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February 2021 | Monthly Wrap Up

Monday, 1 March 2021

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February, you may be short but you have felt like an age!



Favourite part?

 

The final semester of my degree in a pandemic isn’t exactly the most riveting to talk about. I’ve spent most of my time at my desk, in my room on my computer or reading one of the texts I’m studying, and then not going out in the evening. Wild stuff. 

 

This month has felt almost like two halves. Earlier on in the month we had the week of snow, which looked amazing and boosted my mood, but I couldn’t go out so much as when I did I slipped over! Typical but I can manage. Later on in the month the warm weather and sunshine has made me excited for spring and summer and has definitely made me more hopeful. 


 

New developments in some newer projects for N.E.S.T (a voluntary group I work in) launched this month! They’ve gone really well and it’s exciting and motivating to see new volunteers get stuck in and be as enthusiastic as myself and the other leads are about these projects and their participants. 

 

There have also been some new developments of future plans! As of this month an internship I was offered earlier on was confirmed, which I’ll be starting in early June. I also have a new house sorted for once my current tenancy is finished – that means that no matter what I end up doing once I graduate (full time job, masters, etc., I’m still undecided), I’ll still be in Newcastle for it! I know it’s not exciting things happening right now, but having things to look forward is certainly what I need right now. 

 

Apart from that, it’s the usual lockdown stuff. I don’t imagine anyone’s life is particularly exciting right now. Life’s mostly uni work, eating, spending time with people I care about, and trying to remember to move my body and go outside. 

 

Best read?

 

I have so many books I would love to read for fun but right now I’m just reading texts for my course – which I am enjoying, don’t get me wrong, I just want to read Orsola de Castro’s new book straight away rathe than having to wait 3 months! 

 

I’ve read Fantomina by Eliza Haywood, which I really enjoyed, and Pamela by Samuel Richardson, which I enjoyed a bit less. For another module, I read Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, which took me ages to read because it was so long (nearly 700 pages woop!). I’m also just over half way through Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, another long book which I’m actually loving!


 

Favourite listen?


In terms of podcasts, I’ve been catching up on episodes of The Guilty Feminist, listening to the new week’s Desert Island Discs and loving the new series of The Yikes Podcast.

 

Music-wise, I’ve been very late and listening to Harry Styles’ latest album. I’ve also been listening to more of 1989, and songs by Sixpence None the Richer. 


Favourite watch?

 

This month I watched Late Night for the first time, which I missed out on when it was first released. I absolutely loved this film and can’t wait to be watching it again. The actors are great and it’s so well written. I loved it!

 

I also rewatched Saving Mr. Banks for the first times in ages, and it’s just as good as ever. I love everything about that film.   

 

I’ve been watching old faves such as Outnumbered and Grey’s Anatomy (here’s to Disney+ Star). These are such good comfort backups and are the shows I need right now. 


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What did I learn?

 

Sometimes you just need a massive cry to feel a bit better. Flowers and bright colours help make things better, and I can actually do better than I think I can. 

 

What’s happening next month?


Mostly essay writing and writing the third chapter of my dissertation. Massively exciting stuff! 

 

Later today, I’ll be a guest on Remake’s March Community Call discussing community engagement, particularly in relation to my recent events with my university’s FemSoc! This is a huge deal to me and I still can’t quite believe I was asked! There are also a few more exciting things happening with Remake this month, so keep your eyes peeled! 


Today is also St. David’s Day, so I’ll be celebrating after the Community Call with some Welshcakes!

 

Later on in the month is my university FemSoc’s Digital Feminist Summit, a weekend full of events and guest speakers. It should be a great weekend and I’ll be leading one interviewing Ruby Rare with my friend Taya! 

 

What’s been on my mind?


Deadlines, restrictions easing (and being both anxious and excited about that), generally keeping afloat. You know, all the fun stuff. 

 

Favourite blogger/vlogger?


This is probably getting boring but again Leena Norms! Let’s be real, spending time reading on a screen isn’t fun after a day of constantly reading on a screen, so I haven’t read any blogs in a long time. I find watching series, films or YouTube videos that I know will be comforting are the kind of things that are useful to me right now. All I have energy for in the evening is vegging. 

 

Favourite post?


With my current workload and having run out of previously scheduled posts, February only saw one blog post (other than this one!). I may have only one answer to this question but I really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to share an Old Fast Fashion OOTD post for a while as I think it’s something really important to discuss and share. 


 

Biggest inspiration?


Not very exciting but nearing the final deadlines of my degree and the prospect of seeing my friends and family soon.


Any other favourites?


I’ve been trying some new recipes this month! I have a new love of baked oats, although they take a bit too long to do for a regular breakfast. I also made a carrot and walnut cake that I was really proud of and which turned out pretty well. I’m looking forward to making more of these and sharing them with pals!

 

I’ve also been loving the Shmood Candle I bought last month at the FemSoc Eco Market. I got the ‘Energize’ candle and it’s actually been helpful in getting me focused in the morning! I reckon I’m going to get more of these candles in the future! 





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Sustainable OOTD // Old Fast Fashion

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

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When you learn more about the many many things wrong with the fashion industry (check out this blog post for a general overview), it is easy to panic about the unethical and unsustainable items in our wardrobes, and even feel the urge to chuck them all out and start again. But that approach is helpful to no one. 


The most sustainable clothes are the ones we already own. By wearing them over and over again, we stop filling up landfill at such alarming rates, are less likely to buy more, use fewer resources, as well as valuing the work and skill of the (mostly women) garment workers who made your clothes. 

 

Valuing the clothes you already own is essential to slowing down your fashion consumption and changing your outlook on both the fashion industry and capitalism as a whole. If you love a garment, continue to wear it and cherish it. These garments are all ones I adore and have owned for a long time. They are also all from fast fashion companies (apart from my accessories). They by no means had ethical or sustainable origins but I can suspend their life and make them have less of an impact on the planet by continuing to wear them. These are items I know I will wear until it is physically impossible to, and they are not going anywhere any time soon. The cardigan here is so well loved it has stretched many inches so that it is now almost like a dressing gown, just socially acceptable to wear in public. These are clothes that if you know me in real life you have probably seen me wear several times. 

 

So what’s the key message here? Wear the clothes you love and already own no matter the ethics of their origin. You love them for a reason and shouldn’t have to part with them unless they are no longer wearable. We may be fighting against the fast fashion system but we don’t need to fight with that skirt you bought in 2010 that you still absolutely adore. 






 

Top – H&M, at least 5 years old, probably older

 

Skirt – Topshop, at least 5 years old, probably older

 

Cardigan – New Look, over 4 years old

 

Boots – Vegan Doc Martens, owned for over a year

 

Necklace – originally owned by my great-nan, wear all the time and particularly often with my black and white stripey tops

 

Earrings – Handcrafted by Becca, was given to me for my last birthday by my friend Angie!







As always with the vast majority of my OOTD blog posts, thank you so much to my flatmate Jude for her photography skills and helping make these posts happen!



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January 2021 | Monthly Wrap Up

Monday, 1 February 2021

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January has been long. Lockdown in the middle of winter is certainly not fun but it’s not been as bad as it could have been for me and I know I’m lucky to be in the position I’m in.



Favourite part?

 

That has to be my FemSoc campaign ‘Climate Change is a Feminist Issue’ which I’ve been the lead for and which happened over 2 weeks this month. I’ve been wanting to hold this campaign ever since I joined the FemSoc committee and it was so exciting seeing it actually happen. I particularly loved the events I held around slow fashion. I first had my talk discussing why fashion is a feminist issue, a craftivism session making #PayUp postcards to send to fashion brands who have still not paid their workers for cancelled orders from the beginning of the pandemic, and then a screening of several Remake documentaries followed by a discussion. I also loved taking part in our Eco Market, meeting small sustainable business owners and chatting about issues of climate justice with my fellow committee members. Each of these events were so fun and encouraging, and I can’t wait for the final event in the campaign this Sunday!



I’ve not done much in January apart from working on my end of module deadlines and the first chapter of my dissertation (I now have the first chapter completed!), but I have loved being out and about in my local area, and I’m lucky to have great green spaces around me. It’s so easy to stay inside constantly but I’ve been trying to make sure I go for at least a short walk every other day, if not more than that. 



Best read?

 

I’ve read a fair bit this month, I’ve definitely seemed to get back into my reading mojo, and have read more that’s not for my degree. I’ve been reading more fiction too, which I haven’t done for fun in a while, and it’s been great. I forget ho good reading a fiction book is for winding down. 

 

At the beginning of the year, I read by David Attenborough, which I as given as a Christmas present. I then read No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein for the second time, and it was still as relevant as ever. 



I also read Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods by Otegha Uwagba. It’s super short and easy to read (I read it all while in the bath!), but is very thought-provoking and certainly made me think a lot about the way we use social media in activism. I would highly recommend. 

 

I then read Home Stretch by Graham Norton, also a Christmas present. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and Norton’s writing style. I hadn’t read any of his writing before but I’ll have a look at some of his other work soon. 



I’ve also been gradually reading, Charlotte by Helen Moffett, a continuation of the story of Pride and Prejudice from Charlotte Lucas’ point of view, and The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, which I’ve had for ages but never got around to actually reading. I’ve only been reading these on days that I’ve not had much other reading to do (then I’ve been writing or going through lectures etc.), otherwise I just can’t handle reading any more words in a day! 

 

I am also trying to start reading for my new modules which start next week. So far I’m over 100 pages into Vanity Fair by William Thackeray. I’ve also been gradually reasing This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein for my dissertation. It’s longer than some of the other books I’ve been reading for it, so I’m just taking it slowly. It will likely feature in the next couple of Wrap Ups!


 

Favourite tunes?

 

When writing the first chapter of my dissertation, I listened to the Moana soundtrack on repeat. Why not write about the film while dancing to its songs?! I’ve also been listening to Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now album again. I haven’t for ages but it’s been a great one to relax to in the evening’s while I’ve been getting ready for bed. 

 

I’ve been loving podcasts again, particularly while I’m doing housework or when I’mgoing for walks. I’ve been catching up on episodes of The Guilty Feminist, my long time favourite, as well as a few episodes of Desert Island Discs and the How to Get Over Heartbreak series which is part of the Fucks Given podcast. Although I’m not heartbroken right now or going through what the host has been, I think it’s still really important to examine how we react to situations, how we take care of ourselves in times of crisis and how we know what are healthy situations and what are not. 


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Favourite watch?


What is there to do in lockdown other than go for walks and watch TV?! I’ve been continuing my watch of all of Made in Chelsea and have nearly caught up with the latest series (it’s steadily getting worse but I will persevere!


I also got very excited watching The Pembrokeshire Murders. It was very exciting seeing loads of places I know from where I grew up, even if the main character drove the wrong way over the Cleddau bridge!

 

I’ve also been loving The Great, It’s a Sin and the new series of First Dates, although my flatmate and I are trying to pace ourselves and not binge watch as many shows! We did binge watch both series of Glow Up though. I loved it and can’t wait for the next series, whenever that may be. 


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I’ve also watched lots of films as well TV shows – mostly old favourites! These have included Bridget Jones’s Diary, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Clueless, Sister Act and Ratatouille. 

 

I’ve also been watching Misbehaviour while writing this post and ugh, it’s so good. Like any other feminist film, it makes me cry. It was the last film I watched in the cinema before the pandemic and it also makes me really miss cinemas… I can’t wait to be annoyed at strangers talking during films again. 


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What did I learn?


I’m more capable than I think I am. My Remake events this month proved that to me. I was so nervous beforehand but the encouragement and engagement from the people who attended early reassured me that I know what I am doing and can do it again. 

 

I’m also really proud of the fact that I’m getting better at saying no and stepping back from things when I know I need a break or to reserve my energy for other things (i.e. my degree). This time last year I would have just ploughed full steam ahead with all my projects, but now I know that’s an unhealthy attitude. 

 

What’s happening next month?


As I feel like I’ve said in every Monthly Wrap Up for the past year, not much. I’ll be starting new modules and continuing with my dissertation. I also have said to myself that my main goals for this year are just to get my degree and take care of myself. Anything else on top of that would be great (although I should probably add ‘get a job’ to that list in a few months). 

 

For that reason, I probably won’t be sharing so many blog posts for a while. At the moment it’s easy for stress to takeover. There will still be posts but probably not every week!

 
What’s been on my mind?

 

My work, missing people I care about (I cannot WAIT to be drunkenly dancing with my pals again), and trying to find joy in the little things where I can. And trying not to panic about trying to get a job after I graduate ha ha… ha.


 

Favourite blogger/vlogger?


I’ve been catching up on videos of Leena Norms’ and Hanah Witton’s that I hadn’t seen. They’re certainly my YouTube comfort watches!

 

Favourite post?

 

My favourite blog post for January is A Vegan’s Guide to Newcastle. I love talking about local businesses I love, and these ones are great! I’ve been working on this post for about 2 years so it’s great for it to be out for everyone to read! 

 

I also really enjoyed my 10 Best Books I Read in 2020, just because I love writing about amazing books!


 

Biggest inspiration?

 

Hearing about people getting their first dose of the vaccine. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, someone else’s friends and family, or simply a random stranger. It makes everything seem more real and gives me so much hope that I’ll be able to hug my friends soon!

 

Any other favourites?


Baking! I’ve been back baking again and ugh I love. I don’t know what it is about making food that really calms me down and helps me process things. I made a lush treacle tart (which got great feedback from the friends I dropped some off for) and a very cinnamon-y apple crumble with loads of vegan custard. I need to make some more…




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A Vegan's Guide to Newcastle

Friday, 22 January 2021

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As someone who has lived in Newcastle for about two and a half years, and been vegan all that time, it’s fair to say that I know a fair amount about the vegan food landscape of the city. Newcastle has so much to offer in terms of vegan food, and although it’s not somewhere I’ve heard people talk about elsewhere in the country as a great place for vegans, it is truly an unexpected vegan paradise. In this post, I’m going to bring you through some of the best places to get delicious vegan food in different areas of the city. So no matter if you’re a long-time resident, student, or just visiting for the weekend (once restrictions permit!), there’ll be something here you’ll love! This isn’t an exhaustive list however. There are always new places popping up and I can’t claim to have tried all the vegan food in the city. Some of these places are still doing takeaway or delivery, so do please support them if you can to make sure the vegan scene in Newcastle stays as amazing as it is!




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Supernatural Café

 

Right next to the train station, Supernatural is a long time They have some incredible cakes, some of which I genuinely think are the size of my head. As well as delicious sweet things, they also have larger meals and lunches. Inside, it’s decorated with fairy lights and sofas alongside the tables. A very cosy setting on a cold Winter’s day! 



NCL Teahouse (formerly, and forever in my heart as, Quilliam’s)


Quilliam’s is potentially one of my favourite places in Newcastle. It’s cosy, unique and I always feel more relaxed when I walk in there. It’s a great place for working (I’ve had many a study group there), blogging, reading books for my course or just for fun, and for meeting up with friends for a chat and a cuppa! As they’re open until midnight every day except Sunday, they’re a great place to go if you’re a student and need some place to go and work that isn’t the library (when lockdowns aren’t in place that is).

 

Quilliam Bros. specialise in tea, but if you don’t like tea then there are one or two coffee and hot chocolate options. Their menu does also include several vegan options, and many options which can be veganised, these include larger meals but also some cakes, scones and soups. 

 

Nudo Sushi (Grainger Street and Northumberland Street)


I love sushi. I did before I was vegan, and it’s something I am still able to enjoy. Nudo was one of the first places I tried when I moved here, and their food is certainly tasty. All allergens are really clearly labelled, and they have several different vegan options, from spicy tofu noodles to sushi boxes and hot rice bowls. One thing I’d say about Nudo is that it’s difficult to avoid plastic and non-recyclable waste there.


Karma Kitchen


Tucked away amongst the clubs in Bigg Market, you could so easily miss Karma Kitchen. The main restaurant is up a flight of stairs through a door you could easily miss if you didn’t know where you were going (I can’t remember if there’s a lift so I’m unsure on how accessible it is if you want to eat in) but it’s such a hidden gem! Run by two sisters, Karma Kitchen’s menu is entirely vegan and is ridiculously delicious. If you miss going out for an Indian since becoming vegan, this place will calm all your worries. Some of my favourites options include their Tofu Makhani and Tofu Tikka Massala. I happen to love tofu, but there are loads of non-tofu options if that’s not your thing, don’t worry!

 

When my family (three omnivores) came up to visit me last year, I took them to Karma Kitchen for a meal out. We all had completely different mains while sharing a few different starters, and absolutely loved it. One thing we all noticed was how good the dips were that came with the poppadoms. While they were still the same main four you tend to get at most Indian restaurants in the UK, we agreed that these were some of the best we’d had. We left feeling full, satisfied and with a bag of leftovers for me to finish at home. 

 

They also do deliveries both locally around Newcastle, and also all over the UK through the post!



Shijo


Ah Shijo… How I love you but how you damage my bank account, and how I have missed you since lockdown began. Their main shop is in Haymarket Metro Station, and the smell when you walk passed it never fails to make me hungry. In 2019, they opened a shop in the basement of Newcastle Uni Students’ Union and it has become even more of a temptation for a ‘treat yourself!’ kind of lunch. My go-to Shijo order is Tofu Teriyaki, which isn’t surprising considering how much of a sweet tooth I have. They also do Pumpkin Katsu Curry, Vegetable Gyozas, Vegetable Spring Rolls, and sometimes do Pumpkin Teriyaki if they’ve run out of tofu!



Hi You


Hi You is an Asian supermarket on Newgate street, and it is a treasure trove. I usually got there to get some ‘Beef Jerkey’ flavoured dried beancurd or some packs of mo chi, which are some of my favourite snacks/treats, but I will also sometimes get some packs of tofu or other bits and pieces too. 


Zapatista


Zapatista are a burrito bar, and have shops on Grainger Street and Ridley Street., as well as a new one in Durham as well. I haven’t had their food much but my flatmate (who is veggie) absolutely loves them! They may be a burrito bar but they also sell tacos, chillis and fajitas. You can pack them full with loads of veggies, just make sure to have none of the dairy fillings if you want your burrito to be vegan. 


Vegano


Vegano has a wide range of food from breakfasts to doughnuts to lunches and evening meals, they have everything! Including some incredible looking milkshakes, I have been dying to try but have been prevented from doing so by Covid. They have been open for around two years and I remember being so excited when they opened and went several times in the summer term of my first year at uni. 


Vegano is also pretty close to several city centre student accomodations, so if you’re a student and fancy a snazzy vegan doughnut as a post-essay celebration, this is the place to go!



Quayside Market


Run every Sunday, the Quayside Market has so many vegan options available. Sellers often include some businesses with shops elsewhere in the city, including Vegano, and Redhead Mac and Cheese, but there are also lots of mobile businesses who sell their food there. These include Sun of Seitan, who do delicious BBQ ‘meats’ made out of (you guessed it!) seitan, and Curry Rolls. There are loads more sellers and lots of different options. You can find food from around the world at the Quayside market and there’s something for everyone, including too many vegan options to choose from. It’s the perfect place to go with omni friends or family. 


Curry bowl I bought from Curry Rolls at the beginning of September

Newcastle Uni


This post may be particularly useful for Newcastle students who are wondering about the vegan options available to them when they come to Newcastle. I don’t know what’s available in Northumbria, but I can tell you the vegan options on Newcastle Uni campus! 

 

Food vans

 

Occasionally there are food vans (owned by the uni) which set up around campus, and which always have at least one or two vegan options. I had a lush green Thai curry from one before. 


Luther’s


As a student, Luther’s bar is one of the places you’ll first see around campus. Many society bar crawls start there, and it’s a great place to stop off in between lectures (when they’re actually in person). They also sell a variety of food, including some vegan options. In my first week, I had some spicy noodles with tofu which I remember liking, and there are a couple of other options too (although I don’t go there such anymore as I’m on campus less)


Humpit


It’s a bit of a vegan stereotype to be obsessed with hummus, but let’s be real the occasional stereotype can be accurate. Located on the top floor of the Students’ Union, Humpit do huge pittas stuffed with hummus and salad, as well as hummus bowls, salads and shakshuka. They also have some sides and hot and cold drinks. A must-have for any hummus lover!


Co-op


Co-op have really upped their game in terms of their vegan options in the past year, and while it’s appreciated, it’s not necessarily great for my bank! In 2019, the NUSU shop transformed into a fully-fledged Co-op with so many more products, including their new vegan range, Gro. This range has lots of tasty options, including a hoisin ‘duck’ protein pot, hoisin duck wrap, hot pasties, steak bakes and sauasage rolls, ready meals, frozen items and indulgent chocolate cupcakes as well as the usual falafel and hummus combo. My favourites are the protein pot and cupcakes, but I need to try out more of their meat substitutes.



The Stack


There used to be more vegan options available in The Stack. From the Hungry Vegan, who had the most amazing vegan subs, to Soul Shack and Junk It Up who had been a staple within the Newcastle vegan landscape before the pandemic and are sorely missed. Hopefully, new vegan businesses can open there and bring new vegan foods to us!


Sushi Me Rollin’


Yep, even more vegan sushi options! I tried their food ages ago and I remember it being super tasty if a bit pricey.


Grainger Market


Grainger Market is a gold mine of local businesses and food outlets. Some of its more well know food options may include huge and cheap pizza slices, but there are vegan options too! While these are some options I love, there are always new places popping up in Grainger Market and options in pre-existing shops may change to be more vegan-friendly.


Bulk Stores


There are a couple of places in Grainger Market where you can buy food in bulk, using your own containers. The main and oldest is Fruit and Nut. They have loads of barrels of all sorts of items, from chocolate powder, oats and flour to lentils, rice, dates, granola, and more! They have so many options and for generally reasonable prices, it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already! Although make sure you have cash as they don’t accept card. 

 

More recently, another bulk with a bigger emphasis on ‘zero waste’ opened called Nil Living. They are a lot shinier than Fruit and Nut, and do sell lots of the same things (e.g. legumes, flour, etc.), but they are more expensive. Because of their emphasis on ‘zero waste’, they also sell liquid refills (body wash, household cleaner, etc.), and a wider range of plastic free and vegan general items, including candles, soap bars, foil, combs, vegan condoms, a variety of sustainable menstrual products and biodegradable nappy sacks. 

 

I recommend using Fruit and Nut for as many of your food needs as the have available, and then going to Nil Living for any other items (or if you want to have a look and see some sustainable menstrual products in person!). 


Snackwallah


Indian street food right next to one of the doors going into the market, and it’s entirely vegan! It’s super cheap and super tasty. If you’re looking for a break from shopping or a day about town, Snackwallah is the perfect pit stop. 



Veg Shops


I try to do as much of my veg as shopping in Grainger Market as possible. There are so many veg shops to choose from, and it’s a great way to support local businesses and buy more local and seasonal produce (although keep any eye out for labels of the product’s origin and know what you’re looking for  while not breaking the bank. It’s also an easy way of buying food without plastic packaging, just make sure you bring along your own reusable bags and you’ll be good to go. 


Redhead Mac and Cheese


Ah mac and cheese… a meal so reliant on animal products it can be difficult to recreate as a vegan. But there are ways! I have found and tried several recipes online, but if you’re don’t in the mood to make one yourself, Redhead Mac and Cheese have a vegan option! Obviously most of their menu is different dairy versions, but they didn’t forget the vegans. Their mac and cheese is super creamy and rich, and you have the option for extra siracha ontop. Redhead also do deliveries of pre-made mac and cheese for you to heat up at home. 



Pumphrey’s


Pumphrey’s has been in Newcastle for decades, I think actually centuries?! They are most famous for their coffee, which you can buy as grounds or sit in and drink at their Grainger Market shop. They have oat and soy milk, so they have vegans covered! They also have a shop in a different part of the market selling loose leaf tea. A lovely spot for a pitstop or catch up with pals. 


Acropolis 


I only went to Acropolis for the first time this autumn, and I am now obsessed with their vegan souvlaki. It’s so good. They pack them completely full with vegetables, it’s so good. They have various other veggie and meat options too. It’s the actual best. They also have several other locations around the North East!



Sandyford and Shieldfield


Kimchi Planet


I am obsessed with Kimchi Planet. I’d been meaning to go there for a while, but I finally made my first purchase there in the first week of the March lockdown (we love a bit of comfort food), and they have had my heart ever since. As the name might suggest, Kimchi Planet is the place to go if you want to get some incredible Korean food. Their menu includes rice bowls, kimbaps, kimchi fried rice, drinks and other sides. They have several vegan options, all of which are super yummy. My go-to order is Vegan Beef Bulgogi with a side of kimchi. You genuinely couldn’t get better than that. 

 

Both of my parents have tried some of their meat options when they’ve been visiting or helping me move in/out of houses, and have loved those just as much as I have the vegan options, so this is definitely a place to bring your meat-eating friends and family. 



Little Green


Out of all the vegan cafés and restaurants in Newcastle, Little Green is the one you will probably be most likely to hear about. I went there for my 20th birthday with some friends, and we had a really nice time. I tried their tapas, which was delicious! They had so many tapas options, including ‘Miso Tofu’, ‘Meatballs in Tomato Sauce’. The others mostly had different pizzas. Little Green have a wide range of food, changing night to night. For example, Thursday is Curry Night. They also have brunches, salads, dough balls, cakes, and a whole lot more!


The Carriage


Ever dreamed of going to a completely vegan pub? Well one actually exists – two, really, but I’ll talk about the other one later. The Carriage is a bit out of the way, and like Karma Kitchen, would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. I first went there over a year ago with a friend, and tried their ‘Fish’ and Chips, made out of banana blossom. I won’t lie, the texture was so similar to actual fish that it kind of freaked me out a bit, but I managed to get passed that and it was super tasty. 



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Shoetree Café


If you’re looking for incredible vegan fluffy pancakes, Shoetree is the place to go. They are completely vegetarian, with most options either being vegan or able to be veganised. Theya re quite small, and every time I’ve been they’ve been very busy and I’ve only just been able to get a table. Apart from pancakes, they sell toasted sandwiches, cakes, a wide variety of coffees, and more. They also have a small number of toys nearer the back for children! Since reopening after lockdown, they’re now takeaway only. 



Sky Apple Café


I’ve still not actually been to Sky Apple yet! I’ve walked past it several times and it’s on my list of places to go. They’re a veggie and vegan café on Heaton Road and are currently still open for takeaways on Friday nights! They sell burgers, breakfast burritos, curries, BLTs and pasties, and become a chippy on Friday nights, including vegan fish and battered sausages! I’m hopefully going to give their food a try soon. 


General Store 109

 

If you don’t fancy going all the way into town for bulk food, General Store on Heaton Park Road have loads of products. From spices, coffee, and other dried foods to refills of oil, showergel, shampoo, and more, they have so much. They also sell freshly baked bread and pastries if you fancy a treat! 

 

Butterfly Cabinet


The sister café of Quilliams, Butterfly Cabinet is right next to Sky Apple and has several vegan options, including a huge vegan Full English Breakfast! They also do some incredible fried potatoes and caramelized onions. Delish! 


Heaton Perk


Heaton Perk is just lovely. It’s right next door to General Store and is such a cute café. They have some lunch options, but mostly have hot drinks. They also do really tasty vegan milkshakes! It’s a great place to work, study, write or eve just have a bit of a people watch, especially if you have a window seat.



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Fat Hippo

 

Fat Hippo is an all-round favourite of Who doesn’t love a burger and some snazzy chips? Fat Hippo have got loads of different types of both, including vegan dirty fries which are increeedible. This is another one that’s great if you’re eating with omnis too. They also have an underground restaurant in the city centre too. 

 

Café Bar One


This is another one I’ve not tried the food yet, but their menu looks lush and they sell good hot drinks, including some lush vegan winter specials! Definitely somewhere to try once lockdown is lifted!

 

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The Ship Inn


This sister pub of The Carriage, The Ship has a similar menu, and is just as incredible. However, the location of The Ship is definitely nicer than The Carriage. Instead of being surrounded by roads, The Ship is right next to Ouseburn Farm and is surrounded by trees and away from main roads. They have a huge amount of outside space, which is absolutely perfect for social distancing, and generally makes for a lovely space to eat when it’s a nice day.

 

Their food is also brilliant. I genuinely think they might have the best chips I’ve ever eaten?! They have typical pub food, but veganised and it is LUSH, with portions that will keep you full until the next day. 


 

The Tyne Bar


Another staple pub with lovely views right by the River Tyne and Ouseburn Canal, and with plenty of outdoor space, The Tyne Bar is a gorgeous place to grab a drink or some grub. You can get a vegan hot dog, pulled jackfruit bowls and burritos, as well as falafel wraps and burgers. 


From when the pubs were still open!

Ethical Clothing


I also want to highlight some great ethical or secondhand clothing businesses in the Newcastle area that I think are worth your support!


Mojo Lingerie


If you’re looking for some ethical and sustainable lingerie, have a look at Mojo Lingerie. Run by one woman in her garage, she makes everything herself (as well as running the social media and posting everything to customers). She also makes reversible pieces, so you can wear polka dots one day and stripes the next! 


Melanie Kyles


Melanie is a fashion designer who focuses on ethical and sustainable design and production. She has a few items available on her website, but also makes items to order and sells embroidery kits and tuition.


If you have any recommendations for places to get great vegan food or other sustainable and ethical items, like clothes, please let me know by commenting on this post or messaging me on either Instagram or Twitter! 




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