Take-out treats to try this Veganuary from Newcastle’s inventive independents

The start of the new year has long been sold as an opportunity to consider your lifestyle choices and make positive changes to your diet or exercise regime. Charity ‘Veganuary’ seized on this idea and has been encouraging people to try out a vegan lifestyle for the first month of the year since 2014. According to the group behind the annual challenge, participation has more than doubled each year, with more and more people wanting to experience the reported benefits of a plant-based diet.

While some people are compelled by the moral arguments, others are attracted to the environmental advantage of reduced meat and dairy consumptions, as studies show that vegan diets tend to have far lower, carbon, water and ecological footprints than those of meat or fish-eaters. Whatever your reason for partaking in Veganuary, or even if you’re simply trying to eat less meat overall, there is a flourishing vegan scene in Newcastle to take advantage of. Go here for the latest news live from Newcastle city centre

Whether you’re pining for pizza, or dying for a donut, there’s plenty of great independent businesses offering vegan alternatives. Given that there is still uncertainty about whether further Covid measures will be introduced in the new year, the Chronicle has pulled together a list of local vegan take-aways to keep you on track through January. Karma Kitchen Cafe

Karma Kitchen delivers delicious North-Indian vegan cuisine right to the doorstep. Launched by two sisters and their mam as the head chef, the team have developed a great reputation for cooking up plant-based goodness from locally sourced ingredients. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like mango curry with homemade vegan ‘paneer’ kofta, seitan puddina and tofu saag.

And for those with a sweet tooth, why not try the trios baking delights, such as a rose & pistachio cake pot or handmade indian style donuts. They deliver from 4pm Monday to Sunday to NE1-NE8, but can “on occasion” deliver to postcodes outside this range. Veganizza

The team at Veganizza are dedicated to providing a meat-free alternative to one of the UK’s most popular take-out options. Based at Pizza Punks, in Grey Street, their hand-made sour-dough pizzas use tasty and cruelty free ingredients, encouraging positive change “one slice at a time”. They offer hot delivery and also bake-at home options, with cheese made from cashew nuts, almond milk and a little nutritional yeast.

Some of the pizzas on offer include: truffle mushroom and tuscan ‘sausage’, blistered red pepper and roast aubergine and pumpkin cream and beetroot. Orders can be made via the website or on deliveroo, and are available from 5pm to 10pm within a five mile radius of Newcastle city. Sun of Seitan

Vegan traders Sun of Seitan have set out to show that a barbeque doesn’t have to be synonymous with charred patties or door-step sized hot dogs. The team deliver sizzling succulence across the North East, in the form of seitan kebab wraps and street food favourites such as sticky ‘ribs’, buffalo ‘wings and quack-free ‘duck. They deliver across the region to Newcastle, Gateshead, County Durham, Sunderland, South Shields, Jarrow and Hexham.

All food comes in ‘cook at home’ packs to make sure you get the hottest and freshest food possible, or if you’re located in Gateshead or Low Felling, it can be delivered pre-made to your door. More information can be found on the website. Fat Hippo

Independent burger restaurant, Fat Hippo, has been wowing customers in Newcastle since it opened in 2010. Recognised for their quirky flavours, and chunky “dirty” burgers, the restaurant has expanded to cover multiple locations across the North and into the Midlands. Less well-known perhaps is the extensive range of vegan “junk-food” available on the Fat Hippo menu.

Options include vegan dirty waffle fries, vegan frickles, the ‘five lies’ beef imitation burger, the ‘harlem fake’ chicken imitation burger, and many more. The dishes are available to collect at the City Centre or Jesmond restaurant, or they can be delivered to your door via Deliveroo.

One of Fat Hippo’s vegan offerings – The VFC

Magpye If you’re looking for something wintry and warming to power you through the January blues, Magpye are a firm favourite.

The team create deluxe plant-powered pies from scratch, with “quality, ethically-sourced ingredients”. The team began serving hearty portions of pie, mash and mushy peas on the banks of the River Tyne from a converted horsebox, and now deliver directly to homes in the North East. They offer unique takes on British classics, with fillings such as chick’n balti, or plant-based mince and onions.

Delivered fresh and frozen to guarantee top quality, the pies are perfect to stick in the freezer for a blustry day. Vegano The Vegano food truck began its life as a frequent visitor at Quayside Market, before blossoming into a bustling business in Newcastle city centre.

The menu includes tantalising baked camembert, carbonara pasta, ‘dirty doner’ kebabs and juicy ‘chkn’ burgers, as well as delicious non-dairy desserts. This ‘fast food with a conscience’ is available to collect from the dine-in restaurant at Blandford Square, with last orders at 8.45pm.

Take-out treats to try this Veganuary from Newcastle's inventive independentsThe Vegano food truck

Sunn Health If the health benefits of a plant-based diet are what attracted you to Veganuary, but you still want the convience that a take-away affords, then Sunn Health is a fantastic option.

The little sister of North East vegan favourite Little Green Social, Sunn Health is a one-stop shop for plant-based meal prep, healthy snacks and supplements, delivered right to your door. The team behind the venture offer free wellness advice and nutritional guidance, and ensure their creative meals are always made from fresh, seasonal wholefoods. The nutrient-dense dishes can be sent to your door, so visit the website or instagram for the latest detail about their menu and delivery options.

Glazed ‘Glazed’ is Newcastle’s first ever vegan donut shop, with units in High Heaton and more recently, Grainger Market. Customers helped to raise GBP2,000 to turn the owner’s dream of opening a store in the city centre into a reality, and business has been booming ever since.

Some of the plant-based donuts available include biscoff, gingerbread creme brulee and strawberry sparkle.

Take-out treats to try this Veganuary from Newcastle's inventive independentsA Glazed vegan donut

They have offered delivery to NE2, NE3, NE6, NE7, NE8, NE12, NE28 & NE29 in the past, and collections are also available. Details can be found on the team’s facebook page. Grace’s Vegan Bakes

Geordie baker Grace bakes vegan brownies, cookies, biscoff bars, tiffins and birthday cakes for hungry customers across the North East. Her promise is that you “won’t even know they’re vegan”, because she believes “dietary restrictions shouldn’t mean you can’t have delicious treats.” You can either collect her sweet treats or have them delivered – information can be found on the website.

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