Fast food

Counter service. Serving hot dishes, salads and cakes. Vegan options. Open Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00, Sat 12:00-16:00.

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18 Reviews

First Review by skinnydog


Points +1963

08 Jul 2023

A Leicester institution

The Good Earth has been around for years, and I hope it has many more ahead of it. It's all vegetarian and vegan and is cosy. The dishes on the (changing) menu are already prepared, so it's also a good option if you want a nice lunch but don't have as much time to wait for your order to be cooked.

One point to note: in terms of accessibility, the entrance is up several stairs.



Points +2483

12 Apr 2023

Tasty but changeable

Food is tasty but changeable so you never know what they will have on. Knowledgeable on what is veggie/vegan. Doorway can be hard to find if you don't know where it is. Narrow staircase at entrance so not pram/wheelchair accessible

Updated from previous review on 2019-01-13


Points +323

01 Feb 2023

Great value

An always changing menu with plenty of vegan options. The mushroom risotto with large salad was excellent.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-13

Pros: Great range and choice, Good value, Great ‘old school’ atmosphere


Points +37

21 Mar 2021

Old school veggie

Like being sat in your Grandma’s living room, in the best way. Help yourself, buffet style dining. All vegetarian, home cooked and fresh ingredients. Had the veggie bake and lots of salads. Simple, good tasting food. Less options for vegans.

Pros: All vegetarian, Cozy , Lots of vegetarian choice

Cons: Less options for vegans


Points +154

14 Sep 2020

Veggie good food

Restaurant upstairs serving hot food and salad during the day. Good choice for lunch. Downstairs there is a small shop selling freezer meals, essential oils, candles, and dried herbs.

Pros: Hot mini bakes , Brownies , Salads

Cons: Closed Sunday


Points +348

21 Jun 2019

Homely, tasty food

I love the good earth! Everything is vegan and veggie, the salad bar is fab and they always have a few vegan options for the hot food such as pie, casserole or a bake which has always been really good when I’ve had it. The cake is also great, if they have the vegan Oreo cake you have to get it!!!! The food is big portions, great value for money and delicious. Strongly recommend.

Pros: All veggie and vegan , Cheap , Loads of cake


Points +90

09 Oct 2018

delicious food

This cafe has delicious food and a cosy, family run atmosphere. Lots of veggie and vegan options and the cakes are incredible!


Points +26

12 Jul 2018

very cute

I went to this place with my mother, was an extremely pleasant experience with a very nice vibe and a good range of lovely home cooked food to try, very unique and wholly recommended.

Pros: home cooked, vegan and vegetarian options.


Points +13

26 Sep 2017


Food made with love and care .. Been in the city. for many years .
Do t go if you are expecting Michelin style food served on a slate . Do go if you want good choice flavoursome hearty meals served on a plate . Decore not changed since 1970s when it set up - it's so old it's the new and now back in fashion

Pros: Great value , Home made Not cheffy , City centre location and spacious

Cons: Not fine dining , V occasionally open in evenings


Points +144

22 Aug 2017

definitely a place to return to

Lovely place to visit, very homely with veggie and vegan options. I was with my omni friend who ate here a Mediterranean vegetable bake and I had a vegan lentil and black bean cottage pie which was absolutely amazing.

Pros: Lovely, feel good food

Cons: doesn't take card, but they're happy to make a tab


Points +23

09 Jul 2017

Homely vibe.

The Good Earth has a homely vibe not unlike grandma's house. 👵 They serve home cooked, local seasonal veg where possible, hot pots, casseroles and amazing salads with such a variety that it's easy to get your five-a-day. Oh and not forgetting their traditional homemade lemonade is such a treat.
😋 Yummy!
The only downside is that the restaurant is up a flight of stairs, so no good for wheelchair users but their meals are also available frozen for you to take home. Handy to keep in the freezer if you don't feel like cooking, but what more than your average supermarket microwave meal.
I've taken international visitors here and they've been very impressed with the English charm and quality of the food.

Pros: Homecooked hearty hot pots. , Amazing salads, Homemade traditional lemonade

Cons: Stairs, Not open late, Hidden down a side street


Points +16

26 Jun 2017

vegetarian and Vegan

The best vegetarian and vegan restaurant in leicester. I have been eating at the GE for years, and it never fails to please. It's a shame other cafes in leicester don't follow their example, and give veggies good delicious wholesome hot dishes.

Pros: always a good selection of hot and cold dishes.

Cons: flight of stairs. no parking.


Points +132

07 Mar 2017

Tired vegetarian restaurant stuck in the 1970's

such a shame they won't move with the times. it could be great. stodgy, unapetising vegetarian dishes. hardly any thing for vegans except their 'famous rissoles'. they laid heavily in my stomache all afternoon. The decor, the staff all seem tired. needs a new release of life and more vegan options and vegan homemade cake. won't be visiting again until it changes.

Pros: no meat

Cons: No vegans options. expensive.


Points +235

21 Sep 2014

Tired decor dairy heavy food,

Hasn't really changed with the times. The food is nice though stodgy and a lot of the main courses contain cheese so it's all a bit fatty. Good salads but expensive. Only open in the day although periodically they do an evening event with 'ladies table gifts'. May not be as sexist as it sounds - never been because the evening menus are set and always seem to contain blue cheese.

Pros: Good Is You Like Cheese, Fast

Cons: A bit dated


Points +36

20 May 2012

A bit old fashioned and few vegan options

This place is a bit weird to be honest. Although I live in Leicester I've only been there once and that was enough. You go up a staircase into an enormous two-level restaurant decorated with fake wood panelling, dried flowers and cottage style decor that makes it look like something out of a 70s cookbook. Although we visited at lunchtime on a Saturday the place was dead though, with total silence and just one person eating in the corner! Given the size of the place, this made us feel a bit weird and awkward - even some music or something would have helped! The food was arranged on a canteen style counter in the corner, with hot dishes sitting on a food warmer. You just chose what you wanted from there and it wasn't cooked fresh. A girl emerged from the kitchen, but didn't seem to have a clue what was vegan or not. After she had checked we ended up with some salad and a casserole-type thing, which was extremely expensive for what we got (and weirdly came on a plate with a bit of cheap supermarket baguette and half of the biggest and most anaemic looking tomato I've ever seen). I didn't bother enquiring about dessert as we had already spent lots and didn't imagine they would have many vegan options. I got the impression that this had once been a thriving old-style vegetarian cafe, but that it needs seriously updating. In the past I would just have been happy to find somewhere serving vegan food and wouldn't have cared if it was of the stodgy, unseasoned, overpriced variety, but there are so many new places in the area experimenting with different flavours and styles of cooking that I won't be visiting this place again unless I hear they've had an overhaul of the menu.

Cons: Food not cooked to order, Expensive for what you get, Doesn't cater well for vegans


Points +71

11 Feb 2010

Love this place

been visiting here for over 20 years and never dissapointing the rissoles are an institution and the salad bowls are fab the choc flapjack cannot be beaten. feel great after a visit and it is a nice calm atmosphere in which to relax. just great.

Pros: great value, menu selection, cakes

Cons: stairs


Points +21

25 Apr 2009

Love it

i really love this place, it is like stepping back in time to the 1970's (in a good way, very folksy interior and really good salads, soups etc.


Points +59

21 Jan 2008

Not good for vegans

It doesn't seem to be good for vegans, though I've never been past looking at the menu outside. Maybe they're ok if you ask? Brilliant shop though, especially for alternative therapy supplies (herbs etc)

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