Veganuary – let’s do it!
Do your bit for Veganuary – and support local businesses - by tucking into vegan choc and cakes, knocking back vegan wine and having a vegan bubble bath.
Over half a million people say they’re going vegan for January. If you’re one of them, take a look at these 10 Somerset and Dorset businesses offering vegan takeaways, wine, choc, cheese, cakes, skincare and more during Veganuary and beyond.
Can’t give up your burgers?
No need when Michelin-trained owner chef Keri Astill-Frew is cooking up bean, falafel, seitan (wheat gluten) and Moving Mountain burgers with fries, sauces, salads and all the rest at V. Dorset Delivery in Poole. Check out their January meal deals. Free delivery to certain Bournemouth and Poole postcodes.
Vegan bath and body
The Somerset Toiletry Co.’s range of vegan bath and skincare products – fragrant hand creams, hand wash, shower gels, soaps and more – made with essential oils and plant extracts have been registered by the Vegan Society.
Room for another choc ?
‘Course you can, especially when it’s organic, dairy-free raw choc handmade in Somerset. As Raw As has a scrummy selection of choc discs, bars, truffles, cakes and this delicious sounding granola. They’re offering a 10% discount until the end of January if you enter BIRTHDAY (it’s the owner’s) at checkout.
Vegan bottoms up
You might think that a drink made from fermented grapes would automatically be vegan but some producers use animal-derived products (boiled fish bladder anyone?) to clarify their wine. Local vineyards producing and selling vegan-friendly wines online include the Furleigh Estate near Bridport and the Oatley Vineyard in Cannington near Bridgwater.
Order a delivery from Somerset’s newest vegan cafe
Newly opened vegan coffee shop and deli Mooli Foodworks in Wellington is delivering some of their themed menu during the lockdown and Veganuary. Look out for Nofish Fridays, Eastern-inspired dishes Tues to Thurs and Mediterranean style nosh on Sat. This spicy Scotch egg looks amazing.
Somerset-based From Nature uses cashew nuts and a vegan acidophilus to produce two types of vegan cheddar, a blue cheese, a ‘goat’s’ chevre and a Parmesan style cheese. Available from Frome Wholefoods, Seasons in Exeter, Plantside in Wellington and Ceres in Yeovil or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vegan recipes from one of Dorset’s favourite cafes
Veggie and vegan food with flavours of the Med – mezzes, falafels, arancini, samosas, tarte tatin, tagines, breads, pastries, cakes – made with seasonal produce from West Dorset and East Devon. Tierra Kitchen, in Lyme Regis’ artisan quarter is open for takeaways Tues to Sat 9am–2om but you can cook up one of their vegan recipes 24/7.
Plant-based waffles? Yes please.
Organic cafe and health food shop Feed the Soul in Godmanstone near Dorchester is cooking up plant-based waffles (amongst other stuff) to take away. Open Tues to Sat 10am – 4pm.
Vegan meals subscription service
Let someone else doing all the planning, shopping and cooking for you during Veganuary. Plant-based restaurant The Mango Tree in Taunton offers a weekly (7 meals), fortnightly (14 meals) and monthly (30 meals) subscription service. Warm up and eat dishes like Moroccan veg tagine and mushroom bourgignon straight out of the recyclable packaging and you’ll only have to wash up a fork (or just lick it clean, slob). Takeaways Tues to Sat, too.
Let them eat (vegan) cake!
Yummy vegan cakes (including birthday cakes) to take away, to be delivered or for collection from Earthcake in Bristol, Thurs to Sat 10am–2pm. Pick ‘n’ mix brownie boxes (raspberry-cheesecake, hazelnut-praline, topped with white choc, etc, etc) posted throughout the UK.