The Old Mess Room, Exchange Avenue (side of St Nicks Market), Bristol BS1 1JQ


The response from Bristol’s vegan and veggie community was incredibly positive which is why we wanted to come up with another vegan dumpling filling (leek & mushroom) and add a few more sides. TBH it’s more by accident than design, but the menu now seems to be predominantly vegan!

Gyoza (pronounced ghee-yoza, say it fast) are Japanese dumplings made from wheat wrappers and tasty fillings, and dipped in a soy based dipping sauce. Once you have chosen your filling you can choose from our range of homemade sauces and toppings. If you’re extra hungry why not add a portion of dressed sushi rice & pickles! You can try our tasty gyoza every lunchtime from Monday to Saturday.

Freedom to eat


Freedom to eat is an allergy free pop-up cafe based at Hamilton House, Bristol, on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January 2017.

This means we exclude the 14 allergens recognized by the Food Standards Agency. These are: cereals containing gluten, milk, eggs, soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, lupin, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, celery, mustard and sulphites.

Whilst Freedom to eat concentrate on providing allergen free food, it is still great for people without food requirements. Try it, we dare you to notice what’s missing. Eat out with your family and friends whatever their allergy, intolerance or preference, mix and match is our specialty. Our food also naturally suits vegan and vegetarian diners. The majority of the meals exclude all animal products anyway and those that don’t can be easily adapted to suit your requirements.

So why not join us in the evening of Friday 27th January for an Around the World Taster Menu or on Saturday 28th January for Brunch or Afternoon Tea. Visit our website for more info and to buy tickets at .

Go Vegan World arrives in Bristol


The excellent Go Vegan World campaign run by Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary recently launched in Bristol, and the Bristol Post wrote an article about the event with a great  commentary from the campaign founder Sandra Higgins.  The article itself could have been enhanced in a couple of ways, by acknowledging that everyone needs to make sure they meet nutritional requirements, and where they distinguished between a vegan diet and ‘strict’ veganism. It is worth pointing out there isn’t ‘strict’ veganism, if we are referring to food products then it is more accurately a plant based diet, if people are also considering different areas of animal exploitation in their lifestyle, then it would be more descriptive of veganism [i].

As part of the Bristol Post article they asked the question as to whether the adverts were offensive to meat eaters, and this included a poll.  Respondents to the poll overwhelmingly said the adverts weren’t offensive (92% on the 14th January) and it follows that people who eat animals wouldn’t find the posters offensive, because to find them offensive would be to admit there is an issue with animal exploitation, particularly animal farming.  Yet the posters themselves point directly to these issues, and they are difficult to ignore, whilst asking the question of whether meat eaters are offended (this would likely include vegetarians in relation to eggs and dairy) overlooks whether the normal day to day promotion of animal consumption would be offensive to vegans.  This idea is usually marginalised or not considered at all, and it is unusual for people from the majority position of animal consumption to consider vegans in a meaningful way.  However, this situation does seem to be changing, as more people become vegan it is increasingly difficult to avoid and sweep under the carpet, whilst non-vegans are becoming more aware of needing to include vegans in certain events, especially celebrations.


In this regard, an increasing number of businesses are beginning to understand how this would work, and the days of mocking veganism as a minority interest are steadily coming to an end.  Instead people are having to seriously consider the needs of vegans, and what veganism means.  This appears in different ways, including how supermarkets and restaurants have started to compete for customers on the basis of veganism.  Families who have a vegan family member are more likely to shop in places that offer the most variety for vegans, and when going out for dinner the restaurants that consider vegans are likely to get frequented more often than the ones that don’t.

Overall, one of the main benefits of the Go Vegan World campaign is how the adverts have given a clear message about animal exploitation, one which is not easily dismissed in a country which is shifting toward the ideas and lifestyle that inform veganism.

For a really good interview with Sandra Higgins see this video from Bite Size Vegan.  Also the following website has more information about the campaign, and how to download a free vegan guide.

[i] Veganism is a “philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”