The Hydro

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

75 Spring Garden, Buxton, England, SK17 6BP

Serves meat, vegan options available. A social enterprise tea room & restaurant belonging to which provides employment and training opportunities for those in-need. Guests are provided with menus that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Try their vegan breakfast, or vegan ice cream. Staff is helpful and will assist with vegan requests. Has soya milk for drinks. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:30am-5:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, British, European, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by BrusselSprout

Very good experience. - Edit

Staff were lovely, the vegan food was delicious and their chips are to die for. We went twice during our stay in Buxton and both times were good. They have a card machine now. I really appreciated the choices of starters mains and desserts

Pros: A good amount of vegan options and they were delic

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Really rude staff. - Edit

Went in for a drink, the turmeric chai latte was absolutely vile.
Just heated soya milk with a few spoons of turmeric thrown in.
An angry staff member barking at customers, looking for an argument with one customer near us. Avoid .

Cons: vile drinks, awful male staff member, expensive.

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great vegetarian and vegan choices - Edit

Great variety of breakfast, snack and main dish choices with most of the vegetarian ones being actually vegan. Good service, reasonable prices.

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Very good! - Edit

Almost didn't come here having read the previous reviews, but glad we did.

The vegan and gluten-free items (inc. "vegan and gluten-free" items) are clearly featured on the menu, so little chance of them getting it wrong.

The food was very nice, with exception of the bean chilli which was a bit bland and the turmeric smoothie which was a bit tasteless - but all the other vegan (and gluten-free) stuff we had was spot on.

Nice venue and staff very friendly, too. Not too expensive. Definitely recommended.

Pros: Very nice food, Friendly staff, Nice venue

Cons: Who stole the sun?, Bring back our blue skies,

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Don't trust the allergen information - Edit

I was really excited to find somewhere in Buxton with clearly marked vegan items on their menu. Staff were happy to answer my queries about extra items like onion rings but unfortunately after that it all went down hill. I ordered a hummus and cucumber sandwich but instead was presented with a cheese and ham sandwich. This was quickly rectified after the waiting staff worked out the member of staff who took my order just wrote 'h&c' on the order. After a short wait I was finally given my hummus and cucumber sandwich which was one of the vegan items on the menu only to discover after taking a bite that the bread had been buttered. I queried if the butter was dairy free but was told they had new kitchen staff who had used butter. This was incredibly disappointing and I sent my sandwich back to the kitchen and didn't trust the kitchen enough to eat anything else. Such a careless act makes you question the use of meat stocks, dairy ingredients etc in their food and whether their vegetarian and vegan labels can actually be trusted. Another member of staff said the sandwich would be removed from my bill which was nice but I wasn't expecting to pay for it as I'd had one bite and it had quite upset me.

Pros: Staff were pleasant

Cons: Lack of kitchen knowledge , Can't trust food labelled as vegan

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I really wanted to like this place - Edit

I work in Buxton, which has become a vegan desert since Wild Carrot closed down. I was chuffed to find a place that lists vegan breakfasts and sausage sandwiches, so I ordered the latter to take away.

All I can say is that it was the most disgusting approximation of a sausage that I've ever tasted. Basically, grated carrot, chopped mixed nuts and yeast extract, formed into a patty and served on bog standard supermarket bread. Like some bizarre 1970s throwback. For over £3 takeaway price. I couldn't finish it and won't return.

What a shame, I really wanted to like the place and hoped to go in regularly for breakfast.

Pros: Right in the centre of town, They have soya milk, Disabled accessable

Cons: The food, The food, The price

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Let's do the timewarp, again - Edit

The Hydro is located in a slightly down-at-heel pedestrianised shopping street, dominated by pound-shops and charity shops.
Walking in to this cafe, it's like being taken back to a by-gone era. Records and film posters line the walls, and a flat-screen TV shows highlights from newsreels of the 1950s.
Amongst the standard (meat dominated) cafe favourites are a few hidden vegan gems: breakfast with home-made vegan sausages, beans, toast, hash-browns and mushrooms; falafel burger; vegan puddings.
Our vegan breakfast was tasty, and good portions (although not very cheap compared to a greasy spoon).
Service was really friendly, and the atmosphere something a bit different from a bog-standard cafe.
Maybe not enough of a veg*n crowd in town to justify a 100% veggie menu?

Pros: Vegan food in a small town, Cheap drinks, Fun decor

Cons: Not cheap, Meat dishes dominate

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