Alley Cafe Bar

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1a Cannon Court, Longrow West, Nottingham, England, NG1 6JE

Small, licensed veggie cafe situated 100m from Old Market Square. Provides an extensive menu of vegetarian fare that includes 90% vegan options clearly marked on the menu. Also hosts art exhibitions and live music. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British

Reviews (46)

First Review by Foxtrot

Fantastic cakes! - Edit

Went in today for a drink: had a delicious vegan milkshake made with soy milk and vegan ice cream! Saw others having cakes so had to try them too: had a coffee and walnut cake which was served warm with a scoop of ice cream and it was delicious!

Pros: Lots of vegan choices., Well priced.

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good vegan cafe - Edit

Nice vibe, good vegan food
Staff were friendly and helpful. I had the tempeh burger, was great...tempeh seemed to be homemade. Highly recommended.

Cons: none

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Not the same place anymore - Edit

I have been visting The Alley Cafe on a regular basis, since it opened (many moons ago), and i always loved it. However, I haven't been here since late 2016. Boy, has it changed! There were hardly any items on the menu. And there seemed to be a predominence of eggs! Not good if you are vegan. The main course of the day, still hadn't been cooked by 4pm! So sad to see stressed out unhappy looking staff and a much reduced menu. Bring back the old Alley Cafe and all will be forgiven.

Pros: still has vegan options

Cons: unhappy vibe, vastly reduced menu.

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Lovely vegan brunch - Edit

Such a fantastic find in Nottingham! It was so great to get delicious vegan brunch and coffee right in the city centre. They also had vegan cake and ice cream advertised which I might have to go back to try!

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Great place - Edit

There are a lot of restaurants in this part of Nottingham - and this is probably the hardest one to find! It's literally down a very inconspicuous alley, hence the name I suppose.
Food is good. I usually got a grilled Seitan burger, which hit the spot. There was also Freedom organic lager on tap, which I appreciated.
Good range of vegan and veggie clearly marked - no meat at all if I recall correctly, which is great.
Price point is mid range. Expect lunch for about or under a tenner.
Can be really packed at busy times and the floor space wasn't massive to begin with. Lastly the one toilet there is is very well decorated, but does pong a bit. They may have sorted this since, but just so you know...

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serves food? - Edit

I'd love to be able to review the food at Alley café, but twice now we have gone and not been able to eat.
First visit in 2016 we were told they were closing because it wasn't busy (we were a group of 4).
We tried again in January 2017 and thought we were in luck when it was open.
Went inside only to be told they weren't actually serving food?
it's so annoying to make a special journey somewhere to find you can't get what you want.

Cons: never seems to serve food?

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Dopest Place in Town - Edit

Come here a few times with mates just to show off how cool we (vegetarians) are. Night gigs here are the best, a posh delicious meal then some grime to finish or sometimes some proper hipster vibes, all good. The place is pricey, definitely a place to go for a meal out but for a regular lunch it's too much, portions are good and drinks are fab, sit in with a drink and go on your max for some good vibes in the day or use it as a chill club replacement in the night. Can be a tight squeeze but still a homely introduction to indie Nottingham, if your a veggie or a vegan it's a 100% must when visiting or living in Notts!

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Vegans heaven - Edit

Small hidden gem of Nottingham. Huge vegan/vegetarian menu with loads of options. Mind you: kitchen close at 8 so dinner won't be available after 8 pm!

Pros: Very nice menu with sandwiches burgers salads cake

Cons: Food not available at dinner time, as kitchen clos

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deliciously seasoned food - Edit

This place is right in the heart of the city centre and has a variety of vegan options. Food tastes fresh, well seasoned and is prepared to look lovely. Portions are decent, prices moderate.
You can have amazing falafels, bean bowls, soups and pizzas. They stock vegan cakes too!

Staff is very friendly and the place is overall very comfortable. Especially love the music!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday March 23, 2016

Pros: many vegan choices, atmosphere

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delicious - Edit

Checked this place out from HappyCow listing , delicious food and super friendly staff !

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Really good! - Edit

Stayed in Nottingham last weekend and went to eat at Alley Cafe twice and had take out once.

I think the food is really good. Really tasty and prices are moderate.

Had the burger, a smoked tofu sandwich, pizza and chocolate cake. The pizza was a bit small, but delicious.

Pros: evyerthing vegetarian, loas vegan

Cons: Pizza was a bit small

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Well worth the search and the wait - Edit

Rounding up from 4.5

My review is bound to be biased by the fact that I've always visited on a Saturday lunchtime when, obviously, this tiny place is packed and you generally have to wait for a table and your food.

The menu never changes, but hey, it's a sound menu with lots of choice, and the specials are usually temptatious. Comfort food dominates but there's plenty of yummy salad and such going on too

The folks are absolutely lovely, the vibe is blissfully chilled & it's one of those lovely places where you feel you're eating your ethics and compassion goes for all animals, humans included - would be better if they went 100% vegan obviously ;-)

I've brought committed omnivores and they loved it so good place for feeding a mixed group, and obviously, plenty of alcohol for those who partake

Pros: excellent food, value for money, super friendly relaxed vibe

Cons: a bit hard to find, may have to wait at busy times

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Top vegan food in Nottingham - Edit

Amazing veggie, vegan cafe bar in the centre of Notts. Does fantastic all day veggie or vegan breakfast (scrambled tofu for the win!) as well as loads of salads, sandwiches, burgers and faves like burritos and tapas bits. Great menu that indicates what is, or can be made, vegan as well as g.f. dishes. Portion sizes are good - I have always cleared my plate but never been left hungry! I don't tend to have a sweet tooth but oh my, the desserts... raspberry & mango sponge with ice cream, chocolate torte (all vegan!)

The staff are really chilled & friendly. There are tables outside too - looks like a great place to chill with a beer! Free wifi too (I've been known to spend a couple of hours here at a time!)

Pros: Very vegan friendly, Value for money, Chilled atmosphere

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Awesome place - Edit

I absolutely love the Alley Cafe! I've eaten there a few times (every time I've been in Nottingham, I think), and it's a lovely little place with funky decor/cool art exhibitions on the walls, great atnosphere, friendly staff and delicious food, with loads of vegan options (I love that the dishes have 'people' names too), including daily specials. I particularly liked the vegan lassi milkshakes, which have an alcoholic option too!

Pros: Tasty, tasty food, Lots of vegan options, Lovely decor

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Loved it - Edit

Visited the Alley Cafe Bar after a day of wandering around Nottingham.. and what a great ending to my day trip!
Had I not been with someone who's visited before, I probably would've had difficulty finding it. Anyway, the tucked away location suited the cosy atmosphere inside. And I loved the interior, with its character exposed beams and the dessert menu written in rainbow colours on the mirrors. Judging by the previous reviews, we were lucky to get a table that fitted all of us (4 people) on a Saturday. I think we arrived at about 5/5:30, so perhaps that's the best time to go before it starts to fill up.
The menu is well-designed, as it is easy to see what's vegan and what can be made vegan. Plus there's a section on the back which tells what's in certain food items, e.g. soya, gluten in some dishes, so it's useful for allergy sufferers too. Everything on the menu looked so good, my companions were getting annoyed with me for taking so long to decide on something!
In the end I ordered the burrito.. with cocoa! Such a temptingly odd ingredient for a burrito (in my mind at least) so I had to try it. I wasn't disappointed. It was big and delicious and came with a nice salad and vegan sour cream/relish dip. Every now and then I got what I thought was the subtlest hint of cocoa.. delish!
I couldn't leave there without trying one of their desserts, so I had the raspberry and coconut cheesecake and they included a scoop of vegan cookie caramel ice cream as I was so keen to try it even if it didn't match perfectly with such a cheesecake flavour wise. Oh my GOSH. It was so good.
If you're in the area then seriously consider coming here! It's not often vegan food this good is available!!

Pros: Great food, Loads of choice for vegans, Lovely interior and nice, relaxed vibe

Cons: I imagine it gets quite tight for space

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Excellent cake - Edit

I only visited for cake, and it was worth it! It's quite a small place, and the main menu looked tempting too. There were two vegan cakes, and they were both really moist and tasty. I'd definitely go back again!

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quirky! - Edit

love this little cafe. very relaxed laid back style...wish it was a tad bigger but thats how it is, small n cosy! first time I went I had full vegan breakfast..very nice. waitress was so friendly and cheerful. need to pay a visit there again soon!

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Amazing - Edit

My partner and I visit a few times a month and it is our favourite Vegan restaurant. Amazing food every time, I would recommend anything and everything from the menu. I always look forward to whatever is on the specials board :D

Pros: Fantastic tasty filling food, Plenty of options, Great quality for a great price

Cons: The cafe is quite small, Sometimes have to wait for a table

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Excellent! - Edit

The tempeh burger is ultra succulent as is the falafel burger. I had the vegan breakfast next day with scrambled tofu, very very tasty and filling. A hidden gem in the city centre. Friendly service unfazed by the onslaught of customers. Brilliant place!

Pros: Great food, Good prices, Nice venue

Cons: Gets busy, but understandable!

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Worth trying to find it! - Edit

Not an easy place to find, even walking around with my phone directing me I still had difficulty! There isn't much to identify the cafe from the street frontage but once you've found the alley you will see the cafe building.

Cafe is on the first floor and has a relaxed, friendly vibe. I could've sat here all afternoon but only had a lunch break this time around unfortunately. It is quite small and soon filled up, also people coming in to takeaway food. Probably very busy at the weekends.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and products used. Good choice of food for Vegans, I had the not BLT, which was delicious and fresh. They have a wide range of smoothies and milkshakes available, you can pick your own flavours and mix and match. Dairy free milk and ice cream are used. I had the coconut and pineapple and it was seriously tasty, like a piña colada without the rum!

I will definitely be back next time I'm in Nottingham and look forward to trying the Vegan breakfast which was served to the table next to me and looked delicious. One to try if you are in the area.

Pros: Lovely fresh food and good choice, Friendly staff, Relaxed, comfortable cafe

Cons: Can be busy, might not get a table

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Nottingham's best vegetarian cafe/bar - Edit

Plenty of tasty vegan options and great atmosphere and music. Bang in the centre of Nottingham. Has been my favourite bar in Nottingham for years.

Pros: Location, Food Options, Atmosphere and music

Cons: Quite small

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Cute bar - Edit

Nice atmosphere, good food, lot of different sandwiches, all vegetarian options could be done as vegan options, all desserts are vegan, cute local, free wifi from 3 pm, nice people working there.

Pros: Good food, good price, location (city center)

Cons: Small local, Difficult to find a sit to eat on sarurdays

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Awesome Food & Drink - Edit

When in Nottingham, I always head to the Alley Café for a bite to eat and something to drink. The food is, without fail, fresh, delicious and well presented - be that a pizza, burger or something from the specials board. They do great desserts too and even make their own vegan ice-cream! As if all this wasn't enough, the place has a great relaxed atmosphere and the staff are very warm, welcoming and helpful.

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Nice food and friendly staff - Edit

There are several nice vegan choices on their menu and most of what isn't already vegan can be veganised. The hemp burger and the tempeh burger are both great choices. Both come with huge potato wedges and relish.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Could use more variety in vegan options, A bit small

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yummy Vegan food ;) - Edit

First time customer and loved the food - difficult to find great Vegan food but found another favourite here!

Enjoyed oriental tofu orbs as starter, really tasty and nice flavours, had a great mango and pineapple smoothie with soya milk, and for main ordered the organic marinated tofu steak, tasted amazing and nicely presented - ate every last bit!

Had to try the pudding too so had the decadent chocolate torte, again - tasted amazing!

The cost with two drinks just over £21 so not cheap but tasted great and I'll certainly be back again!!

Pros: amazing food

Cons: cost

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Great sandwiches and fruit juices, nice atmosphere - Edit

Huge range of veggie/vegan sandwiches (all sorts of yummy combinations of halloumi/smoked tofu/hoummous/cream cheese/pesto/roasted peppers/salad etc etc in a range of breads) and juices; also does great veggie or vegan breakfast, veggie sausage sandwiches, soups, pates and bigger meals. Plus coffee, cakes and alcohol. Very small so get there early to grab a table.

Pros: Best sandwiches ever

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good drinks, lots of vegan food options - Edit

I come here really regularly (and have done for about 7 years), and always enjoy it. I've always found it a really friendly place, with nice food.

For this reason, I'm a bit shocked at a couple of the other reviews! One mentions vegan food being covered in dairy and I'm really surprised by this. There are lots of vegan options on the menu, and you can choose whether you have vegan or dairy cheese on a lot of the dishes (i.e. the hemp or tempeh burgers - both of which I'd recommend). *All* of the milkshakes and lassis are also dairy free by default (and delicious) - so there's no risk of cross-contamination drinks-wise. You can also get dairy free versions of cocktails like white Russians.

There's also a specials board, with soups, pates and mains & desserts changing regularly.

What's also good about it, is that it's the sort of place that it's easy to take people who aren't veggie - everyone I know really likes it.

Pros: great range of drinks, specials change regularly, decent vegan options

Cons: sometimes v. busy

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