The Hextol Tans Coffee Shop and Vegetarian Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 4 reviews )

11 St Mary's Chare, Hexham, England, NE46 1NQ

A vegetarian restaurant re-opened in Sept 2016 in the same premises as the previous Hexham Tans restaurant. Refurbished, improved menu of made-in-house snacks, lunches, soups, cakes and specialist coffees, some of which are vegan and others that could possibly be made vegan. Open Tue-Sat 9:00am-3:00pm. Closed Sun-Mon.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Take-out

4 Reviews

First Review by Braidy

They were happy to serve me even though they were closed! - Edit

Went in when they were just closing but they were very accommodating to serve me. Had a nice carrot cake which was vegan and they had a few other vegan cakes on display too. Shame I didn't visit earlier to try their breakfast menu! If I'm around in this town again I'll be sure to pay a visit again! It's good to see this cafe is run by local volunteers getting work experience as seen in their window information.

Pros: comfy sofas

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I know you from a previous incarnation - Edit

I used to come here fairly regularly when it was known as Hexham Tans. Then in 2016 came the new freshly branded Hextol Tans. Same location, same values but minus the tuna and prawns. I had an excellent chunky courgette and red pepper chilli priced at £5.95 which was nicely spiced and came with a good sprinkle of coriander on top. To take away I could not resist the carrot cake which went down really well with a cup of coffee back at home. It was only £2.20. This place is always busy at lunchtimes and is frequented by local shop and office workers as well as visitors to the town. I hope it continues to do well and I am absolutely sure to be back for more.

Pros: vegan options, friendly, cakes

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great little cafe - Edit

Hexham's sole vegetarian eatery is also vegan friendly, with a selection of vegan-identified dishes on the menu. Good quality food, big portions, and the staff are attentive and helpful. Many of the staff have learning difficulties, and are employed by the Hextol Foundation (a charity) to provide them with learning and working opportunities. So go along, support them and have a fine lunch at the same time!

Pros: nice place, good food, really good community venture

Cons: Could do with more vegan cake options

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Oh, I'll just go and ask. - Edit

The provision for vegans here is about the same as at Bunters so I don't know why I was so disappointed; I think it's the weight of expectation, as I knew this used to be a well-known veggie café so had fairly high hopes. It has been redecorated and looks attractive; the toilets are nice. Gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu and cake bar but vegan items are not, and almost every question about vegan suitability was met with, "Oh, I'll just go and ask," followed by a trek to the kitchen. The Italian stew was vegan when a jacket potato was substituted for the mash, but toasted ciabatta came with a pot of mayonnaise. "Is this vegan?" "Oh, I'll just go and ask." (It wasn't.) Staff didn't know whether the instant hot chocolate or GF cake were vegan (they weren't) but assured me the ginger biscuits probably would be as they were made with Stork margarine (they weren't). I was told they usually have at least one vegan cake but this had sold out three days previously or they would have given me some. The stew and ciabatta were hot and tasty but there is really not much for vegans here at the moment. The café has just relaunched and has warnings on the menu that staff are in training, so hopefully once it finds its feet I can make a more enjoyable return visit.

Pros: Nice décor, good ciabatta

Cons: Clueless staff, few vegan options

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