Rusty Shears

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

3 Silver St, Whitby, England, YO21 3BU

Serves meat, vegan options available. Quirky tearoom and cafe with 3 rooms of seating and a garden courtyard. Menu has plenty of vegetarian choices; vegan to request for modification. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-5:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by nicofisher

barely vegan - Edit

Some vegetarian options but don't think it can qualify for being very vegan friendly. The only vegan options were bits of veg you can have from the main breakfasts mixed together. They have soya milk but so does everywhere else. And no vegan cakes and the staff weren't very helpful or friendly when asking what I could have. It's a cute place for a coffee but I wouldn't eat here again .

Pros: cute interior

Cons: not vegan friendly

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Lunch in Whitby - Edit

My Wife and I went here for lunch on a Saturday around 1pm. It was very busy but we managed to sit at one of the reserved tables owing to the fact that it's occupants weren't due until 2:30.

The specials board had one vegan meal that I could have which was the falafel wrap (well it wasn't vegan but they did it as a vegan option without the coleslaw). I was quite happy because I love falafel. It contained mango chutney and hummus too and I've got to say it was delicious. My Wife who is non vegan had a goats cheese tart.

They serve an outstanding variety of fun but it was a bit too early for alcohol so I opted for a sweet rhubarb tea which was most refreshing on the palate. The decor is really quirky and it was overall a pleasant experience.

Pros: Bustling atmosphere, Huge selection of gin and fruit tea, The vegan dish was delicious

Cons: Low vegan variety

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Lovely place, just not vegan friendly - Edit

Decided to visit after finding on happy cow but was disappointed. There was only two vegan options, the dreaded falafel sandwich, or a halloumi and mushroom burger if you omit the halloumi which would make it £7.50 for a large flat mushroom in a bun. The soups weren't vegan, neither were the cakes. Also, there are loads of stuffed animals around the place, from where I sat I could see a fox, a deers head, a dunk and a pheasant and that's without trying to find them!

The staff were very nice people and at least knew what vegans were. Also, the rest of the décor, ignoring the dead animals everywhere, was lovely, because of that and the fact that they at least have some vegan choices (if unimaginative) I've given it two stars but I really would tell vegans to avoid the place.

Pros: Nice staff

Cons: Poor vegan options, large taxidermy collection.

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Lovely spot! - Edit

I went to Rusty Shears after seeing it on Happy Cow as I was travelling to Whitby on holiday. This is a lovely quirky restaurant and I sat outside in the cute courtyard and had a mushroom and avocado burger which was delicious. Hummus was off the menu but as I had lots of it in my holiday fridge I didn't mind too much. There were no vegan cakes or deserts which is a shame and feel this is something could easily supply, even if just one type.

Pros: Nice location, Friendly service, Quirky environment

Cons: Could do with more vegan options!

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TashaJade 22 Nov 2016 - Hey, they do a vegan cake death by chocolate, but it's catching it before it goes. x  

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Large Living Room Atmosphere - Edit

This is a very traditionally English cafe and tea room with a surprisingly acceptable offering for vegetarians and vegans. There's always a vegan soup on offer e.g. carrot and coriander. Not that imaginative perhaps, but very tasty. There is a vegetarian sharing board which you could have without cheese and a meat free main course which might be vegan on your day of visit. What I was most impressed with was the massive range of gins on offer. Unfortunately, we weren't drinking but I do like a gin and tonic on a summer's day and could have chosen from about 100 different types of gin on offer here.

Pros: lovely location , nice interior, lots of gins

Cons: meat avaialable

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Great place worth seeking out - Edit

At last another place in Whitby that serves a great selection of veggie friendly foods. The staff were great, plenty of savoury and sweet choices both on the standard menu and the specials board and the coffee was ok. It has a quirky feel and the food was delicious. Well worth seeking out.

Pros: Excellent food, Great atmosphere, Good selection

Cons: Not fully veggie, A little tricky to find

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