Give vegetables a chance at new city cafe
The owner of a vegetarian cafe in Bath is hoping to convince even the most devoted meat eaters that you can make a real meal out of vegetables.
Phil Pearce opened The Green Rocket Cafe on Pierrepont Street a month ago.
He said: "I haven't advertised anywhere on the outside that we are a vegetarian cafe as I think it can put people off sometimes.
"All we have is the menu in the window and I hope people will look at it and think that it looks interesting and tasty, rather than focusing on the fact that it is vegetarian.
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"I have tried to make the menu accessible to people who would not necessarily eat in a vegetarian cafe.
"It is hard to change people's minds if they are not willing to try something new.
"I think that some of the best cooks are vegetarian cooks though.
"Anyone who can work with vegetarian ingredients and make dishes that appeal to everyone is very skilful.
"All the food here is fresh and seasonal and home made in house, even the cakes."
Phil has a background in catering - his parents own a successful pub in Street where he has been working for the past three years after returning from a stint in New Zealand.
"I came back from New Zealand to start my own business," he said. "There was no point in opening a vegetarian cafe in New Zealand.
"For the past few years I have been looking for the right place.
"I grew up in the area and I knew I wanted to open in Bristol or Bath and this place just sort of found me.
"I definitely think there is a gap in the market for what we are providing. Demuths does fantastic high end vegetarian food, The Porter is more of a pub and there are a few entry level places but nothing in between.
"We want to be the sort of place where people can come for lunch once a week. Having said that though, since we opened we have some people who are coming two or three times a week - so we must be doing something right.
"I'm chuffed to bits.
"At the moment we open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea but we may open evenings in the future."