Hebden Bridge has very much evolved into a Vegan hotspot in the past couple of years. I live very close-by, and want to dedicate a blog post to this small, alternative town.
Most people will know Hebden Bridge for its colonisation of hippies in the 70’s, the large LGBT:Population ratio, and is also where Ed Sheeran is originally from. It was on the news during Winter of 2015, having been tragically hit hard with flooding, and with amazing community spirit, Hebden Bridge made a remarkable recovery, restoring its quirkyness in all its glory. Evolving with the times, it now has an impressive Vegan Business:Population ratio.
Here is my complete guide on being Vegan in Hebden Bridge:
HUMBLEST OF PLEASURES Vegan Cafe
100% vegan and dog-friendly cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and cakes. The cafe is a newer addition to the Hebden Bridge vegan scene, and arrived with a mighty BANG. I highly recommend their Mac & Cheese and vegan Breakfast. Try their cakes, pancakes and sandwiches! Prices are very reasonable and portions are hearty. The industrial-Chic interior is incredibly instagramable, with exposed bricks and pipes, prettified with pink accents. A quirk I enjoy about this cafe is that you pick your own mug from a very eclectic assortment – a nice touch!
THE KIND CAKE CO. Vegan Bakery/Cafe
Although cake company by name, what I think steals the show are the PIES; Sausage & Onion, Cheese & Onion, Ham & Cheese – all traditional pie flavours; 100% vegan and incredibly moorish. The cakes are amazing too, with your classic flavours of Coffee & Walnut, Chocolate, Victoria Sponge to name a few. The Bakery is small with only a few tables to dine at, but the food is ready to takeaway. Grab a pie, cake and tea/coffee, walk five minutes to the park, find a bench and bask the Britishness of the situation. Be sure to book in for a three-tier Afternoon Tea!
THE V&A COLLECTIVE Vegan Multi-Businesses
Stands for ‘Vegan and Awesome‘, and is located directly opposite The Kind Cake Co. They’re a collection of like minded businesses with a social conscience, selling handmade jewellery, objects of desire, as well as offering body piercing, tattoos and reflexology massage – phew!
GREENS Veggie Cafe
Has many vegan options, with a cracking Soup & Sandwhich combo (soups are always vegan). Other dishes include a Vegan burger and a Mezze Plate. I love that they have an interesting and varied coffee/drinks menu, options such as chai latte using oat milk as their base. The ambience is a cosy one – perfectly hygge!
NELSONS Wine Bar & Veggie Restaurant
They have a great choice of alcohol to suit many preferences. They serve vegan and vegetarian food, and I’ve personally tried their Mezze Platter, which was a Mediterranean masterpiece. Decorated with beautiful art work, and soundtracked by regular gig nights of Northern Soul and HipHop music.
They specialise in smoothies and sandwiches, with a few Vegan options and a decent breakfast menu. I’ve personally enjoyed their ‘Mighty Med’ sandwhich (hummus, roast peppers and rocket), and their soup of the day has always been Vegan when I’ve visited.
PARK LIFE Cafe
Situated in the Old Pavillion in the centre of Calder Holmes Park. The menu has an entire Vegan section, including ice cream, milkshakes, cake and sandwiches.
PENNINE PROVISIONS Health Food Shop
This place is very well-stocked on teas! There is a deli bar in the shop that serves takeaway salad/lunch options, and offer several mouth-watering vegan cakes.
VALLEY ORGANICS Vegan/Vegetarian Health Food Co-op
Provides all your vegan essentials; Nutritional Yeast, vegan cheeses, teas, sauces, wheat gluten, toiletries, and much more! Locally grown organic vegetables are available here too.
Ramble + Rose Cafe Bar
(Previously ‘Organic House’) Italian cuisine, with a few vegan options (including vegan cheese). Their ‘Vegana’ stone baked Pizza is very interesting, with their lemon-infused olive oil giving it an interesting twist to your average pizza! Dog-friendly.
A very characterful place, they also have a cute courtyard to the back should you wish to dine al fresco. Only have a few vegan options; their veggie burger is a delight. Dog-friendly.
SAKER Artisan Bakery
Have a big selection of vegan cakes, and PASTIES of many interesting fillings! Their homemade bread choice is the best. Also provide other staple whole food ingredients.
THE YORKSHIRE SOAP CO. Soap and Cosmetics Shop
Cruelty-free and mostly vegan, with the only animal-derived ingredient being honey added into a few products. Bath bombs, melts, perfumes, soaps, lotions and salts galore!
THE BLUE TEAPOT Veggie Cafe
This place is just outside of Hebden Bridge in Mytholmroyd, but well worth mentioning. They offer vegan Afternoon Tea too (need to book in advance). I personally recommend the vegan chilli. They also offer a vegan breakfast, soups, sarnies and an array of cakes. And yes, they do serve tea in a Blue Teapots!
THE LAMPPOST CAFE Dog-Friendly/Themed Cafe
They have a few vegan options, as well as different plant-milks. Their coffee (with almond milk) is among the best I’ve ever drank, and their African Peanut & Sweet Potato Stew with Chilli Foccacia bread is to die for. Other vegan options include baked white/sweet potato with hummus and salad. The main attraction is that the cafe is very much centred around dining with your/other people’s Dog. They have available ‘pupcakes’, water bowls, Dog beds and our canine companions even get their own menus. I’ve never experienced anywhere else quite like this place!
WEAVING SHED Cafe
Located at Hardcastle Craggs / Gibson Mill. If you have a dog or just fancy a scenic stroll, I highly recommend you visit here. It’s one of my most favourite places to go (and my dog, Bhalu LOVES it there!). Protected by the National Trust, it’s an absolute hidden gem of fairytale forestry and streams. The vegan part? The Cafe located at Gibson Mill has a few great vegan options, including Carrot Cake, Flapjack, Chilli, and assortment of teas/drinks to keep you fuelled.
RIM NAM Thai Restaurant
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more exotic to dine with a scenic setting, try Hebden Bridge’s finest Thai restaurant. They have an extensive vegan menu which includes you traditional classics, amongst some other interesting dishes. Situated right on the Calder canal; a perfect way to spend an evening.
JK’S Chinese Takeaway
Get your Chinese food fix from this takeaway. Has an extensive vegan menu, including Mock Crispy Hoisin Duck Pancakes and a LOT of tofu-based dishes, in all sauces imaginable! A tasty accompaniment to feast on with a home movie night.
Not only is Hebden Bridge a vegan paradise, it has amazing vintage/thrift shops, independent fashion, jewellery, homeware, craft and pottery shops to indulge in some serious retail therapy.
LOVE HEBDEN BRIDGE! <3