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I thought it'd be good to know what you all think are the best veg*an products in the UK!

For example, which is the best dairy-free milk? which is the best faux-meat product? the best faux-sausage? the best vegan chocolates? the best vegetarian ready-meal? the best vegetarian friendly chain resturaunt? best vegan make up brand? best vegan toiletries? etc etc etc...

I figured it would be good, both to see peoples oppinions, and more importantly to get some reccomendations!
I feel like trying some things new!

Oh and I figure you could do worsts too if you wanted! Although that's less helpful for me to buy!
 

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The Vegetarian Society and The Vegan Society both do lists like this each year, so you can check out their websites too, if you're looking for ideas.

Some faves here:

sausages: Redwoods, most any flavor. (this is more the man, as I'm not a big sausage fan generally)
burgers: Goodlife, the nut cutlets and the bean ones. I like Fry's schnitzels too, but they're really super processed so I don't get them often
other mock meats: Redwoods "chicken style pieces"
milk: Alpro for soya, the man loves Oatly, I like Rice Dream to drink occasionally (use soya in cooking)
ice cream: Booja Booja, but we like Swedish Glace too
best vegan chocolate, hands down, for me is that rice milk couverture bar from Organica...I have to be careful not to eat so much that I get sick!
ready meals (we use these for airport trips often): Sainsbury free from chickpea curry in the little pouch. Also Cuisine de France cans that you can get at Holland and Barrett among other places
makeup: I've been really impressed with what I've seen from Une so far - available at Superdrug. Not 100% vegan, but loads of vegan products. Also dig Palmers' cocoa butter lip stuff and this brand of lip balm Hurraw, that I just discovered at the Bristol Fayre earlier this year.
Superdrug has loads of nice vegan stuff. Karl really likes their anti-itch cream (comes in a white/teal tube). I just saw someone talking it up on VF too.

I don't know that we've found a super vegan friendly chain restaurant, but Pizza Express is pretty good. All their bases are vegan, and they definitely know what a vegan is, so are generally helpful when wanting to leave off cheese, etc. If you're in Oxford, Reading, Bristol or Bath, there's a burrito place called The Mission that is fab. The veg choices are very limited, but the taste is wonderful.

We just had a "worst" recently with Fry's vegetarian burger. Seriously, we had them last week one night and the leftovers are still in our fridge because neither of us could bring ourselves to eat them. Yuck yuck yuck.
 

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The best...

"ice cream" - swedish glace
fake meats - fry's (mostly for their "chicken"), with redwoods a close second.
ready meal - innocent veg pots
chocolate - green & blacks dark chocolate
cosmetics - lush
restaurant - the globe, glossop, manchester.
chain food place - loving hut
milk - provamel soya vanilla or alpro chocolate
 

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Best dairy-free milk? I really like Alpro Chocolate soya milk and the Almond Hazelnut Rice dream milks. I use soya milk but they don't taste of anything much to me. I was never a fan of dairy milk anyway.

Best faux-meat product? Fry's - hot dogs, schnitzels, burgers and Redwood's stuff.

Best faux-sausage? - I like Linda McC sausage rolls and Redwood's sausages (ready to eat Vegideli). I also like their bacon rashers and the chicken style pieces.

The best vegan chocolates? - I like the Organica Hazelnut and nougat bars. (I like the Twilight etc ones but they are from the US.) Montezuma too!

The best vegetarian ready-meal? - I don't really eat ready meals. I like the Linda McC country pies and you can get a Bombay Potato thing from Sainsbury's that is nice. I tried the Linda McC chilli and wedges and would not recommend that at all!

The best vegetarian friendly chain restaurant? - I usually go to Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Wetherspoon's do a vegan curry and occasionally Nando's.

Best vegan make up brand? - I buy Urban Decay usually. Beauty Without Cruelty are good too but I don't find their products on the high street much.

Best vegan toiletries? - Superdrug because they are so cheap and marked vegan and have some lovely body lotions etc. I also like Original Source. Yaoh for sunscreen.

Best vegan friendly restaurants - Mildred's, Zilli Green, Gallery Cafe, Inspiral and Tibits. (London.)
 

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Jen covered it mostly for both of us. I'd like to add:
Favourite vegan-friendly restaurant: Manna. It's a vegetarian restaurant near Chalk Farms tube station in London. It's definitely on the expensive side of the spectrum, but it's also a really nice restaurant with good food, good atmosphere, vegan wines, and waiters that don't look like dirty hippies (not that there's anything wrong with that
). If you want to impress someone, this may be the place to go.
 

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Great useful thread! Don't have the money to buy many branded goods (have to make everything myself), but there are a couple I love.

Milk : Love Oatley , or "Good Hemp milk". Discovered the latter recently and I love the nutty taste and how full of nutrition it is. Wife hates it though.
Chocolate : Montezuma Chilli! Lots of the huge range of Montezuma bars are vegan, and tasty as hell.
Vegan restaurant chain : Pizza Express are always really good at ensuring there aren't any animal products in your pizza, and they will even use your own cheese that you bring along too! now I just need to get some decent melting vegan cheese. I hate the few flavours of "sheese" I have tried so far. Hoping to get some suggestions in this thread
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Oh and a couple of the tasty Tyrrell's crisps are vegan friendly - the sea salt and cider vinegar ones are the reason I am putting on weight at the moment. Waitrose have them BOGOF at the mo.

Also, generally Waitrose's "free from" and "wholesome foods" aisle is full of interesting stuff and I always spend too much money there when I visit.
 

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Indian summer that place looks good! I have saved it in my "resturaunts to go to" list for when I'm in London
Is pizza express go-to-on-your-own good, or just good for if you're with a group to get something vegan easily?

I am getting some good ideas... I think I might order some chocolate online soon
I'll put up some of my bests:

Best milk: provamel rice milk, much sweeter than rice dream or rice n easy (but no pun
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Best faux-sausages: Agree with Jen, redwoods. If not Linda mccartney are good too.

Favourite faux-meat: Linda mccartney sausage rolls I think!

Chocolates: Hipo hyfryd salt and pepper truffles OR hotel chocolat praline chocolate log! Both pricey but worth it

Make up: MAC probally, although it's a pain finding out which are vegan because they aren't labeled/online, it's worth it.

Skin care: superdrugs vit E range - brilliant for my SUPER sensitive fussy skin, the only make up remover I can use. Also their teatree oil range is brilliant too.

Hair care: bodyshops brazil nut de-frizzing cream works well on my fly-away hair

Showergel: origional source if I can afford it! Their shampoos and conditioners are rubbish, but the shower gels smell delicious and you only need a little.

Chocolate (not chocolates!): dairy free (in the purple packets) "milk" chocolate, and white chocolate buttons. Easily available too.

Chain resturaunt: wagamamas! Several vegan options or customisations - all delicious, and VERY reasonably priced (as long as you don't get sides).

Sandwhich: If they still have it... starbucks falafel panini - REALLY tasty.

I'm sure I'll think of others later...

ETA: I also checked out the vegsoc awards too, which was also helpful
 

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I like the Holland and Barret Lincolnshire style sausages from the frozen section. They make the best sausage sandwiches ever.
 

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Ohh, I'd forgotten about Wagamamas! I've only been there a handful of times, but it's been very yum on each visit.
 

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Favourite vegan-friendly restaurant: Manna. It's a vegetarian restaurant near Chalk Farms tube station in London. It's definitely on the expensive side of the spectrum, but it's also a really nice restaurant with good food, good atmosphere, vegan wines, and waiters that don't look like dirty hippies
I still haven't tried that one.
(Who looks like dirty hippies anyway? The Chalk Farm local residents?
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Oh and a couple of the tasty Tyrrell's crisps are vegan friendly
They are quite nice, Kettle crisps too.
 

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<<<likes dirty hippies
 

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I've been told Clive's Pies are very nice, not all are vegan though I think.

I also love Peking Palace and Loving Hut. How did I forget about that?
 

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I've been told Clive's Pies are very nice, not all are vegan though I think.
No some have cheese in. Clives pies and pasties are very nice though, they used to sell them in my uni shop. quite a few are vegan.
 

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^ I have to find them. I always seem to see them when I'm not hungry at the time so I never buy them.
 

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Oh I thought of another, best vegan margerine: Vitalite
I bought pure for ages, and switched because they jacked the price up so high, and then me and my bf MUCH prefer it. It melts better, tastes kinda buttery (more so than pure anyway) and is softer and easier to spread. The sainsburys own brand one is the worst though, it tastes of flour.
 

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Milk: alpro sweetened soya (the long life stuff, I hate the refridgerated version)

Faux sausage: the light green (country life?) packs of 5 for 99p in holland and Barrett.

Faux chicken: frys chick'n nuggets

Faux bacon: redwoods rashers

Faux cheese: Redwoods soya- free cheezly

Chocolate: organica couverture fruit and nut (but love moo free and booja booja too)

Cream: alpro single or soyatoo whipping

Ice cream: Swedish glacé chocolate

Chain restaurant: a toughie. Depends what I'm in the mood for eating. I've had success with wagamama, chiquito, pizza hut, di maggios, pizza express, frankie and bennies and bella italia.

Soap: Pure 100% olive soap

Make-up- Eyes lips face

Toiletries- superdrug
 

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Milk - I love the Kara coconut milk for hot chocolates, and the vanilla alpro for a latte but good old Sainsburys basics or Waitrose own brand soya milks do me fine. Can't really taste the difference between them really.

Chocolate - Moo Free is good for a milk chocolate bar. Otherwise it's the Go Max Go bars for me when I'm missing Mars, Bounty and Reeses.

Cake (had to add this one) - Ms Cupcake of course. Crazy variety of flavours, same ratio of topping to base (VERY important I think) and they're also some of the coolest vegans I know.

Toiletries - Superdrug, cheap and labelled clearly.

Household cleaners - Co-op. Same reasons as Superdrug really.

Faux Meat - Redwoods have come a long way recently and have an awesome selection, there's not much I don't like. Wheatys chorizo is incredible as well.

Faux Cheeze - Cheezly for most things, it makes a particularly good fake cheeze sauce. Vegusto is the best for putting on crackers or just eating on its own.

Ice Cream - Swedish Glace Neapolitan. Dunno why but the chocolate in the neapolitan tastes better than their tubs of chocolate.

Restaurant - This is a hard one...Beatroot is good for a quick bite and The Ship in Croydon does an amazing vegan roast for around a fiver (including pudding). The burgers at Loving Hut are amazing too.

This post has made me realise just how lucky I am to live in London
 

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Oh I thought of another, best vegan margerine: Vitalite
I always get Pure spread because I could never remember if Vitalite was actually vegan or not. I might try it now.

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Cake (had to add this one) - Ms Cupcake of course.
Oh yes.


I like Inspiral cake too. Also it's good that you can buy Inspiral cake at Whole Foods so you can avoid surly Inspiral staff.
 

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^ it says it is on the packet
I think it has changed at some point and wasn't previously. I changed my post... I kept saying suma and I meant pure :s

Oh and I forgot to mention Twilight and Jokerz bars - amazing, it's so nice to have something similar to mars/snickers type bars available (even at a hefty price and online, rather than just plain chocolate or chocolates. It's one thing I really missed for a long time.

I'm going to Ms Cupcake soon on a trip to London, can't wait! Their reveiws are so good, and the flavours sound amazing!

I'm finding this thread super handy too!
 
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