Irish Vegans!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERABronwyn Slater set up the Cork Vegans Group about 2 years ago. The group has been very busy listing all the great vegan places to eat out in Ireland. You can find out more on their facebook page and their facebook group.

Bronwyn says: “I was to set up the group was the fact that I had been vegan for over a year and did not know any other vegans in Cork. The group had a number of meetups at local restaurants which had vegan options on the menu. I’m much more interested in the outreach aspect of veganism – getting the message out to people – so we’ve done a few stalls in the city centre where we handed out leaflets and a couple of vegan bakesales.”

Heading to Ireland? – take a look at places you can eat out here. Dublin has 2 vegan restaurants and a few vegetarian. Cork has 1 vegan restaurant and 3 vegetarian.

Allergy Free Food!

Here at the LVS we love to help out people with tailored diets, such as lactose and gluten intolerance. Have a look at the following for some food ideas…

Hello, I’m Nia and I love to prove to people that gluten free vegan foods aren’t dry and tasteless! glutenfreeniaI love being vegan and creating foods that people haven’t had since they were young and using different flavour combinations like in my strawberry and basil donuts.

I love hearing great feedback from my customers and improving products even if I was happy with it last week. I make foods from lemon meringue pies to nightshade free sauce growing up with allergies, intolerances or choosing a cruelty free lifestyle doesn’t have to be dull.

For more info see Nia’s Allergy Friendly Foods on here website, twitter page or email

Ms Cupcake Book Party 6th July – Free Vegan Cupcakes!

On Saturday 6th July 2013 Dulwich Books are running a dulwichbooksfacadevegan cupcake afternoon!

The event is based around the release of Ms. Cupcakes’ The Naughtiest Vegan Cupcakes in Town cookbook and we will be offering free vegan cupcakes with the book! Between 2pm & 4pm we are pleased to not only offer you a taste of the cupcakes when you visit the bookshop but also £4.00 off the r.r.p of £16.99 when you buy a copy of her cookbook on the day. There will also be cupcake themed colouring in and doodling for children. Pop along on the day see their facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Dulwich Books is on 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich,London SE21 8SW, Winner – London’s Independent Bookshop of Year 2012 & 2013

Dave of Dulwich Books says “Despite all the fantastical advances in technology and our ability to access information, you will never be able equal the pleasure of owning a book, opening it for the first time and getting lost in a great story- which is something that simply can not be replicated on a digital screen. It is not just the experience of reading that is vital, it is the process of walking into a shop and finding a book that will change your life, just like buying your favourite record, it will never shape your life in the way it should if you just click ‘download’”

Support Marina’s Walk for Animal Aid

marinaandpigsSupport Marina her by making a donation online here.

Hello – I’m Marina, LVS Leader for Hounslow, and I am walking for Animal Aid to raise awareness and money for the animals I don’t consume or wear.

You can support me by making a donation online here.

So far I have raised: £50

My story…

Just over 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism – Graves Disease, one that isn’t curable but manageable. I was told by the doctors and specialist that I would be on a block and replace method of medication for at least 2 years and possibly the rest of my life. I took it upon myself to research further and it was then I discovered the horror of how many diseases consuming animals and their by-products causes (not too mention the ethical and environmental horrors!!!). Literally in one day I gave up my 10 years of smoking and became vegan. It was easy and I haven’t looked back. I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my whole life. Within 10 months I was off the medication and at normal levels and as you can imagine the specialists and doctors couldn’t’ understand how on earth I managed this so quickly and how healthy I am now, vegan dear friends vegan!

 You can support her by making a donation online here.


Vegan Travel

VeganPassport-2010-frontPlease post in the comments your experiences of vegan food across the globe!

Two handy guides that I have used are the vegan passport and Alex Bourkes Vegetarian Europe guide.

Soon I will be going on a two week adventure around Eastern Europe, so if you have any vegan advice about the following place let me know!

Eastern Europe Edventure!

  • Czech (Prague)
  • Poland (Krakow)
  • Austria (Vien)

Vien – Makro1 (delicious cupcakes and coffee)

  • Hungary (Budapest)

Budapest – Napfenyes Etterem (all vegan, huge range of incredible meals, snacks and drinks – try the homemade rosewater lemonade and the somlo sponge cake)

  • Croatia ( Split)

Split – MakroVega (daily changing menu, with one vegetarian and one vegan menu, as well as cakes)

  • Bosnia (Sarajevo/Mostar)

I will be updating the page after the trip with images etc, but in the mean time please do comment if you have any advice!

Heyford Vegan Bed and Breakfast (Oxford)

heyford“Twenty-five years ago I became vegetarian for humanitarian reasons.  I became increasingly aware not only of the cruel practices in the food industry, but of the environmental impact of a largely carnivorous diet, and how this is not sustainable in the future. There is increasing evidence too of the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet.  I became Vegan five years ago in the strong belief that it is the most sustainable and ecologically-sound way of living which impacts on all aspects of my life, not just diet.

H&F field poppies 1I am really fortunate to have moved to a lovely village and as I have some rooms to spare, I felt I would like to share my good fortune with others.  As resources for Vegans are far and few between and I am passionate about promoting all things Vegan, I decided to start up my bed and breakfast and delight in providing a good, wholesome breakfast for my guests.”

For more info contact Jenny: 10 Cherwell Bank, Lower Heyford,Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 5NX T: 01869 340 664 or 07773 262 099

Hackney Vegans

hackneymeet nov13Hhhackkkneeeyy!!! We are a new group but building in momentum.


We need event organisers and people to help admin the Hackney Facebook page so please get in touch on


We want to create one of these flyers, but for vegan hackney. Can you help? Get in touch… on

Thanks! Lydia



Hackney Vegan PIZZA NIGHT! Thursday 31st July 2014

Come along to our gathering at Black Cat Cafe’s PIZZA NIGHT at Black Cat Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, London E5 8HB from 6.30pm.
Meet other lovely Hackney people who care about the same thing as you do: making Hackney a greener place…
…while scoffing Soprano-inspired pizzas like The Silvio, (topped with caramelised onions, aubergine, tomatoes, pine nuts and humous) baked in a proper pizza oven.
Look forward to seeing you all there, check out the Hackney Facebook group and our Hackney webpage for great please to eat out in Hackney.
See you there!
Lydia & Tom
ps. “Black Cat is a 100% vegan, not-for-profit and cooperatively run space in Hackney. We hope to be a place where everyone can come, eat good food, and feel comfortable!” Ilona

Eating out in Hackney – a big fat vegan map to follow shortly…

bcvcBlack Cat  A fantastic vegan, not-for-profit café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffees, teas and cakes. Look out for special cuisine nights – most recently an all-Irish menu for St Patrick’s Day – as well as evening events.

Café Gossip        A long-established vegetarian and vegan tea and coffee emporium. This cosy café has a huge selection of teas to choose from as well scrumptious (Manna) cakes and light lunches.

Ocean Café         Situated in Harvest wholefood shop is Ocean café, a vegetarian café where you a fresh juice or hot drink. The quality and variety of cakes on offer are outstanding, and mostly vegan!

Bodega Café      Known as ‘London’s most secret vegan café’, this establishment is a little of the beaten track. However, they are particularly known for their coffee and serve light lunches and cakes throughout the day.

The Castle Café Visitors at the Castle Climbing Centre will be rewarded with this friendly vegetarian and vegan café open for lunch and dinner. Recently on the menu was a delicious tomato and chickpea stew, cheese toasties and vegan millionaire’s shortbread. Not to be missed!

Organic and Natural Café              This café is situated within an organic vegetarian and vegan shop. They have many options to choose from, serving a variety of salads as well as bakes, lasagne and quiches. There is garden seating in the summer.

Rio Cinema         An independent cinema serving a selection of vegan cakes, popcorn and samosas. Yum!

Hoxton Beach    This café serves vegan falafel and salads using organic and local sourced ingredients. Hoxton Beach also sell their falafel wraps in a variety of food outlets including Chatsworth Road Market.

Hoxton Beach    This café serves vegan falafel and salads using organic and local sourced ingredients. Hoxton Beach also sell their falafel wraps in a variety of food outlets including Chatsworth Road Market.

Wholefoods Food Bar    Situated in this small Wholefoods store is a hot and cold food bar with vegetarian and vegan options. Pizza is also made to take-away.

Rasa       This popular and well-loved vegetarian South Indian restaurant has twice been awarded Time Out Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Always full to the brim with diners, booking ahead is highly recommended, as is the beetroot curry!

Creperie Du Monde        A popular creperie with vegan sweet and savoury options. Try a delicious fresh juice while you’re there!

La Casa Del Burrito           This casual Mexican restaurant and take-away opened fairly recently but already has a loyal following. Vegan tacos, burritoes and nachos on the menu!

Voodoo Rays     Serving American-style pizza by the slice, Voodoo Rays offer one or two vegan pizzas every day. Some of the best pizza you will ever eat – trust us! Open late.

The Russet          Café and events space with a relaxed and friendl atmosphere. Menu offers vegan options using locally sourced ingredients.

Pacific Social Club             This fun café serves vegan and vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch. Top tip: try the avocado on toast!

Thai café              Small, family-run Thai restaurant with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, including home made ice cream!

Yumyums            Well-established Thai restaurant with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The cocktails are definitely worth a look: try the Red Snapper.

Tatreez A new but already popular Palestinian restaurant with a choice of hot and cold vegan salads, snacks and breads.

Fish House          A great fish and chip shop serving vegetarian chips and ice creams and sorbets for pudding.

Namo    Vietnamese restaurant with a modern twist, serving interesting vegan options.

Lumiere               A weird and wonderful juice bar which is also open some evenings.

Pavillion café      Organic café serving popular vegetarian and vegan breakfasts as well as other food throughout the day.

Dalston Superstore         Hip restaurant, club and art space serving tasty food day and evening. Look out for the vegan Midler burger: curried tofu, avocado and roasted beetroot. Yum!

Hackney Bureau               Friendly café serving light meals and snacks. Very accomodating to dietry requirements with plents of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

Yalla Yalla             Informal Lebanese and Middle-Eastern food served at a pop-up version of this successful eatery.