tested myself, the choc chip ice-cream cookie sandwich and caramel biscoff pizza are definitely worth a try.
For more information go to https://pizzapunks.co.uk/pizza-punks-belfast/
The Cloth Ear
Open Sunday- Thursday 12 PM-9 PM
Open Friday-Saturday 12PM-10PM
The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ
The Cloth Ear is an Irish gastropub which lies in the oldest part of the Cathedral Quarter, one of three restaurants in The Merchant Hotel. Despite brimming in Victorian heritage, The Cloth Ear is a modern establishment that has a lively atmosphere, making you feel right at home.
The Merchant Hotel has won various awards for both the hotel itself and for its food, one to note is the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards which they have been awarded 3 times.
Their plant and vegetable-based menu has mains starting from £14, the menu includes vegan fish and chips, their signature vegetable curry and roasted aubergine. The Cloth Ear also provides an innovative drinks list for you to enjoy with punch bowls, hoptails and wine by the keg.
For more information go to https://www.themerchanthotel.com/the-cloth-ear
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday 5PM-9PM and Saturday from 12 PM-9 PM
Unit 4, St Anne’s Square, 10 Edward St, Belfast BT1 2LR
Buba is a Mediterranean restaurant that first opened in 2018, serving hot and cold tapas to share, a grill and main course selection as well as desserts such as salted caramel cheesecake and chocolate brownie made using plant-based alternatives.
The mains at Buba start from £7 with vegetarian options ranging from stuffed roast peppers or stuffed mushrooms to crispy aubergine salad or bbq cauliflower and lemon tahini & pomegranate salad.
For more information go to https://www.bubabelfast.com/
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12PM-9PM and Sunday 1PM-8PM
Saint Anne’s Square, 11 Edward St, Belfast BT1 2LR
Sister restaurant to Buba and open since 2012, Coppi is a contemporary Italian restaurant open Wednesday to Sunday each week. Coppi’s modern interiors, big tables and mood lighting provides the perfect atmosphere for an evening out. Coppi also has an option of heated Al Fresco dining, great for Belfast’s summer months when it looks nice to sit outside but the weather doesn’t quite know what it’s doing.
Starters at Coppi begin at £4 with an option of mixed olives, Italian breads and salads. Mains at Coppi start from £13, with options including balsamic & rosemary roast beetroot and arrabiata torchetti nero, as well as a delicious vegan chocolate brownie for dessert, not to be missed.For more information go to https://www.coppi.co.uk/
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By Erin Horner, Excalibur Press