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A lit­tle more time to spare? These veg­e­tar­ian op­tions are a must- try if you’re nearby.

The Fat Duck, Bray

Much has been said about He­ston Blumetnhal’s three- Miche­lin starred res­tau­rant that takes you on a the­atri­cal jour­ney back to child­hood. Not enough has been said about the veg­e­tar­ian tast­ing menu, which cre­atively mim­ics the main menu where it can, and re­places it if not. With de­li­cious choices like mock tur­tle soup or bone mar­row made with ar­ti­choke and radish, it’s worth ev­ery penny of its £ 275/¤ 315.

Dan Moon at The Gains­bor­ough, Bath

Never mind that The Gains­bor­ough is the only ho­tel in the UK to use its lo­cale’s min­eral wa­ters, the veg­e­tar­ian tast­ing menu (£ 60/¤ 68) is rea­son enough to visit. Served in a re­fined yet re­laxed res­tau­rant, it’s a six- course meal that’s small on size and big on flavour – the stuffed cour­gette flower with roasted cau­li­flower is a par­tic­u­lar high­light.

Terre à Terre, Brighton

An hour away from Lon­don by train, Brighton is the epi­cen­tre of al­ter­na­tive life­style, so it’s no sur­prise that it houses a rep­utable high- end veg­e­tar­ian res­tau­rant, Terre à Terre. Suc­cess­fully em­ploy­ing a global menu, it’s de­li­cious and sub­stan­tial enough to have turned more than a few of its om­niv­o­rous cus­tomers into veg­e­tar­i­ans over the course of a meal. Ex­pect to pay around £ 36/¤ 41 for a three- course meal.

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