Review: Ultimate Vegan Cafe, Lichfield

If you’re a vegan living in Staffordshire, you’ve probably heard about Ultimate Vegan Cafe in Lichfield by now — it’s had great reviews on social media so far. The cafe offers a great range of vegan food, with plenty of gluten-free options too. It’s accessible, family-friendly, and has a great town centre location.

We’ve visited UVC several times now, so thought it was time for a review!

Keep reading to find out exactly what we thought of the menu, the space, the service and more.

Atmosphere

The cafe is beautifully decorated and feels really light and spacious. There are plenty of tables and it’s often full, although rarely feels too crowded.

Seating is a mix of smaller tables, long benches, and high tables with stools. We found the stools a little uncomfortable compared to the other seating options, but this is really down to personal preference.

There’s a lovely green theme with lots of hanging plants, cool wall art, and an overall ‘trendy’ feel. The cafe is located in the town centre with plenty of parking close by so it’s easy to get to.

Food

So, how was the food?

Everything on the menu looked simple but delicious, with options ranging from ‘tofish’ and chips and vegan burgers to all day brunch, jacket potatoes, and sandwiches. We thought the range was really good — there’s plenty to appeal to both vegans and non-vegans and the prices are very reasonable.

We sampled the Tofish and Chips first. The ‘tofish’ tasted very authentic, the chips were delicious, and everything was beautifully presented. This dish is definitely a highlight as you can’t find anything similar nearby.

Next, we tried the Homemade 5 Bean Chilli. This is a lovely, hearty option — perfect for colder days. It comes with a generous portion of nachos and has a delicious, fresh, home-cooked taste. This is an option that should go down well with both vegans and non-vegans, like much of the menu.

We also tried out the vegan burger, which was equally delicious and well-presented. Portion sizes are perfect, not too big and not too small.

UVC also offers a great range of milkshakes, soft drinks, and alcoholic drinks. Check out the amazing milkshake below if you’re looking for a sweet treat.

You can also purchase a selection of cakes, available to eat in or take away.

There’s a kids section on the menu, which is perfect if you’re visiting with family. The cafe is completely wheelchair accessible and family friendly — they even stock complimentary homemade vegan dog treats!

Verdict

If you’re looking for a friendly cafe with delicious, home-cooked vegan food at affordable prices, we’d highly recommend a visit to UVC. The menu is varied enough to appeal to almost any taste — vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or otherwise.

The atmosphere is great, and staff are friendly and attentive. It’s fully accessible and there are loads of lovely, thoughtful touches that make it a really special place to visit.

We love this place and will definitely be eating here for many years to come.

Check out Ultimate Vegan Cafe on their Facebook page to find out more and see the full menu. The cafe holds regular special events, so it’s definitely worth following their page to stay up-to-date.

Have you visited Ultimate Vegan Cafe in Lichfield? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

Eating Out Vegan in Liverpool: Our Kitchen Review (Guest Post)

When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.

For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.

This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.

Our Kitchen Review

Our Kitchen Liverpool

Location

Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Menu

The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.

Food and Pricing

The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry.  The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.

I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.

Service

Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.

Shop

At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.

I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.

Author Bio

Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.

Where to Get Vegan Fish and Chips in the UK

Did you think going vegan meant giving up fish and chips? Think again. A growing number of establishments are offering vegan alternatives to the old classic, and we’ve listed some of them below.

Loving Hut (London, Brighton, Norwich)

Loving Hut have branches in London, Brighton and Norwich, and offer this tasty looking vegan battered fillet and chips. Visit the Loving Hut website to see their full menu and list of locations.

The Peacock (Nottingham)

This pub offers a 100% vegan menu, featuring vegan variations on classic pub foods like pie, lasagne and fish and chips. Their ‘fish’ is made from battered tofu and seaweed and is served with homemade chips. You can follow The Peacock on Facebook to keep up to date.

Veggie Corner (Coventry)

All sorts of vegan takeaway options are available at Veggie Corner in Coventry, including fish and chips, battered sausage, pies and kebabs. Check out Veggie Corner on Facebook.

Matter Fastfoods (Bristol)

Matter Fastfoods serve vegan versions of chippy classics, including fried chicken, kebabs and wraps. Check out Matter Fastfoods on Facebook for more info.

Mono (Glasgow)

Mono is a vegan cafe bar in Glasgow. They serve a variety of tasty-looking dishes, including pizza, burgers, hot dogs and To-fish n’ chips. Check out the full menu on the Mono website.

Dove Pubs (London)

Dove pubs have two London branches, and offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including Belgian Beer battered ‘fish’ and chips. You can check out the Dove pubs website for full details.

Battered (various locations)

Battered is a vegan fish and chip trailer, travelling to various events around the country. You can see where they’ll be heading next on their Facebook page, Twitter page or the Battered website.

Potato Tomato (Whitstable)

This 100% vegan eatery serves tofish and chips, southern fried popcorn tofu, and lots more. Check out their full menu on the Potato Tomato website.

Shakey Shakey (Ramsgate)

This fish bar offers a vegan menu two days a week (currently Monday and Tuesday), and has some great reviews on Facebook!

Land & Sea Fish and Chips (Falkirk)

This chippy has a special vegan nights on Tuesday’s and offers a selection of vegan options during the rest of the week. They’ve got glowing reviews on Facebook, and full location details and opening times are available on the Land & Sea website.

The Veggie Chippy (Birmingham)

We’ve heard great things about the fish and chips from The Veggie Chippy, and there’s plenty of positive feedback on their TripAdvisor page – plus pictures of their extensive menu, which includes pizza, pasta, ‘vchicken’ and ‘vfish’.

The Railway Hotel (Southend)

The Railway Hotel is a vegetarian/vegan pub with an awesome menu. They currently serve vegan fish and chips, vegan mac and cheese, seitan wraps, and lots more. Check their website for the current menu before visiting.

Do you know of a place to get vegan fish and chips that we missed off this list? Let us know below or on social media.

For more UK vegan tips, follow us on:

Don’t forget to join our mailing list below for a monthly round up of all the new vegan products available in the UK.

 

New Vegan Menu at Ask Italian

Ask Italian have recently introduced a vegan menu, which includes bruschetta, baked dough balls, pizzas with a range of toppings (sadly no vegan cheese), and three different pasta dishes. There’s also a salad which sounds nice and filling, with avocado and butterbeans, plus sorbet for dessert.

ask-vegan

You can check out the full menu here, selecting your local restaurant from the drop down menu at the top, or ask for a copy in the restaurant.

ask-italian-vegan-menu-2016

It’s great to see so many chains introducing vegan menus and clearer labelling.

Which restaurant would you like to see a vegan menu from next?

For more UK vegan news and reviews, follow us on:

Don’t forget to join our mailing list below for a monthly round up of all the new vegan products available in the UK.

New Vegan Options at Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger have launched their ‘Not just for veggies’ campaign, introducing a wider range of tasty vegetarian options to their shops. You can check out the veggie menu here, and filter to see the whole range of vegan options, or check out our screenshots below!

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 15.00.51

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 15.01.07

We think the Acai Breakfast bowl sounds really tasty and unique, and the Chana Chaat Flatbread is a nice alternative to the usual falafel/houmous offerings in places like this. The Mushroom and Avocado Sushi Salad (pictured below) looks interesting and unique.

Mushrrom-sushi-salad pret

There are plenty of choices for both breakfast and lunch, and they all sound filling and healthy, with lots of unusual ingredients. We hope that other UK coffee chains will follow the great example being set by Pret A Manger.

Pret are even converting one of their Soho shops to vegetarian only for one month, to trial more options! You can read a full blog post from their CEO here.

For the month of June, Pret will convert an existing Soho shop to become vegetarian only. We are doing this both to challenge our chefs to come up with delicious veggie and vegan food and to ask our customers what they think should end up on Pret’s shelves permanently.

Have you tried any of the vegan options at Pret A Manger? Let us know what you thought in the comments.