Being vegan in Cornwall is getting easier and easier to achieve as cafes, restaurants and destinations respond to the rise in veganism across the county.
If you are coming here on holiday this year, be sure to order or read online the updated vegancornwall.org.uk guide to eating vegan, check out the cornwallvegans.uk website and ask to join one of the groups on face book covering the area.
Check out the recent stunning article by Abby Driver now available to read online. Seen this one before? This well written and comprehensive piece was published in June’s edition of Cornwall Life magazine.
We’ve had coverage UK wide just this week, lively, informative and sure to bring the visitors flocking, read about the new-look Newquay from Chantal Da Silva in The Independent.
Chantal writes, “The first time I planned a trip to Newquay, friends and coworkers were quick to warn me: “It’s a party town.” Like many Britons, they conjured images of streets packed with stag- and hen-dos and beaches bestrewn with hungover students recovering from a night out.
“Perhaps that’s why I was so surprised to discover a tranquil town so different from the one described when I arrived in Newquay. Clean beaches awaited me, dotted with a handful of surfers; I spotted more independent restaurants and bars than dance clubs and the frequency of the town seemed far more in tune with the ebb and flow of the waves of Fistral Beach than the booming soundscape of a busy nightclub.” read more
Chantal’s writing takes us on a surf lovers journey around Newquay’s changing sands, from the Tom Thumb and Jam Jar to the Green Heart Cafe, a favourite amongst vegan travellers and surfers alike!
Sprout not only offers the best of whole and healthy food, but a relaxing, cosy cafe off the main street and instore events for health, wellbeing and healing, nutrition and lifestyle.
This was the title of our first free vegan food tasting event in Tintagel, held in the Old School. And this question raised a great deal of interest, we were busy all day. Many people came, tried foods and talked with us about what we had on offer, sourcing products, the recipes, as well as aspects of seeking to live a more compassionate lifestyle.
We offered a variety of foods, some home-made, some ready made. We shared samples of cous-cous, roasted vegetables, houmous, sushi, sausage rolls, nut roast, curry, pasties, scones and a wide range of dairy-free cheeses. There were a number of tempting desserts on offer, so often lacking or unimaginative when we eat out. We offered truffles, cheesecakes, chocolate pecan tart, meringues, chocolate cake with coconut cream. We shared a variety of milks, accompaniments, breakfast cereals, etc.
We aimed to show that vegan food is exciting, flavoursome and no more expensive than any other way of eating.
Several companies were very generous in supporting the event, for example, Holland and Barrett, Tesco, and Pengenna Pasties, who gave us a big range of their products to share. We owe all these companies enormous thanks for their support.
We made up a small booklet of the recipes of the foods we shared, which sold out on the day! We had leaflets on different vegan related topics supplied by Animal Aid. Also, we made some of our favourite cook books available for people to peruse.
Most food was gone by the mid afternoon. We had many fruitful discussions, on recipes, on where to source products, on nutrition, how to remove gluten from some products, on the ethics of living vegan and the issues that surround it aside from diet. Since the event, people have shared pictures of food they have made from the recipe booklet, and given positive feedback about the things they tasted with new intentions to source items we shared they had not known about before.
Everybody was made to feel welcome and the event proved to be very popular. We are now planning a future event in Tintagel, and intend to do the same in other towns in North Cornwall.
In addition, Edwina is planning to create a vegan night, starting around Easter, every Friday night at Anniden in Tintagel, profits going to various animal charities. Look out for details of both…
At FireDance Pizza we have always taken our responsibility to run our business with as little impact on the environment very seriously. We are taking these ideals to the next level and have created a full vegan menu. We have both preferred a plant based diet for thirty years and became vegan two years ago.
We pride ourselves on our ability to prepare a wide variety of toppings and having made the decision to create a full vegan menu, we are keen to offer the same range of choice to those who have made the decision to consume more responsibly.
As vegans ourselves we are ideally qualified to offer tasty vegan treats to our customers and have been careful to ensure that our vegan recipes are as tasty (if not tastier) than our regular pizzas.
In order to create our delicious vegan cheese topping we use a blend of vegan cheese, nutritional yeast flakes and olive oil. We have never used dairy or eggs in our breads and have processes in place, and a five-star hygiene rating from Cornwall Council, ensuring that no vegan pizza is ever contaminated with meat or dairy products.
You will be able to order from our full vegan menu, which is nearly finalised and included here to get your taste buds working, from Wednesday 1st February 2017. Until then you can still grab one of our currently available vegan pizzas; the Vegan Vegetali, the Vegan Supreme (all the vegetables) and our Margherita, plus we are now able to make Vegan Garlic Breads, with or without cheese… they are delicious. Our new menu will include vegan alternatives to many of our most popular pizza toppings. Using vegan Quorn ™ and tofu we are able to create vegan pizzas that surpass the tastes and textures of other meaty offerings.
All of the information regarding our pitches, pricing and menu are available from our website. We hope to see you soon, Nick and Dru x
We caught up with Danielle in darkest Pool, near Camborne and she told us the secrets of Vood Food..
“I would like to introduce to you my vendor business: Vood Bar. We are a brand new venture and all of our products are 100% vegan friendly. We are a mobile catering outlet and you’ll find us at local events, festivals and weddings. We pride ourselves on our cooking; all of our scrumptious food is homemade from scratch and we believe this shines through in the quality and taste of our products.”
During test events and tasting evenings, we found that our vegan outlook is just as popular with non-vegans as it is with our ‘fundamentalists’. Our delicious meals are bursting with flavours and there really is something for everyone!
Customers can also purchase hot and cold beverages with their food including fabulous cocktails as we are fully licenced! We always aim to showcase around 5 different cocktails in order to maximise choice. They of course are 100% vegan-friendly too and are freshly made to order.
We are very excited about our journey and look forward to sharing this venture with our fellow ‘Voodies’..
The New Year is traditionally a time of new beginnings, changing habits, doing something new, and having no money. What better time to eat fruits and veggies, get a head start with health and find a more compassionate and just outlook on life! Vegetable, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds and grains can be vastly cheaper whilst you recover from the excesses of Christmas, and you will find that eating ‘like you give a damn’ will help your heart in more ways than one! Team up with Veganuary this January and get help, tips, support and lots of information and check out the Nutritionfacts .org website for all things nutritional and health related. You can also buy Dr Greger’s book “How not to Die” on the same site..and live to see the next new year in too!
We ‘re so cheerful!
Seriously though, you still may want to eat out and about and theres a great guide to help you do this that covers the majority of Cornwall’s eateries, take aways, bars and cafes. Its called VeganCornwall and it is an amazing collection of experienced reviews. Please though, if theres anything you notice that has changed, drop them a line, they will be happy and grateful that you took the time to let them know of any updates and changes!
Where to shop for food and what to replace certain foods with is another question we all get asked regularly when starting out vegan. Many foods that you already buy will be suitable, read the labels and especially the allergen advice as this will highlight or bold many common allergens which you can then avoid. If you are severely allergic, however, you may already know not to to consume certain processed foods as the ‘may contain’ means that it has been made in an area or factory where allergens are present. Milk and egg are easy to spot in these sections. Many supermarkets are now producing their own lists of products SFV-suitable for vegans- and are often quite good at labelling their own brand products, (these lists from VeganWomble are excellent). In addition, you can find some up to date info on the Veganuary site too!
More and more the shift towards vegan food and drink is mainstreaming into the supermarkets. A recent photograph taken in Tesco shows the wealth and extent of plant milks there are available .. and when you’ve found one you like, you can always give making it yourself a go too! (should the desire arise..).
When you have taken a few steps around getting ingredients, it may be time for your first dinner party. One of the most accessible sites for this is Buddhist Chef, I guarantee your mouth will start to water just looking at the pictures!
On facebook? the Great GloVegan Hang Out group page has just the right mix of helpful advice, delicious recipes and informative chat! Ask to join today and you will receive all the support you need to start your vegan journey..we were all pre-vegans once, not many of us grew up vegetarian let alone vegan, we remember what what is was like and we want to share all our experiences ..you can benefit from the sharing of the wealth of knowledge..go on, you know you want to!
Vegan and ethical businesses in Cornwall – from cakes to crimping!
WE all know how frustrating it can be when you would really rather want to do business with someone that shares your ethical beliefs or is just ‘on your wave-length’. Here at Cornwall Vegans we share the thought that we can have an even more positive impact by supporting those businesses and services that do just that!
Hair Salons Hand-made soap
Hayley Arlidge – Hair TodayOrganic Hair Salon, Falmouth
An independent, eco-friendly hair salon. Men and women (and kids too!) A refreshing change from typical chain hairdressing, we offer cuts and colours tailored to you using our vegan, cruelty-free products, which are also free from ammonia, PPDs, resorcinol, parabens, and other nasties. Both of us have over 12 years experience and we are friendly birds. Feel free to pop in for a chat and a cuppa (with soy milk!)
Bed and Breakfast
Alex Taylor –Bleujennow Vegan B&B, Penzance
Stepping lightly on the earth is important to us, so as well as avoiding harm to animals by being vegan, we take the environment seriously, and most waste goes into our compost bins, up to Bleujennow Crafts to be upcycled, or recycled. We have solar panels on the roof, high energy performance ratings on all our machines, and reduce water use as much as possible. You are on holiday, so your comfort is our first priority, but we hope you will also be aware of reducing waste and energy!
We also want to encourage you to come by public transport, so we provide free pick-up and drop-off to and from the train and bus stations. To help you travel light, we have available lots of things to borrow. Cot, highchairs, changing mat, baby bath, books, toys for babies and toddlers; beach towels, beach chairs, body boards, wet suits, buckets and spades for the beach; wellies and backpack for walks. In the house, we have slippers and bathrobes provided.
Michael Housevegan guest house situated on the rugged north coast, Treknow nr Tintagel. The house was built by a Cornish family, with locally quarried slate and stone, about one hundred years ago and was transformed into an entirely vegetarian/vegan guest house in 1995. Vanessa and Simon Lackford took over the guest house in 2004. Vanessa also practices mindfulness; and the guest house is home to both dogs and cats. You can be picked up from the nearest train station if travelling by train or bus.
Animal Sanctuaries and rescue centers
Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary Looe
Wild Futures is the only UK primate welfare and conservation charity rescuing, campaigning, educating and providing sanctuary to primates in need. We also support projects overseas, working to protect primates and habitats worldwide. Please note that the Tree-Top Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with many vegan options!
Baking and cooking/caterers
Little Green Vegan BakeryA small, friendly business in Cornwall providing delicious vegan cakes and savoury treats. Happy to adapt recipes to be gluten free, low sugar or organic ❤Hand made vegan cakes. Find Jocelyn’s’ cakes at the Cornish Vegan!
Pure PressedRefreshing natural food and drink products made in minimal batches and packed with vital nutrients. Our cold pressed juices, smoothies and raw snacks are completely natural, unpasteurised and contain no preservatives or additives. Nothing added, Nothing removed!
Superfood for healthy living.
Natures TreatsLovingly handcrafted cakes and truffles, made using nature’s finest ingredients. Free from dairy, soya, gluten, palm oil and refined sugar. Vegan friendly.
Cornish Vegan Pasty Company Game changing pasties delivered frozen to your door! The Cornish Vegan Pasty Company has developed a range of pasties to rival it’s non-vegan counterparts. Missing meat does not mean missing out. Order yours or find out where a local stockist is near you!
Lifestyle and bloggers
Driftwood VegansOur very own favourite blog site, seasonal and varied blog posts from the talented Scooby! Worn by tide and time but still hanging about on the beach….. In a small Cornish village by the sea, two vegans discuss life, light, music, surf and what they are going to have for dinner.
TBT 90 Total Body Transformation“For years I’ve watched women (and a lot of men) make themselves miserable doing something that’s supposed to make them happier – and healthier.
If you’re not happy with your body right now, you’ve probably heard that the path to better health starts with losing weight. What you may not have heard though, is that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ve got to start by being healthier.” Personal trainer
The Hectic Vegan “I started The Hectic Vegan as a means to show people that being a vegan can be easy, especially when you have a hectic life, and little time to eat, let alone spend hours in the kitchen making all your food from scratch using all fresh ingredients every night.
So subscribe, then sit back and read the stories, check out the pics, and try out the recipes I share with you, to help make your vegan life that little bit easier!”
Bertie Justice – activist, blogger and photographer, and speaks regular at VegFest and local festivals in the south West too!
The website will take you to the blog, see the videos on the Festival page!
Design, marketing and websites
Cafes, restaurants and bars
The Cornish Vegan – The Cornish Vegan has a 100% vegan offering delicious and wholesome plant-based food in Truro. With original artwork on the walls from artist Sophie Poore, the ambiance and the service will delight any visitor. For regular clientele, we can always rely on the Cornish Vegan for friendly company at meet ups and get togethers!
Vegan food available for delivery in and around St Austell, and hot and cold takeaway too! (Deliveries cooked with fresh ingredients, then frozen for your convenience.) Buy soups, chilli, curry, bagels, baguettes, couscous, cakes, flapjacks, and energy bars, children’s snack bags include food, a drink, and a toy! Opening times and current menu varies so check our Facebook page for details!
Health and Wellbeing
Tranquilla Rosa Complementary Therapies
Alternative & Holistic Health · Aromatherapy · MassageTranquilla Rosa Complementary Therapies was established by Jessica Sjoholm, who discovered the benefits of complementary therapies for stress and anxiety and decided that she wanted to help others to overcome similar problems.