Tonight I got my tea from the UK’s first vegan fish and chip shop! The new takeaway is based in the Fishponds area of Bristol just along from the giant Morrison’s on the main road. They serve Tofish and chips, battered sausage, curry sauce, mushy peas, salad and a host of other things you expect to see in a fish and chip shop but all vegan.
I had a nice chat with Jon, one of the owners of the new venture, who is very excited about the amount of interest the takeaway has attracted, not only from Bristol’s vegan community but from the Bristol Evening Post, prolific blogger Fat Gay Vegan and today, Sea Shepherd sent a ringing endorsement and best wishes via Facebook! I heard that a vegan fried chicken place just opened in Hackney in London but as far as I know, and Jon too, this is the UK’s first vegan fish and chip shop. How lucky are we it’s in Bristol?!
My fella and I bought large fish and chips twice (£6 each) and were kindly given a very nice salad and some tartar sauce to sample. We dashed home and dished up… The tofish is made from battered, marinated tofu with a layer of nori. The batter was really light and crispy – perfect! It was surprisingly fishy, but in a really good way. The portions of chips were very generous and the salad and sauce was very tasty, a good mix of leaves – no iceberg in sight!
They have big plans for the future aiming to offer the healthiest fast food take out possible. Everything from a vegan take on a chip shop, right through to super salad bowls and wraps, using sprouted and krauted seeds, beans and vegetables. Pie, chips and peas, vegan fried cheeken (a take on fried chicken) and gluten-free battered sausage and chips, along with the much loved tofish and chips. Kebab wraps, homemade sauces like chilli, sweet and sour, gravy, curry sauce, garlic mayo. They plan to develop the menu to include other classic takeout wok dishes and even pizza, all made from vegetables from the wholefood shop Jon runs called Matter Wholefoods – always organic and wherever possible local and seasonal. There are plans to include desserts from pineapple, banana and apple fritters through to raw vegan cheesecakes and homemade super chocolate. Their dishes will be aimed at everyone – not just vegans!
What a treat having this just up the road. It’s actually a two minute walk from where my fella works so I can see it becoming a regular thing…