places to eat in Colchester

** Vegetarian places
LevelBest art cafe
Basic food.
3 Culver Street East; w www.dacontrust.org

Natural Foods
Independent vegetarian health food shop.
27 Sir Isaac’s Walk.

* Omni places
Gunton’s
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.

Pizza Express
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.

Chef Canton
Chinese restaurant/takeaway, with vegetarian and some vegan options.
2A Crouch Street; t (01206) 572 703

La tasca
Tapas bar, national chain; with advance notice, they can provide a vegan paella.
14-15 North Hill; t (01206) 768060; e Show email address.

Fai’s
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

China Chef
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

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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.
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