Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans

IWVV Update

18th April 2019






Thursday, 18th APRIL at 7.00pm

Sunday, 19th MAY at 11.00am
The Donkey Sanctuary, St John’s Road, Wroxall
A visit to the Donkey Sanctuary followed by refreshments

Thursday, 20th JUNE at 6:00pm
Merrie Gardens Farm, Newport Road, Lake

Join us for a meal at this pub-restaurant with a good selection of veggie and vegan options.
It would be helpful for table booking to know approximate numbers about 2 weeks in advance,
so please contact IWVV if you would like to join us




Bestselling authors BOSH! support National Vegetarian Week

Sunday Times Number One Bestselling authors, Henry and Ian from BOSH!, are joining forces
with National Vegetarian Week 2019 to prove vegetarian food can pack a punch.
Famous for their deliciously fun food, BOSH! make everything from showstoppers to one-pot wonders.
They’ll be celebrating plant-based living for National Vegetarian Week from 13th to 19th May,
and you can get involved by trying out ‘50 veggie things’ in May.
Pick and mix from the 50 brilliant activities, there’s something for everyone.

National Vegetarian Week is your chance to join millions enjoying amazing veggie food.
Keep a look out for new recipes, tempting offers, and refreshed restaurant menus across the UK.

Graham Drummond, from the Vegetarian Society, says:
“This year National Vegetarian Week offers some fun new things for you to try,
such as tucking into a veggie full-English breakfast, sharing gelatine-free sweets,
doing a dairy-free milk taste-test or choosing the tofu dish from the local Chinese takeaway.
Visit the website to get the full ‘50 veggie things’ list and pick your bite-sized activity to cheer up your day”

Find out more at

VIVA!’s Top Five Most Friendly Vegan Activism Actions

The media may like to paint peaceful vegans as ‘extremists’ but the reality of it is quite the contrary.
A vegan’s entire moral baseline is compassion and peace, and this is how the world should see us.
Here are Viva’s top five most friendly vegan activism actions for you to try.

1.    Viva!’s ‘I ate here’ “business” cards

These little cards are made to thank companies that offer vegan options.
The Viva! ‘I ate here’ cards are very popular, and they are shared around on social media as much as they are in person.
This is what makes these little cards even more genius!
As soon as the waiting staff at a restaurant or café sees the card, they almost always then share it online.
Suddenly, a small act of kindness becomes an online activism post for potentially thousands to see. 

2.    Volunteer at public vegan food taster events

Members of the public seem to love vegan food taster events – its free food after all!
The Viva!ccino event turned into a full cappuccino company for the day,
with continuous queues and people wanting to learn more about making the switch to plant-based milk.
You can volunteer at events like this nationwide!

3.    Cook vegan food for family and friends

Cooking for your family and friends is a chance for you to showcase exactly
what vegans eat and how tasty the food is. I have cooked many times for close friends and family members,
and many are now vegan themselves, including the friend that would repeatedly say
“I will never go vegan – I love meat and cheese way too much!”.

4.    Info leaflets

Sharing info leaflets about veganism is a fantastic way to spread information.
Have leaflets handy for while you are out, to share as the opportunity arises.
The most mentioned topic seems to be people struggling to give up dairy, so I like to have a stash
of Viva!’s Dairy Free Pocket Rocket leaflets in my bag.

5.    Take non-vegans to vegan events

The vegan community is friendly and inclusive and so are vegan events.
All events I have attended hold talks focussed towards people that are not yet vegan
as well as talks for existing vegans. Your friends won’t be without interesting things to sit in on,
as well as enjoying browsing stalls like at any other event.

by Claire Michalski of Grow Up Vegan                                       More information at


Saturday, 20th April, Portsmouth Guildhall

More information at




Tansy’s Pantry, Church Hollow, Godshill – a new vegan restaurant run by Ollie and Jaime Bennett
of the Tansy’s Pantry double decker bus café, as seen at local events and festivals




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Hi Isle of Wight Veggies and Vegans!

My name's Will, I'm the founder of Vegan Chocolate Shop.
We're a vegan owned business and have just launched our Vegan Chocolate Club.

You can see more information and our range of vegan goodies at and


Will Etheridge



vegan keyrings

Hi there IWVV,

I’ve started engraving wooden keyrings and selling them on Facebook
- they have been doing really well and I have received great feedback.
These keyrings are great for young children to put on their school bags, lunch boxes, coats, etc.
but parents have also been buying for themselves!
The picture can also be chosen by yourself. Here’s a link to my page:


Thank you for taking the time to read my message and I hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,





made locally ~ 100% vegan

“Beau’s was born out of a love for travel, adventure and discovery. Travelling as vegans for over a decade,
our adventures were always inspired by our appetites. Where can we find the best vegan cheesecake?
Where can we get mylkshakes that could make the angels weep? We journeyed high and low
looking for vegan foods that were good enough to write home about.
On the way we were lucky enough to meet many incredible artisans.
 Inspired, we decided we would set out to make a fantastic ice cream that everyone could indulge in and feel great about.

Beau’s produces treats that are plant-based, better for the environment and better for our bodies,
using ingredients that are 100% ethically and sustainably sourced.
We personally handcraft our ice cream in small batches, made to order,
and nurtured to ensure it is the smoothest, creamiest and most delicious treat possible.”

Beau’s is currently seeking more retail outlets.
Further information available soon at the website

Joseph and Amber

Eating out – the met italia, THE lime tree café, QUAY ARTS

Aidan, the vegan chef at The Met Italia, on The Esplanade, Ventnor, has contacted IWVV
to advise that The Met Italia has a full vegan menu (with as many choices as the non-vegan menu)
and at least half the dishes on the non-vegan menu are vegetarian.
Aidan will be hosting exclusively vegan nights at The Met Italia after the summer holidays.

The Lime Tree Café at 26 High Street Shanklin is vegan-friendly and usually has some options available.

The Quay Arts Café, Newport Quay is having Vegan Sundays every last Sunday
each month from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Vegan food available at the café all day.



The Woodland Retreat, Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

The Woodland Retreat offers yoga, art, dance and bushcraft workshops and classes,
health and wellbeing talks, and accommodation so you can stay in this beautiful setting.


VEGETARIAN ACCOMMODATION: The Blue Bell tent at The Woodland Retreat is veggie-only



After a two-year-break, Iceland has commenced their sinister whale hunts once again.
The nation had backed down from the annual event after international uproar.
But whaling company Hvalur announced they would restart this year and that
they would murder up to 200 endangered fin whales.

The hunts have already started and they were worse than anyone could ever have imagined.
After snapping photos of some of the first kills, animal rights campaigners Hard To Port have
accused Hvalur of killing a blue whale, the largest living creature on the planet.

Blue whales were not on Hvalur's kill list, in fact, they are protected and have been since 1966
when the whaling industry nearly drove the cetacean to extinction.  
According to reports, no one had killed a blue whale in 50 years.

Whaling is wrong in the first place, but the fact that a majestic blue whale has
been killed makes the practice even more heartbreaking.

The Icelandic government needs to put a stop to this disgusting endeavour once and for all.
Please help to convince them to do so.
Please sign the petition (link below) and ask Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir
to do what is right — put an end to whaling now!

Hampshire Against the Badger Cull


“We’re a new group called Hampshire Against the Badger Cull.
We formed this spring when it became known that a cull may be rolled out to
Hampshire this late summer/autumn.


We welcome everyone, but it just happens that
most of our members are vegan or vegetarian.


We have a Facebook page - -
and a Twitter page at @hantsabc - which keep everyone updated
on the badger cull situation and what we’re doing.”




At Love Running, Newport, all the products are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans
and runners with lactose/dairy allergies.
Love Running do not sell any shoes containing leather
and all the Science in Sport energy and nutrition products sold are suitable for vegans
(those containing calcium lactate or magnesium lactate are from a non-dairy source).
No running socks containing Merino wool or silk are sold.    


Love Running, 52 Upper St James Street, Newport, IOW, PO30 1LQ.




Slab Artisan Vegan Fudge differs from mass produced fudge in that it is made by hand
in small batches using a base of coconut cream and plant-based spread. 
The result: a unique vegan fudge with a distinctive flavour. 

From the decadent Sea-Salted Caramel to the wicked Tiger Butter,
there are 8 vegan flavours to choose from. 
Available at Slab Artisan Fudge, 13 Bath Road, Cowes -
or order online with free postage on orders over £10.


Butchering and eating other living beings is so uncivilised and so yesterday – or rather, so Stone Age.
That’s the message in PETA Germany’s humorous new video ad, which challenges people to bring their diets into the 21st century.

The Stone Age is over, and we live in a new age.
Numerous maladies are linked to meat consumption  – such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes –
and a growing body of evidence indicates that plant foods are the healthiest choices for humans.

There’s no need to consume meat – the time of the hunter-gatherer has passed.
Those of us who live with ample food choices can visit our local supermarket for
veggie sausages, vegetable burgers and cutlets, seitan steaks, tofu products
and many other vibrant vegan foods instead of eating animals.


Blue Labelle Boutique
is at 7 Pier Street, Ventnor.
The shop primarily stocks natural skincare products,
but also sells local artists’ work and Wyatt & Jack bags.
Everything in the shop is suitable for vegans.
The natural skincare products are sorted by categories including
facial care, body care, essential oils and Moroccan Spa.
The majority of the handmade products are organic skincare blends,
and every product is registered by The Vegan Society.
All of the products are packaged by hand at the base in Ventnor.


See more information at the Blue Labelle website,





500g frozen peas
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp light tahini paste
juice of 1 large lemon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
chilli powder
sea salt
ground black pepper


Add the peas to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes.
Drain the peas and put in a food processor with
the garlic, tahini, lemon juice and cumin.
Pulse well until a paste is formed.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, and more lemon juice if desired.
Serve the green pea houmous in a dipping bowl.
Make a depression in the top and fill with the olive oil, then lightly dust with chilli.

Serve with crudités, toasted bread, oatcakes or crackers.




Recommendations have been received from IWVV members who have visited
Café Thrive vegan café at 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, SO14 1JX
(a few doors along from Rice Up vegan wholefoods shop).

Café Thrive offers a reasonably priced selection of tasty
vegan savouries, sweets, cakes and beverages
in spacious premises very close to the city centre.
The café staff are very friendly and helpful.


If you’re a smartphone user (android and iOS devices),
you can now download a clever app to help with vegetarian and vegan shopping.
You can then use your phone to scan the barcode of your grocery shopping.
Products scanned and available within the
SafeForVegans database will be clearly categorised
as vegan, vegetarian, non-vegetarian and ‘maybe’.
SafeForVegans app can be downloaded from Google Play, the App Store,
or from links found at
where you can also find more information



Many alcoholic drinks might have more than just plant-derived ingredients in them.
Brewers, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly,
or they might use them in the processing and filtration.
When making the product, dairy, honey, and other
animal derivatives may be ingredients in the final recipe.
When filtering the drinks prior to bottling, companies can use materials
like isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatine, egg whites or sea shells, among other things,
even though there are many animal-free alternatives in use.

The Barnivore Directory can help.
It currently has over 35,000 entries clearly listed as
Vegan Friendly or Not Vegan Friendly.
Check it out at



“My dog had babies.
I took the crying things away from her as soon as they were born.
 I didn’t even let them get the colostrum.
My dog was so upset when I took them away.
She tried to stop me, but I pushed her away.
I mean, I want to be the one that gets her milk, not the stupid babies.
I’m the one that needs it.
What did I do with the babies?
I killed and ate them.
What do you mean I am an evil person???
That’s what you pay someone to do every day too!
Oh, I’m sorry, did I say my dog?
I meant my cow.”


I have just become an Ambassador for Tropic Skin Care
which is a vegan brand.
Full details can be found at

Thank you and best wishes, Tina

We love animals and care about their welfare, so we will never test on them or cause them distress
by using derivatives such as lanolin, beeswax or honey.
Certified by The Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International


The vegan cafe Johnny V's has opened at
11b North Cross Street, Gosport, PO12 1BE.

Paula's Vegan Bakery started as a pop-up at the beginning of the year
but is now a proper shop, next door to Johnny V's.
It's at 11 North Cross Street, Gosport, PO12 1BE.

Cafe Thrive has just opened and it's a vegan cafe.
It's at 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, SO14 1JX,
on the same street as Rice Up.

Offbeet Food, who already have a vegan gluten-free cafe in Wickham,
are hoping to open cafes later this year in Portsmouth (Marmion Road, Southsea)
and on the outskirts of Totton (Jacob's Gutter Lane, at Sunnyfields).

For all the latest openings, address changes, etc.,
which also includes a section on caterers,
and some of these have market stalls at places
like Winchester and Lymington.


I just spent a lovely week with my small family in Sandown. We'd looked at your IWVV website beforehand,
as I'm vegan and my other half and daughter are vegetarian
(well, mostly vegan but both find it easier to be vegan at home and vegetarian when out. But that's another story!).

We found a few places that you might know about but aren't on your site, so I thought I'd let you know. I hope it's useful information!

Bembridge - the farm shop at no. 8 High Street has a vegetarian cafe above it.
We didn't try it as we'd already packed a picnic, but it looked great.
The farm shop had lots of vegan delights including a variety of non-dairy ice creams.

Godshill - The Essex pub website said they had a vegan menu so we went along to give it a try.
It seems they are in the process of developing it - they mentioned they had been testing it out on local vegans
so you may well already know about it. Anyway, they rustled up 2 different vegan options
(mushroom pasta with garlic bread and stuffed butternut squash) and a dessert.
They were delightful in talking about options, and really friendly.

The Garlic Farm - was brilliant, great to learn more about a wonderful plant.
The cafe had a vegetarian version of their sharing platter, among other options.
They had a choice of 2 vegan cakes, and served with vegan ice cream too.

Finally, we were delighted to discover that the chip shop nearest us in Sandown
(I forget the name but it’s right next to the Caulkheads pub) had an extensive vegetarian menu.
 Battered veggie sausages (probably not vegan though I didn't check) and pea fritters were the things we sampled.

Best wishes, Kate

(many thanks Kate, our eating out page now updated – Ed.)

World Health Organisation is Urged
to Oppose Factory Farming – While There’s Still Time


There are three slow-motion global disasters taking place and very soon the damage they are causing will be irreversible,
according to the outgoing director general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan.
They are global warming, antibiotic resistance and degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Three disasters, one major common cause – factory farming!

Now, in an open letter published in The Lancet and signed by 200 mostly high-ranking academics,
the WHO is urged to oppose industrial animal farming (CAFOs – concentrated animal feed operations)
and the consequences of not doing so are spelt out in stark terms.

Factory farming is: “… a major contributor to each of the three disasters highlighted by Chan.
Industrial production has led to drastic over-consumption (of meat) and associated burden of non-communicable diseases in many societies.
Experts predict that without urgent and drastic shifts in global meat consumption, agriculture will consume the
entire world's carbon budget necessary for keeping global temperature rises under 2°C by 2050.
The same study, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, predicted that if health guidelines on meat consumption
were followed worldwide, 5·1 million premature deaths would be prevented and greenhouse gas emissions
would be two-thirds lower by 2050 (compared with expected trends).

Some of the solutions advocated are – a ban on growth-promoting antibiotics, a reduction in the construction of
animal farms and a reduction in subsidies for animal farming and its inputs (such as fodder).
If implemented, this has huge implications for the EU Common Agriculture Policy subsidies – or those that will replace them post-Brexit.

“We have been advocating precisely this for 20 years,” says Juliet Gellatley, director of Viva!, Europe’s largest campaigning vegan organisation,
“and all governments have refused to act. They continue to present British farming as some rural idyll
when 80 per cent of all animals are factory farmed – precisely what the WHO is referring to.
We know how dreadful these places are as we regularly film inside them to expose the reality.

“The shocking footage we have obtained has been publicised in nationwide exposés and has helped to promote
the vegan revolution that is now happening. People are tired of being lied to and are taking matters into their own hands.
We know precisely the scale of the problem through Viva!Animals, Viva!Health and Viva!Planet and it is frightening yet ignored
– as the manifesto’s of almost all the political parties in the current election show.”

Viva! 22nd May 2017   Further information at


The Vegetarian Society has launched the UK’s first Veggie Lotto
 – a new weekly lottery supporting vegetarian and vegan interests, and giving players the chance to win £25,000!

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society said:
“Playing the Veggie Lotto is fun, simple and all profits from Veggie Lotto raise funds for the Vegetarian Society.
That means 50p from every ticket is used to help people understand how eating better for life
can make a big difference for the planet, animals and health.

You will be helping us to train more caterers to serve great vegetarian and vegan food
and allow us to offer community groups, vulnerable adults and young people more free courses.
You'll be making shopping easier with more products carrying the Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks,
and bringing veggie and vegan food into more communities, schools and social centres every National Vegetarian Week.

Veggie Lotto is the UK’s first and only vegetarian and vegan lottery.
Tickets are £1 each and the minimum amount players can buy is a one-month book, which will give five weeks play.
 Players could win £25,000 or one of seven guaranteed cash prizes and can choose their own numbers or pick a lucky dip.
To find out more or to take part go to or call 0300 30 20 111.



Thanks to Solent Vegetarians and Vegans for these details.
Lots more information on SVV’s excellent website at

The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW. 023 8023 8582.
Art gallery with a fully vegetarian café serving vegetarian and vegan food, mostly organic.
Open Tue-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm.

Indian Melody, 25 High Street, Southampton SO14 2DF. 023 8063 899. An Indian vegetarian restaurant which opened in 2010.

Earth Restaurant and Takeaway, 35 Chapel Street, Petersfield, GU32 3DY Fully vegan, fast food. Opened Feb 2017.

Mad Cucumber, 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY. 07871 856300. A vegan bistro which opened in June 2013.

Muffins Galore, Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-sea, Lymington, SO41 0TX. Fully vegetarian tea rooms.

Offbeet Food, Chesapeake Mill, Bridge Street, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5JH. 01329 834078. Used to be non-vegetarian, but went fully vegetarian in Jan 2015 and vegan in Jan 2016.

Puja Sweet Mart, 57 St Mary's Road, Southampton, SO14 0BH. 023 8023 3677
A takeaway that sells both Indian sweets and savouries, e.g. pakoras, samosas, onion bhajis.
Most of the savouries and a few of the sweets are vegan.

Pure Cuisine, 58 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1BN. 01202 484 757 Fully vegan. Opened in early August 2016.

Rawberry, 52-54 St Georges Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH Mainly juices, but they do sell some savouries too.

Sukha Lounge, 706 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 6BY.
Vegan café, mainly raw foods.

Thrive Café and Wellbeing, 95 Oliver's Battery Road South, Winchester. 01962 864999
Vegetarian café, yoga classes and retreats, workshops, supper clubs.




Five-a-day is a well-known nationwide campaign in the UK and in many other countries.
However, a new study has shown that 400g of fruit and vegetables a day might not be enough
to offer the maximum protection against heart disease, cancer and early death.

Scientists discovered that eating 800g of fruit and vegetables daily -
double the government’s recommendations - may have large health benefits.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, adds to the ever-growing evidence
that eating a diet consisting of plant foods is beneficial to public health.

Tom Kuehnel, Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, said:
“There is a disconnect between what we are told the public should be eating and the food we are producing. 
The government should encourage more farmers to take up fruit, vegetable and protein crop growing in the UK,
and provide support for growers that are providing food for human consumption,
as opposed to prioritising animal farming as we currently do.
We know that there is already more than enough arable land set aside
that could be used to feed the population in healthful ways.”

With the world’s population constantly increasing, food and land security are becoming major issues.

From The Vegan Society, 23rd February 2017 - see


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