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happy_veg
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:10 PM
just wondering if anyone had any opinions on where in the UK it is easiest to be vegan...
for eating out, vegan societies, groceries, etc etc
or do you think it makes no difference

alisont
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:04 PM
Id say both London and Bristol get my vote for places to eat/shop and for meeting other vegans. Birmingham is getting better, and Worcesters not bad!

Alison

twinkle
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:18 PM
I'd say that Brighton has to be in the top 10 for the country. Leicester is pretty good, especially if you like spicy food - we have lots of pure vegetarian indian places.

alisont
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:38 PM
How could i forget Brighton:o ive never been but really am determined to get there one day!

nickysr
Aug 31st, 2006, 07:26 PM
Brighton for eating out - without a doubt!

aubergine
Aug 31st, 2006, 08:45 PM
and buying shoes...

Brighton gets my vote.

RedWellies
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:00 PM
It's fairly easy where I live :)

Kiran
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:05 AM
I have been to many parts in UK. Most places are fine.

I can however name the worst place for vegans in UK (IMO) - Scarborough!! :eek: :rolleyes:I'm gonna take my own food, the next time I go there.

sandra
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:20 AM
The worst place ever has got to be here, Northern Ireland, we are part of the United Kingdom so I just thought I'd say! :)

Maisiepaisie
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:40 AM
Manchester is cool coz we have the Basement cafe and vegan shop, Eighth Day cafe and grocery store and the 'fantastic all vegan couldn't live without it' Unicorn Grocery store :p

sugarmouse
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:43 AM
I have always found manchester ok.here its more difficult but i cook my own food most of the time..and when I eat out i find it limits me..but its worth it..im kinda glad sometimes cos i struggle with my weight and if i do eat out its usually salad!

sandra
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:43 AM
Maisie, you're making me jealous!

Holly78
Sep 1st, 2006, 09:42 AM
The worst place ever has got to be here, Northern Ireland, we are part of the United Kingdom so I just thought I'd say! :)

One of my very good friends lives in Northern Ireland (Bangor) and I do struggle when I go over to visit. She is getting married this year and out of over 100 guests (many around my age - 27) I was not surprised to be the only vegan, but there is only one vegetarian too!!! :eek:

We had a barbecue last weekend and out of 38 guests - 12 were vegetarian!

sandra
Sep 1st, 2006, 10:59 AM
I hope your friend has a lovely day Holly and that you have a great time too! Hopefully though, you will have better luck at getting a proper meal at the reception than I have had recently. We went out for a family meal with relatives from Canada, despite me and my husband visiting the restaurant several days before to explain what I would like, things didn't go well. I was given a very large plate with about 10 baby potatoes in their jackets rolling around on it, and a small side dish consisting of limp salad leaves and some tiny pickled onions! Yuk!
This had to be eaten with the smell of my Uncle's dish of prawns and other fish wafting across the table to me! I still found myself smiling and saying to the waiter, 'I hope this wasn't too much trouble for the chef?'
Hopefully, he realised I was being just a little sarcastic. :)

Holly78
Sep 1st, 2006, 11:09 AM
Thank you!! Yes - your restaurant experience sounds very familiar! Potatoes and salad every time!

Debs knows she is dead if I don't get a proper reception meal though (only joking!) I am actually more worried about the wine...do you think it would be terribly rude to bring some over with me and let the hotel staff have it on the morning and get them to put it at my place on the table ready?

sandra
Sep 1st, 2006, 11:32 AM
That sounds like a good idea! I don't know though if it might be different with wine, but I actually suggested to the place I was at that I would bring my own food but they said no, something to do with health and safety. I think it's to protect themselves incase you got ill while eating at their restaurant, but again it might be different with wine.
If you found out before hand though what wine they will be serving at the reception you could check up yourself to see if it is suitable. All the best and I hope you all have a lovely day! :)

Holly78
Sep 1st, 2006, 11:34 AM
Good idea - thanks!

Mr Flibble
Sep 1st, 2006, 11:41 AM
I think pretty much any city is the best place to be vegan. Personally I'd rank it by which place has the best access to vegan products and the distribution of such products countrywide is now very good.

I'm not too fussed about resturants and take away food - to me they're novelty/special occassion things and I don't mind travelling at such times. I'd hate to turn into someone who relies on preprepared food as it's generally a lot more expensive and less healthy.

Hemlock
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:28 PM
Sandra and Holly 78, I get a baked squash and tomato sauce every f.....g time I go out as the vegan option, they are totally obsessed. The next time this dish is placed in front of me my head will spin like the exorcist!!!
I'd love potatoes and salad as a change from this tedium, I hate squash now!

Brighton is brilliant for vegans but oh so expensive!

twinkle
Sep 1st, 2006, 04:20 PM
Hehe, Hemlock you remind me of the period of 2-3 years where I would get offered butternut squash risotto every time I went to a fancy restaurant. It was okay the first couple of times, but after a while my look of bored disgust had restaurant workers backing away from me shortly after the dreaded words had passed their lips :D

GoatBoy
Sep 1st, 2006, 04:46 PM
well it goes without saying that london is the land of cosmopolitan for uk so you you always find somthing you need. the best parts are camden, neals yard, portobello road and brick lane.

other than that brighton it great, and i found edinburgh to be fantastic. many good places for fellafel and a non profit eco friendly cafe near the guilded balloon. menu is 100% vegetarian and almost completely vegan, dead cheap too with friendly staff.

plus did you know serve vegan haggis almost everywhere?

sandra
Sep 1st, 2006, 06:50 PM
lol Hemlock, I'd love to be there when your head starts spinning round!

dresdown
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:33 AM
i hear there is some where up london where you pay 5 and eat as much vegan food as you like

anyone know what its called

GoatBoy
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:38 PM
nearest tube? i need to know the vicinity

Jamie
Oct 7th, 2006, 11:43 PM
there's loads of those £5 buffets in London now, they are really breeding. We were wandering through Soho & Covent Garden areas the other day and there was one around every corner. Getting that way around Tottenham Court Road too!