Veganuary: top spots for ethical eating, living and fashion in Leeds
Words by Lauren Entwistle
According to the Vegan Society, veganism is defined as: “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
The number of people turning vegan has risen by 350% over the last ten years, with people making the switch from both diets and lifestyle. Although the most common perception is to do with food, vegans often also try to make more ethical choices when it comes to clothing and lifestyle choices – cutting out as many animal by-products as possible.
Leeds is a city that is embracing the vegan movement with open arms and offers huge choices in all of those fields. Here’s a guide to our favourite restaurants, clothing ranges and companies across the city:
Out of this World – The “All-Rounder” Vegan Stockist
Out of This World has been knocking about for ten years now and is always on the forefront of what’s new and happening in the vegan world. They have a huge range of stock, covering quality food-stuffs both organic and dried, nutritional supplements, deli takeaway and even natural bodycare, beauty and household products too – even vegan sports and fitness items. OTW also caters to those with allergies and specialist diets, so no worries if you can’t have a certain ingredient – these guys have probably got you covered.
All bases are covered here, and the staff are more than happy to help out with any queries or questions you might have. And if there’s a certain product you’re angling after – just contact them with a product request and they’ll see if they can order it in for you.
Veganism just got a whole lot easier.
Bo Carter – High-End Ethical and Vegan Fashion
Bo Carter is a unique, independent, ethical fashion brand, creating high quality contemporary garments in a responsible manner. She’s won multiple awards for her work and designs, including the title of ‘Best Local Designer’ in the 2011 Leeds Retail Awards, followed by the title of ‘Leeds Most Stylish Women’s Independent Retailer’ in the 2012 Radio Aire Awards. Though her proudest award to date was when she was named ‘Most Talented New Designer’ in the 2013 PETA UK Vegan Fashion Awards.
Her most recent collection, Relucent, which features her clothes modelled outside a number of beautiful Leeds hotspots (we spy Leeds City Museum, the Bank district, MOJO and the fabulous ‘Hola Leeds!’ neon sign) – only uses fair trade organic cotton, organic denim, organic bamboo silk and roll end fabric. As for style, think sharp, modern lines and contemporary, asymmetric silhouettes.
It’s a little on the pricier side, but you’ll not be short on fabulous clothes. Click here for a nosy.
Global Tribe – The Vegan Breakfast Spot
Worried about missing out on all the fun of a full-English? Well fret no more, my Vegan friend – The Global Tribe Cafe has you sorted on that one.
Open for all day vegan breakfasts (or brunches, if you so prefer) – these guys do freshly prepared, good-value and tasty versions of the classic that are guaranteed to keep you sated throughout the day. But if that isn’t quite your deal, then there’s plenty of options such as blueberry muffins, pancakes and more to catch your eye.
Vegans, rejoice! Breakfast is no longer boring!
Fettle Cafe – Lunching in Style
With its Scandi-inspired decor, Fettle is a great spot to relax and kick back. While it’s not entirely vegan, owners Simon and Kamil with their team ensure multiple vegan options are available everyday – and they switch-it-up, too. Oat milk tumeric cacao latte? Sounds great, would you like a slice of something nice with that?
From vegan options like Norwegian lapskaus, autumnal panzanella and pan-roasted gnocchi on a cashew-nut cream – including old faithfuls such as smashed avocado on toast – there’s plenty to try and indulge in at Fettle.
2 Oxford Place – A Spot for a Spot of Dinner
2 Oxford Place is more well-known for its entirely gluten-free menu, but they do offer a number of delicious vegan options too. From Winter Salad with Candied Walnuts, Grapes and Pomegranate Seeds to Goats Cheese Tarts, Tempura Battered Vegetables with Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce, Spaghetti all’Arrabiatta and much, much more!
If you’re looking for dessert to complete your meal, you have the choice of apple and blackberry crumble, warm chocolate cake and ice cream – just let them know that it needs to be dairy free.
Now you can be full, suited-and-booted and also have the pantry at home stocked with vegan-friendly foodstuffs and products. Nice one, Leeds!