Veganuary, Devon style
Do your bit for Veganuary and support local! Order from a vegan milkman, tuck into a plant-based recipe box, and relax in a vegan bubble bath.
Over half a million people say they’re going vegan for January. If you’re one of them, take a look at these 10 Devon businesses offering vegan takeaways, wine, choc, milk, cakes, skincare and more during Veganuary and beyond.
Support the local heroes
Heart-warming stuff coming from chef Ash at Brixham’s Curious Kitchen, with four special Veganuary offerings designed to help local foodie businesses, keep prices down and do everyone a good turn in a particularly dire January. He’s partnered with ReRooted (below) to offer hot drinks with milk alternatives at the lower price of dairy; recreated their most popular Supper Club dish, called Indian summer from The Cactus Kitchen; serving up uber-indugent choc tarts from vegan takeaway, Tam’s Kitchen, and supporting a planned new start-up from one of his staff, Chloe, by showcasing her overnight oats smothered in fruit. What a hero.
Pass the milk alternative
Moo-ve over milk, we want dairy-free organic drinks in returnable, refillable glass bottles and not from a cow, thank you. Totnes-based Rerooted Organic deliver coconut, oat and almond milk to your door just like an old-fashioned milkman from an electric milk van, or if you’re outside of area, nab yours via their partnership with Riverford. I highly recommend their oat milk: creamy and not too sweet.
It’s a wrap
Loved by in-the-know Plymothians, the Cosmic Kitchen twins, Gabriela and Lucia are offering a Veganuary special of any of their mouth-watering wraps, fries and a drink for £12. Pop by the Barbican to collect everyday 12-6 (4pm on Sundays) or order a local Deliveroo.
Craving a cheese hit? Tuck into Roots & Thyme‘s lasagne or maybe a Mac and cheese, which is so ‘cheesy’ the non-vegans won’t need to smother it in cheddar. Owner and vegan mum, Corrine (she used to own Salcome’s Kidz & Co) makes lunchtime deliveries Monday to Friday to lucky locals around Kingsbridge and the South Hams, so she can fit it around her 5 year-old son and official last tester, Bobby. When Bobby goes to bed this one-woman whirlwind whips up her sweet postal boxes available nationwide, including 8 types of brownies. So authentic customers frequently double check they’re vegan.
Bath and body
After radiant skin and guilt-free dewy loveliness? Handcrafted soaps, Zao make-up, and a new range of soothing Bath Mylks: every-lovely-thing is vegan and palm-oil free at Exeter’s Soap Daze. While the Fore Street store is shut for the foreseeable, go online and quote LOCKDOWN3 at the checkout and owner Sharon will let you have 20% off until the end of lockdown.
You might think that a drink made from fermented grapes would automatically be vegan but some producers use animal-derived products (boiled fish bladder anyone?) to clarify their wine. Assuming no-one in their right mind could possibly be doing Veganuary, Lockdown 3.0 and dry January, make Exeter’s Pullo your go-to for natural vegan wines, beer, Perry and cider, or the award-winning Barnaby’s Brewhouse for tasty lagers, all animal-free.
Room for another choc?
Oh go on then, but only if it’s handmade by the fabulous Noo (aka Nick) the owner of the new Domea Favour on Royal William Yard. A former fine dining chef, he specialises in quality, quirky chocs with built-in puns like his chocolate teapot. As apparently men like chocolate too he created a pocket watch choc cast from his very own watch for the blokes, and ooh, chocolate stilettos. (Can’t think who’d want those.) Every choc, truffle and beautifully made bar he makes is available vegan-style. If you’re passing his way (Tues – Sunday), do say hi while grabbing a takeaway brew and homemade pain au chocolat or buy online.
Pressed for time? Riverford recipe boxes are the easy-peasy way to go. With three on the menu each week, plus three veggie, the choice from 11 Jan is Tomato & Butterbean Curry, Roast Broccoli Maftoul with Miso (Maftoul is a large type of couscous) and Groundnut Sweet Potato Bake & Black Rice. All cost £12.45 and they’re a great way to sample new ingredients, with just a whiff of the novelty of eating out.
Let them eat cake
After a celebration cake for someone who loves all things glittery and sparkly? Tanya at Teignmouth’s pretty-in-pink vegan and gluten-free cafe, Kub (currently closed), makes cute bespoke cakes, from cat themes to surfboards, and she’s very proud of how her miniature schnauzer driving a Mazda went too. She’s a vegan after discovering her son’s respiratory problems stopped forever when he gave up milk, so she followed suit and now serves only vegan and gluten-free. (Teignmouth and surrounding areas for delivery or collection).
Ice, ice baby
Too cold for an ice cream, you say? Not if you dollop it on a steaming hot waffle! Fravocado are based just down the road from me in Dawlish and make the creamiest, most astonishingly delicious ice-cream from avocado and coconut. Their Original is smooth and coconutty or try their new Blueberry flavour at Ullacombe Farm Shop. Pop a tub in your Waitrose basket today, I say.