The Veg Box Cafe

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17B Burgate, Canterbury, England, CT1 2HG

Serving lunch, afternoon tea, and snacks. Uses seasonal, local organic vegetables. Child friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Free Wi-Fi. Previously located within the wholefoods store opposite. Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:00pm, Sun 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch is served from 12pm-3pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Take-out, British

Reviews (27)

First Review by shloobee

Excellent food at a very reasonable price - Edit

We wanted a quick lunch in a vegetarian-only cafe after visiting the Cathedral . We can highly recommend the Veg Box Cafe for its choice of main courses, its very friendly and speedy service. The vegan burger was especially tasty, and there is a big choice of salads and toppings to go with the main courses at no extra cost. They were happy to wrap what we couldn't finish for takeaway. A real find!

Pros: Excellent food, Very good value to include all the salads, Very friendly and speedy service

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vegan cake, friendly - Edit

They have different types of vegan cake, the taste is very good.
They only have few choices don't contact onion and garlic, but they ask the chief one by one.

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Delicious - Edit

We went for breakfast and lunch and both were very enjoyable. Not a big fan of eating out of a cardboard box though, and hate using plastic cutlery even if it is bio degradable. Try cutting a thick slice of sourdough with a plastic knife!

Pros: Lots of vegan stuff

Cons: cardboard box and plastic cutlery

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Amazing! - Edit

Lovely staff, had an amazing coconut hot chocci and salted caramel cheesecake - all vegan 😁🌱

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Tasty! - Edit

Everything I've eaten from here has been very tasty. Their warm meals are very earthy and flavourful. Abundant healthy choices. They use compostable cutlery. And their vegan desserts are delicious.
I would say it's quite expensive though, so I can't eat here as often as I would have liked. There is also a seating problem sometimes, as it gets quite crowded.

Pros: Delicious, Healthy, New items everyday

Cons: Expensive, Usually no space to sit

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Tasty, simple & lovely food! - Edit

Had a fantastic lunch here. We both had a chickpea burger with the three salads and some yummy toppings. Great smoothies also!

Pros: Service was quick and friendly , All of the cutlery and everything else was compost, Healthy, filling and tasty food

Cons: Be better for the environment for them to use reus

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Wonderful - Edit

Absolutely delicious food and fantastic staff. Toilets were also very baby-changing friendly (as were the staff!)

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly staff, Great environment

Cons: Nothing!

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Great vegan food - Edit

I love coming here while I'm in Canterbury, the vegan options are great and all the cakes have recently been made vegan (some were just vegetarian before).

The meals are filling and delicious, the soup is always my favourite options. The staff are friendly and it's a good atmosphere.

Pros: Large portions , Delicious cakes

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02/04/17 - Edit

Dropped in just before closing time on a Sunday afternoon. We ordered the nut roast and a mixed salad box, both of which were very tasty and equally filling. A lot of the toppings/sides/sauces are made in-house and they are all great.

The guy behind the counter was friendly and clearly passionate about the food and drink on sale.

We didn't try them but the cakes all looked fantastic, many of them being vegan and gluten-free.

Small area to sit outside if and when the sun shines.

Only gripe is that the service is slightly inefficient, probably due to the nature of how the food is presented and served. Even at a quiet time of the day, queues were forming, but it's all worth the wait.

Pros: Really good food, Great range of cakes, mostly gluten free too, Generous portions

Cons: Sightly inefficient service (when we visited)

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Wholesome lunch - Edit

Visited yesterday after finding this place through google (there seems to be a happy cow glitch with Canterbury area). Last orders 4pm, open till 4:30pm.

Pretty much everything was vegan except milk for drinks and cheese for jacket potato. They had stews, risotto, salads and veggie burger etc. Really wholesome food and nice to have salads with toppings like vegan mayo, pesto, toasted nuts and seeds.
The desserts looked lovely but I was far too full to try one!

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Wasted journey - incorrect website info - Edit

This place should be a magnet & a delight for vegans - but Veg Box have to sort out their terrible service and website.
Their website says that they are open till 8pm Thursday to Saturday. So we arrive, hungry and cold, at 5pm on Thurs only to find them just closing. When we mention the opening times on the website the dopey assistant says "oh, yea - we should change that really".

By Saturday I have calmed down a bit & decide to go there at 4.30 for a coffee & cake. I walk through the doors just in time to hear a different assistant telling a bunch of customers that "last orders were at 4pm".

The food looks ok but I have never managed to eat any!

Not sure how this place has got a Tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence" for 3 years running with 10 out of 46 reviews being "terrible" , "poor" or "average".

P.S. website still NOT updated as at 21/11/2016

Cons: Need to update their website, wasted journey - closed when it should be open!

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Lovely place - Edit

Love this place. I go there regularly, they always have tasty vegan options savory and sweet and the menu changes often so I'm never bored going there ! Highly recommend.

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hot choco-box - Edit

Had a lovely hot chocolate this morning with green and blacks powder and soya milk. Yummy.

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Very good. Little bit pricey. - Edit

Really nice little cafe, and the only completely veg/vegan place in Canterbury. Good selection of cakes too, some gluten-free.
Only downside is it's a little pricy for regular eating. Definitely a treat more than a habitual hangout.

Pros: All veg/vegan, Good cakes, GF options

Cons: Expensive for what it is, Sometimes bland hot dishes

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An exciting new chapter for the Veg Box Café - Edit

This week I visited the Veg Box in its new premises on Burgate. It looks fantastic, fresh and still familiar (thanks to the unmistakable lively green walls). Now they also have outdoors seating, breakfast (big full vegan version available!) and apparently... Sunday Roasts. This little family business makes you feel at home wherever they are located and is definitely a must as they are the only ones in town betting on a fully vegetarian menu.

Pros: Great vegan cakes and food, Outdoor seating, The best produce for normal prices

Cons: I wish it was bigger

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Lovely cozy spot - Edit

It's sadly the only vegetarian/vegan cafe in the area after The Hutch closed a couple of years ago. Food is cooked with fresh organic seasonal vegetables. Choice is a little limited but that doesn't stop me eating there as everyone is very friendly and to avoid being disappointed go early!

Pros: all vegetarian with vegan options, clean & cozy, tasty & has relaxed atmosphere

Cons: not open in the evenings, not in an easy to find location, it's upstairs -no disabled access

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Only veggie place in Canterbury - Edit

We always prefer to eat at veggie places if possible. Sadly this is the only veggie restaurant in Canterbury - and is not open in the evening. We had one lunch here. Soup of the day, and 'posh pot noodles'. Both clearly used fresh ingredients and were a great lunch. We would have preferred more flavour – it was a little bland for our tastes – particularly the bread that accompanied the soup – but that is a small quibble. The atmosphere was busy and friendly and if we are ever in the area again we will return. It would be great if they would consider opening in the evenings with maybe a different menu.

Pros: Good fresh ingredients, Imaginative food combinations, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: A little bland

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Disappointing Visit - Edit

Visited The Veg Box Cafe with my Mum, an omnivore, to try and show her the variety of vegan foods on the market that are just as, if not MORE delicious than omni/carni foods.

Unfortunately, everything we wanted to order (and things that we didn't) had sold out! Even the desserts that we wanted weren't available, so in the end we were both unsatisfied AND had to go without pudding (which is unheard of between us, really, as we both have a sweet tooth).

The service was good, and we were politely informed that we couldn't have what we wanted to order, though it didn't really soften the blow of not being able to indulge in a cheesecake.

The Cafe wasn't busy, and it wasn't late in the day when we visited, so we were both rather disappointed. I hope if we decide to visit again, that there will be more available.

It was most disappointing that we had read good reviews about the Cafe here on Happy Cow, and on other places online. We expected a good afternoon out as my mum had travelled from Maidstone, and although what we did have was nice, it was not what we wanted. I had to have the ratatouille, which I felt was a little watery and too strongly flavoured with an overpowering spice - it may have been turmeric? - though I did enjoy the chips that came with it. My only further comment would be some vegan mayo would have been lovely too!
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 16, 2015

Pros: Polite staff, Quiet

Cons: Lack of availability, Lack of vegan options, High priced

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Lovely atmosphere and great food! - Edit

The cafe is laid out really beautifully (gorgeous decorations & very cosy!). It is also child friendly, there are toys laid out for kids to play with. The waitress was very friendly. We initially went there just to grab a coffee, I had the hazelnut milk latte and my boyfriend the hazelnut flat white, both of which were really lovely! We split a vegan chocolate cupcake, which I definitely recommend - it did not taste remotely "alternative", just very decadent!

I have not yet been there for a full meal, although I will be very soon, but my boyfriend went and had the spicy bean burger and buddha bowl and was full of praise for them both, so I will be trying them in the next few weeks. Whole heartedly recommend!

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Such good vegan food! - Edit

I absolutely love this place and am sad there's nothing like it in Oxford! We ate here almost every day we when were in Canterbury. It's bright and cheerful, and the food is AMAZING - so healthy and fresh. The first day I was there I had the vegan burger - but they don't just put a factory-made junk food vegan patty on some bread - their patties are made right there in the shop. The Jamaican jerk curry was so good my partner ordered it two days in a row. The vegan/ raw puddings are dreamy - we got to try the raw chocolate tort and raw lemon tort. The owners are amazing, and even tried to help us find some accommodation. (I'd read about this place here on Happy Cow before arriving, and we went straight to it from the train station!)

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the best in Canterbury - Edit

There's no doubt: if you're vegetarian or vegan, then the Veg Box café is the best place to eat out in Canterbury. Warm, friendly location; great staff; healthy, filling and sometimes quite creative food. Lunch below a tenner. Go there.

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nice place - Edit

I almost didn't go because it was difficult to find and then from the entrance it looks like its just a whole foods shop so I was worried it was just going to be a deli. Nice spot, food was tasty but nothing special.

Pros: atmosphere, tasty food, friendly staff

Cons: location, unimaginative menu

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good food - Edit

"Organic, vegetarian/vegan breakfasts, lunches, snacks, drinks and cakes." Open 10:00 am-3:30 pm, lunch from 12 noon, Monday-Saturday. The menu is on a large blackboard, including daily specials. A few vegan items but mostly lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Soup, sweets - made in-house, including vegan ice cream, vegan chocolate cupcake, beetroot brownie, lemon and almond polenta cupcake. Also Fairtrade coffees, teas, organic juices.
I had celeriac with sage soup which came with wholemeal bread and vegan spread (margarine) for GBP4.95. Another time I had squash and lentil dahl on brown rice, with mango chutney and greens salad, daily special 7.95, and nettle tea. Delicious comfort-food for a chilly, damp day.

Pros: tasty food, good location

Cons: not enough vegan options

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Average - Edit

A nice little place above the Wholefoods market. I didn't find the food that good though and the vegan dessert options were very limited.

Pros: focus on organic and local products

Cons: average food, limited vegan options for dessert

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Lovely lunch - Edit

I ate lunch at the Veg Box with my partner on a rainy Saturday in June. When we arrived it was quite busy, but not full. I ordered the soup of the day (Broccoli, Courgette & Pea) (vegan) which came with two chunks of very nice brown bread. My partner had the veggie burger, which came with large potato wedges and a generous portion of salad. Everything was very tasty. For dessert I had an iced chocolate cupcake (vegan) and my partner had the carrot cake; they both get top marks for yummyness! We were sevred quickly and the atmosphere was friendly and casual. In total (including drinks) the meal came to about £21.

Pros: great value for money, vegan desserts, gluten free options

Cons: might be hard to find

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super veg box - Edit

excellent value,good atmosphere,wide selection of vegan options,very friendly staff,they are doing an excellent vegan christmas dinner at the moment that is recommended,the only negative thing I can think of is that they close at 4 o clock

Pros: good value, excellent food, friendly atmosphere

Cons: closes at 4pm

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YUM!!!!! - Edit

In a great setting, really nice servers, and great food, how can you go wrong? Being Vegan, I'm used to not having choice and as this was described as Veggie friendly who catered for Vegan I didn't expect much - what I got was a good choice and an excellent meal - plus a proper, non-wishy-washy soy cappuccino :) Absolutely recommend it. Will go back for more when I'm in town again and one day I'm going to try the breakfast

Pros: Excellent food, Great service, Great place

Cons: Not big enough!

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