We have been seeing LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (LPQ) restaurants popping up all over London (and beyond) but we’re surprised to find a wide variety of vegan options labelled on the main menu of this French style food chain!
Leading ethical footwear producer Will Green, jubilant over the runaway success of his fashion brand Wills Vegan Shoes, is rewarding customers with an end of winter sale as he readies for the future.
Whatever you may think or feel about the UK supermarket giant, Tesco has the best dairy-alternative ‘free from’ range out of any of our mainstream supermarket chains.
‘It was empowering to know that the choices I made both as a consumer and how I ran my business could and did make a difference’. Natalie Dean, Beyond Skin founder.
‘Chocolate is a wonderful ingredient; its versatility is endless in every way. Flavour pairing, moulding, decorating – it’s very visual as well as tasting amazing’. Paul A. Young.
-Soho’s best vegan cafe
-’That’s one of the best things about Beatroot, it appeals to the meat-eater and vegan alike. When food is tasty, healthy and made with skill, everybody is happy!’.
Today, for the first time we went along to the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre 2013 at Kensington Town Hall in London, which we’ve been looking forward to, well, all year…
- An ‘approachable vegan group where everyone is welcome’ Thomas Micklewright.
- ‘Confident that veganism is a growing trend in London (and beyond)’
- ’People are waking up to healthy and environmentally friendly eating’
- A true community event where businesses came together to support each other
- Showing ‘the power of the vegan pound’
We went along to Brecknock Road Vegan Festival in north London on Saturday and were blown away by what a fantastic day we had. Let me set the scene: it was pouring with rain, it was freezing cold, and I ended up with flu the next day! But it was worth it…
If you’re a vegan, you will know what I’m talking about! Whether you’re at work, in a restaurant, a shop, meeting new people, on holiday, or with your closest friends and family it is likely you get asked funny vegan questions.
…Well I have now. When you tell people you are vegan they instinctively focus on what you can eat. Food is the easy part, I live in London. It’s everything else that’s complicated. When it comes to vegan fashion, it’s the vegan-friendly shoes, the bags, the belts, the wool-free, cashmere-free or silk-free jumpers and so on that can be tricky. It’s checking every garment label and still feeling unsure each time you buy something that it is definitely cruelty-free.
My very generous older sister and her husband gave us a Claridges afternoon tea voucher as our wedding gift. We got married in February — it was an incredible day.
In fact I wish you could have joined us at our vegan wedding, and this week at Claridges too, because you would have loved it. We had no idea that Claridges would be able to provide vegan-friendly anything, but trust me, they certainly do.
Like me, you want to live a long and healthy life – and with food as my only fuel, it is imperative to eat the right stuff for my body, and you for yours. Most of us don’t, as we’re busy and have a budget. But there’s no mistaking it – food is the source of life. Without it you will die, there is no other way about it. No food = death, and bad diet = illness. Fact. So my plea is: if you spend money on anything, spend it on food; help yourself, help the farmers and help the planet…
I spent the weekend at VegfestUK, London, UK to find out if veganism is becoming more popular – check out my round-up below:
Dear Vegans… try to imagine a grocery shopping trip where you don’t have to tiresomely check the ingredients of every item you pick up.
You know the drill – you look for the Vegan symbol, most of the time it’s not there, so then you check the entire list of ingredients. Even after this you feel unsure if it is definitely vegan — have they listed all the ingredients? Have they made a mistake? If it is vegan-friendly, why don’t they label it? Hmm, is it safe to buy this?
So imagine a supermarket where you could safely buy every item, where EVERYTHING is vegan. ‘Don’t be so ridiculous; there couldn’t possibly be such a place’ you say. I wouldn’t joke about something so wonderful…
I invited my nearest and dearest to Banana Tree in Soho for a bite to eat after work to celebrate my birthday.
The great thing about this restaurant is the variety on the menu; there’s something for everyone – and my friends have an array of dietary tastes. Some of them eat meat, and they are well-catered for, but there are also vegetarian and vegan options clearly marked on the main menu, which impressed me.
THESE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES have made my week…
It was my birthday at the weekend, and when I returned to work on Monday my awesome friend Polly (a non-vegan) had gone to the effort of making me these vegan brownies! I was extremely flattered, and they were so good that I want to share the recipe with all of you.
This was inspired by Charlotte O’Leary’s BBC GoodFood recipe, and tweaked to our own tastes.
The pick of veg cafes in London - ORCHARD CAFE
We celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary (who says you can’t celebrate a half-year?) with a relaxing day together visiting galleries and museums across a sunny London, stopping for coffee and cake in between seeing the sites. We decided to visit Orchard cafe for lunch, as it’s only two minutes’ walk from the British Museum, our first port of call. Orchard cafe is the little sister of the Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black, a restaurant just down the road near Chancery Lane.
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“It is both sad and shameful that when night falls and the setts of southern England stir their gentle folk will be needlessly slaughtered…
SUE SIMMONS BED & BREAKFAST
My favourite vegan-friendly bed & breakfast just happens to be in Marlow, Bucks, UK. Marlow is a picturesque town in easy reach of London, Windsor and Henley.
If you need somewhere to stay that can cater for all dietary requirements, then here’s the place. I have it on good authority that the owners (Mr and Mrs Simmons) have a vegan son and daughter-in-law, so have plenty of experience catering for all kinds of diets. Sue Simmons is a phenomenal cook, and the house is always immaculate — and I mean spotless. Admittedly, I could be biased…I’m the daughter-in-law! But this only makes me more qualified to tell you how accommodating this vegan-friendly bed and breakfast is
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A good friend bought me Vegan’s Daily Companion for my birthday. I’m not going to be corny and say it changed my life or anything, but I did, and do, enjoy reading it very much.
It would take a long time to describe this book in detail, and if you decide to read it, then I won’t take up even more of your time with a lengthy review — I’ll keep it short.
Does this sound familiar? You are going to dinner with some non-vegan friends. You don’t want to cause a fuss, or dictate where you should all go. You can’t keep dragging your ’normal’ friends to vegan restaurants.
But you do want to go somewhere you can all get a good feed. All of you want to accommodate each other’s dietary desires, and then over-politeness kicks in. Meat-eaters do currently have more choice when it comes to eating out at food retail chains.
It seems right that my first review for this site should be about my favourite restaurant in London. In fact, my favourite restaurant full stop.
Since living in Primrose Hill (NW3) for one amazing (but costly) year in 2007, Manna has been my homing beacon in the big city…