We tried the vegan restaurant Green Island which recently won the coveted award for North Wales Cafe of the Year – Thomas Lewis


I have a confession to make. I’m not vegan (as anyone who’s read or watched my takeout reviews will tell you).

Despite this, I have been to Green Island Bistro several times and have always been impressed with the warm welcome, extensive menu and tasty dishes. Recently they won the coveted North Wales Coffee of the Year award, a fantastic achievement for any establishment.

Located just off Rhuddlan’s bustling main street, the Bistro is extremely well hidden and offers a serene and relaxed dining experience. The cafe is the brainchild of Sarah Turner, who along with husband Jason and daughter Lucy kicked off the adventure during the Covid pandemic.

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They have gone from strength to strength over the past two years, culminating in the award, which was presented to them at the event in Cardiff. I park my car on Rhuddlan High Street and head to the Bistro.

The difference in atmosphere is almost tangible as I escape the congested traffic jams of the main street to be greeted with an air of peace. I am warmly welcomed by Sarah the owner and I take my seat before ordering.

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I decide I’m going to try the chickpea tikka sandwich. Much to my delight, he arrives with a portion of chips – down my street.

The sandwich, made with wholemeal bread, is absolutely delicious. Just the right mix of spiciness and soft texture, it pokes fun at the “vegan food is bland” argument peddled by some.

I finish the sandwiches in record time then inhale the crisps. Portion sizes are also more than reasonable and for £5.95 you really can’t complain about the value on offer.

The chickpea tikka sandwiches were delicious

It’s pretty clear to see why Green Island Bistro has been such a hit with customers and industry judges alike. It’s such a relaxed and welcoming place to eat and the food is fantastic.

So the next time you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle, whether you’re vegan or not, step off the main street and enjoy a half hour at Green Island Bistro.


Chickpea tikka sandwich: £5.95

Coke: £1.00

Total: £6.95

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Thursday: 10am-3pm

Friday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday: 10am-4pm


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