After the Portsmouth Vegan Festival a couple of weekends ago, we visited Matt’s Grandma in the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth. We absolutely love visiting Bournemouth as not only do we get to spend time with Matt’s lovely Grandma and hang out on the sandy beach, but Bournemouth is also filled with vegan-friendly restaurants, including Cosy Club, Amala and Bournemouth Pizza Co., meaning we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food options.
On our last visit, we decided to check out Chez Fred as it is Matt’s Grandma’s favourite restaurant / take away. As Chez Fred is a fish and chip restaurant, we were planning on just having a chip buttie; however, when Matt called ahead to ask about their vegan options, we were pleasantly surprised by how well they cater for vegetarians and vegans.
Although the bun isn’t vegan, we were told that the veggie burger patty was, so we ordered that with the salad on the side (Matt of course switched out the salad for mushy peas!). The burger was so flavourful and a little spicy, and went amazingly with the unlimited (yes, you read that right – unlimited) chips! There were also a couple of vegan-friendly sides, so be sure to ask your water/waitress which menu items are suitable for vegans.
We all had an amazing meal, and it’s so great that we now have yet another vegan-friendly restaurant to visit in Bournemouth. With friendly, helpful staff and delicious food, I know that we will definitely be returning to Chez Fred on our next visit to Bournemouth!
On Boxing day we visited Matt’s lovely Grandma in Bournemouth and went for a big family meal at an awesome vegan-friendly restaurant: Cosy Club.
Cosy Club has a main menu as well as a vegan menu with lots of options; however Matt and I both decided to go for the vegan breakfast made up of: grilled tomato, field mushroom, falafel, wood-roasted peppers, spinach, fried potatoes, baked beans and toast. As if that wasn’t enough, I also ordered extra hummus and avocado on the side which created the perfect breakfast combo!
If you’re in Bournemouth and are looking for a great, vegan-friendly restaurant, then the Cosy Club is definitely worth a visit.
Last weekend the JGV Compassionate Clothing Line had a stall at the Bournemouth Vegan Fair. As Matt’s lovely Grandma lives in Bournemouth (who btw at 90 years old is insanely cool, open-minded & banterous), we decided to make a weekend of it by travelling up on Friday lunchtime to spend some quality time with Grandma JJ, as well as checking out the Bournemouth vegan food scene.
AMALA CONSCIOUS FOOD ▷▷▷
We were really excited to hear that Bournemouth’s vegetarian restaurant Zoukinis had recently been transformed into a fully vegan restaurant, now named Amala. So, on Friday evening, we took Matt’s grandma for her first ever vegan restaurant visit to Amala.
The restaurant has a great yogi/eco-friendly vibe, with the beautiful woodland themed décor sprinkled with delicate fairy lights.
Firstly, let me say that I absolutely love the fact that you’re greeted by a glass of warm lemon water – what a great way to start a meal! The menu features an abundance of healthy and nutritious vegan cuisine, something Matt and I as wannabe HCLF but in reality Junk Food Vegans are not used to, but were very excited to try.
For main course, Grandma JJ and I both ordered the burger with sweet potato fries, whilst Matt ordered the veggie filo pastry. Although usually a bit of a Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S when it comes to sharing food (Joey doesn’t share food), Matt let me try a bit of his pastry and we both agreed it was absolutely delicious!
The burger of the day when we visited was a quinoa patty and had a very sweet taste, which we discovered was due to the fact that it contained dates. Neither Grandma JJ or I are big sweet mixed with savoury lovers (the idea of putting pineapple on a pizza has always seemed beyond weird to me); however, if you love that kinda thing, which I know a lot of people do, then this would definitely be the burger for you! The burger was accompanied by sweet potato fries that were cooked to perfection, deliciously creamy vegan mayonnaise and coleslaw which I definitely could have eaten by the spoonful!
For dessert, Grandma JJ ordered the sorbet which she absolutely loved; Matt ordered the chocolate brownie, and I ordered the cheesecake. Matt has a very mild nut allergy and forgot to check if the desserts contained nuts; unfortunately both mine and his did, so I had the verrrry difficult task of eating two equally delicious vegan desserts #itsahardlife! The Amala team were really lovely and offered to bring Matt another dessert even though it was our mistake; but he was very happy eating the sorbet that came on the side of his brownie.
Thank you very much to Amala for inviting us to their lovely restaurant; it’s always great to find a new vegan spot and it makes me so happy that you can now find a vegan restaurant almost everywhere you go!
BOURNEMOUTH VEGAN FAIR RECAP ▷▷▷
Now, before this post turns into a book, I wanna quickly say a couple of things about the festival! The organisation was impeccable, making the festival one of the best I’ve ever been to. The stall layout was extremely spacious meaning it was comfortable for stall-holders and customers alike, not to mention the location was incredible with a beautiful view of Bournemouth beach. We were really lucky as the weather stayed mostly dry and sunny, but let’s be honest, of course there was a little bit of rain, we are in England after all.
It was great to get to hang out with so many of my favourite veggie business owners, as well as discovering a few new businesses/charities (check out my Bournemouth vlog at the end of this post for interviews with You Cork It, Solkiki and F.R.I.E.N.D). As always, I also love meeting clothing line customers/blog readers and nothing is cooler than seeing people walking around in my designs; I really do feel so lucky to have such awesome customers!
BOURNEMOUTH PIZZA CO▷▷▷
Finally, I can’t finish this post without telling you guys about Bournemouth Pizza Co. Lizzie, a lovely lady we got chatting to at the festival, told us about Bournemouth’s booming vegan food scene, and gave us a leaflet showing lots of places that have great vegan options. As soon as we saw that Bournemouth Pizza Co. offered a vegan cheese, we knew we had our Saturday night sorted! Pretty much as soon as they opened, we called to order: two large pizzas, a garlic bread, and a chocolate and banana calzone – is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is! Did I mention, they deliver? And this all came in at under £30? And it was insanely delicious. This place is basically heaven on earth for pizza lovers! Thank you very much Lizzie!!!!
VLOG OF THE WEEKEND ▷▷▷
We had such a great weekend hanging out with Grandma JJ, chilling by the beautiful sandy beach, meeting other lovely vegans and eating A LOT of delicious vegan food. I’m seriously considering a move to Bournemouth, as beautiful beaches coupled with a delicious and growing vegan food scene is basically everything I want in a place to live!
Be sure to check out my vlog of the weekend featuring our visit to Amala, our pizza night in, and a few interviews with awesome vegan business/charities at the Bournemouth Vegan Fair!