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BVBG: The Ironworks, Bristol

BVBG: The Ironworks, Bristol

It’s possible that The Ironworks Supply Co on Broad Street is the coolest place to have brunch in Bristol. Not only do they sell awesome bike-related clothing (motor, not pedal), but they serve breakfasts, lunches, and some of the best coffee I’ve had for ages.

Veggie boozing!

Veggie boozing!

It’s easy enough to choose to eat plant-based foods, but what about the other thing vital for life, BOOZE? Not all beers (and wines, and spirits) are created equal, and some may contain animal products where you’re not expecting them…

BVBG: VX Bristol

BVBG: VX Bristol

VX Bristol first came to my attention for their vegan kebabs (as seen on a Wriggle recommended list). We’re lucky enough to be moving to Bedminster imminently, so thought it was a good idea to get the lay of the land, regarding veggie and vegan restaurants.

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Veggie roast dinner pie at The Golden Lion, Gloucester Road

Veggie roast dinner pie at The Golden Lion, Gloucester Road

No three words bring joy to my heart like “roast” “dinner” and “pie”. So when I saw Wriggle had an offer on for a vegan roast dinner pie, courtesy of Pie Baby, at the Golden Lion, I couldn’t resist. Sadly, there are no photos of […]

Off-grid living tips from Maximus Ironthumper on Youtube

Off-grid living tips from Maximus Ironthumper on Youtube

A friend recently introduced me to the excellent videos from Maximus Ironthumper, a normal bloke who bought a plot of forestry land using a loan, and built his own house on it. You can see a playlist of his off-grid how-tos here, and I’d really […]

Leek and mushroom pie

Leek and mushroom pie

I’ve not done a recipe for a while (too busy eating breakfasts) but the recent cold weather inspired me to make a pie! The recipe was inspired by the fact that I had a lot of mushrooms I needed to use up…

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BVBG: The Roots Lounge, Bristol

BVBG: The Roots Lounge, Bristol

Here at the Bristol Veggie Breakfast Guide, we appreciate eggs. My better half and fellow breakfast-tester, Sarah, is an especially passionate fan of eggs in all their forms. So when I told her we were going for breakfast at a newly-opened vegan cafe, she was […]

BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is one of the most interesting parts of Bristol. Famed for being the UK’s longest independent high street (not sure if that’s still true), it’s home to all the cliche Bristol stuff, like Banksy artwork and old crusties not wearing shoes. Nestled in […]

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

Off to the exotic vistas of Bedmo today, to try Grounded‘s veggie breakfast offering. Conveniently sited opposite a massive Asda, and there’s always the possibility you’ll see a lady walking a skunk (no, really). Grounded is a chain in Bristol with a few branches dotted around – it’s family-friendly and not badly-priced, either. We had a bit of a wait for our breakfasts, but they were pretty busy, and I did get to earwig on an old lady telling her friend she’d recently joined Snapchat while I was waiting…

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Looks-wise, this is one of the best we’ve had so far. This is the Veggie Full English, and comes with buttered kale, as well as two veggie sausages. The kale was a bit limp, sadly – but I’ve had it before and it’s been really nice, so perhaps an off day? The sausages are good too (and you get two of them, as well as two eggs) – similar in texture to veggie burgers or nut cutlets, with grated carrot baked in. The hash browns were decent too – had a slightly cheesy taste? Beans in a ramekin again, alas, and not a huge amount, but the big grilled mushroom makes up for it – actually has some flavour. Someone’s taken time and love over that mushroom. Only one slice of toast, which was a bit pale and cold, and had margarine on it, when the menu clearly said butter – uh oh.

Price: £7 for the Veggie Full English.

Not a bad brekkie, but I’ve had better – 7 mushrooms out of 10.

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

Zut alors! Patisserie Valerie is best-known for serving delicious cakes and desserts, usually piled high with cream and chocolate. So I was surprised to see that they also do lunch, sandwiches and all-day breakfasts! We popped in to give them a try… First impressions: good […]