Our first priority since arriving on this beautiful island in February was to find a house and somewhere to live. It was exhausting work, so naturally, trying out the local vegan options on Arran was a nice pastime and way to relax.
Now that we’ve got the B&B up and running, we’re getting questions from guests about the vegan options available nearby to us in Sannox, and on the island in general. So we thought it would be a good idea to jot some down. It’s not the definitive list, and we’ll probably add to it in the future – not to mention some photos to share on Instagram – but here’s our list of vegan options on Arran and the experience we’ve had so far:
Corrie and Sannox
The Corrie Hotel is only 20 minutes walk away from Ferghan Mhor. And they serve a standard hotel type menu with vegetarian options. For a vegan option – that’s not chips and salad – you can phone ahead and they will make a vegan curry. Here it is here:
About 50 yards away from Corrie Hotel is Mara, a fish bar and deli. There is always a vegan option (at the moment it is aubergine tacos = amazeballs) and sometimes the chef does either chips or hasselback potatoes that are to die for. It’s also a good place to go if you fancy a nice coffee – they serve Dear Green from Glasgow – and they also sell local bread on premise from Blackwater Bakehouse.
Note: there is also a tea room at Corrie Golf Club. It sells traditional food, but the handmade chips are pretty tasty. A chip butty and soup is £5.
Heading north from Sannox to Lochranza is The Sandwich Station near the ferry terminal. There are always two vegan options on the menu plus they sell damn good soup. The sandwiches here are amazing and served on local bread.
Whilst you’re in Lochranza, you can also visit the Whisky Distillery for lunch in the aptly named Casks Cafe. Normally they have a soup that is vegan (you need to ask) and you can get a salad sandwich (with chips, of course!). If that doesn’t float your boat, then just head downstairs and get some whisky!
Although we’ve not been, the Stag’s Pavilion is also in Lochranza, which has a vegetarian option (two of the four look like they might be vegan). The menu changes, so worth calling ahead.
As you head further round the island to the west coast, you get to Pirnmill. There is the Lighthouse Restaurant here (not tried it and don’t know about the vegan options), but if you continue on for a wee while (assuming you are driving) you’ll see signs for Cafe Thyme (at the Old Byre). OMG… they do these Turkish pizza type things (called Pides) and have vegan options. They taste fab.
Continuing on you come to Machrie and Blackwaterfoot. We’re not too sure about eating options, but you can get soya milk in Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot, so it’s a good place to stop for a coffee and sit in the lounge staring a the sea. Blackwater Bakehouse is also in Blackwaterfoot (check the opening times!!!).
Back over on the east side of Arran, and heading further south from Sannox and Corrie you get to Brodick. Next to Arran Aromatics there is a cafe called Janie’s Cafe, which do a vegan cake – YESSS!!! Go on – you could walk from our place (5 miles), walk off your vegan breakfast and then top yourself up with a cake!
Carrying on further into Brodick you get to Crofters, which has a number of vegan options. They specifically state on a sign in the window that they have “vegan options”, which kind of gives you confidence and a warm fuzzy feeling inside 🙂
Near Fiddlers is Wooleys the bakers, which sells lovely bread – just check it is vegan though. And then carrying on a bit you get to Little Rock Cafe. This place is the bizzle. It’s also very busy… Handily enough though, if it’s too busy you can jump on to the crazy golf right in front of the cafe. Go on… let yourself go… Go crazy. Little Rock Cafe has a few options (baked potatoes and that kind of thing). They also do a good sandwich and veggie burger that can be made vegan.
Brodick is also home for the Auchrannie, Arran’s 4* resort, which has a number of restaurants. One restaurant is the 1869 and has a vegan menu.
In October 2018 (after the first time version of this article), a new place opened up in Brodick called The Parlour, which is owned by Arran Dairies. The Parlour has a number of vegan options including soup, sorbet and vegan pizza.
Another couple of options in Brodick – especially if you are looking for a local pint – are Brodick Golf Course and The Ormidale Hotel. The golf course menu changes, but this year (April 2019) we had some parsnip soup, which was well deserved after a walk from Sannox over the saddle! The Ormidale menu changes too, but we’ve had a vegan curry there before – and more importantly (!), they do curly fries (you can request them to be fried in vegetable oil).
Lastly, in Brodick there is the chippy – amazing chips! – at the ferry terminal called Hooked and Crooked, which is quite often queued out the door. Before the chippy, there is the Douglas Hotel. We’ve had soup in hotel bar before. There is a curry on the bar menu too (not tried).
Moving on from the capital city of the kingdom of Arran, the next town and second to the throne is Lamlash with views to Holy Isle. There are a couple of place’s we’ve eaten here. The first is The Drift Inn, which does a mean beetroot and chickpea burger made onsite (sometimes with and without a roll depending on stock). They also have veggie haggis, neeps and tatties and on occasion the veggie special on the board will be vegan – or a vegan version available. The Drift Inn has a good vibe and a selection of Scottish drinks and an army of gins, whiskies and other spirits that might tickle your fancy.
The other place in Lamlash is the Pierhead Tavern – or PHT. The menu changes, but we have had vegan food in there that was very tasty. It’s probably best phoning ahead to see what is on the menu.
Lamlash isn’t short of eateries. The Glen Isle do a good soya cappuccino, but we’re not sure about vegan options for food. Nor at the Lamlash Bay Hotel. We should get them a try…
The next town south from Lamlash is Whiting Bay, which does have a few options – some of which we have tried out. There is a cracking cafe called the Coffee Pot that does a falafel burger (see below) and some homemade vegan cakes. Felicity’s also has a couple of vegan options and we’ve heard good things about the curry, so it’s on our list to try! The Shore opens in March 2019 and have emailed us to say that they will be doing vegan options soon.
Whiting Bay also hosts Bay Kitchen and Store, where you can buy fresh produce, bread and supplies not to mention a tasty soya cappuccino. Well worth a visit in our opinion.
Arran has a number of other villages, so there may well be other vegan options on the island that we’ve missed (like in the Lagg Hotel and Cafe Velo at Kilmory), but hopefully, the list above gives you some decent vegan options on Arran.
Our tip: always check opening times and menus by phoning ahead.
Cheers for just now.
Go fly young vegan adventurers.
13 April 2019 – added Brodick Golf Course and The Ormidale Hotel
28 February 2019 – added the The Shore in Whiting Bay
10 December 2018 – added The Coffee Pot, more about Auchrannie and added The Parlour
15 September 2018 – added some photos