Category Archives: Eating Out

Moseley Record Fair at St. Columba Church Hall

I’ve been to loads of these and they are all great. I don’t even have a record player, nor a turntable, even. Records is not the reason I go. For me the Moseley Record Fair is all about the Cafe. The lovely dinner ladies produce fantastic cakes, many of which are vegan. These go great with tea.

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Oak Tree Market in Leigh on Sea

The Oak Tree Market is a vegetarian restaurant in Leigh on Sea, Essex. We went there the other day for lunch and I was very impressed. In fact, I was very happy to meet another vegan in owner Sam Anderson as you know you’re in safe vegan hands. The Oak Tree Market is really bright and airy inside and a very pleasant place to go and eat.

Raspberry and Almond crunch
Raspberry and Almond crunch

GIANT salad at the Oak Tree Market

Between us we had several of the salads on offer. This wasn’t just a plate of cucumber, spring onion and half a jar of olives, no there are a variety to choose from. I had a Giant salad, Ricotta & Avocado without the ricotta. And then coleslaw and potato salad as a side. These were delicious and enough to fill me up. I would normally be left wanting after a salad but not today.

It’s good to know that everything is fresh and not out of a plastic bag. This means they can actually cater for all kinds of dietary requirements. So gluten and yeast can be easily avoided. Good stuff. Sam mentioned that she didn’t realise there were so many vegans in the area, very encouraging. I was surprised given the poor vegan options available at most places. Continue reading

Tall Poppy Foods in Selly Oak

I met some of the people from Tall Poppy Foods at the Birmingham Vegan Fair a few weeks ago. They were in the process of moving to Brum but now they have arrived!

On a Moseley Vegans thread the response of those getting to the shop already has been very positive.

Tall Poppy Foods
Tall Poppy Foods in Selly Oak

Dave Knight said

Diverted my way home to pop in, got a really amazing jack fruit and coleslaw burger and Fentiman’s Ginger Beer for £5 – oh and a yummy cupcake (Boston Creme) for £2 – highly recommended!

And Rian Evans said

That jackfruit burger is absolute heaven! Made a special trip for lunch date with my boyfriend. Oat and cardamom date slice was gorgeous too! Such good value and great people! I just wanted to camp out there.

I’ve not managed to get there yet, as I’m now in Essex but next time I’m in Brum I will be visiting. Those Jackfruit burgers are just to irrisistible, I only had a sample too. So a whole one will be ace! For those that don’t know Jackfruit is a tropical number that provides loads of nutrition.

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The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Britain | Life and style | theguardian.com

Glasgow is now Britain’s best city for vegans, according to Peta. Jane Hughes picks the city’s top vegan hangouts, plus other great meat- and dairy-free restaurants around Britain

The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Britain
Vegan rose and pistachio cake at 78 Cafe Bar in Glasgow.

The campaigning activities of Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are designed to shock, with bucketloads of fake blood, semi-nudity and sexy vegetables. But have they gone too far this time? Quite a few cages were rattled when Peta announced last week that the best city for vegans in the UK is … Glasgow. Has Brighton really lost its crown?

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Planet India – south Indian cooking in Brighton

Planet India Brighton

In my experience, visiting a purely vegetarian restaurant as a vegan is a happy experience. And so it proved again with the wonderful Planet India in Brighton. Located just out of the city centre at 4, Richmond Parade, close to St. Peter’s Church, the Planet India restaurant is difficult to miss, it’s pink!

As soon as I walked in I loved the place, it’s got the feel of India – the boss is barefoot! The relaxed, back to basics decour was very interesting, there’s loads of stuff and pictures to look at. And the owner uses his spotify playlist as background music, chilled reggae to aid digestion! Ace! Continue reading