** Vegetarian places
LevelBest art cafe
3 Culver Street East; w www.dacontrust.org
Independent vegetarian health food shop.
27 Sir Isaac’s Walk.
* Omni places
H Gunton Ltd, a long-established family business; classy delicatessen, sells some vegan cheeses. Tea room upstairs.
81-83 Crouch Street; w www.guntons.co.uk
Holland and Barrett
Health food shop, national chain; sells vegetarian and vegan chilled, frozen, tinned and dry food, some snack foods.
5 Priory Walk.
Nice venue, staff always helpful; you can have pizza without cheese on top, and some extra topping instead, or, if you take some vegan ‘mozzarella’ slices, they will put them on your pizza for you.
1 St Runwald’s Street.
Chinese restaurant/takeaway, with vegetarian and some vegan options.
2A Crouch Street; t (01206) 572 703
Tapas bar, national chain; with advance notice, they can provide a vegan paella.
14-15 North Hill; t (01206) 768060; e Show email address.
Chinese and Japanese restaurant; does a nice vegetarian bento box.
26-27 St Botolph’s Street; t 01206 762 288; w www.faisnoodlebar.co.uk
Chinese restaurant, offers a vegetarian set menu.
73 Crouch Street; t (01206) 546953; w www.china-chef.co.uk
Balkerne Restaurant, Hospitality and Food Studies Centre, Colchester Institute
With advance notice, they can provide a vegan menu, including ‘fine dining’.
Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road; t (01206) 712452; e Show email address. ; w www.colchester.ac.uk/restaurants/balkerne
and around Colchester
Pizza Express in Clacton on Sea
2-4 Marine Parade West, Clacton on Sea, Essex; t (01255) 423248
Nice venue facing the sea; really helpful staff; when I went, I had a very nice pizza on a Romana base with melted vegan ‘mozzarella’ slices (I took the slices with me and the chef added them to the pizza half-way through the cooking time.) Crostini without cheese is a nice starter.