VEGAN-FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT OUT IN MID-ARGYLL





In this post I will list all the vegan friendly cafés and restaurants that I can recommend near to Kings Reach B & B. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list for the whole of Argyll. Please also bear in mind that this is rural Scotland. Cafés and restaurants are small independents or part of hotels, and it is always advisable to ring ahead and book for evening meals. Most chefs are happy to cater for vegans if they have a bit more warning. There are many cafés offering good lunchtime options so booking ahead is not necessary. Of course you will be spoilt for choice at breakfast time with our vegan breakfast menu which you can see on our website HERE. I also offer packed lunches for my guests to take with them on their days out exploring and I am planning to offer vegan cream teas/homemade cake for guests on arrival (pre-booked).
   (Please check directly for current opening times due to lockdown restrictions.)
Vegan cream tea
Caramel Biscoff cake

1. CATCHACARROT VEGAN CAFÉ - NOW OPEN 😃 the first 100% VEGAN café in Argyll so we are very excited about this. Located behind the village stores in Kilmelford approx 30 minutes drive from here on the Oban road, parking available at the rear.  100% vegan menu plus homebaking, to eat in or takeaway, smaller portions available for children. Janine has been operating a seasonal vegan pop-up cafe in Ardfern and has built up an excellent reputation for delicious plant-based food and amazing cakes. To keep up to date you can follow Catchacarrot on Facebook @veganfoodargyll and on Instagram.

2. SMIDDY BISTRO - is located in Lochgilphead (4 miles from Kings Reach) just behind the main street in Smithy lane. They are open Monday-Saturday 10-4pm and serve breakfast, lunch, tea/coffee and homebaking. They have just started offering a separate vegan menu including desserts and they have soya milk available for hot drinks. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, highly recommended. You can follow them on Facebook @smiddybistro and on Instagram.

3. SALTY DOG CAFÉ - also located in Lochgilphead, in Lochnell Street. Serving breakfasts, coffee/tea, light lunches and home baking and usually open 6 days a week.  There are always vegan options on the menu and delicious vegan cakes/biscuits to eat in or takeaway. Doggies are welcome. Follow them on Facebook @SaltyDogCafeArgyll or on Instagram.

4. KILMARTIN MUSEUM CAFÉ - located in Kilmartin village 4 miles from Kings Reach. They always have interesting vegan options on the menu plus homemade cakes and soya milk for hot drinks. Their chocolate truffle slice is to die for! You can sit in the conservatory downstairs overlooking the glen or sit outside and watch the local friendly robin hopping about. Takeaways also available if you want to order a picnic to go. Usually open 7 days a week from March until December. Website is HERE and they are on Facebook @KilmartinMuseumCafe
The friendly robin
View from the conservatory


5.) TAYVALLICH CAFÉ - located in the pituresque village of Tayvallich approx 10 miles from Kings Reach. There are always vegan options on the menu and cake. You can sit outside on the decking overlooking the harbour and take in the picture postcard view. The Knapdale forest and Taynish Nature Reserve are nearby. Follow them on Facebook @tayvallich cafe and on Instagram.
Tayvallich harbour

6.) TAYVALLICH INN - also located in the village of Tayvallich with an outside seating area overlooking the harbour. They always have at least one vegan option on the menu such as lentil bolognese or bean chilli. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @tayvallichinn

7.) CAIRNBAAN HOTEL - halfway between Lochgilphead and Kilmichael Glassary and located right on the Crinan canal, this is a good spot for lunch or an evening meal. They always have one vegan option on the menu board, but if you book in advance for the evening they will offer a three course vegan menu. See a sample vegan menu HERE .  Recommended by previous guests. You can find out more about the hotel on their website HERE

8.) STEAMER TERMINAL - located in Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne at the beginning of the Crinan Canal. Open for light lunches, tea/coffee and homemmade cakes. There is one vegan option on the menu and a vegan flapjack.  Argyll's own mini Kelpies are right outside and the Eggshed museum is next door, telling the story of the Crinan canal. Their website is HERE
Mini Kelpies outside the Steamer Terminal

9.) LUCY'S ARDFERN - newly opened in February 2020, Lucy always has interesting vegan options on her menu plus desserts/cakes. I haven't had the chance to try the menu myself yet, but very good reviews from others. Ardfern is approx 12 miles from here (20 mins drive time). Craignish Cruises operate from Ardfern and do boat trips to the Corryvreckan whirlpool and wildlife watching trips https://www.craignishcruises.co.uk/. So you can combine a visit to Lucy's with a boat trip. Follow Lucy's on Facebook and Instagram @lucysardfern.

10.) WILD ROWAN CAFÉ, DALAVICH - amazing vegan food at this quaint little cafe/community shop in the village of Dalavich situated on the shores of Loch Awe (18 miles from here). I went on a  day trip to see the waterfalls nearby -  Avich Falls in the Dalavich Oakwood. Lots of vegan choices on the menu plus vegan ice cream for dessert. Follow them on Facebook @Dalavichshop.  There is also the Loch View Grill which is open in the evenings in the community hall, and they always have vegan choices (not tried and tested by me yet). Follow them on Facebook @lochviewgrill

11.) THE HORSESHOE INN - The local pub in the village of Kilmichael Glassary just five minutes walk from here. There has been a change of ownership this year. Not vegan friendly at the moment. 

12.) KILMARTIN HOTEL - In the lovely village of Kilmartin, four miles from Kings Reach. There is a bar and restaurant open for lunch and dinner. I will update information on their vegan options when they re-open later this summer.


Slightly further afield:

13.) THE LITTLE POTTING SHED, OBAN - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you are in Oban. This lovely little café is located in John Street in Oban just off the main street, serving breakfast, brunch, light lunches, homemade cakes and tea/coffee. The entire menu is vegetarian with many vegan choices and gluten-free options.. They can cater for all special dietary requirements. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the homemade cakes are delicious. You can follow them on Facebook @TheLittlePottingShedCafeOban

If visiting Inveraray Castle there are two hotels in the town that can cater for vegans:

14.) THE INVERARAY INN - Lovely old inn overlooking  Loch Fyne with friendly and welcoming staff. Some vegan options on the menu or the chef is happy to adapt vegetarian dishes. You can sit in the lounge bar or conservatory. Website is https://inveraray-inn.co.uk/

15.) THE GEORGE HOTEL, INVERARAY - one or two vegan options on the menu. Website is https://www.thegeorgehotel.co.uk/

16.) CAFE CA'DORA, TARBERT - Lovely little cafe on the harbour front in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, just 30 minutes drive from here. Excellent vegan menu with five choices of main course. The food is delicious and portions are generous. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. There are also two choices of plant milk for hot drinks. Follow them on Facebook @cafecadora

MY RECOMMENDATIONS:

OVERALL:  CATCHACARROT - because this is an ethical vegan business run by a passionate vegan and Janine's food is delicious. I know her new venture will be a great success.

VEGAN CAKE: KILMARTIN MUSEUM CAFÉ , THE SALTY DOG, or  CATCHACARROT

EVENING MEAL: CAIRNBAAN HOTEL if pre-booked you will have a three course vegan menu.

IN OBAN: THE LITTLE POTTING SHED

Look out for the Vegan Food Trail coming soon, one of four taste trails across Argyll and the Isles with WILD ABOUT ARGYLL







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