Chapel Arts Cafe

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St James's Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls (at Stall St and New Orchard St), Bath, England, BA1 1QR

Vegan cafe offering food and cakes including: continental mixed platters, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, soups, large range of hot and cold drinks, local beer and wine. Has gluten free cakes. The cafe is also used as a gallery space for local artists to exhibit their work. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-4:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery, British, European

14 Reviews

First Review by SteveWired

What a find. - Edit

The staff were really friendly and the cooked breakfast tasted amazing. The chocolate cake also tasted fabulous as an afternoon treat.

Pros: Friendly staff with a great menu.

Cons: The prices were a little high but worth the qualit

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Fantastic flatbreads - Edit

Busy, slightly crowded lunch spot tucked away under a church, but there's a little green just next door with benches. Lovely friendly staff, plenty of choice and the flatbreads are amazing! The desserts didn't live up to expectations unfortunately, but I'm willing to give them another go (or eat two flatbreads instead).

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Yummy salads and cakes! - Edit

Super lovely vegetable "cake/quiche" and yummy salad 🥗! Veggie and gluten free options! Pretty sure they only use plant based milks! I had ice coconut latte was a bit of let down but maybe just not to my taste! Really lovely cafe and nice atmosphere and friendly staff! 👌

Pros: Gluten free and vegan options

Cons: None really

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Disappoting - Edit

Being a sister bar from Beyond the kale is very disappointing.
The desserts on beyond the kale are also not amazing but the orange chocolate cake here was terrible, bitter and too sweet at same time... How can you do that????
Thai burger was so bland, the burger in beyond the kale is miles better. The roasted potatoes... please, won't even tell...
Very relaxed atmosphere until they start packing and cleaning 1h30 before closing the doors.
Shame :(

Pros: relaxed, nice music, polite staff

Cons: food is bland and not good, for quality is very expensive

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So great :) - Edit

A really nice cafe in the city centre, a short walk from the train station. Entirely vegan which was amazing, had some great cakes (mine was yummy, it cost £3.55 so was quite expensive but good quality and really rich) and other things that I'd love to try! Gluten free and refined sugar free options available. Friendly staff too, and nice indoor and outdoor space. Will definitely return :)

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-28

Pros: yummy range, all vegan, friendly staff

Cons: a bit pricey (cakes)?

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Hidden Indie and Community Friendly Place - Edit

My friends and I come here to study, chat, people-watch, to check out the events. There aren't many places like this in Bath where everything is eco-friendly as well as society-friendly. The coffee and cakes are delicious and the lunches are filling and tasty. It's a little bit hidden but still in the centre and honestly that makes it even cosier.

Pros: Tasty food, coffee and snacks, Community-friendly

Cons: A bit hidden, but actually makes it cosier..

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Lunch - Edit

Absolutely fantastic x amazing vegan food x great atmosphere x lovely staff x great puds x will go back many more times

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Good vegan cakes - Edit

Almost all cakes are vegan, quite good.

Pros: Good vegan cakes

Cons: Hard to find

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Meh - Edit

I really wanted to love this place but I couldn't.

I've been here twice and both times there was nothing vegan on the menu. The first time I ordered soup (vegan) and they had to make arrangements to make the bread vegan and I settled for flatbread. It's kind of insulting to me that a place like this wouldn't have any vegan options outright as they do call themselves a vegetarian cafe so surely they'd understand. Although I loved how considerate they were when they made effort to make my food vegan, they shouldn't have had to.

However, they redeem themselves by having vegan cake that tasted really delicious (again, it would have been nice to have a choice in which cake I had rather than settling for the only vegan option but it was tasty so I won't complain too much.)

Overall this place was kind of meh and I'd recommend visiting 'The Green Rocket', 'Acorn' and 'Beyond the Kale' over this place.

Pros: tasty food, Friendly staff

Cons: limited vegan options

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Friendly, informal cafe with vegan dishes - Edit

I ate here twice recently and both times enjoyed the experience. As others have pointed out, the vegetarian flatbread dishes can be adapted to be vegan. They also have a choice of delicious vegan cakes and offer almond and soya milk.

Pros: Friendly informal atmosphere, Good, tasty food with fresh ingrediants, Helpful staff.

Cons: Not completely vegan

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Continental Quirky Cool - Edit

Great little cafe, with arthouse originality, fresh food and cakes, and friendly service. Delicious soup and 5 star soya latte. Sadly none of the cakes are vegan but they promise they are working on offering vegan options.

Pros: Fresh, Friendly, Quirky

Cons: No Vegan Cakes

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Yummy! - Edit

My husband and I enjoyed lunch here on 11th May 2012.

Although the menu is entirely vegetarian, the staff were happy to make any changes to accommodate us as vegans.

We had the Mexican flatbread, swapping out the diary for avocado, and the Aubergine flatbread again swapping out non vegan stuff for avocado and basil.

As mentioned in a previous review, the only vegan dessert was the flapjack, which we enjoyed.

The cafe itself was lovely and bright with a nice atmosphere and I wouldn't hesitate to go again for a quick delicious flatbread!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Will adapt menus for vegans

Cons: Could do with more vegan dessert options

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could be more vegan friendly! - Edit

I visited the cafe on a Friday Morning. Because of the Happy Cow entry was expecting to be able to get something vegan. I asked the server what vegan options there were as there wasn't anything obvious on the board. He told me they could adapt the Mediterranean (I think) flatbread option to remove the Tzatziki. He later suggested that I could have avocado instead of the tzatziki which I agreed. This was delicious - flat bread with hummous, cous cous, salsa, peppers and avocado (see picture I uploaded). They had soya milk so was able to have a soya latte too. For desert from the labels there did not seem any evidence of gluten free/ egg free cakes. I asked what vegan options there were. All that was vegan was the flapjack. If anything the flapjack was a little too sweet, but I enjoyed they fact it had pumpkin seeds in it, making it a bit more different than a bulk standard flapjack.
I would encourage this place to have a least one vegan main course option. The Mediterranean surely isn't missing anything without the Tzatziki, with the avocado instead? Also allows for any customers who can't have dairy (all mains appeared to have some sort of dairy in them). It might seem petty, but it is so much nicer to have a least one option on the menu you can order without feeling that they had to do something special just because you are vegan.

Staff was friendly, though I wouldn't go back without more choice for vegans.... so for now only 3 cows.

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: very limited for vegans

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Fantastic flatbreads, cake & coffee - Edit

A lovely cafe in central Bath serving exclusively vegetarian and vegan goodies. The flatbreads are just divine.

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