Camping out with 12,000 vegans – a joyous way to celebrate the return to post-pandemic ‘normality’

I’m going to fess up straight away and admit I attended the UK Vegan Campout 2021 in absolute decadence. Hiring a six-person campervan for two of us meant we avoided the epic queues to fulfil the basic human needs of eating and toileting at a festival of 12,000 hungry vegans at Newark Showgrounds in Nottinghamshire.Continue reading “Camping out with 12,000 vegans – a joyous way to celebrate the return to post-pandemic ‘normality’”

The plant-based cheesemonger’s offering a rich selection of excellent vegan treats in London

“But, cheese…” Those whimpered two words are frequently the first response from omnivores at any mention of veganism. And it’s true that for many of us, cheese is initially the hardest food to give up. That was definitely the case for me; though it was never going to be something to which I returned onceContinue reading “The plant-based cheesemonger’s offering a rich selection of excellent vegan treats in London”

From simple roots above a yoga studio in Cambridge to the heart of London, a glorious vegan restaurant blooms

RESTAURANT REVIEW Stem and Glory, London Tucked away in an airy, open square not far from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican is one of London’s newest vegan restaurants. Stem and Glory, which opened in January 2019, is a long way from its unpretentious roots on top of a small yoga studio a 15-minute walkContinue reading “From simple roots above a yoga studio in Cambridge to the heart of London, a glorious vegan restaurant blooms”

My dad arrested the Nazi whose daughter became his first wife… How I finally came to share a Second World War history I never appreciated

A family’s history is wrought from stories, but there comes a point as a kid where you glaze over when your parents tell you the tale of yours. Again. And again. And even though the details might change, as they often do when time colours them, you’ve heard the various riffs so many times thatContinue reading “My dad arrested the Nazi whose daughter became his first wife… How I finally came to share a Second World War history I never appreciated”

‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Toni, became a vegan after learning about the horrific conditions of farmed chickens while conducting research as part of her work as a microbiologist My name is Toni, and I am a 26-year-old microbiologist from Manchester. I live with myContinue reading “‘I have learnt how to get all the nutrients I need and, as a vegan, I am the healthiest I have ever been’”

Multifocal motor neuropathy wants a piece of me… but I’m fortunate to have the help I need to fight back

Bardo Burner’s co-editor reflects on her struggle with multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN), a rare and incurable autoimmune disease. She has found much to be grateful for, discovering her predicament is not as hopeless as it first seemed This morning I woke up, picked up the large mug of tea my husband had left on theContinue reading “Multifocal motor neuropathy wants a piece of me… but I’m fortunate to have the help I need to fight back”

‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Our latest contributor, Heather, became a vegan as a result of conducting some health-related research – and coincidentally coming across photos showing the horrific reality of the dairy industry I’m Heather, I’m 30 and I live in the North of Scotland with myContinue reading “‘I’m glad my daughter is growing up in a world where it’s easy to be a vegan’”

One of the best options for a vegan meal in Eastbourne turns out to be a traditional seafront pub

I found myself in Eastbourne, in the depths of the pandemic, trawling through the ever-useful Happy Cow app for a place to get a good vegan meal. Even in desperate times, I’d rather plump for a bag of ready salted and a satsuma to keep myself fuelled than give my money to a restaurant withContinue reading “One of the best options for a vegan meal in Eastbourne turns out to be a traditional seafront pub”

‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’

A series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life A serious illness in the family reminded our latest contributor, Jakki, just how precious life is and helped inspire her to become a vegan I’m 55 in July, and have never felt healthier or more energised; I owe it all to veganism. IContinue reading “‘Becoming a vegan has transformed me – I appreciate life more and healthier eating has left me fitter than ever’”

Excellent restaurants in Florence that show it’s possible to deliver a vegan take on classic Italian cuisine

No greater is the divide between vegan and vegetarian food perceived, perhaps, than in the world of Italian cuisine. The thought of missing out on the culture of creamy cheesiness that this country has to offer and being confined to tomato-based sauces was not too appealing before a recent trip to Florence. But thanks toContinue reading “Excellent restaurants in Florence that show it’s possible to deliver a vegan take on classic Italian cuisine”