2019: The Coastal Vegans’ Review of The Year

2019: It’s been a year of heartbreak, of disappointment, of stress-eating Vegan Food. Here’s the best and the worst of 2019. From our very biased perspectives.

Best Chain Eats of 2019

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Wagamama’s Vegatsu has become a bit of a tradition in our household. If Kate’s out for the day I go out to Exeter to meet her train and, as Rabbit is closed in the evenings, we pop into Wagamama’s for the Vegatsu. I would eat anything draped in a good Japanese curry sauce but the seitan cutlet is something special.

Worst Attempt, by a Large Company, of jumping the Bandwagon

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I love you Sainsbury’s, I do. I mean you’re the only place that stocks Daiya, so it’s more like Stockholm Syndrome than actual love, but there’s some vague affection there. Nevertheless your Christmas offerings sucked. The Shroompups were especially awful.

Absolute Worst Veganised Mac and Cheese 

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After spending a small fortune on it, the Truffle Mac and Cheese at Farmacy was quite possibly one of the worst things we’ve ever eaten, tasting overpoweringly of truffle to the exclusion of everything else.

Absolute Best Veganised Bubble Waffle 

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Noda’s has quickly become a legend in the Exeter vegan scene. The staff are so nice and the food… you just have to!

The Copper Spoon Award For Best Coffee Shop That Isn’t The Copper Spoon Because they won last year.

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We still love the Copper Spoon (Clare was there this morning) but we’d also like to give a little love to a peaceful little place where you can hide once you’ve overdosed on shopping in London: Chai by Mira.

Kate’s Favourite Snack of 2019

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I cant believe we haven’t mentioned Greggs Vegan Sausages Rolls on the blog before but I think they’d already reached meme status by the time we’d tried one for the first time. Kate never grew up with Greggs like I did, but she’s taken to it like a duck to water.

The Coastal Vegans’ Review of The Year

I know you’ve been waiting to hear our thoughts about 2018. You probably spent all year wondering what we thought about things. So this is it. Our Summary. 2018, in all its glory.

Best Supermarket Own-Brand Vegan Yum

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Supermarkets have been adding plenty of cool new vegan options to their shelves but the one thing we’ve really enjoyed is the simple Vegan Spinach Ravioli from Waitrose. It’s quick to cook, nice and light and tastes fab. Perfect weeknight fare.

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Supermarket Vegan Yuck

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Asda started giving you the option of vegan cheese on their make-your-own pizzas. The best thing that we could find to say about it is that it proves vegan food can be just as disappointing as regular people food.

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The Kate Morley Award For Most Exciting New Vegan Snack

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Roly’s Fudge started making a vegan version of their wonderful fudge and Kate was very excited. And then very full.

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Biggest Disappointment

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Oh how we were looking forward to trying By Chloe. It had just opened its first outlet this side of the Atlantic. Very exciting, and then we ate there. Okay food served in shoddy disposable containers with plastic cutlery (which they sometimes run out of) all of which cost far too much money. Highlight was the hash browns. Although it was actually hash brown, singular.

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Most Pleasant Surprise

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Leon! Specifically the one at Birmingham New Street. You don’t really expect to eat that well at a train station. Especially not one in the middle of your journey when you’re desperate for the quick service so you can make your connecting train.

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The Kind Grind Award For Best Coffee Shop That Clare Doesn’t Work At

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We spent the first week of 2018 being madly in love with The Copper Spoon in Marazion. Hopefully we’ll be back to check it out again one day soon.

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Most Batshit Burger Award

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Remember that time Kate got a burger with doughnuts for buns? My tummy hurts just thinking about it.

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Well, it’s been a good 2018 — food-wise that is — and hopefully there will be plenty more good food to come in 2019. More burgers, more cakes, more… salads? 2019 here we come. And we’re bloody hungry.