Streetfoodin Birmingham is a major success story, yet there aren’t that many completely Vegetarian and vegan traders that showcase their food.

One of the vegetarian and vegan traders is KuskusFoods who specialise in vegetarian food inspired by the Middle East.

They are a family business who produce quality freshly prepared inspirational receipes for Farmers Markets, Corporate events, and private functions.

A real vegetarian and vegan food hero.

Begining over 20 years ago, Moses the chef learnt his recipes in the Middle East and then had the idea of creating a business that would attend farmers markets showcasing all he learnt in the countries he visited. Fresh, healthy, Middle Eastern food.

Moseley Farmers Market is one of the places to find KusKus foods where they provide high quality veggie and vegan dishes.

Kus Kus Foods are Vegetarian Society approved and can be found at Moseley Farmers Market on the last Saturday of the month and the MAC food fair on the last Sunday of the month. This weekend. As well as Solihull, Stratford Upon Avon and Harborne on other dates. See below.

Note They will be at The Malvern Autumn show this weekend. Saturday and Sunday.

Dishes such as
Lebanese Falafal with naked humous,
Arabic veggie kebabs with sweet chilli,
Lebanese Mousaaka,
Moroccan plum and sweet potato tagine.

are available at the venues below.

The food by Kus Kus Foods sounds yummy, I haven’t tried it yet, but please look out for them at a food market near you.

Kus Kus Foods for a taste of veggie/vegan food heaven.

Office: 0121 373 2805







Tall Poppy Foods are a small family based food company based in the Selly Oak area of Birminghamthat specialises in delicious 100% Vegan Foods.

Tall Poppy Foods have been running since October 2012 selling cupcakes online and catering for events. such as weddings, with wedding cakes. They can also be seen at farmers markets.

Their mission is to break the stereotype that Vegan and Vegetarian food together can put a bad taste in people’s mouths, and believe that good tasting food should be available to everyone whatever their dietry requirements.

Tall Poppy Foods cakes are dairy, egg, honey, lactose, and animal by product free and are lovely. They are 100% suitable for vegetarians and vegans and their ingredients are ethically sourced. Tall Poppy foods use organic flour from renowned millers Shipton Mill.

I have enjoyed their cup cakes at Veg Out Cafe in Kings Heath, they taste beautiful.

Tall Poppy foods provide foods and cakes for all occasions and deliver 15-20 miles from Birmingham. They can deliver further if they have advanced notice.

They can be contacted via their website http://www.tallpoppyfoods.co.uk
Their website has full details of their products.

Tall Poppy Foods also sell gourmet coffee, wraps and sandwiches, and real fruit smoothies.

They are a real vegetarian/vegan food hero.

Twitter: @TallPoppyFoods
Facebook/ TallPoppyCakes

email them for orders also at info@TallPoppyFoods.co.uk






Kings Heath has a developing independent food scene that’s well documented on my blog. Of which Fletchers Bar and eatery on York Road is a quirky addition.

Kings Heath is very good at supporting local and diverse businesses. Offering an individual and creative platform for eating and drinking that has now been noticed by
Independent Birmingham and its IB discount card.

Over the road from Fletchers is the Hare and Hounds pub and Cherry Reds, with Byzantium tapas next door.

Fletchers bar and eatery has a strong food menu with good vegetarian options and a good mix of drinks. It is the stay out late sister of The Kitchen Garden cafe where Blue Rabbit bistro is located. See previous review.

Fletchers, Ruth and i found on our midweek visit is a friendly laid bar serving food, bar snacks, cocktails, spirits, and good wines. Including a lovely gin martini and Manhattan.

On our arrival we found a quiet bar that quickly got busier as the evening went on. The wooden tables and floors give it a rustic lived in atmosphere and look.

More of a country bar than traditional pub, more quirky, knowing and independent. Fletchers felt homely, and comforting after a busy day at work, a place to unwind.

Fletchers bar and eatery has a beer garden that is sheltered under trees that have fairy lights in them and surrounded by potted plants in the courtyard which makes the space feel like an oasis, with a chilled vibe.



Fletchers bar has a good selection of food for vegetarians. Including a veggie burger, salads, Aubergine Parmgiana and an interesting small bites tapas and flat bread menu that has a few options. Fletchers also has a changing specials board that includes veggie options. The menus change frequently so this keeps it fresh, interesting and seasonal.

On the night Ruth and I both chose vegetarian. Ruth chose the
Aubergine Parmgiana which she enjoyed. it had a good tomato flavour with the right amount of aubergine.
I ate the Halloumi and Aubegine burger.

The burger was excellent served in a firm bap. It had a good flavour, the combination of the Halloumi which was cooked well contrasted the silky aubergine felt indulgent. Served with some excellent home made chips, it felt a good choice and quite filling.

Fletchers have a few real ales I tried Ringwald Boon Doggle which harmonised with the burger well. They also often have s Purity Beer or two.

Fletchers also have a good cocktail list which we’ve sampled on a weekend and a good wine list that they are proud of and which seems to go down we with customers with their food.



Fletchers provides a relaxing and intimate space, its very quirky, and an interesting place to spend time. The service is very friendly, charming and attentive. It’s a great place to catch up with friends, to dine as a couple, I even saw single diners. It’s perfect for a pre dinner drink when in the area as ruth and i have experienced and even a post one before home. It is open for lunch.

The food is solidly good, it has plenty of choice. The small bites look fun. See website for menus.

I found Fletchers to have the right balance of business and chilled, with a good and varied drinks menu.

Fletchers bar is very Kings Heath and pleasantly addictive.

An eclectic find.

Fletchers Bar
7 York Road
Kings Heath
B14 7SA


0121 443 4725
@fletchersyork : Twitter.

Ruth and I used our independent Birmingham card to receive 10% off our bill.


Ruth and I paid for our own meal. The opinions are my own and honest.

Have you been to Fletchers what did you think?

What do you think of the food scene in Kings Heath and Moseley for vegetarians and vegans?

Anywhere you would recommend me to visit?

Let me know on the comments part of my blog or via twitter @andydhare







Kings Heath has numerous good eating options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the vegetarian diner. In fact there are so many options its hard to choose. It is the same for Moseley, but that is for another day :)

Veg Out Cafe, sits just off the main High Street on Poplar Road amongst such foodie jewels as Blue Ginger and Maison Maici. It is completely vegetarian and vegan, which is pure joy to myself and many others that love the relaxed, friendly vibe of this enticing cafe.

I had only eaten their once before, see previous review.

The food served is tasty and wholesome and has a simplicity that is endearing and welcome. At lunch time this sits perfectly with Ruth and myself’s requirements, and our appetites. :)

We visited on a Saturday lunch time. Veg Out Cafe is a light and smart looking cafe, descorated in pastel colours and with art work adorning the walls, is a bright cheeerful place to spend an hour or so.

It is very community based, people know each other, gather, and chat, its chirpy, service is friendly and welcoming.

We opted to share a small plate of pure corn nachos for a starter. A mixture of tortilla chips, served with corriander, sour cream, tomato chilli salsa, fresh avocado with a lovely smothering of English Chedder cheese. Its an excellent dish, very tasty, with good contrasting flavours with the crunch of the tortilla chips. Delicious. A great plate to share. £5.95 small plate.

To follow I chose the Middle Eastern Falafal. a wrap stuffed with falafal balls, served with humous, red onion, and tomato salsa with a salad, olives, sour cream and mint. I love falafals, and can recommend this dish, its generous in size and with the lovely flavours and textures works well in a wrap. The falafals were well made and for £7.95 good value.

Ruth had the Lebanese Flat Bread which was smothered with goats cheese and topped with griddled mushrooms, garlic and parsley. Ruth thought there was too much goats cheese on the bread and that this overwhelmed the dish, though she said this maybe personal taste, and that is was enjoyable all the same. Cost £7.95.

For lunch Veg Out also offer griddled sandwiches, omelettes, and salads. All the food is freshly prepared and looks excellent from the other tables around us.

In the evening on Friday’s and Saturday’s Veg Out offer a full menu with BYO wine. A good value meal, one for me to try next:) They also offer a brunch/breakfast menu on a Sunday from 10am.

Veg Out also do a full vegan night once a month.

This sounds good.

Keep and eye on facebook and twitter for menus and details.

There are good vegan options on the menu too:)

Veg Out Cafe is a delightful cafe in Kings Heath. For a relaxed lunch, in a bustling buzzy setting it can’t be beaten. The food is lovely, and for any vegetarian or vegan it would be foolish not to visit.

It’s a place to come back too over and over. A place for everyone.

Veg Out Cafe
46 Poplar Road
Kings Heath
B14 7AG




We paid for our meal in full. All opinions are my own and honest of the experience.













I was fortunate a couple of weeks ago to be offered a complimentary selection of Yipsy Macarons to sample which I was most pleased about by Angela Yip-founder of Yipsy Macarons.

Fuelled by her passion for baking and love for Macarons Yipsy was founded by Angela Yip who left the world of finance and set up her own business making macarons.

Macarons are light, small meringue cookies made of almond flour, egg white, and sugar in a smooth colourful shell with little ‘feet’ sandwiched by a tasty ganache, buttercream, or curd filling. They come in different flavours.

They are not to be confused with macaroons that have no filling and are made from honey and coconut.

Angela delivered the macarons to me herself and they came in a secure pack of six different flavours, presented beautifully and peeking out of the packaging very temptingly.

I wasn’t allowed to open them until Ruth came home from work, so had to put them out of temptations way until the evening. :)

They came in six different flavours, they were superb and so pretty and suitable for vegetarians.

Not only did they look stunning on the plate, but were perfect little morsels of sweet seduction. They just melted in the mouth, each one unique, the flavours were delicious, the strawberry and pistachio and chocolate went down well. They were chewy, creamy and crisp, very indulgent and perfectly handmade.

Yipsy Macarons are available from their website http://www.yipsymacarons.com as a atreat for yourself, a loved one, or for a party or wedding. They make a lovely gift for a food loving friend or partner. Ideal for a celebration or as a wedding centre piece.

Prices start at 12 macarons for £15.00, great value for the handmade craft involved.

The Macarons are wrapped with secure packaging and hand delivered in the West Midlands or within 2 days via Royal Mail for £4.00.

They can be gift wrapped for an extra £2.00.

See the website for full details of packages and offers.


For that special indulgence that is different and perfectly handmade they can’t be beat.

The best macarons we had ever tasted was the comment:)

Thanks to Angela for the sample pack of Yipsi Macarons Ruth and I loved them and look forward to re ordering soon.


@yipsymacarons Twitter


Mobile: 07707109901

The Macarons were a complimentary sample. No product review was requested. All opinions are my own and honest.







Birmingham independent food fair 13 September 2014 millennium Point

Birmingham independent food fair is to be held at Millennium Point on September 13th.

Organised by Dine Birmingham and with the organisers of #future foodies.

The rise of independents in Birmingham is well noted and through organisations such as Independent Birmingham and Yelp Brum publicity and encouragement has developed cafe’s, bars and restaurants and has assisted them in thriving in a city that was better known for its chains.

Birmingham’s food scene ranges from gourmet restaurants to coffee shops to cocktail bars to street food. Continental delis and specialist food producers also now thrive.

The independent food fair will bring a number of those producers and traders together in one place.

For a full list if traders see their website http://www.bhamfoodfair.com

Some of the standout ones for veggies include

Don Diego bar de tapas
Le Truc Cafe
Aalto @Hotel La Tour
Epi Restaurant
All Greek deli
Pips Hot Sauce
Squisito Italian street food
Blue bones pizza
Urban coffee
Six eight Kafe
Langleys gin
Bitter n twisted: bodega, Jekyl and Hyde and Island bar.
Hibiscus Grove- curry
Kneals Chocolates.
Purity beer

The one sadness is that I’m not sure if Any purely vegetarian or vegan trader is involved. I may be wrong.

Standard tickets are £7.50
Party of four: £24.50
Child under 10: £4.50

The Birmingham independent food fair is where traders and visitors come together. Showing what the city has too offer. The pick of localism, the best of Birmingham.

Millennium point is the venue.

September 13th the date.









Conwy is a special place. I have been visiting the Conwy area of the North Wales coast for over 30 years. The town, the coast and the area of Snowdonia National Park that it adjoins resonates with me, as a poet, And in the silences in between.

From childhood holidays, sandcastles on the beach that stretches almost as far as Anglesey, to the shimmering sunsets in Summer and the haunting light over the sea in Autumn.

My parents have a static caravan near Conwy nestled under the lower Snowdonia hills with a view over the sea.

Conwy is a small fishing town with a famous castle, and a quaint Cornwall like harbour that is big on fish and has its own food festival in October. It’s a charming town and very popular in the Summer months.

Ruth and I visit often and on this occasion we were there to celebrate my Mums birthday.

Watsons Bistro is our go to place in Conwy, as it’s superb for vegetarians. They regularly change their options and they are always creative and use the best market fresh ingredients sourced locally and at their best, bang in season.

All Watsons food is made in the premises from the bread to the ice creams and sorbets. It’s a lovely, cosy and light restaurant that cares about its welcome and the food it serves.

Watsons Bistro is nestled under part of the historic town walls of Conwy and is a delightful and friendly family run restaurant.

As I’ve said what makes Watsons stand out from other restaurants for miles for me is its superb vegetarian dishes. Watsons offer all vegetarian starters as mains and mains can be made up as starters. They also adapt some of the other dishes for vegetarians too.

Watsons is split into two rooms, one larger room and one conservatory area which is lovely in the sunshine or in candle light. This overlooks a small courtyard which is used in the daytime.





One of the first issues is deciding what to order as their are numerous tempting choices.

We were brought initially some home made bread. For my starter I ordered:

The Ragout of seasonal girolle mushrooms, puy lentils, leeks and soya beans in a mini cob with brandy cream.

It was a lovely dish the deep flavoured mushrooms blended with the lentils and brandy cream created a harmonious texture that sitting inside the warm cob made an indulgent starter.



For my main course I ordered:

Ripe oven baked Perl Wen Brie, with a sweet roast potato, celeriac, home made tomato chutney.

I enjoyed this dish, the local Welsh Brie has a lovely mellow flavour that complimented the sweet notes of the roasted sweet potato that sat next to it. The tomato chutney gave the dish a spicy bite that was delicious, and different. I liked the oven baked Brie, as it gave to a really substantial main course.

All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes to share amongst the table. So go to Watsons with an appetite:)




For desert I ordered

A hot chocolate fondant with sour cherry ice cream.

The fondant was delicious, gooey, runny, with a deep chocolate flavour one of the best I have had anywhere. The rich chocolate set against the sour cherry flavour of the ice cream showed a good technique and the fondant as executed perfectly.

We were also given a vegan brownie that was delicious as an extra.




Eating at Watsons is a truly memorable experience that sets it apart from many of the other restaurants in the area. For vegetarians it is unique in that the options are varied, creative and interesting rather than the pasta, risotto norm. The portions are of a good size, a proper dinner you may say and of excellent value for the price.

Watsons is an example to the region in its market fresh and seasonal ethos which uses the superb produce that can be found in Wales well and in interesting ways.

I’ve been a number of times and haven’t had the same dish twice. The standards are always high, from the warm friendly service to the presentation and care in the food.

For delicious and seasonal dishes Watsons Bistro in Conwy i think is the leader on the North Wales coast.

Visit Conwy, for the scenery, for the castle, but visit for the food which is as first class as the welcome.

Watsons Bistro
Chapel Street
Snowdonia National Park
Ll32 8BP
North Wales


01492 596326






Disclaimer: we paid for our own meal and all opinions are my own and an honest assessment of the food we ate.




This Sunday 7th September sees The Kings Heath Street Festival hit York Road in Kings Heath. This is from 11am-8pm.

This is organised by Enjoy Kings Heath and is a day long celebration of everything that makes Kings Heath in South Birmingham so unique and it is FREE. :)

Joining forces with businesses to bring the community together, with entertainment, outdoor bar area, street food, and market stalls. and a live music stage.

There will be over 25 stalls showcasing their wares and products mostly independent traders.

Foodie options will include an abundance for veggies and vegans,

Such as Veg out Cafe who will have their vegan burger and falafels.

Byzantium will have a full tapas menu inside and out. Including many veggie options.

Loco Lounge will be there.

Cherry Reds will be providing their lovely food too.

The Sun at the Station will be showcasing acoustic acts.

When I hear of more foodie stalls I will let you know.

The event should show case all that is good about Kings Heath.

And it is FREE!



Twitter: @enjoykingsheath

Thanks for reading.






Independent pub Company Peach are turning an Art Deco style townshouse in Edgbaston, Birmingham B15
into a 17 Century gastro pub. Which will be the first in Birmingham.

Due to open in late September the company run by Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddart will turn the former home of English architect Francis W B Yorke into a 100 cover pub. :)

The Highfield will be in leafy Edgbaston, opposite Michelin starred
Simpsons Restuarant and near
The Edgbaston cocktail bar and boutique hotel (see earlier review). Already a healthy foody location Edgbaston also houses The Blue Piano, and the
deli @ Edgbaston.

The Highfield will have a good mix of food for vegetarians from deli plates, to starters, to main courses and will also serve breakfasts from 8am.

From what I can see the menu will include a deli veggie board, Starters- soup, sauteed wild mushrooms, poached free range egg, toasted brioche, Mains- herb pancakes with squash and sage stuffing, and a Heritage tomato Tarte Tatin.

The food will be free range and sourced locally. See their website for details.


The Highfield is a boost to the local Edgbaston area, which is fast becoming a foodie destiantion and will soon have a new restaurant run by Pushkar on Broad Street too. See post to come shortly.

For vegetarians it looks a good place to go especially if you have a meat eating partner, friends or family. The drinks will include craft beers, real ale and a good strong wine and spirit list including local Langley’s Gin (not sure about cocktails).

It aims to be modern and quirky and have an art deco leaning with a British charm.

I will post more details of an opening date, bookings and menus when I have them and of course a review.

It sounds a charming opening.

For now, see their website http://www.highfieldedgbaston.co.uk for full details, and menus.

The Highfield
22 Highfield Road
B15 3DP





Drinking Coffee is a past time that I love. Birmingham as you know as a number of very good Independent coffee shops that offer many differing experiences and provide a solace for many different people. One of my favorites, and one that I have been frequenting since it opened is Urban Coffee on Church Street, Birmingham city Centre. Sitting a little away from Birmingham Cathedral and Snow Hill Station Urban Coffee is one of the original coffee pioneeers of independent coffee in the city.

Urban Coffee Company are dedicated to bringing and creating a unique coffee experience. Started by a couple who were tired of the chains and wanted to start an independent coffee shop in Birmingham, they now have three emporiums, one in Church street in the city centre, one in The Jewellery Quarter and one in Harborne.

It was the Church Street emporium I visited on a friday afternoon. When I entered surprisingly it wasn’t very busy, with plenty of tables free. You see Urban Coffee can be very popular, and finding space can be difficult at certain times of the day.

The Church Street Emporium is light and airy and has two levels. The ground is busier usually and more fitting for a quicker visit, with a traditional cafe layout, with stout tables, mixed seating and one long communal table. Upstairs has a more loungy feel, with bean bags and couches, a more leasurely and relaxed space.
I chose on this occasion to sit downstarirs for a change.

I chose to drink a flat white and sample a cappuccino slice. Though it was cup cake friday, the slice tempted me more. The Flat White was good, artistically presented, but certainly not the best i’ve had in Birmingham. It did have a good coffee flavour though and went well with a lovely cake, that I enjoyed. The cakes have always been consistent, and the filter coffee and the cappucino is excellent too:)

Unfortuantely every time I visit they seem to have sold out of handmade Yipsy Macarons, but never mind.

Urban coffee offers a good selection of cakes, pastries, bagels, teas, sandwiches, and has a licence which allows it to serve alcohol such as craft beer, spirits, cocktails and wine. It has a number of events such as live music, poetry readings, cocktail nights and book clubs that happen from time to time. See their website for full diary and food and drinks menu.

They serve bottled beer from 5-7pm when the emporium closes.

Urban Coffee is a great Independent coffee shop, it has a strong free wi fi, and the urbanisters (staff) are friendly, passionate and know their coffee and are happy to assist if you are unable to decide from a long coffee menu.

I like the Church Street emporium, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of the city and on a street that is a nice one to wander down. (off Colmore Row opposite the Cathedral). Urban Coffee is a coffee shop that is full of people who love coffee and and know of a good product and service.

I would recommend Urban Coffee, and though have not tried their other two emporiums feel that The Church Street venue as the original offers a good mix of airy space that caters for a mixed crowd of people. Though it can be busy.

In many ways, Urban Coffee Company are what makes Birmingham’s Independent coffee scene exciting and something to be proud of. It offers another unique expereince and thus is well recommended for coffee and cake enthusiasts. All veggies welcome :)

Urban Coffee Company
30 Church Street,
Off Colmore Row
Colmore Business District
B3 2NP.


For Independent Birmingham card holders Urban offer a free refil on any single estate filter coffee or tea.

Disclaimer: I paid for my own coffee and cake. My review is my own experience and is honest.

Have you been to Urban Coffee? What did you think?

what are you favourite independent coffee shops? Let me know using the comment box below.

Thanks for reading :)