Vegan About Stroud

5 Dec

A list of shops, market stalls and places to eat in the Stroud Area of interest to vegans


Sunshine Health Food Shop

25 Church Street, Stroud, GL5 1JL

T: 01453 763923

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am-17.00pm


A family-run wholefood shop established in 1927. Sunshine has a wide range of whole foods and a good selection of dairy-free alternatives such as vegan cheeses, vegan ice cream, plant-based milks, yeast extract, tofu, vegan sausages and cutlets, vegan bouillon and yeast flakes, chocolate and vegan sweets. Sunshine has it’s own bakery, based in Stroud, which supplies a wide range of baked goods to the shop, the sourdough rye bread is my favourite. If you like to bake bread at home they sell fresh yeast. They also stock vegan household products such as vegan laundry liquid and washing up liquid, and some detergents are available to refill. The counter has a selection of vegan snacks, such as onion bhajis, vegan sos-mix rolls  flapjacks and chelsea buns. The vegan items are usually labelled. Although this shop can be quite pricey, the food is good quality, and you can get larger whole food bags in the back room which can work out as cost effective. They also often have quite a lot of reduced foods, and there are regularly reduced Beany burgers in the chiller to the left of the counter.

Sunshine Natural Health and Bodycare

22, High Street, Stroud
T: 01453 767605

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am-17.00pm


A branch of the sunshine shop that sells natural health and body care items. They stock vegan shampoos, toothpaste, deodorant, body-building supplements (such as Soy Protien Isolate), supplements (including vegan-specific supplements) and natural remedies. Knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Confection Affection

4 Threadneedle Street, Stroud

T: 01453 755777

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am-17.00pm


A sweet shop with quite a selection of unusual vegan chocolate and confectionary – I’d recommend the dark-chocolate covered brandy cherries. They use a colour-coding system to mark vegan items.

World Foods

10 Russell Street, Stroud, GL5 3AB

T: 01453 759359

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am-20:00 pm


One of the few independent food shops open late in Stroud. World Foods stocks international foodstuffs, including, fresh vegetables (including organic bean sprouts) polish vegetables in jars, pickles, sauerkraut, german rye breads, various flours, hummus and unusual fruit juices (such as sour-cherry). They also sell Yuba Tofu, thin sheets of tofu (made from the skin that rises to the top of soya milk when heated) that can be used in japanese & chinese style cooking.


45 King Street, Stroud GL5 3DA

T: 01453 750471 ‎

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 9.00am – 17.30pm


Sells some vegan bodycare items including The Visonary Soap Company lip balms, and Faith in Nature shampoo.

Also has a selection of dried fruit and Divine chocolate.

Holland & Barrett

15 High Street, GL5 1AZ

T: 01453 752312

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am- 17.30 pm


Stroud branch of nationwide health food shop chain

Stroud Valley’s Project Eco Shop

8 Threadneedle Street, Stroud, GL5 1AF

T: 01453 753358

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am- 16.00pm


All profits from this shop go to this local wildlife and environment charity. The eco shop stocks all sorts including; gardening items, wildlife books, bamboo socks, glassware and gifts.


Shambles Market

Where: The Shambles (Just off of the high street, Stroud)

When: 9am-15.00pm every Friday and Saturday

Global Organics

Very well stocked vegetable stall, with a mixture of local and exotic organic fruit and vegetables.

P & S Fruit and Veg

Non-organic, but often locally grown fruit and vegetables, a good selection and plenty of bargains to be had.

The Veggie Deli

(1st, 2nd and 5th Saturdays) Really delicious, freshly made vegetarian snacks with plenty of vegan options, including vegan chorizo sausages.Visit their website for other market dates.

Saira’s South Asian Snacks

(Located within the Market Square) Lovely spicy asian snacks with many vegan options, they clearly display the ingredients of each item, so it is easy to spot which ones are vegan.

The Falafel Stall

(Located outside Iceland) Delicious vegan falafel wraps, with a selection of home-made hummus and olive pates. You will need to specify a vegan option as the wrap usually comes with a yoghurt riata, the vegan option has more of the other sauces.

Newark Farm

(Located alongside Bar Nine) Newark Farm sells vegetables grown on an organic farm from near Wotton Under Edge, all though they sell a whole range of vegetables, they specialise in potatoes, and grow many heritage varieties. I find this stall extremely good value for money, it is without a doubt the cheapest place to buy organic vegetables in Stroud.

Forest Mushrooms

(Located outside Seymors Furnishers) Yummy brown portabellini mushrooms, grown without chemicals. Sometimes in the summer months they have huge mushrooms – the size of dinner plates!

Hotch Potch

(Located alongside the Real Ale Pub) Really delicious summer crops of aubergines and tomatoes, towards the autumn they sell winter squashes and fresh almonds.

Stainswick Farm Rapeseed Oil

(Every second Saturday of the month) Locally produced rapeseed oil – ideal for vegan baking or for salad dressings. You can get a 5 ltr container which will last forever.

Jack Bakes

Gorgeous gluten-free and vegan cakes, tarts and biscuits. Also available to order from Jack’s website


Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 16.28.35Falafel Mama

Unit 6, No1, London Road Stroud

07949 782787

Open Mondays- Saturdays 11am – 4pm

Fantastic falafel, available in a pitta or salad. Everything is vegan with the exception of some of the toppings, which you add yourself, so are easy to avoid. We particularly love the sauerkraut and jalepenos for topping. They also sell homemade lemonades which are beautifully refreshing.


Enjoying the vegan puttanesca pizza and Maris Otter Ale (does not contain Otters!)

Enjoying the vegan puttanesca pizza and Maris Otter Ale (does not contain Otters!)

Stroud Brewery

Unit 11, Phoenix Works, Hope Mill Lane, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, GL5 2BU

T: 01453 887122


Opening times:

3pm-11pm Friday & Saturday only

All of Stroud Brewery’s bottled beer is organic and vegan (but not draught beer) and brewery itself is a great place to sample the full range of beers on offer. Sometimes one or two of the draught beers are vegan.  It’s is open as a venue Friday and Saturday evenings, so you can sit and enjoy a drink amongst the spotless and impressive distilling equipment, or on their large decking area. There’s sour dough pizza cooked by Velo Bakery, that can be made vegan (without cheese) or bring your own vegan cheese for Velo Bakery to add for you before it gets blasted in the wood-fired oven. The bar snacks are mostly organic and they have a good selection of vegan snacks including some more unusual (or healthy!) bar snacks such as dried peaches! You can also purchase bottled beer direct from the brewery to take home.


Meme Cafe Bar

16 George Street, Stroud, GL5 3DY


This excellent cafe has soya milk for coffees, along with two types of vegan cake. The chocolate cardamom heart cake are gorgeous. It has vegan options as part of their daily menu.

Star Anise Arts Cafe

Five Valleys Foyer, Gloucester Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1QG

T: 01453 840021

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 08.00am-17.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am-14.30pm


A relaxed, arty cafe, which serves mostly vegetarian food. They always have a couple of vegan options. There is seating indoors, and benches in the courtyard outside, which are busy on sunny summer days. Vegans will not be disappointed by the selection of vegan dishes on offer as well as cakes and biscuits, although they do not always label these as “vegan”, so it is well worth asking which are suitable. They have a selection of different plant-based milks to go in tea, coffee or hot chocolate – infact the “Star Anise special” hot chocolate is entirely rich, melted, dark chocloate. They also often have gluten-free options and the cakes are often free from refined sugar. The food is freshly made from local and seasonal ingredients. It is wholefood based with dishes inspired by world cuisine. The cafe always has an art exhibition on, and often there is live music in the evenings and weekends.

Other typcial vegan dishes on offer are:

  • Soughdough bread with salad and hummus
  • Chestnut Mushroom & Kale with Brown Rice Miso
  • Deep-Fried Millet and Vegetable Croquets, served with a Puy Lentil and Thyme sauce, baked Squash Moons,chilli Kale and beetroot pickles.

Be warned they sometimes serve fish on a friday, and the cafe can smell of cooking fish as a result.


Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 16.06.36Black Books Cafe

Unit 2, Nelson St, Stroud GL5 2HL

T: 01453 764509


A lovely relaxing cafe which is situated at the top of the high-street, a great spot with large windows and lots of books to browse. Black Books has a selection of plant milks for coffee, and vegan menu options. They serve a stuffed mushroom with vegan cheese, “The Veritable Vegan” with homemade falafel, and often have some excellent vegan chocolate cake.

no-23-bar-and-bistroNumber 23 bar & bistro

23 Nelson Street, Stroud, Stroud GL5 2HH, England

01453 298525

Number 23 is a fantastic place to eat out for vegans. The staff are really accomodating and helpful to vegan requirements. All of their mediterranean inspired food is cooked freshly. They have a range of items on their tapas menu which are vegan, as well as vegan daily specials. They serve Stroud Brewery organic & vegan beer in bottles. It’s a great place to go for tapas, or a special meal out. There’s a tiny balcony upstairs with a fantastic view of Stroud which is a lovely place to spend a summer evening.

Woodruffs Organic Cafe

24 The High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AJ

T: 01453 759195

Opening times:
Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-17.00pm


Woodruffs is an organic, mostly vegetarian (also serves fish occasionally) cafe serving a good range of vegan options. It is easy to find on Stroud’s high street. Most of the vegan options are clearly labelled, and there is always at least one cake that is vegan. They also have soya milk for hot beverages. The food is mainly healthy, home-made, whole-foody fare, and they use organic bread from Stroud’s Sunshine Bakery. Woodruffs is child-friendly, with a small children’s play area upstairs. There is also seating outside for sunnier days  The upstairs room is usually a bit less busy and there is a good view of the high street if you like to sit and watch the world go by. Woodruffs is occasionally the venue for vegetarian cookery classes and a pop-up restaurant.

Dishes Include:

  •  Spicy homemade Bean Burger
  •  Goan Coconut Dahl
  •  Greek Mezze

The Carpenters Arms

T: 01452 821283

Miserden, GL6 7JA


A friendly village pub, in the idyllic location of Miserden, 7 (hilly) miles from Stroud Town. The Carpenters Arms has  a really helpful and vegan-friendly landlord. There are always a couple of vegan options on the menu here each day. The local Miserden Park Estate and gardens are open to the public from April to September.

Dishes include:

  • Baked aubergines stacked with roasted vegetables served with crushed new potatoes and drizzled with sweet chilli sauce.
  • Chinese stir fried vegetable wraps, with potato wedges and a sweet and sour dip
  • Home made carrot and coriander soup

Fat Toni’s Pizzeria

T: 01453 762503

26 Gloucester Street, Stroud


This take-away pizza restaurant can make any veggie pizza vegan with vegan cheese, or they offer extra veggies instead of cheese. They offer a 2 types of sourdough bases, as well as 4 vegetarian options which can be made vegan. Pizzas include: “Alice in Wonderland: Fresh Chopped Tomatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Marjoram and Roast Asparagus” and “Sicilian Caponata: Tomato Sauce, Sicilian Spiced Aubergine Caponata with Toasted Pine Nuts and Sultanas finished with Fresh Rocket”. We especially love the vegan “Forest Green” pizza with rosemary and potatoes. They have vegan ice cream available too. Fat Tonis deliver to the Stroud area.

The Wheatsheaf, Thornbury

T: 01454 412356

The Wheatsheaf, Chapel Street, Thornbury, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS35 2BJ

The Wheatsheaf is not in Stroud, it’s about 20 miles away from Stroud, however it has been recommended by Gloucestershire Vegan Group members. Their review follows:

vegan chef Honey at the Wheatsheaf in Thornbury sporting a viva t-shirt.

vegan chef Honey at the Wheatsheaf in Thornbury sporting a viva t-shirt.

“Whilst the Wheatsheaf serves traditional food, the chef Honey is actually vegan  so knows exactly what we want to eat. Husband Russell, who looks after the bar, and all the staff we met, were really friendly and very helpful. When we arrived around mid day on a miserable wet Tuesday in January, the dining room was filling up and until around 2pm, it was more or less full which bears testament to its popularity and reputation for value for money. All ciders on tap are vegan. Vegan wines are also available. Several of the extensive vegan/vegetarian meal choices were were also marked as Gluten Free. We tried the homemade Mushroom Stroganoff and the homemade Leek, courgette and mushroom pie, both with delicious seasonal vegetables, perfectly cooked. There were about 6 vegan options for main meals (all £9 each). Starters range from £3.50 to £5 and desserts are available from £2.50.”

6 Responses to “Vegan About Stroud”

  1. Keith Symonds January 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    All really useful for anyone visiting Stroud or new to the town. How lucky we are to live in a place such as this!

    • imbici April 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Glad you’ve found this useful, I will try to keep it up to date, so do check back from time to time.

  2. (@TheVeggieDeli) May 17, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Gloucestershire vegans. Nice Blog.

    Lots of things in Stroud we didn’t know about and thanks for giving us a mention. Thought you ought to know that we do Stroud market on the 1st, 2nd and 5th Saturdays not the 4th. Cheltenham on the 2nd and last Friday of the month.

    In case things change, we always have our locations and dates on here:

    Will check you out on fb and twitter. Bye.

    • imbici June 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      Thanks, your stall is much appreciated by the many veggies/vegans who visit the market – we love your cooking! I’ve updated my post to put the correct dates you visit Stroud and added a link to your website.

  3. kat November 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    merci beaucoup for putting this together! feeling a bit daft, now, having lived in stroud for many years & not having known about a few of these places. 🙂 thanks, again!

    • imbici November 15, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      It’s a pleasure. The places on here are the fruits of pooled knowledge, so I wouldn’t expect everyone to know about them, hence these pages exist to disseminate local vegan knowledge.

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