River Green began with the coming together of two partners, Jan Wise from the Veggie Red Lion Pub in Suffolk, now The Walnut Tree, and Mike Hill, Norwich vegan business pioneer, latterly director of One Planet Pizza. Their aim: To create a successful vegetarian and vegan venue in, or very close to, Norwich. After extensive searching they discovered this converted bakery, which seemed perfect for the new venture.


So River Green was born!

Four years later local chef and River Green customer, Chris Avey, joined the team, bringing a new focus on seasonal dishes and local produce. Chris has since taken on the entire business, and is concentrating on widening the appeal of the freshly cooked in house vegan, vegetarian and free from repertoire to ensure that everyone finds something to love about River Green.



We strive to produce and serve delicious and healthy food and drink without:

  • Cruelty or exploitation of living beings – animals or people

  • Damaging the environment and the planet we live in


We put this into practice by:

  • Only serving vegan and vegetarian food and drink

  • Making our food fresh from scratch, simple, healthy and unprocessed

  • Being allergy aware with many dairy-free and gluten-free dishes

  • Investing in our staff and supplier’s well being and development

  • Reducing packaging, reducing waste, and recycling where possible

  • Developing our use of locally produced and ethically sourced food and drink





All our staff are enthusiastic about River Green and enjoy the food! Ask them for their recommendations and personal favourites; they are knowledgeable about our dishes and can advise which are suitable for special diets.


If you are interested in joining the team and have a passion for vegan and vegetarian food, email us on bookings@rivergreencafe.co.uk

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