Monday, 23 March 2009

A weekend in Brighton.

Last weekend we visited Brighton. The main purpose was to attend the 2nd Annual Brighton Vegan Fayre , also to have a weekend by the sea. Brighton is a lively seaside town, which has a thriving political scene. As it has a University, the town has many students and ex-students, that just won't go home. It is full of tourists and typical English seaside tack, indeed one can find every kind of stick of rock and smutty postcard, should that be your thing. There is a grunge element that can look a bit on the rough side, but there is also a wonderful cafe society, with plenty of veggie food and drinks, where you can sit outside (weather permitting) and watch the world go by, there will always be plenty to of alternative fashions to look at, and as it's known as the gay capitol of Britain, plenty of flamboyant dressers to amaze you.

We stayed at Paskins Town House, which is situated in Charlotte street in Kemptown, about 15 minute walk from the centre, but worth the walk. Paskins is vegan friendly, although not solely vegan. It is decorated in Art Nouveau Style, and looks clean and uncluttered. Our room was clean and welcoming, although a little small, it was neat. A kettle and condiments were provided, and it was no trouble when we asked for soya milk and green tea. The owners are polite and attentive, and one really gets the feeling of being made welcome.

The Vegan Fayre was held at the Brighton Centre, a large multi-story venue. There was cookery demonstrations, talks and entertainers. there were lots of stalls selling everything vegan from food to clothing to cars, yes cars, there was an amazing electric car sales area, which was very informative and interesting, I just need the £13,000+ and I'd definitely buy one. There were plenty of food samples, which just goes to show how lucky vegans are, to have such a wide range of delicious and nutritious food easily available. I just had to try a vegan sherry trifle. It was sweet heaven. There were cosmetics, and lots of hemp- hemp clothing, hemp foods, hemp supplements, all backed up with lots of literature and info. Among the stalls selling wares, were stalls highlighting the plight of animals everywhere, and trying to do a bit of fundraising for their cause. The stall holders were friendly and chatted when we stopped to talk. I had planned for the weekend, and had enough money to be able to treat myself to some wonderful things. Hmmmm, lets see - some de-hulled hemp seeds from Hempish, which taste 'nutty' and are very good for you and go with everything, some wonderful soft face cream from Green People and some delicate, adorable Wild Rose Eau de Toilette by Lavera. A fabulous Vegan day was had by all.

We also spent some time wandering around The Lanes and the North Laines taking in the fabulous indie shops and designer shops. We saw amazing jewellery by Jewel Thief. And just had to visit Vegetarian Shoes , where I gave in to temptation and bought the Retread Mules. this is the description of them from their website:
"Simple unisex Slip-on shoes. Made with our super-soft Vegetarian Fake-suede uppers. Lined with fine fake suede micro fibre. Soft-lined padded insoles add to foot comfort. Car-tyre soles are super-hard wearing. Sole thickness is pretty uniform but sole tread pattern will vary from pair to pair depending on tyres used. Micro-cellular mid-sole adds to foot comfort. "

They are VERY comfortable and look very stylish. I love them!
These are also adorable and stylish, but alas not owned by me:

Throughout the weekend we ate at various establishments, and tried an assortment of food. Our first stop, to eat was Red Veg where we had a tasty and filling Hickory smoked vegan burger and fries, naughty but nice, well, we were on a weekend holiday after all - not a time to think about calories!

The next day we stopped by Iydea which had a fantastic menu with mainly vegan dishes, and lots of yummy vegan cakes. I would certainly go there again, the staff were friendly and the food was in abundance and very tasty.

On our last day we went to the George Pub which is well known amongst local veggies for their largely vegan menu and casual ambiance. it is an old style pub and is family friendly. The meals took a while to arrive, the food is ample in portion and would satisfy the hungriest customer.

The weather stayed sunny, we did lots of walking, and had a wonderful weekend.


Mishkat said...

This looks like so much fun! And I love the shoes (although I can't wear mules - I step right out of them).

mvegan said...

Sounds so so amazing... ;0)

panda with cookie said...

Hooray Brighton!

Annette F. Tait said...

What a fantastic weekend Kim - and I had NO idea it was the gay capitol of Britain!!

Thanks for all the links - I am checking out the products - including those groovy shoes !

I had a great read, what a wonderful article!
thanks, Annette