The Retreat Cafe and Tea Rooms

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 11 reviews )

14-16 Main St (at Yorkshire Dales National Park), Grassington, England, BD23 5AA

Vegetarian cafe with change in ownership in May 2015. Has vegan options, allergies catered for. On Friday and Saturday evenings it opens as a small intimate bistro serving dinner from 18.30pm - 20.45pm. Licensed to sell alcohol at weekends. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-4:00pm, Fri-Sat 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British

11 Reviews

First Review by jonnie

Great vegan selection - Edit

We stopped off for tea, smoothies and cake in the afternoon at this lovely cafe. There are lots of vegan options. There is no vegan symbol on the daytime menu but all of the staff we spoke to were very friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. We enjoyed it so much we booked a table at the Bistro for the following evening. There were four vegan options available in the evening (clearly labelled) all of which sounded great. Again the food was excellent and the staff were very helpful. The atmosphere in the evening was really nice too. They had added candles to the tables and cushions to the chairs. Highly recommended.

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Great event no meal - Edit

Really friendly staff, very helpful, right up to speed with veg/vegan/gluten free options. Opened as evening bistro about a year ago but couldn’t make a go of it just as veg/vegan so added some meat and fish and are thriving - still offering great selection of veg/vegan.

Pros: Excellent food, Well balanced menu, Friendly staff

Cons: Bistro only open fri and sat eves (cafe everyday)

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The best Dales cafe! - Edit

Lovely staff and a great place to eat. The vegan burger is a real treat and you must try their homemade guacamole.

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Lovely to find vegan food in a small town - Edit

We ended going here as I had a vague idea it existed but wasn't sure if my husband would be catered for being gluten free. I need not have worried everything is clearly marked on the menu whether it is veggie, vegan or gluten free.
The food was quick even though they were really busy and we they allow dogs in, bonus for us.

Pros: Good variety of special diets catered for., Very friendly couldn't be more welcoming., Allow dogs in.

Cons: Can think of any.

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Delicious Vegan Options - Edit

The Retreat Tearooms is a vegetarian cafe during the day and bistro on Friday and Saturday evenings and happily caters for vegans and those with allergy requirements. I and my husband visited on a Friday evening and both chose the aubergine stack to start ,with houmous replacing the goats cheese for myself and it was a tasty start to the meal, as I love all the components of the dish, so it was a winner.

Main course was a gluten free gourmet soya burger for my husband, who said it was hard to distinguish from a meat burger, it had relish, salad, chips and pickled gherkin and he struggled to finish it all. I chose an adaptation of the filo parcel dish, with a vegan curry sauce and chips, again it was delicious, the parcel was packed with vegetables and I loved the sauce. I was pretty full by this time, but grilled peppered peaches, pistachio crumb and raspberries, were impossible to resist it was topnotch. My husband chose white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, which he could not fault either.

My only niggle is the wine list, with no vegan wines labelled, although you would presume that all the wines would be vegetarian, but this was not clear either. However I kicked off with a bottle of Corona and we continued with wine I knew was vegan, but maybe this is something The Retreat will look at in the future.

All in all a lovely place and from hearing conversations in the dining room, most of the diners near us, were not even vegetarian but loved the food...a compliment to chef. We would definitely return.

Pros: Vegan Options, Vegan Friendly, Allergies & Intolerances Catered For

Cons: No clear labelling of vegan wines

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Great cafe and very friendly owner - Edit

I ate in this cafe a couple of weeks ago. I only had the soup of the day but i can tell you it was really tasty and had that great home made taste about it. The owner made us feel very welcome and although she was quite busy she still took time out to chat with us about various stuff. All in all in really was a beautiful experience visiting this cafe. Thanks Retreat x

Pros: Great tasting food, Friendly atmosphere, Compassionate about life!

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We'll Be Back! - Edit

We had lunch elsewhere but had a fabulous afternoon tea here. My scone was just as it should be - good size, fresh, great consistency and taste and together with the jam and cream I was more than happy. My other half had a fabulous piece of carrot & ginger cake. Together with a latte and an earl grey tea came to £8.40. Sue (?) is an amazing baker - all the other cakes looked amazing. I'm sure the savouries would also be excellent and look forward to returning. A great place.

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Good Veg Food and Friendly Service - Edit

We often take a trip to Grassington to fill up on the large Yorkshire portions, I recommend the pie, chips and salad. Large slices of cake are good and filling. However, have a back up plan, on our last visit, despite phoning ahead and being told they were open until 4pm that day and would be serving food, we arrived at 3:30pm and were told food was no longer being served. Most disappointed as we could see plates of food still coming out of the kitchen and we travelled some distance to go to the Retreat Cafe. My partner is Vegan, so they got nothing until we got home.

Pros: Portions, Friendly, Location

Cons: Opening Times, Vegan Cake, Fresh, not frozen chips

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Great Cafe - The Retreat, Grassington - Edit

An excellent cafe, all veggie with numerous vegan items on the menu. I tried the Brazil nut pie with chips and was very impressed with it as I was with the absolutely superb vegan chocolate cake. Decent portion sizes and very reasonable prices for the quality and quantity of the food on offer.

I love the fact that they are very dog friendly and it was good to be able to take my dogs along while I enjoyed a great meal. The place was busy both times I went, with various other diners taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal with their canine companions. The tips are split between the serving staff and an animal shelter with a no destruction policy. Great soya lattes and friendly staff and open Sundays too. A shame it's not open every night for dinner as well.

Pros: tasty food, dogs allowed , open sundays

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Lovely caff - Edit

This little place is great - they support an animal sanctuary and they allow dogs in which is great entertainment. As for the food I had a smashing Brazil Nut Pie with thick cut chips and salad and a cup of tea with soy milk... I wanted pudding but I was popping after the very generous helpings of main course.

just down the road is Natures Way a delightful little wholefood shop.. try that too.

Pros: Friendly staff/inexpensiv, Lots of vegan choice, Dogs allowed!!!

Cons: Can get crowded

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Looking forward to a return visist - Edit

A wonderfull little village and a great cafe with a large selection of food. Being able to ask for soya milk in you latte is great and having the option of a couple of vegan cakes. The food here is well cooked and the service very friendly. They even do a tasty take out lunch for walkers/bikers etc.

Pros: Soya milk, great service, healthy

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