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!

Plamil So Free Vegan Chocolate Review

Looking for vegan chocolate that’s available in loads of delicious flavours, with reduced sugar and organic options? You’re in the right place! This week we were sent a selection of chocolate bars from the Plamil So Free range. They’re all totally vegan, use certified cocoa, and are made using 100% renewable energy.

We were really impressed by how wide the chocolate range is — there are loads of different types and a selection of these bars would make a great gift. Keep scrolling for our thoughts on each bar.

So Free Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative

We started with the milk chocolate alternative. It was really tasty — a good balance between chocolate-y and creamy. We really liked the thin bar, and think this would be perfect for snacking or baking.

So Free Tropical Orange Organic Dark Chocolate

Orange chocolate is always a winner, and this one was really tasty. It’s got a strong orange flavour that works really well with the dark chocolate — a nice one to buy if you miss chocolate orange at Christmas.

So Free Intense Mint Organic Dark Chocolate

We loved the peppermint flavour of this one, it was really fresh. We were impressed that all the flavoured chocolate bars in the range had good strong flavours.

So Free Espresso Dark Chocolate

This was definitely a favourite for us! The coffee flavour is really rich and the scent hits you the second you open the packet. It pairs nicely with the dark chocolate, and the smaller 35g bar size makes this a nice treat option. The packet says ‘No Added Sugar’, but you really won’t miss it!

So Free Cool Mint Dark Chocolate

Another 35g bar option that would be perfect for throwing into a lunchbox or handbag. Again, a nice strong, fresh minty flavour. This bar is also labelled ‘No Added Sugar’.

So Free Organic White Chocolate Alternative

Vegan white chocolate can be hard to find, so this is a really nice option to have. The chocolate is creamy and sweet without being too sickly, a definite bonus.

So Free Smooth Cocoa and Coconut

This Cocoa and Coconut is labelled ‘Less than 4% Sugars’ so it’s a great option if you don’t want too much sugar. The coconut flavour is noticeable without being overwhelming, and the texture is slightly different to the other bars.

So Free Organic Dark Chocolate Sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar

We really enjoyed this bar — it’s sweeter than dark chocolate usually is, without losing any of the richness. We haven’t come across any other chocolate that’s sweetened using coconut blossom sugar and would definitely get this bar again.

This range definitely has something for everyone — our personal favourites were the Espresso Dark Chocolate and the Dark Chocolate Sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar. We love that Plamil have so many different types of chocolate, offer low sugar and organic options, and are committed to using renewable energy.

Want to check out the full Plamil So Free vegan chocolate range? Head over to the Plamil website. You can also find Easter eggs, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day gifts, chocolate spreads, and advent calendars.

Have you tried any of the So Free chocolate bars? Let us know what you thought in the comments or on social media!

P.S. We were sent these chocolate bars for free, but all opinions are genuine.

9 Egg-citing Vegan Easter Eggs for 2019

Are you ready to eat way too much vegan chocolate this Easter? You’re in luck because 2019 is already looking like one of the best years for vegan Easter eggs yet. We’ve included lots of options sold in UK supermarkets, with something for every budget.

1. Buttermilk Choc Honeycomb/Choc Orange Easter Eggs

Despite the name, Buttermilk have two delicious, vegan-friendly eggs on sale at Sainsbury’s. Choose from Choc Honeycomb or Choc Orange.

2. Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Easter Egg

A caramel flavour egg that comes with raspberry and caramel fondant truffles, yum. For a ‘luxury’ option, it’s not too expensive at £6.50 and is reduced to £5 until 2nd April! There’s also a dark chocolate version with orange and raspberry truffles.

3. ASDA Extra Special Free From Easter Egg Selection

Can’t decide what you want this year? For £4.50 you can have THREE vegan Easter eggs: chocolate with raspberry pieces, white chocolate with vanilla, and dark chocolate with cocoa nibs. Perfect for families!

4. Sainsbury’s Free From Strawberry and White Chocolate Egg

Have you been desperate for a pink vegan Easter egg? If so, you’re in luck with this strawberry and white chocolate treat from Sainsbury’s. It’s £3.50 and they also have (less exciting) chocolate and white chocolate versions.

5. Hotel Chocolat Soft Boiled Easter Egg

How crazy is this ‘Soft-Boiled Egg’ from Hotel Chocolat?! It’s pricey at £10 but definitely a fun novelty. It’s great to see that there’s a dedicated section for vegan Easter eggs on the Hotel Chocolat website.

6. Buttermilk Caramelised Cacao Nib

Another delicious-looking vegan option from Buttermilk — this one is £12 at Waitrose.

7. Aldi Dark Chocolate Egg with Hazelnut Truffles

Aldi have stepped up their game this year with an Organic Dark Chocolate Egg & Hazelnut truffles. This one is perfect for Ferrero Rocher fans.

8. Moo Free Chocolate Orange Egg

Moo Free have been selling these popular vegan Easter eggs for years now, and they’re a great choice for kids. There’s milk chocolate, chocolate orange, and ‘bunnycomb’.

9. Kinnerton Just Chocolate Dark Chocolate Egg & Large Bar

Even Iceland are offering a vegan Easter egg this year, hooray. This one’s £6 for 195g.

Which Easter egg are you planning to treat yourself to this year? Have you spotted any other cool vegan products this Easter? We’re excited to try the new avocado jelly sweets from Waitrose!

Leave a comment below or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your finds.

Top Vegan Finds at Iceland (Cheap & Delicious Vegan Food)

Ever walked past your local Iceland and thought, ‘Nah, there won’t be anything vegan in there…’? You’re wrong! Iceland is actually full of excellent vegan options and we’re here to share some of our favourites. Lots of these products aren’t available in other supermarkets so it’s well worth popping in to stock up.

No Cheese Pizzas

Vegan pizza that doesn’t cost a fortune!! Choose from the No Cheese Italian Garden Pizza and the No Cheese Houmous Pizza. We’ve heard that these are tasty but a little watery — but at just £2 each they’re definitely worth a try.

Cadbury Bournville Orange Dark Chocolate

This Bournville Orange Dark Chocolate is delicious and only costs a pound! We’d definitely recommend stocking up if you’re a fan as we’ve only ever spotted this at Iceland.

No Bull Vegan Meat Range

The ‘No Bull’ range of products is completely vegan and has a dedicated fridge in most stores, as well as being available online.

Here’s what you can choose from:

  • No Bull Jalapeño Burgers
  • No Chick Crispy Fillets
  • No Chick Chunks
  • No Bull Meatballs
  • No Bull Mince
  • No Bull Sausages
  • No Chick & No Porkies Paella
  • No Bull Chilli and Rice
  • Asian Burgers
  • Tofu Vegetable Burgers
  • Green Vegetable Balls

Priced between £1 and £3.50 this is way more affordable than most meat alternatives in other supermarkets.

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages

These vegan sausages are a favourite of vegans everywhere, and they’re usually on offer for £1 at Iceland, so it’s definitely the best place to get them.

Zesty Bean Quinoa Steam Bags

These Zesty Bean Quinoa Steam Bags are a really easy lunch/side dish option and they’re nice and healthy! Iceland is actually much better for healthy options than you might think – you can also buy Frozen Cauliflower Rice Steam Bags.

Slimming World Free Food Vegetable Dhal and Chana Saag

The Vegetable Dhal and Chana Saag curries from Slimming World are accidentally vegan and have great reviews. Yum. A few of the Slimming World soups are also vegan-friendly.

Iceland Frozen for Freshness Mushroom Mix

This mushroom mix contains Oyster Mushroom, Button Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushrooms, Nameko Mushrooms, and Porcini Mushroom. We haven’t seen anything similar in other supermarkets and really like the look of this.

Is Iceland Good for Vegans?

Iceland is billed as the UK’s cheapest online supermarket and it has some really great vegan options that you can’t get anywhere else.

However, while you can find basics like soy milk, Iceland is lacking products like vegan cheese, yoghurt, mayonnaise, cake, etc — so it might not be the best place for your big shop.

We’d say it’s worth shopping at Iceland for specific products like the ones above. Since you only have to spend £35 to get free delivery, it’s feasible to do an online shop here every once in a while… even if you just buy 35 bars of Orange Bournville.

Do you shop at Iceland? What’s your favourite vegan find there?? Let us know below or on Twitter.

P.S. This post contains affiliate links, so we’ll earn a little commission if you use them when you shop at Iceland – which helps keep My Vegan Supermarket going.

Best Vegan Sausage Rolls in the UK (It’s Not Just Greggs!)

Can’t find the Greggs vegan sausage roll anywhere? Want one you can cook at home? Just fancy trying some other options? We’ve got you covered – keep scrolling to see where else you can grab a delicious vegan sausage roll in the UK.

1. Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll

Who hasn’t heard of the Gregg’s vegan sausage roll by now? It’s flaky, delicious, and only £1!


2. Pound Bakery Vegetarian Sausage Roll

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Pound Bakery have been selling this vegan-friendly vegetarian sausage roll for years. It’s part of their 2 for £1 deal so it’s a great cheaper option when you’re hungry.


3. Tesco Mini Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

These mini vegetarian sausage rolls from Tesco are our personal favourite – they never fail to go down well with non-vegans and they’re really easy to throw in the oven.


4. Veg Out Jumbo Sos Roll

This Jumbo Sos Roll is available in the fridge at most branches of Holland and Barrett, along with some similar pasties. It’s definitely not as tasty as the others on the list, but still a nice easy lunch option when you’re on the go.


5. Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

These Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage Rolls are another firm favourite and they’re easy to cook at home. We prefer the miniature Tesco option but these are still worth trying!


6. Fry’s Vegan Sausage Roll

The Fry’s Sausage Roll is fairly new to Sainsbury’s. Have you tried it? Let us know what you thought!

5. Waitrose Vegan Lincolnshire Style Rolls

New ‘Lincolnshire Style Rolls’ from Waitrose – these have great reviews and there’s also a Creamy Onion and Chive Roll in the same range.

Vegans in the UK are definitely spoilt when it comes to sausage roll options. Which popular pasty would you like to see veganised next?? We’re hoping for a vegan Cornish pasty.

Top 10 Vegan Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Plant-Based Partner (2019)

Looking for an awesome gift for your other half this Valentine’s Day? Or just want to treat your vegan bestie to something special? This Vegan Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has you covered, with something to cater to every budget.

1. TheVeganKind Subscription Box

TheVeganKind subscription box really is the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s a great option if you want to give your partner selection of awesome vegan treats each month.

You have two options to choose from:

The Lifestyle Box, which starts at £8/month and contains 6 or 7 vegan products, delivered monthly.

The Beauty Box, which starts from £12.75/month and contains a mix of skincare, cosmetics and beauty products, delivered every two months.

You can purchase 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions. These are really easy to set up online, and TheVeganKind will email the recipient a gift code on your chosen date — a great option if you’re worried you’ll forget about Valentine’s Day altogether!!

2. Pocket Sriracha Keyring

Is there a vegan alive who doesn’t love sriracha?? Probably not. This is a really fun little gift for the sriracha lover in your life. It comes empty, to remember to buy a bottle of sauce to go with it!

3. Vegan Bunny Soy Candle

We LOVE these candles from Vegan Bunny. They’re 100% vegan, made from soy, and beautifully presented in these cute tins.

There are tons of different scents, including:

  • Lavender
  • Rose Blossom
  • Unicorn Tears and Glitter
  • Chai Latte
  • Baby Powder
  • Peppermint

We think these candles feel a lot more ‘special’ than any you’d buy on the high street, and prices start at £12.

4. Tofuture Tofu Press

Give the gift of perfectly pressed tofu with the famous Tofuture Tofu Press. Bonus points if you also get them some tofu to test it out on.

5. The Goodness Project Vegan Snack Hamper

Want to buy a vegan treat box that isn’t on a subscription? This box from The Goodness Project is the perfect option – and it’s even available on Amazon Prime, if you’ve left things a little late…

6. Booja Booja The Gourmet Selection

Booja Booja make some of the fanciest (and most delicious) vegan chocolates out there, and The Gourmet Selection Box makes an excellent gift.

7. Lush ‘Peach and Love’ Gift Set

The Lush ‘Peach and Love’ gift set is only £10.95 and contains ‘The Love Boat’ bath bomb, plus the ‘Peachy’ bath bomb.

They’ve got plenty more vegan products in the Valentine’s Day range, so it’s worth having a browse if this set isn’t quite what you’re looking for.

8. Votch Vegan Watch

Votch, the vegan leather watch company, sell beautiful watches suitable for men and women. They’re pricey, but perfect if you’re looking for something really special.

Lots of different styles are available, so it’s worth having a browse – or getting one of their gift cards instead.

9. Baileys Almande Dairy Free

This Dairy Free Baileys Almande has been a popular choice with vegans since it was released. If your partner is a fan, grab them a bottle – available at most UK supermarkets, or on Amazon.

10. Vitamix Blender

Want to go all out and treat your other half to a kitchen gadget they’ll use for the rest of their life? The Vitamix lets you create everything from soups and smoothies to your own peanut butter, plant milk, and flour. It’s definitely a winner!

Thanks for checking out our 2019 Vegan Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What will you be getting your loved one this year? Let us know below or on Twitter.

P.S. This post contains some affiliate links, so using these when you buy will help support My Vegan Supermarket. All of these products were chosen because we genuinely think they’re great gifts!

Top 10 Savoury Vegan Christmas Finds 2018

Are you all stocked up on sweet treats for Christmas but struggling to find savoury vegan options? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a special main course or some fun snacks to serve guests, the list below should have you excited about hitting the supermarkets.

1. Morrison’s Veggies in Blankets

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Missing pigs in blankets? You’re in luck — Morrison’s have released this 100% vegan alternative. The sausages are made from tomato, potato and mushroom and the blankets are aubergine slices.

2. Asda Extra Special Vegan Pate

Looking for a delicious pate to go with all those Christmas crackers? Try this Roasted Parsnip Pate with Chestnuts and Sage from Asda.

3. Iceland No Turkey Christmas Dinner

The vegan No Bull products at Iceland have had rave reviews — and now you can enjoy a ‘No Turkey’ Christmas Dinner from the same range for just £3.

4. ASDA Extra Special Vegan 2 Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Parcels

 

Looking for a filling starter or a Christmas Eve treat? These Spinach and Mushroom Puff Pastry Parcels look perfect.

6. Tesco Finest Butternut and Mushroom Wellington

A nice change from a typical nut roast, this Tesco Butternut Squash Wellington looks like it would make a great main course for Christmas day.

7. Asda Mushroom & Lentil Nut Roasts with Caramelised Onion Melt

How cute are these individual Mushroom and Lentil Nut Roasts? They look really festive and are perfect if only a few members of your family are vegan.

8. Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls

It isn’t Christmas without cranberries, and these Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls are now available at Morrison’s.

9. Violife Vegan Platter

This year Violife have released TWO vegan cheese platters especially for Christmas.

The first platter contains Blu Wedge, Cranberry After Dinner and Mature Cheddar Flavour Block — it’s available at Asda, Holland & Barrett’s, Morrison’s and Waitrose. The second features Cranberry After Dinner, Block with Herbs and Smoked Flavour Block and is at Whole Foods and Sainsbury’s.

10.  Tesco Tortilla Trees

These Tortilla Trees from Tesco are a fun festive twist on a classic snack. Perfect for parties!

What’s been your favourite savoury vegan Christmas find so far this year? Let us know below or on social media — and keep an eye out for the sweet version of this post!

 

Top UK Vegan Halloween Treats 2018

Looking for some fun vegan treats to enjoy this Halloween? Look not further! We’ve listed some of our favourite vegan Halloween finds this year, from sweets and toffee apples to spooky crumpets and crisps.

Toffee Apples (Tesco)

These Parrs toffee apples are sold individually in the fresh fruit section of Tesco. We sampled one this week and it was delicious!

Ghost Crumpets (Asda)

Want to make your Halloween breakfast extra spooky? These ghost crumpets from Asda are a really fun idea.

Pumpkin Crumpets (Morrisons)

Can’t get enough of the novelty vegan crumpets? You’ll want to grab these pumpkin shaped ones from Morrisons too!

Fizzy Fangs (Sainsbury’s)

These fizzy fang sweets from Sainsbury’s are accidentally vegan and great for trick-or-treaters.

Monster Claw Crisps (Tesco)

Unlike branded Monster Munch, these Tesco’s own Monster Claw crisps are completely vegan – yum! Great snack to throw in a bowl and serve as part of a Halloween buffet.

Super Scary Fizzy Spiders (M&S)

These super scary fizzy spiders from M&S are another great choice for parties. Lots of M&S veggie sweets are also vegan – take a look at their full vegan list by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

If you’d like more ideas for vegan sweets, check out our list from last year, or visit the sweets section of our database.

Bear Claws Blackcurrant & Beetroot (Waitrose)

Want a healthier Halloween snack? These ‘bear claws’ are made from 100% fruit and veg and are lots of fun for kids.

Have you spotted any spooky vegan treats in shops lately? Let us know below or on social media!

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