Sunday, 17 January 2016


6 Sir Isaacs Walk, Colchester, CO1 1JJ


As Colchester continues on its path towards vegan dominance, cruelty free consumers will be pleased to hear of Colchester's brand new vegetarian café. 

Following in the footsteps of Colchester's two fully vegan establishments, comes 'Découverte', which opened on Boxing Day 2015 and consists of a small vintage shop alongside an organic, vegetarian café. Much of the food they serve is vegan, and is clearly labelled with the 'V' symbol.
Lentil & Squash Soup
Due to the cold weather outside, I decided that I needed warming up with a cup of tea served in a beautifully delicate teacup, accompanied with oat milk. Whilst continuing along the 'warming' theme, I opted for the homemade 'lentil and squash' soup of the day, served with seeded bread. Coming in at £3.50, this seemed good value for such a tasty, hearty meal. The freshly heated soup was thick, flavoursome and incredibly filling. The gluten-free vegan chocolate cake which followed, allowed for a sweet treat to finish.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Whilst eating my food I was able to enjoy the beautiful beams and busy walls filled with different vintage items. The café feels small (with 5 tables squeezed into the space) but this is what gives it its character and charm. The owners clearly knew what direction they wanted to go in, and have done that well.

Having spoken to the staff it is clear that they are passionate about the food they make and serve. The café was relatively quiet whilst I was in there, which allowed the owner to talk about the two years of hard work it's taken to get the business up and running, and I was pleased to see that they seem to have established the ways in which they differ from 'The Den at Twenty Three' and 'The Nourish  Co.'(Colchester's other vegan cafés) in the hope that they will also thrive. 

I wish them every success, look forward to paying many more visits to the café, and hope that at some point they will be able to drop the dairy and non-vegan options from the menu in the future.

If you pay a visit to 'Découverte' then let us know your thoughts!

Full menu: Show Menu
Opening Times: 11:00-16:00 (Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat, Sun) Closed- Mon/Thurs


  1. We've tried all the restaurants on the blog, thanks for all the info. It would be great if you guys could make it along to a colchestersoup night.....we do vegan too :)

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  3. We popped in here today, the first thing that struck us was how lovely it looks inside with lots of effort put into the décor. There is even a cosy and sweetly presented outdoor dining area which was nice and sunny at lunch time.

    We enjoyed a beautifully presented and extremely tasty falafel salad accompanied by one of the best tasting mayonnaises we have ever had, vegan or not. For dessert we enjoyed two of the cakes from the vary varied selection which were exquisite. The food is priced incredibly reasonably and is all fresh, organic and vegan!

    It is a family run business and the staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable about the food that they serve. They were happy to answer any questions we had. We will definitely be making this one of our regular stops!