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Vegan about Nailsworth

31 Jan

Situated in the rolling Cotswold landscape, Nailsworth is a pretty market town and a contender for the most vegan-friendly place in Gloucestershire ,with a large amount of vegan-friendly places to eat for such a small town. Let’s not forget it’s very own vegan football club – read on for more details…

12644855_732897966811053_8411750607380319608_nAsparagasm

T: 01453 839352 / E: dine@asparagasm.com

Market St, Nailsworth, Glos. GL6 0DA

Details: Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and occasional evenings or sundays for fine-dining events.

Asparagasm is a vegan, gluten free deli & dining venue. An incredible dining destination, and a must-try for all vegans (and non-vegans!) in Gloucestershire and beyond.

During the weekdays Asparagasm is open with a selection of flavour-filled healthy lunches and deli items, the menu changes seasonally so stop in to see what’s new. Asparagasm is also open certain evenings for fine-dining extravaganzas, from Spanish Tapas to Asian Street food – check out the facebook page for details of their latest events.

Asparagasm makes it’s own cultured cheeses from nuts. It also has a range of wheat-free beer and gorgeous wine.

 

Forest Green Rovers Football Club

Forest-Green-Rovers-Football-ClubThe New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth, GL6 0FG

T: 01453 834860

Details: Based just outside of Nailsworth, Forest Green Rovers, are the longest serving member of the Football Conference. All the food served on site is vegan. I’d recommend their vegan quorn “Q-Pie”. Forest Green Rovers is dedicated to becoming an environmentally friendly football club, with a rain-water irregated pitch and solar PV installed on site, you can read more about this on their website.

The Olive Tree Restaurant

28 George Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0AG

T: 01453 834802

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Restuarant has an entirely vegan menu with risotto, pizza, pasta, and even a vegan brownie sundae.

Green Spirit

Market Street Nailsworth GL6 0BZ

T: 01453 835735

A fantastic, independent wholefood shop, stocking lots of vegan speciality items, such as vegan yoghurts and plant milks, along with a good selection of organic fruit and veg.

Shiny Goodness

11 Fountain Street, Nailsworth, Glos GL6 0BL.

T: 01453 832986 E: info@shinygoodness.co.uk

Shiny Goodness sells natural remedies, locally sourced produce and “free-from” alternatives.

 

ruskin-mill-cafeRuskin Mill Cafe

Ruskin Mill College, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth GL6 0LA

T: 01453 837527

Off the beaten track, Ruskin Mill Cafe is situated in Ruskin Mill college. There are often vegan options, and much of the food is freshly grown in the college grounds. You can sit and admire the lake in front of the college from the cafe balcony.

 

 

 

Staying vegan, staying healthy!

29 May
Because we eat more than just carrots!

Because we eat more than just carrots!

Looking after your nutritional needs on a vegan diet, will enable you to stay healthy, happy and vegan.

Gloucestershire Vegan Group thought it would be good to swot-up on a few nutritional facts, and learn some more about how to eat healthfully. We were lucky enough to have a local and vegan-friendly nutritional therapist come to speak to our group. She guided us carefully through the essentials of vegan nutrition, answering any questions about vitamins, minerals, eating habits and health generally.

Below are some key points from the Gloucestershire Vegan Group nutrition talk with a few bits added in from the Vegan Society’s webpage – where you can find plenty more details on nutrition if you wish to read up:

Growing your own is a great way to eat seasonally and locally

Growing your own is a great way to eat seasonally and locally

Vegan Nutrition Top Tips:

• Eat locally grown, seasonal, organic, freshly cooked food, where possible – it’s good for you and for the environment, organic food has a higher mineral content because the soil is nurtured and replenished. Organic farming methods are wildlife friendly, vegan organic farming methods even more so.
• Eat a variety of whole grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and vegetables everyday – try not to become overly dependent on one kind of foodstuff (e.g wheat or soya)
• Try to avoid too many foods that have been heavily processed
• Eat foods you like!

• Tune into your body – listen out for signs and symptoms

 

B12

B12 is perhaps the most important vitamin for vegans to be aware of because it is not reliably supplied in a plant-based diet. Vitamin B12 is crucial to the functioning of our central nervous system, so clinical deficiency can damage this, as well as causing anaemia.

The only reliable source of B12 for vegans comes from foods fortified with B12 (Some plant milks, soy products, breakfast cereals, yeast flakes, yeast extract) and B12 supplements. Sublingual supplements such as this one: http://www.devanutrition.com/vitamin_b12.html work best (these diffuse into the blood through tissues under the tongue).

The vegan society recommends:
•    eat fortified foods two or three times a day to get at least three micrograms (μg or mcg) of B12 a day or
•    take one B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms or
•    take a weekly B12 supplement providing at least 2000 micrograms.

Symptoms of B12 deficiency include loss of energy, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes.

If in doubt you can ask your GP for a blood test to check B12 levels.

 

Iron

Iron is needed in the body for the formation of blood. Good vegan sources of iron include:
pulses, nuts, seeds green leafy vegetables. Iron absobtion is improved by combining iron-rich foods with vitamin C rich foods such as a fresh salad, cauliflower or orange juice.

 

Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D

Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Is produced naturally by our bodies, by sunlight on our skin. To ensure adequate amounts, try to regularly expose at least your arms and face directly to the sun (without sunscreen on) between the hours of 11am-3pm – when the sun is hottest, being careful not to overdo your sunbathing and burn.

A dietary intake of vitamin D, from fortified foods or supplements may be necessary for some in the winter. If you chose to supplement Vitamin D, there are two types of vitamin D: D2 and D3. D3 is more potent – most forms of D3 are not suitable for vegans, as it is typically produced from sheep wool. There is however, one kind of commercially available D3 suitable for vegans called Vitashine.

 

 

Bone Health

Calcium is needed for bone health. Plant-based sources of calcium include: green leafy vegetables
(especially kale!) tahini, figs, kombu, fortified foods such as soya milk.

Calcium does not work alone in improving our bones, other nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin K, protein and potassium also have a role to play.

Weight bearing exercise is also important to increase bone density –  weight bearing exercises are any where your feet and legs support your weight such as walking, running, skipping, dancing or aerobics.

 

Omega 3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid)

Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is converted by the body into Eiocosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which is used by the body to regulate many processes including inflammation and blood-clotting .

Dietary sources of ALA include flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and rapeseed, and also oils made from these seeds. Flax seeds need to be ground because otherwise their hard casing makes the nutrients less available.

Vegan Nutrition Websites:

The Vegan RD
Jack Norris RD

Vegan Society Nutrition Section

Organic food can be expensive! Here are some places to buy good value organic food locally:

Newark Farm stall at Stroud Farmer’s Markert, Cornhill Stroud – every Saturday – probably the best value organic vegetables you’ll find locally.

StroudCo Food Hub   a not for profit organisation, with no retail shop to keep costs lower. StroudCo Food Hub sells organic grains and pulses amongst other things and delivers to drop-off points locally. Order online from their website.

Vegan About Cheltenham

17 Oct

A list of shops and places to eat/drink in the Cheltenham area of interest to vegans

SHOPS

Natural Grocery Store

Details:

150-156 Bath Rd, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7NG

www.naturalgrocery.co.uk

T: 01242 572 323

Open 8am to 10pm 7 Days a week (except bank holidays)

A well stocked grocery shop, with a large range of wholefoods, vegetables, some vegan alcohol, snacks and vegan products including plant milks,  braised tofu, the ‘Wheaty’ range of mock-meats, tempeh and seitan in jars. They also sell natural cleaning products and toiletries and vegetarian dog food.

Whole Foods Market

Details:

Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Gloucestershire GL51 9RR
T: 01242 542 950
Monday-Saturday: 8am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm (cafe open 10am)
Cheltenham Branch of Whole Foods health food chain-store, selling a range of vegan food and beauty products. They sell Vegusto Cheese, and specialist pantry ingredients including “liquid smoke” – used in lots of US Vegan recipes for smokey flavours. The store also has a cafe serving vegan options.

PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 23.14.26Poco Culina

Details: Vegan Food Delivery Service for central Cheltenham

T: 07500 312391 / E: pococulina@gmail.com

Poco Culina take their inspiration from the flavours and spices of the Middle East and Mediterranean. They are a mobile business and deliver lunch and evening meals in central Cheltenham. Or you can collect from them

Order by 9am on the morning of delivery (or collection). Poco Culina deliver to homes and workplaces by bike.

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 15.45.57Flamingos Vegan Bakery

Details: Stunning vegan cupcakes, biscuits & bars and big cakes all available to order for parties weddings and events. Collection from Flamingos in Cheltenham. 3 days notice required for small orders, 1 week for larger orders. Look out for Flamingos at local events and markets in Cheltenham too.

E: flamingosveganbakery@outlook.com

T: 07511507706

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-16-54-49Kindness & Co

38 Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JS

Details: Kindness & Co have a fresh, vibrant, seasonal menu with vegan options. For those in a rush there is also healthy food to take away.

E:

T: 01242 697 211

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 09.44.16Not Just Juice

290 High Street, Cheltenham (Above Up & Running Gym)
T: 07709 169997

Details: 100% vegan cafe, with a good range of items suitable for gluten-free and diabetic diners. Serving salads, healthy snacks, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and juices. They also have a kids menu.

The Core Kitchen

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 20.55.04Details: 201 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6HU

T: 01242 224 898

Opening hours:

8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday

10.00am-4.00pm Saturday

Closed Sunday

The Core Kitchen is a run by Jay Halford, raw food chef. There’s a good selection of healthy vegan options including juices and smoothies. They make a raw vegan cheesecake.

Apple Bar

Details: 42 Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2ND

8.30-6.00 Monday to Friday

9.00-6.00 Saturday and 10.30-5.00 Sunday

Apple Bar serve a range of fruit and vegetable juices, from a zingy carrot orange apple lemon and ginger to a green detox apple cucumber celery and spinach. Their vegan smoothie options combine whole fruits/vegetables and juices with ingredients such as natural peanut butter, oats, and soy milk. They can also mix in superfood powder boosters and soy protein powder.

Stable Pizza

Details: 40 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3NX

T: 01242 51416

e: cheltenham@stablepizza.com

Monday – Sunday Midday – 10pm

Stable have launched a vegan menu, with vegan pizzas

 

The Circus Bar Cheltenham

Details:

5, Queens Circus, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1RX

T: 01242 578393

A Samuel Smiths bar/pub. Samuel Smith’s brewery produces a wide range of beers and all of these, with the exception of Old Brewery Bitter, are vegan. However, I don’t think any of the food served is vegan-friendly – just the beer!

Mirage Sandwich & Salad Bar

Details:

38 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3NX

This sandwich bar has some good vegan options available. They make their own vegan burger, sausage and falafel mix on the premises. Unfortunately they don’t offer soya milk for tea/coffee yet.

Marinades

Details:

56 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1EE

Open for Dinner 6.30-9.30pm Tuesday-Friday, 6.30-10.30 Friday-Saturday

Open for Lunch Friday-Sunday 12noon-2.30pm

T:  01242 578811

www.marinades.co.uk

Gloucestershire’s only Carribbean restaurant is independant and family-run with vegan options available daily. Their website states that they are delighted to accommodate any dietary needs.

Menu items include: Home-made pan-fried vegan patter of white and yellow yam, squash, sweet potato, callaloo, peppers, onions and garlic. Served on a bed of wilted spinach and drizzled with a sweet mango syrup. Also Stir-fried Vegetables with Spicy Jerk Tofu and home-made sweet potato pudding.

The Curry Corner

Details:

133 Fair View Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2EX

T: 01242 528449

E: info@thecurrycorner.com

Curry corner have an inventive interesting menu and specialise in vegetarian food they also cook vegan dishes.

Pitta Place

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Details:

82 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1EE

T: 01242 234016 or 07909 331 900

The pitta place serve pitta breads and wraps with a variety of fillings. Vegan options include falafel and salads fillings. They also sell vegan flapjacks. A pitta with fillings is £3.90.

Paparritos Mexican Cantina

Details:

214-216 High Street Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3HF

T: 01242 511942

E: info@paparritos.com

Mexican food in the centre of Cheltenham Town. The vegetarian Burrito is a tasty tofu dish, and can be made vegan, although it’s marked as “vegetarian” on the menu.

Devine ‘Cheese’ & Fine Wine

5 Aug

One of our ‘cheese’boards – clockwise from left: Sheese Cheese & Chives, Cheshire Sheese, Gouda Sheese, Blue Style Cheezly, Pepperjack Cheezly

On a stormy summer evening we gathered in a couple of vegan group members’ small but cosy living-room to sample a range of vegan cheeses and quaff vegan wines.

For those of you not au fait with the world of vegan cheeses, like most vegan ‘fake’ foods they come in an entertaining array of names resembling the items they are based on. There’s Cheezly, Sheese and Parmazano not to mention No-moo and Creamy-smooth. They are mostly made from a mixture of vegetable fats, potato starch, rice flour and natural flavourings such as yeast, nut butters and spices. Some barely resemble the cheese they are attempting to imitate, whilst others nicely fill the fatty-salty-savoury-creamy role a cheese alternative should.

You can buy many locally from shops such as Sunshine Health Food Shop in Stroud, Green Spirit in Market St, Nailsworth and the Natural Grocery Shop in Cheltenham.

We’d brought a selection of cheeses to try, with the idea that we would get to try each one and discover which we liked the taste of. Everyone brought something along to nibble with the cheeses and some vegan drinks. There was a great selection of home-made chutneys, pickles, freshly baked bread, crackers, scones, salads, and even a yummy chocolate cheesecake for pudding.

pickletastic! fabulous home-made chutneys and a selection of pickled vegetables

After comparing the many cheeses on offer, most of us decided the No-Moo cheeses, made by Swiss-based company Vegusto were some of the best. We were especially keen on the “mild aromatic” flavour, which some of us felt most resembled what we can remember cheese tasted like (some of us have been vegan too long to remember such things!)

A selection of Vegusto’s “No-Moo” cheeses, clockwise from top: Walnut, Mild Aromatic, Classic, Piquant

Some of us also like the Blue-style Cheezly made by vegan food company Redwood, as it had a delicious tangy flavour reminiscent of stilton.

As for drinks we had a range of vegan-friendly wines and other drinks. We also enjoyed local bottled beers, made by Stroud Brewery. (Only the botted beers are vegan, the draught beers available in local pubs contain fish swim-bladder clearing agents. Lets hope Stroud Brewery decide it’s worth the extra custom to also make their draught beer suitable for veggies and vegans soon!) As many of you will know finding vegan-friendly booze can be frustratingly difficult due to poor labelling of drinks and secretive brewing industry processes. A comprehensive list of vegan-friendly alcholic drinks is available on the website Barnivore.

Aside from the good taste, perhaps the best thing about both the drinks and the ‘cheeses’  we’ve recommend above is that they are free from the products of animal exploitation.

Recipes from the evening:

You don’t have to buy vegan cheese, it’s easy to make your own such as this Cashew Ricotta

Cashew Ricotta

(based on recipe from the excellent cook-book Veganoimcon by Isa Chandra & Terry Hope Romero)

Ingredients:

Half a cup raw Cashew nuts

Juice of 1 and a half lemon

3 tbsp Olive Oil

A block of firm tofu

1 clove garlic

1 and a half tsp of salt

6 leaves fresh basil or 1 tbsp dried basil

Method:

Blend the cashews, lemon juice and olive oil until a grainy paste forms. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
Chill until use. Great in baked dishes, with pasta, or used as a dip.

Caramelised Onion Bread

Ingredients:

1 tsp dried yeast

2 cups warm water

1 tsp salt

4 cups strong white bread flour

For the topping:

2 onions sliced into fine rings, or 8 shallots

3 tbsp Olive oil

Method:

Put 1tsp yeast in a large bowl, and add 2 cups of warm water.

Whisk until the yeast has dissolved.

Add 1 tsp salt and whisk.

Add half of the flour and mix well, then add the following 2 cups of flour.

Cover with a tea-towel and leave in a warm spot for at least 2 hours, until risen and doubled in size.

Then caramelise the onions: Soften in olive oil with a lid on the pan until the onions turn transparent, then remove the lid and up the heat, stirring regularly until the onions are a golden brown.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.

Drizzle a little olive oil in a 9inch by 12 inch pan.

Turn the dough out into the pan, and spread it evenly

Drizzle the remaining oil on top of the dough of the and poke lots of holes in the dough with your fingers, then spread the caramelised onions on top

Bake for 25 mins or until risen and golden

(This dough is also great for pizza bases)

Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients:

8oz rich tea/digestive biscuits

4oz marg

I pack of silken tofu

8oz dark chocolate

Method:

Melt the marg and crush the biscuits. Mix them together and press down in a round cake tin to make the biscuit base, leave to cool.

Melt the chocolate. Whisk/blend the silken tofu and stir in the melted chocolate, leaving a little to put on the top. Smooth over the biscuit base, put rest of the melted chocolate on top and put in the fridge till you are ready to eat! Enjoy!

Olive Scones

Ingredients:

225g self raising flour

1/4 tsp  baking powder

50g ‘Pure’ or other vegan marg

pinch of salt

1 tsp dried oregano

about 8 olives, chopped

enough plain soya yoghurt to make a soft dough

Method:

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl

Add the marg and rub in until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs

Using a knife, stir in the olives and oregano

Gradually add the soya yoghurt, until you have a softish dough

Bring the dough together with your hands and knead lightly on the work surface.

Roll out on a floured surface to no less than 2cm deep.

Cut out your scones, re-rolling the mixture until you use it up

Bake on a baking tray in a preheated oven (200C/400F/Gas Mark6) for 12 – 15 mins until risen and sounding hollow when you tap one on the bottom!

Either serve straight away or cool on a wire cooling rack.

(If you want to make these in advance and freeze them, then you get a better result if you freeze before cooking, rather than after.)

Vegan About Gloucester

9 Dec

A list of shops, market stalls and places to eat in the Gloucester Area of interest to vegans

PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-17-18-27Bangkok Canteen

72 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2NZ
T: (0)1452 306 288

E: eat@bangkokcanteen.co.uk

Bangkok Canteen serves Thai dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The menu lists several vegan items all marked with a “VE” symbol, including Veg Tempura, Pad Thai with tofu and Vegan Kang Dang. They also have soya milk for tea/coffee.

 

Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, GL1 5SH

Monday – Sunday 11.30am-10pm

T: 01452 529066

Zizzi has a vegan menu which includes garlic bread, bruschetta, 3 types of vegan pizza, pasta dishes and desserts including gelato. They also have vegan wines.

120713PortivoLounge_042-690x470-1Portivo Lounge

Unit 106-107, Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet, Gloucester, GL1 5SH
T: 01452 300881

E:portivo@thelounges.co.uk

Portivo Lounge has a separate menu for vegans! Available to view online here. Vegan options include a range of sandwiches, salads, tapas, falafel, curry. There is even vegan breakfast options. Based on the quayside in Gloucester, you can dine outside and enjoy views of the historic docks, or inside Portivo Lounge has a shabby-chic, vintage vibe.

African Experience

Park House, Montpellier, Gloucester, GL1 1LF
T: 07470 001200

info@african-restaurant-gloucester.co.uk

Authentic african cuisine served in Gloucester. The African Experience have the following vegan items on their menu: 5 Beans cooked in peanut and tomato sauce, Ndengu (Moong Beans) in curry sauce, Lentils/Chick Peas in Ethiopian Sauce, Tofu Meals (either in Ethiopian sauce, curry sauce or a peanut and tomato sauce, Chick pea and butternut squash curry. As well as vegan sides such as plantains, cassava chips, vegetable samosas, Bhajia (deep fried potato slices coated in gram flour and coriander) and Chips Masala (chips in a sauce of spices).

Hill Top

Hilltops Masala Dosa19 Worcester St, Gloucester GL1 3AJ
T: 01452 308377

Opening times:
12.30 – 2.00pm Lunchtimes
6.00-11.30pm Dinner
7 days a week
This small, South-Indian and Nepalese restuarant serves a small selection of vegetarian items, many of which are also vegan. One of the most delicious items on the Hilltop menu is a masala dosa, or south indian pancake, made from fermented lentils and rice and filled with a mild lentil dal. They are crisp, delicious and dairy-free. They come with a spicy vegetable sauce and coconut chutney. Another one of Hilltop’s specialties are the uttapams, which are like indian cheeseless pizzas topped with yummy onion and pepper. All the food is packed with flavour and really good value,  it is just worth checking thoroughly about which items are vegan before you order.

Guru Coffee House

29 Brunswick Road, Gloucester

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Plenty of vegan options including soups, sandwiches, salads and breakfasts.

Cafe Rene

31 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1TP
T: 01452 309340

Opening times:
11.00am -9.30/10pm – Later on Fridays and Saturdays
Details:
Cafe Rene call themselves “Gloucester’s best known secret”! It’s a relaxed, friendly cafe/bar, with live music on the weekends, and food served during the day and evening. Vegan options available include:
• Trio of Roasted peppers stuffed with savoury rice, mushrooms and mixed vegetables served with salad
• Hummus, Olives, Sun-dried tomatoes and pitta Bread
• 3 bean salad and peppers with a mint vinaigrette with hummus and pitta bread

Robert Raikes’ House

Robert Raikes’s House, 38 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2DR
T: 029 2039 1910

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 12.00pm -23.00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12.00pm – 22.30pm
Details:
A Samuel Smith’s brewery-owned pub in a recently refurbished timber-framed building. Samuel Smith’s brewery produces a wide range of beers and all of these, with the exception of Old Brewery Bitter, are vegan. This is really unusual as most brewerys add Isinglass (from fish) to keg conditioned beers in order to make it look less cloudy. In addition to almost all the beers being vegan, the prices at Samuel Smith’s pubs are kept to the minimum, as they are only increased in line with alcohol duty and inflation increases. This means you can get a pint of vegan stout in Robert Raikes’ House for just a little over £2! The building dates from 1560. Robert Raikes, founder of the Sunday School movement published the Gloucester Journal newspaper there from 1758 and by 1772 all of his family had moved in. It has been restored with solid oak staircases and timber walls and beams. There are a series of rooms, ranging from small to large, with comfy chairs and fires. The pub often seems quite quiet and you can easily have a room to yourselves.
There are also a few vegan items on the food menu including Thai Green Curry.

Tang Tastic – Chinese Takeaway

122 Stroud Road, Gloucester GL1 5JN, England
Details:
A 100% vegetarian/vegan Chinese takeaway place. Has plenty of vegan options on the menu and will also make other dishes vegan upon request.

This is the old Pepper’s Shop – new one just around the corner in Bull Lane

Peppers Sandwich Bar

Bull Lane, Gloucester
T: 01452 384343

Details:

An organic sandwich shop and salad bar with some vegan options. They do not label the vegan options, but ask at the counter and they are very helpful. Newly moved from Westgate Street to Bull Lane, Peppers now has seating upstairs as well as outside.

SHOPS

Motala & Sons

95-99, Victoria St, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 4EP
Tel: 01452 525915

Details:
Firstly, a disclaimer, there is a halal butchers section in this shop. That aside, this is an amazing grocery shop particularly for it’s wide selection of bulk-bags of spices, grains and pulses – it can be a really cost effective way of buying vegan whole foods. Motala stocks lots of Asian foodstuffs including mock duck, silken tofu, and vegetable-based ghee. There is also a fresh produce section and you can get big bunches of coriander very cheaply. I particularly like the “chikki” they sell – it’s nuts set in a hardened sugar syrup with saffron. They sometimes stock vegan naan breads, but as with most shops, it is worth checking the labels as nothing is labelled as “vegan” specifically.

Gloucester Farmers Market

Where: At the crossroads between Eastgate, Westgate, Northgate and Southgate streets
When: Every Friday 9am-3pm
There are some vegan-friendly stalls at Gloucester Farmers Market, and it is a good place to shop for organic vegetables.
Vegan friendly stalls include:
Kuskus Foods – Beautifully fresh and flavourful Middle Eastern inspired food. They make an amazing aubergine caviar, and some pretty good falafel.
Gloucester Brewery – All bottled beer is suitable for vegans (although the bottles are not labelled, the brewery confirmed that no fish finings are used on the bottled beer.)

Vegan About Stroud

5 Dec

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