Crazy Bean Cafe - temporarily closed

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23 High St, Great Bookham, England, KT23 4AA

Café and restaurant located on the stunning Great Bookham High Street in Surrey. Fully vegan licensed cafe with lunches, dinners, hot drinks and daily baked vegan cakes to choose from. Modern style comfortable dining room. Can cater for groups and will tailor event menus. Also offers a showcase set menu evening each month. Reported closed until Jan 2018.

Categories: Vegan, Beer/Wine, Bakery, British, European

16 Reviews

First Review by vegan james

Varied menu and amazing cakes! - Edit

After seeing pictures of absolutely beautiful food on the Crazy Bean Cafe’s Instagram, I was keen to go in and try out their menu.

This cute little cafe is fully vegan and has a very varied menu, along with a specials board. The staff were so lovely and helpful too, so I couldn’t wait to get eating!

I found it SO difficult to choose what to have because it all sounds amazing. My boyfriend had soup and I had the carbonara, both coming with garlic bread and both SO delicious. All of the food was so flavoursome and proves that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring!

My boyfriend isn’t vegan, but really loved the food and we are both keen to return and try out the rest of the menu.

When I was leaving I decided to grab something to go too. There were lots of freshly baked cakes to choose from so again, a difficult decision, but I ended up choosing the chocolate brownie and rice krispie cake – Both of which were LUSH! I’ve just finished a piece of each with a cup of coffee… Oh wow. The chocolate brownie was so gooey and sweet, amazing! If I lived in Bookham I would definitely be in there ALL the time!

Thanks Crazy Bean - We will be back!

Pros: Good pricing, Flavoursome food, Friendly staff

Cons: n/a

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Lovely fresh comfort food - Edit

After a fair step by public transport I arrived at the Crazy Bean to be welcomed with a free test minty-fresh limey mocktail and friendly happy greetings. I then sat down to enjoy a proper 'home-cooked' pastry-wrapped wonder, crunchy roast spuds, lovely greens and a redwine gravy (with a hint of red currant I guess). This was the comfort food I'd been craving for months in my travels. There was a fair fight with other diners for the remaining cakes on offer and I scored the carrot and walnut. I was able to peruse some vegan magazines while I ate although WiFi was on offer - handy for a sola. Crazy Bean is not only comforting because everything on offer is vegan but also because it's all fresh and delicious. Well worth a bus, train and a reasonable walk.

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Great food, drinks, staff and restaurant! - Edit

Passed through Bookham last week and had the pleasure of stumbling across Crazy Bean.

The team are very friendly, the food is delicious and the drinks they serve are lovely.

I'm not vegan but they're welcoming to everyone, I loved the food they served.

Will be sure to return. Thanks Krissi and the gang!

Pros: Staff, Food, Drink

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Lovely fresh food in a relaxed space - Edit

We paid a spontaneous visit for Sunday lunch when taking my nonagenarian mother for a country drive. When I rang ahead, the cafe was very accommodating about the fact we didn't know when we'd arrive, which is just as well as we were later than we said.

After we ordered, the food took a little while to arrive. That time was probably needed to prepare and serve it, as everything looked and tasted fresh.. I loved my barley risotto although the portion was so generous that I couldn't finish it. I'm told the pot pie was also excellent and my mother's polenta salad and chips also went down well.

The cafe is in a pretty little high street and the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. The meal was extremely good value, especially compared with some of the vegan and vegetarian places in London.

I'd love to go back and might try to nip down on the train for one of their evening events.

Pros: All vegan, Delicious fresh food, Nice village amidst beautiful countryside

Cons: Can't think of any

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Welcoming vegan cafe - Edit

Visited for a friends birthday on Saturday and had a great evening.  The food is home style dishes done well and nicely presented without being pretentious.  I  chose the butternut squash, leek and mushroom pie with chips and shared a side of green veg.  My friend had ordered a specially made a rich chocolate cake which was delicious and really good value.  The staff are friendly and welcoming.  Great to have a full vegan place locally - will be going back.

Pros: Fully vegan, Welcoming atmosphere, Great cake

Cons: Not a huge number of tables - consider booking for

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Lovely Vegan Venue - Edit

Crazy Bean has a lovely, cosy atmosphere, and the food is brilliant. We had one of our East Surrey Vegans meetups here, and I've been back for a live music event. I can't wait to return on a normal day to sample some of the other dishes on the menu.

Pros: Great food, 100% vegan, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Occasionally a bit of a squeeze

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Fabulous Vegan Find - Edit

Excellent food at brilliant prices too. Fresh and tasty with a menu to suit all tastes. Will definitely be making this a regular now!

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Superb - Edit

This wonderful small cafe just became one on my favourite restaurants. The place looks very simple but pleasant and homelike. And you expect nice homestyle food. But the food is a masterpiece. Not only super delicious but also so nicely plated! It is really culinary art. We tried few mains, sides and starters and one salad and everything was perfect. Portions are quite small but not expensive so you can try a few meals for the price of one big portion. In general I love it and I am so happy that place like this opened outside London. If they were in London I am sure they would be very popular and had a lot of customers. But I am happy that they are here, where plenty of vegan people live and dream about nice place to visit in the evening. Thank you for a marvelous meal. I wish you good luck.

Pros: delicious and beautiful food, nice homelike atmosphere, friendly owners

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Amazing food! - Edit

Had a three course meal with a couple of taster dishes. The food was superb, really tasty. The risotto balls were probably one of the nicest things I have ever eaten and I will probably daydream about them each time I'm hungry ;)

Their lunch menu looked amazing, and the dishes were really reasonably priced.

Pros: Excellent food, Lovely staff

Cons: Location for non-drivers (for me, anyway)

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Thanks so much for your amazing review! We can't believe everybody loves it so much, we will keep getting better and adding more things to the menu so do come back! Hopefully see you soon :)  


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Highly recommended - Edit

Great food and friendly owners / staff in a pleasant location.

Especially enjoyed the mushroom parfait and the arancini balls. And the apple crumble!

We will be back - probably with non vegans.

Pros: Delicious vegan-only options, Friendly / attentive staff, Nice ambiance

Cons: A little quiet - needs more vegans!!

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Hi Liam, yes, unfortunately you were in on a quiet night! We have just announced a lighter bites option for Friday and Saturday evenings, do come and try that too. Thanks for the amazing review :)
 


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Best food we've ever had - Edit

We were curious to try out this new cafe as we had heard good things, but we hadn't quite set our expectations high enough. We both agreed that the wellington we had for lunch was probably the best food we've ever had. It was absolutely delicious, especially the hand made vegan sausage-meat inside. It was cooked to perfection and came accompanied with roasted root vegetables and red wine jus. We couldn't help but harp on about it to the chef, waitress and owner, who were very welcoming.Then we had an almond slice with vanilla soya ice cream, which was also lovely.The people there we very attentive, they cared what we thought of their food, and ultimately I can't think of enough good things to say about this place, so just go try it. You won't regret it.We're booked in for next Saturday's three course meal already. We can't wait!

Pros: Amazing food, wonderful staff

Cons: None

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Wow, your review has knocked us for ten! Best food you have ever had! I can't believe it, we are so glad we lived up to the expectations and hope we can keep making the food even better for you! See you soon we hope :)
 


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London and Home Counties Meetup - Edit

As I run London and Home Counties Meetup (meetup.com/lhcveg), I've now visited Krissi and Rob's cafe three times. It's early days and there's always room for improvement, but if they keep up the good work they deserve to be successful.

I've tried their sausage roll (homemade, not Linda McCartney as sometimes used), creamy mushroom pasta, curry with flat bread, and stuffed aubergine with lentils, as well as their lovely moist brownie, a few almond cupcake crumbs (kids' leftovers), and a hot chocolate.

Happy to report that everything was scrumptious and good value, and well deserving of their 'Excellent Reviews on Happy Cow' window sticker I presented them with :-) (Thanks for that Eric)

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-24

Pros: Only 'true' vegan restaurant in Surrey, Passionate owners, Good food and value

Cons: Need to have proper menus, Blackboard should just be for specials, Not all pricing displayed

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Hi Richard, thanks for the tips. Yes we will be moving to a proper menu as things settle down and we know what people are loving to eat. We can't thank you enough for all your support over these first few weeks and we can't wait to see you again soon :)  


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Vegan Cafe in Bookham - Edit

I have been to Crazy Bean a few times now, once to their supper club and twice for lunch. On each visit I have tried something different from the menu, and have not been disappointed. The food is tasty and well presented, and the service is friendly. It is great to be able to eat without worrying what's in the food! It was also nice to get a soya latte when I had lunch there... I've never had a soya latte in Bookham before :-)

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-18

Pros: Friendly, Good value, Tasty food that looks good

Cons: No cons

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Hi Alison, thanks for taking the time to post this great review for us. We love having you guys in and do let us know if there is anything you would love to see on the menu. See you soon :)  


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Unbelievable Quality // Great Staff // Best Food in the World! - Edit

It's always pretty hard finding a good vegan restaurant, and makes a huge change finding somewhere where I could actually have EVERYTHING on the menu. Their carbonara may well be the best pasta dish I've EVER had at any restaurant- even before I became vegan! Great prices and really friendly staff. The chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream also rock. Will definitely be back within the next few days!

Pros: Excellent Food that's all vegan, incredible value, friendly staff

Cons: not that many tables!

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD! WHAT!! Haha...we can't quite believe that but we are so happy that you love it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with everybody on here, we can't wait to see you again...also we have been able to get one more table in and some bar stools :)  


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Good food in Bookham - Edit

Very good food, friendly atmosphere, delighted Crazy Bean has arrived in our High Street.

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - Hi Surreydan, thanks for posting about us. We are delighted to be here and look forward to seeing you again soon. Our menu is evolving so do pop in to try out our new dishes :)  


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Vegan food - Edit

looks amazing, I can't wait to go there

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crazybean 28 Sep 2016 - We can't wait to meet you :)  


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