The aim of Veganuary is simple. To inspire people to try a vegan lifestyle, and encourage the shift from animal farming to more sustainable living.
Some of us in the Groubook office have started off the year attempting Veganuary and it came to our attention that a popular aspect of Veganuary often overlooked is considering which beers are vegan. Hang on...there's meat in alcohol? No, but there may be fish.
When asked to list the ingredients of a beer, the swim bladder of a fish is unlikely to be included. But Isinglass, the gelatine-like substance obtained from the organ, is often used to filter the alcohol and give it it's clear, bright appearance.
We know it's not the most pleasant thought. Do not fear. We've compiled a list of the most popular beers free from fish bladders.
We're aware of how daunting it can be. But for us, aside from avoiding some fishy favourites, Veganuary has been a breeze. We wanted to recommend some of our favourite spots we've tried this month.
101 Castle Blvd, Nottingham NG7 1FE
From having a stall at Nottingham Street Food, to opening their very own restaurant, this 100% plant-based Kitchen is one of our all time favourites.
Their creations are a feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Although they specialise in Burgers, their Chick'n Tenders, Korn Ribs and Shawarma Loaded Fries are not one to miss; you won't believe its vegan!
Now available on Uber Eats and Deliveroo too!
127 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FQ
At Prickly Pear, their mission was to bring fresh, colourful food with a Mexican twist to Nottingham's ever growing vegan community. And the best part? Everything on the menu is under a tenner!
Having both followed a vegan lifestyle for many years, the two founders wanted to spread the message of Veganism with as much positivity as possible. Their all-vegan team are always on hand to give advice to anyone wanting to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle! Serving everything from breakfast and smoothies to burgers and tacos, this quaint café is definitely worth a visit.
21 Carlton Street, NG1 1NL
This independent café is based in the heart of Hockley, serving all the best savoury bites and sweet treats!
They pride themselves on offering a large array of sandwich and jacket potato toppings, with their all-day breakfasts proving to be a big hit too. With a great selection of alternative milks, why not pop down for a coffee and treat yourself to a vegan cake whilst you're there!
18 Lenton Boulevard, NG7 2ES
This volunteer led café is one of our underrated faves. All their food is fair trade and ethically sourced, and being not-for-profit, this café is by far the most affordable of our selection, with a vegan All Day Breakfast for only £5! They also host 'Bring your own beer' nights and other themed food nights from around the world. Nestled in the heart of Lenton, its the perfect spot for students to grab a cheap bite to eat.
They also offer suspended meals for vulnerable people in Nottingham. Suspended Meals are a concept introduced in coffee shops in Italy meaning 'pending coffee' where a paying customer buys an extra coffee for someone in need.
Eldon Chambers, NG1 2NS
At the other end of the scale, this plant-based family business specialises in vegan fine dining for when you're feeling fancy. Located in the iconic Eldon Chambers in the heart of the city centre, the surroundings are as aesthetically pleasing as the food. Expect beautiful ambience, top class food and service to match.
If you like you superfoods with a side of sophistication, this is the place for you.
With all the emphasis on Veganuary, it's important to remember Veganism should never be limited to one month. These cafés and restaurants exist all year round ready for you to try something new.
And believe us... you won't be disappointed!