The Lin Den
Seeing the array of cakes and pastries at this lovely café, so it’s no surprise that the owner, Paula, is a pastry chef, trained at London’s Claridge’s Hotel. As a result, Paula saw a gap in the market for a vegan patisserie and opened Lin Den.
With a 100% vegan menu, the café exudes a relaxed atmosphere. It may be best known for cinnamon buns and chocolate/custard rolls, but the profusion of cakes is a ‘must’ for your itinerary. I chose the chocolate cake (£4), which didn’t disappoint.
Open: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm; 13 North St, Exeter; @thelindencoffee on Facebook.
Sara’s Petite Cuisine
Situated just outside Exeter in the pretty town of Topsham, Sara’s offers a selection of vegan cakes and a lunch option, despite not being entirely vegan. Mainly takeaway, there are two tables inside in addition to a couple outside.
Cakes vary daily, prepared by Sara, a qualified pastry chef. When we visited, lunch was quinoa salad, while cakes included chocolate and banana slices. Moreover, there’s a large selection of dairy-free milks with a latté costing £2.40.
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-3.30pm; 80 Fore Street, Topsham; saraspetitecuisine.co.uk
Franco Manca pizza chain prides itself on using seasonal ingredients and small suppliers. They’re not solely vegan, but all pizzas can be made with vegan cheese. Exeter’s branch is centrally located by the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
A real plus point is price – starting at just £5.20 for a large 12in pizza and the child’s option of pizza, drink and ice cream at £5, and their slow-rising sourdough bases are among the tastiest I’ve tried.
Open: Mon-Sat noon- 10pm, Sun noon-9pm; Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter; francomanca.co.uk
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