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Nottingham Green Festival

Veggies is delighted to announce that the Nottingham Green Festival will return on Sunday 6th September.

As the event is organised by grass roots, community based volunteers, with no statutory funding, your help would be most welcome.

Nottingham Green Festival Gallery

There are regular Planning Meetings, hosted by Veggies at the Sumac Centre.

Veggies is also hosting a mailing list for announcements, news and information about Nottingham Green Festival. (Note: You may get a ‘security certificate‘ warning! Fear not; this is because the list is provided by The Riseup Collective, an activist internet group that doesn’t tick all the corporate boxes). You can safely click through. Honest. Please do subscribe.

Due to the funding crisis the event did not happen in 2015, but such is our faith in its importance in Nottingham’s green scene that Veggies has pledged to fund essential up-front expenses from our campaign funds. However these funds will need to be recouped and recycled into other projects long before September, so your support is invited:

Show support for the event by making a small donation to keep the organising group afloat, whilst the funding-raising team chase other sources of funding. You can click the button to donate with PayPal or credit/debit cards, send a cheque to Nottingham Green Festival, 22 Kent Road, Nottingham NG3 6BE, or transfer directly to:

“Nottingham Green Festival”, Unity Trust Bank, sort code 08-60-01, a/c no 53110426

Nottingham Green Festival LogoYour support will make all the difference in ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park, Waverley Street / Addison Street, a couple of minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market Square.

With your help, the event will have over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids rides, workshops, natural therapies and sustainable technologies, performers and entertainment throughout the park and live music from the bandstand.

Pending the creation of a dedicated Nottingham Green Festival website, event details may be found on Veggies diary listing.

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The Vegan Side of Twitter

Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, went vegan in 2001 after visiting Farm Sanctuary.

Biz Stone is also lobbying for vegetarian meals in school lunches. He sent a letter to Rep. George Miller, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, writing: “Hundreds of thousands of students across the country don’t eat meat, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. However, these young vegetarians often can’t find healthy, meatless meals in the school cafeteria.”

Biz Stone obviously believes in the power of lunch, because Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters provides free vegan lunches to its employees.


See also Interview at Farm Sanctuary on YouTube.

Veggies Summer Tour

Between now and the end of August, Veggies has eight weekend camping events, as well as several single day events.

Veggies Action CateringWe recommend you to check out all these events with view to attending / supporting them.

Even better, if you are attending any of these events you might like to help with Veggies Campaign Catering.

Please contact us if you might help in any way.

Warmest wishes and motivational ‘Go Team Veggies!’

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July
Peace in the Park – Oxfordshire

A Buddhist event at the Global Retreat Centre with a mix of music, talks and meditation pavilions. Events and activities will include ‘Mindset Talks’, new ‘One Question’ events, woodland activities for children and adults, story-telling from ancient lands, an open air chill-out meditation lounge, sacred music in the grounds, and the hugely popular ‘Meditation & Music for the World’ event.


Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July
and Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July
Goddess Camp – Bestwood Park, Nottm

Women, men and children are welcome for a weekend of celebration, ritual and workshops at the Goddess Camp at Bestwood Country Park.


Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th July
Northern Green Gathering
Derbyshire Dales, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire

A small volunteer-run environmental/educational gathering, a 4 day event on a beautiful new site, focussed around sustainable living and green campaigns. There will be environmental workshops & campaigns, permaculture, organic veggie cafes, stalls, healers & alternative therapies, kids space, theatre & circus workshops, and a showcase of environment living in action, including solar power and wind power.


Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August
Green Gathering – Chepstow, Wales

At the Green Gathering you can rediscover ancient skills and explore
pathways to future sustainability; talk with key speakers from the Green movement and engage in lively debate at the Green Forum venue and inform yourselves about current issues and causes with groups in the Campaigns area, which will include a Co-ops Camp, co-ordinated by Radical Routes.


Thursday 31st July to Monday 4th August
Peace News Summer Camp 2014 – E.Suffolk

Event to help build a radical movement for the future by building a living community today, with local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.


Thursday 7th to Monday 11th August
Animal Rights Gathering – Notts/Derbys

The Animal Rights Summer Gathering exists to promote cooperation and to spread information between the various groups and individuals working throughout the UK to stop animal abuse.


Thursday 14th to Wednesday 20th August
Reclaim The Power – location TBA

August will see thousands ‘Reclaim the Power’ and stand in solidarity with communities opposing fracking. Camp will be a hub for skillshares, workshops, entertainment and direct action. There will be a probable Veggies Cafe space & action catering.


Thursday 28th to Monday 1st September
Earth First Summer Gathering

The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire. The workshops, networking and planning of actions at this low impact eco-living camp is organised non-hierarchically.


During this period we also have these one day events:

Community Circle

Tuesday 22nd July &
Tuesday 19th August
Details from

Cycle Mania

Friday 8th August
Details from

Brinsley Animal Rescue Open Day

Sunday 10th August
Details from

London Vegan Festival

Sunday 17th August
Details from

Much more on Veggies Events Diary

More on Veggies Catering for Gatherings

Veggie Accommodation Notices

Veg ComVegCom is a free accommodation listing service for vegetarians and vegans looking for somewhere to stay or offering somewhere to stay.

Veggies co-ordinates listings for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Accommodation Offered

Room In Vegetarian/vegan House in Thorneywood

Medium sized room for rent in a comfortable semi detached house. The room has spacious, modern built-in wardrobes and a south-facing large window overlooking the garden (patio, lawn and gravel area). There are two living rooms in thee house, one with a multi-fuel stove. Parking is on the road, outside. Ideally, the house would suit a vegetarian/vegan female who would be friendly with the two cats, who also live there. Rent: £360 pcm (inc bills). Current household = 1female.

Contact: Debra on 01158478928
Email: remove@d.helme [at sign]  (Please remove surplus “@”s when replying to e-mails – anti-spam device)
Area: Thorneywood

Entry Date: 03/10/14

Vegan House Share, Carrington Nottingham

Room available in shared furnished Vegan house in Carrington Nottingham. The room is modestly sized in a large 3 bedroomed house which would accommodate any furniture you wished to bring along.

Currently occupied by two friendly males aged 26 and 45, involved in vegan and social justice campaigning, we`re open to companion animals dependent on type and number.

House has regular bus routes 3 minutes away, close to local amenities, vegan bakery and vegan social centre. No driveway but parking outside.

Contact: Richard
Telephone: 07955994289 or 07955994289
Email: richard-redmore [at sign]

Entry Date: 8/11/13

Sumac Flat

There are room at the Sumac flat from time to time, waiting for a new person to fill it with their life, habits, routines and furniture, if you like the room, the room likes you (is a criteria as well!) and you and the flat seem to be a good combination to have.

To check current status, for more details, enquiries and all other sorts of questions related to a soon-to-be-empty-and-available room, please email

Neds Housing Coop (Nottingham)

Neds is a Housing Co-operative in the Forest Fields/Basford area of Nottingham, formed in 2002, at the same time as the nearby Sumac Social Centre. Based in and around a mid-1800’s house, there are 11 residents, one of whom is moving on in June. Neds is a vegetarian & vegan household and members have a strong commitment to working for positive social change, with respect, co-operation, non-hierarchy and mutual aid in their everyday lives and within the co-op.

There may be vacancies from time to time.
To check current status please contact or call 0115 978 0019.

Applicants would be invited to tour the house and have a discussion with existing members about Neds commitments and the joining process.

Accommodation Wanted

Post your Accommodation Wanted Advert Here at Vegcom

To seek or offer accommodation, or to see existing offers in all parts of the country visit VegCom UK

Frack Free Nottinghamshire

April 26th
Frack Free Fun Day
Ducks not Drills

Daneshill Road,Sutton-cum-Lound,nr. Retford, same road as Daneshill lakes

*Come and see the Drill and site where they are drilling for coal bed methane
*Get information to make your own mind up.
*Have fun- bring family and friends
*Meet the campers trying to protect this lovely place
*Enjoy beautiful Daneshill Lakes and woodland

Face Painting
Natural arts and crafts
Tree climbing with harness
Tight rope walking
Rebel Clown Army fun
Spiral Dance
Inspiring songs
Decorate the Gate with pictures of the future we want…happy children beautiful countryside etc,

… and bring
*food and drink to share,
*acoustic instruments, poems, songs, dances,
*all the things you need for any activities you want to run.
*water bottle (no running water at camp)
*camping gear if you want to stay

Transport from Nottingham 11am from back of Fade Cafe, Mansfield Road.
Must contact to book.

Let Helen know if you want to organise an activity:

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‘Come Dine With Me’ seeks vegan couple

Channel 4’s hit show Come Dine with Me is coming to NOTTINGHAM with a new twist, looking for COUPLES to take part in the series!

Emma asks for our help finding a vegan couple to show how great vegan dining can be.

Do you know any great cooks, good hosts & vegan advocates?

In 2006 Nikki O’Leary from Scouse Veg was on “Come Dine With Me,” trying to convert four meat eaters vegan. She did a great job persuading people to go vegan, creating a sudden influx of new vegans.

Watch Again via scouseveg-teevee, with a meat-eating contestant admitting that “The arguments around veganism are compelling … Going vegetarian or vegan? I certainly don’t discount it”.

Check out the recipes, including Baked Avocado On A Bed Of Aparagus With Vegan Bacon In A Cream Sauce, that Niki used for her vegan menu on Come Dine With Me.

In December 2008 Viva! co-founder Tony Wardle attempted “to convert his carnivore guests to the joys of tofu and show them that vegan food can be just as tasty as meat…”

In December 2010 Vegan-activist Donna Thomas hoped to impress her guests with her Japanese-themed vegan meal. Watch again online at Channel4.

On Fri 10 January 2014 the show featured Jhon Cosgrove, comical guitarist of the Petersfield based UK pop-punk band Mike TV. Jhon made vegans proud, sharing a table with three meat eaters, making a splendid vegan meal that even slightly older male citizen Anson couldn’t argue with (and they in turn had to make a vegan meal for Jhon).

Read how he got on and watch the program at

More people in the UK are Googling info about veganism and vegan recipes than ever before, and with Nobel prize winner Alvin Roth predicting that veganism will become the norm, not the exception, the time couldn’t be better to give vegan cooking another push.

The Guardian says “Relax, it’s no longer weird to be a vegan”, noting that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi held a vegan wedding, but unfortunately they don’t (yet) live in Nottingham.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Leonce, Emma

Channel 4’s hit show Come Dine with Me is coming to NOTTINGHAM with a
new twist, looking for COUPLES to take part in the series!!

Do you and your other half host the best dinner parties in town?
The winners at the end of the competition win £1000 cash!

We are currently looking for contestants for this new series of the
show and we would like YOUR help to spread the word around Nottingham
area, to any local characters, couples or people you know within the
community that you think would be great on the show!

We would be grateful if you could pass this information to any COUPLES you think may be interested in being on the show!

We’d love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.
or call 0207 147 4555 to get involved now.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Kind Regards,

Emma Leonce

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Christmas at Veggies & Sumac

After an active period travelling all over to support everyone else’s vegan festivities, ending with the Worcester Vegan Fair, Veggie are looking forward to kicking back on Saturday 21st December.

Our friends at our Sumac Centre home base will be celebrating the longest night of the year with a festive bring-a-dish-mega-meal at the Sumac Centre!

The bar will be serving mulled wine and mince pies along with it’s usual fare, we’ll have fire in a barrel in the yard for you to warm your hands and there’ll be fairy lights, bunting and candles galore as we transform the centre into a festive wonderland.

The sumac cafe will provide enough roast potatoes and gravy to feed the masses but the rest is up to you!

So bring a vegan dish to share of your festive favourites, savoury or sweet, and join in the feast!

This isn’t a regular People’s Kitchen and there are limited spaces for the meal so if you’d like to be part of it, please buy your ticket in advance.

We have 50 tickets which we’ll be selling at the bar over the next two weeks or you can reserve your ticket by emailing There’s a suggested donation of £3 and all money raised will go towards the new Sumac boiler fund so feel free to give more if you can!

To ensure you get a slice of ALL the action, arrive on time at 7pm.

We’ll be decorating the centre, chopping, baking and generally merrymaking from 2pm so come get stuck in!

Christmas Day

There are also a few spaces at the Christmas Day get-together at Sumac Centre on Wednesday 25th December. Veggies’ Chrissy is heading up a vegan Christmas Feast, to contribute between £5 & £10, according to their means.

For more info or to express your interest contact us.


For more ideas and info to celebrate a Caring and Compassionate Christmas. visit our Vegan Christmas blog.

That’s all folks, for 2013, but we already have over a dozen events on Veggies 2014 events diary, including our own 30th Anniversary!

So, our thanks and best wishes go out to all our volunteers, friends and supporters. If you can’t make it to one of the end of year celebrations, we look forward to seeing you next year,

Sumac Centre – a future vision

In 1985 Veggies helped establish Nottingham’s Rainbow Centre, later taking on the co-ordination of the running of the space. In 2001 the support generated over the previous decades enabled the purchase of the Sumac Centre, a collectively owned space supporting a wide range of interconnected initiatives, including being the home of Veggies Catering Campaign.

Sumac ImageOn Satuday 8th December 2012 there is to be a discussion on the future of the Sumac Centre noting, amongst other things, its role as “a meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.”

This role hasn’t just happened in isolation.
It is due to Veggies and others being centrally involved in the running of Sumac from 15 years before it even existed. We may feel this role to be carved in stone, and this may well be the case.

However Sumac is simply the sum of its parts so we, as ‘vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners’ must continue to play our part.

If you are free on Saturday 8/12/12 (11am-6pm) please consider supporting the vegan status of the Sumac Centre and its role as a national resource for the animal rights movement.

This Saturday is a Sumac visioning day, a chance for all of you who come to the Sumac Center to bring your excitement, enthusiasm and inspiration in order to help shape the future of the Sumac Centre.

1) Intro

2) Use

– How is the Sumac used?

Meeting place, tat storage, music venue, peoples kitchen, food bank, a base for lots of varied campaigns/alternative cultures, bike project, fundraiser events, information and awareness raising events, film screenings, autonomous DIY infrastructure, ABC letter writing, gardening club.

– Is this the kind of useage we want to continue?

3) Purpose

– What is the current purpose of the Sumac?

A meeting place for politically motivated activists, a resource centre and library. Meeting place for vegans and animal rights activists/campaigners and a tool for their propaganda.

This will include a conversation about whether the sumac is there to engage with the local geographical community or the activist community. It’s a stable part of infrastructure for ‘our movement’.

– Is this the purpose we want to go forward with?

There will be lunch in the middle and we’ll all have a big ole delicous peoples kitchen at the end.

Hope to see you all there.

Sumac Visioning Poster
The Sumac Centre
0845 458 9595
245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

The Sumac Centre is an independent community and activist resource centre. It is made up of a community cafe, social club, library, exhibition space, veggie catering campaign, filmnights, talks, meeting spaces and the residents. The centre is used by various campaign groups and collectives working towards social change and justice for all. Come and visit us!


Full details of Sumac Events (and more from like-minded groups):

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Nottingham Indymedia

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Nottingham Indymedia, a news site for the East Midlands that anyone can post on.

We hope that you will find our site a useful place to find out about what’s going on in the region and to publish your own news.

What is Nottingham Indymedia?

Nottingham Indymedia is a widely read hub for community and activist news from across the East Midlands. We aim to “give a voice to individuals and communities throughout the region who are marginalised and have no say in the mainstream media.”

The site is open for anyone to publish their news and promote events simply by clicking the Publish button in the top right hand corner of the site.

All posts also go out to our 2,000 followers on Twitter

How can I use it?

* You can publish news stories

* You can promote your events on our calendar

* You can publish a link to an existing article on your own website

* You can propose and help to write feature articles by joining our mailing list

* Your site’s news feed can be included in the @NottsAltNews feed on

The more people who post, the better the website becomes and the more
people will read your news.

If you want more information, please reply to this email, check out our help pages or come to our next monthly meeting on Mon 15th Oct, 7.30pm at the Sumac Centre, Gladstone Street, Nottingham.

We look forward to reading your news!

RIP Malcolm Tandy

We are sad to hear that Malcolm Tandy, owner of Cafe Nomad, died peacefully last Tuesday, 27th March 2012.

Malcolm was an expert master chef producing the best vegan & vegetarian food in Nottingham.

Malcolm Tandy by Jon PatonMalcolm owned or worked at all the best vege restaurants in Nottingham from The Beehive in Hockley in the 80’s, his 5-star vege restaurant ’10’ in the Lace Market in the early 90’s and Cafe Nomad in Carrington that sadly closed at the end of last year.

He was always at the helm in forwarding vegetarianism, endeavoring to make vegetarian food accepted and available to all.

His hard work has helped to erase main stream stigmas about vegetarian food by creatively replacing meat with vegetarian and vegan ingredients inspired by is his travels to India and Morocco. He was able to transform traditional and popular non veg dishes in to an ‘a la carte’ menu that was loved by carnivores and vegans alike.

He was always a great host bringing fun and personality into his restaurants and his food was at the cutting edge of vegetarian cuisine.

His flavours and friendly atmospheres will be missed by the many who have tasted his talent for cooking.

A great empty feeling now exists in our hearts and in our bellies!

Malcolm Tandy

These words, written by Walt, were read at at Malcolm’s funeral on 13th April at Wilford Hill Cemetery. Walt worked at Malcolm ‘Ten’ restaurant in the 1980’s.


Malcolm Tandy Portrait by Jon Paton 2012

Eulogy by Piggy (Andrew Bacon)

Back in August of last year an article appeared in the Nottingham Post concerning Cafe Nomad. Having known Malcolm for some 40 years, however, it was evident that the article not only extolled the qualities and virtues of Malc’s little restaurant but of Malc himself.

The article painted a picture of a man who was always friendly and open to all. A man who had, in the words of his uncle Ron and auntie Beryl, “a loving nature kind and true”. The writer tells of how having rung the restaurant three times she felt like she already knew Malc prior to her visit. She also mentions the “friendly and relaxed atmosphere” of the restaurant itself.

Malcolm was also a man who was highly enthusiastic about what he did. The article talks of how he describes his dishes in “mouth watering detail”; of how the writer is captivated by Malc’s descriptions of the food; and by the way Malc’s eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. As Malcolm heads back to the kitchen he exclaims “just give me a shout if you need more crackers”, leaving the reporter feeling she could probably just help herself. I also ate at Cafe Nomad and was left with a similar feeling. Malc wasn’t so much the chef, although chef he certainly was, he was more a mate who just happened to be doing the cooking.

Viewed in retrospect, however, the article does end on a sad note. It describes Malc as a “self declared hippie from the 60s” and mentions the time he spent in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco, going on to state that at the age of 65 he was ready to put his backpack on again. As many knew, Malc hoped to revisit Morocco in the future, something he sadly didn’t get to do. I understand from his brother Ian, however, that he and Malc’s long time girlfriend Sandy have discussed the possibility of travelling to Marrakesh later in the year to scatter his ashes, so Malc may yet return!

Malc also described himself as an old hippie to the doctor who informed him that his days were numbered, stating “I’m an old hippie, I’m not scared of dying!” It was a comment that showed how much he had imbibed the spirit and outlook of the hippie culture of the sixties, and the philosophies of the east from which it borrowed. Infact, with his little beard and sparkling eyes Malc did have something of the look of an indian sadhu about him, to my mind at least.

In conclusion I would like to quote a few famous lines from the poet John Donne, words that encapsulate and express not only the inevitability of our own passing but also how much the poorer our lives will be for Malc’s absence: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Due to the evolving nature of the internet, we have captured this archive of reviews of Cafe Nomad, before they are lost. We acknowledge the various originators for these writings, which are linked to the source where appropriate. [pat]

Nottingham Post

This article from the Nottingham Post, August 19, 2011, was the basis of the above eulogy by Piggy at Malcolm’s funeral.

Cafe NomadWALKING into Cafe Nomad feels a little bit like you are walking into someone’s dining room. Seven or so tables fill a rectangular room that is adorned with Moroccan fabrics and softened by dim orange lighting.

And there at the back is Malcolm’s kitchen – there’s a small counter separating it from the restaurant but really it’s all the same room. And it seems to suit everyone perfectly, allowing Malcolm to chat to his customers while we could spy on the master at work.

Having rung three times earlier that day – once to make the booking, once to check if we could bring our own wine (we could) and once to change the booking time (running late again) – I felt like I already knew Malcolm. He greeted us warmly from the kitchen as we walked in and we were overwhelmed by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the little restaurant, which is tucked away next to an off-licence and takeaway place in Hucknall Road.

Dressed in his chef whites, he appeared at our table with the menus and cheerfully explained that he was working as both waiter and chef that night due to it being a fairly quiet evening. And as we gazed over the options on the menu, which included the Nomad stew with walnut dumplings, Moroccan tagine with flat bread and a mousaka, Malcolm talked us through the specials – describing them in mouth-watering detail.

I should mention at this point that Cafe Nomad is a vegetarian restaurant, which also caters for vegans. As a meat eater, and keen steak consumer, I was somewhat sceptical and must confess that my usual reaction to most vegetarian food is: “Wouldn’t this be nice with a bit of meat?”

But nevertheless I was captivated by Malcolm’s descriptions of the food – and by the way his eyes lit up as he detailed the “hint of mustard and splash of brandy” in the cauliflower thermidor sauce. That was promptly ordered, along with Moroccan koftas with cous cous and salad. To start we opted for a mushroom paté and spring onion ricotta fritters.

As Malcolm headed into the kitchen to get to work, we cracked open the bottle of Chianti we’d picked up on the way. With no corkage costs it was lovely to drink a good bottle of wine without the restaurant price tag. Good wine in a cosy setting is half the battle sometimes.

Some good conversation later, Malcolm returned with the starters.

The mushroom pate was a wonderfully thick slab, bursting with robust flavours and served with delicious crumbly crackers.

“Just give me a shout if you want more crackers,” said Malcolm as he headed back to the kitchen. The generous portion provided was more than enough but it was nice to know I could probably just wander over and help myself to more.

The fritters were equally delicious – the ricotta gave them a melt-in-the-mouth texture and the spring onion tasted crunchy and fresh. Instead of sitting around in their juices on the chef’s pass for minutes – the fritters had been thrown from pan-to plate-to table, piping hot.

As the mains were served I cursed myself for not having more room. The cauliflower thermidor was everything we had hoped for, dressed in a light and flavoursome creamy sauce that was not too overpowering.

However, it was the koftas that stole the show for me. The baked balls of vegetables, nuts and breadcrumbs were bursting with ginger, paprika and spices, served in a tangy tomato sauce with a cous cous mountain. We were given side dishes of red cabbage, beans and roasted vegetables. I thought to myself, “This is delicious, but would it be nice with a bit of meat?” And yes, I’m sure it would have been lovely with a bit of meat, but I would not have swapped my koftas for even the finest of meatballs.

A self-declared hippy from the 60s, Malcolm has travelled the world and spent three years cooking in India, as well as being inspired by his trips to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco.

As we finished the last of our Chianti he confessed that now, at the age of 65, he’s ready to throw down his tea towel and put his backpack on again.

I felt a surge of panic that my newly-discovered food haven could soon disappear but he assured us it’s not something that’s happening tomorrow, so it gives me plenty of time to go back for dessert.

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Left Lion

Cafe Nomad in Left Lion by Ali Emm 01/12/2010

Café Nomad is situated on the Carrington end of Hucknall Road and offers a range of culinary fayre to Nottingham’s vegan and vegetarian residents. Stepping inside from the cold we were greeted by a warm, softly lit room with an open kitchen releasing some tantalising smells into the air.

The Mediterranean and African paraphernalia adorning the walls, along with the welcoming smile from the proprietor, immediately set us at ease in this intimate eatery. They serve from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5-10pm and although the menu isn’t particularly extensive, there was enough on offer for us to spend ten minutes making our minds up.

We chose mushroom pâté with rosemary crackers (£3) and soup of the day (£3). The large serving of soup was piping hot so we got stuck into the pâté whilst waiting for it to cool. This was no hardship though as it was creamy and went perfectly with the crunchy crackers and well dressed side salad. The short wait for the soup was worthwhile as it turned out to be smooth, thick and hearty – the perfect antidote to the autumnal night.

Judging by their menu, being a vegan is more interesting than just plain vegetables and rice. My guest got dibs on one of the specials, squash and spinach terrine with a couscous salad (£12) whilst I went for the Moroccan tagine with flat bread (£12.50). Tucking in, it became apparent where the alluring aromas on arrival had emanated from.

The tagine had a wonderful balance between sweet and savoury with the light handed addition of apricots as well as being full of texture thanks to the cashew nuts and firm chunks of potato. My companion’s dish looked unassuming but went down quickly due to the layered flavours that ran throughout. The cold side salad was the ideal accompaniment and my ‘just a taste’ turned into about four before he started glaring at me for enjoying it too much.

Almost too full for dessert, we went halves on the chocolate pancake (£3). A creamy, rich layered cake with hidden pear slices adding a welcome freshness. Now I’m not vegetarian or vegan and see lambs as cute and tasty. However, at the end of this veritable feast, I didn’t feel I’d missed out. Except on maybe a glass of wine – Café Nomad is unlicensed but, if you’re inclined, bringing your own is encouraged.

This was an affordable meal that lacked nothing in the cuisine or service department. Cast aside any prejudices and treat yourself to a diverse and delicious dining experience that lacks pretention.

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by Jesse keene 10/06/2008

High quality vegetarian and vegan food, with a Mediterranean and North African influence.

The Venue
Quite a distance from the city centre, Cafe Nomad has quite an understated facade in comparison to the intriguing and inspired food that it serves up from its open plan kitchen.

The Atmosphere
Cafe Nomad promotes an intimate dinning experience; the building used to be a greasy spoon and is not particularly large. On a busy night it fills up quickly, so it is advised to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. The relaxed ambience of the restaurant is further reinforced by the Mediterranean and African paraphernalia, which adorns the walls throughout, helping to give the diner a sense of authenticity even before the food is served.

The Food
Nomad MealThe menu just like the premises is compact and full of promise. A starter of spring onion and ricotta fritters with avocado salsa costs a mere £3 and is a great way to get things going, especially because the food is prepared in front of you, making you even more eager for the main course.

A serving of Nomad stew with walnut dumplings (second helping free) at £7.50 is a real treat to the senses and is piping hot when brought promptly to the table. The selection of spices and attention to detail by the chef makes this and all of the dishes on offer stand out from the pricier and larger chain restaurants in Nottingham.

The Drink
Nomad is not licensed for the selling of alcohol but you may bring your own bottle of wine and there is a selection of soft drinks available.

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A truly inspiring restaurant that helps bring vegetarian and vegan cuisine to life. If only other so called top restaurants took as much pride in service and quality as this establishment does. Highly recommended.

User reviewer ruby slippers 12/07/2009

I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Nomad for the first time yesterday evening. My first thoughts were that the place was compact and bijoux.

However, after a while you realise this adds to the charm and ambiance and you instantly feel welcome.

World music played in the background and the decor, although simple is very effective (check out the glittery rug on the wall).

The menu is extensive with ‘chefs specials’ also on offer. Being a vegetarian for 30years it was very refreshing to have such an extensive variety of dishes to chose from and…….. here’s the best bit, the prices were extremely reasonable.

The starters were delicious and I was slightly worried that I had overdone it and would not be able to appreciate my main meal.

Oh how wrong I was. Everything was cooked to perfection, I would tell you what it was but i do not want to spoil the surprise!

The chef was very sociable and the waiting staff were polite and helpful.

If you are partial to intimate surroundings with excellent food then I thoroughly recommend cafe Nomad, it’s a wonderful experience that I’m sure you’ll wish to repeat.

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Hollie and Mark on 26th Mar 2008 22:07

“This is a place I would really recommend , me and my partner have been here quite a few times and I have to say the food is brilliant , you always leave feeling satisfied and ready for more Yum Yum. As I am not a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat in the food but there was so much flavour I didn’t notice. The service is brilliant and this would be a place I would recommend to people. Try the garlic mushrooms there the best. Enjoy! ”

Rochelle Wilson on 9th Oct 2006 11:23

“Small cafe run by owner who is the chef. He’s spent a lot of time in Morocco so the food has that influence. But he also does the burgers and nut cutlet thing. All food is home made and I found it delicious. The prices are very reasonable. Very interesting sauces. Both veggie and vegan. ”

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Becci Moore (Derby) wrote on 25 February 2009

It has had a small refurb and looks very nice, but still relaxed style. It it small but friendly. The food is proper “old school veggie” which is such a nice treat and everything is cooked fresh. I go there from Derby as I enjoy the food so much. Its really well priced too, and you take your own booze- bargain!

Joanna (Kent) wrote on 1 September 2008

What a lovely place, with inspired dishes. My vegetarian children always love having a broader choice than is usual at most restaurants, and had trouble choosing. So did we! In the end we had 4 different dishes. My mushroom stroganoff was superb, and my son enjoyed his mixed vegetable pancake. My daughter had a tagine, as she was feeling adventurous, and my husband had the nut roast.

The flavours were so subtle and delicious, as other people have said you do not miss meat at all! (not that I usually do). The service was friendly and well informed, and we enjoyed watching the food being expertly prepared. And the cost represented excellent value!

We had a bit of a problem finding the restaurant, but I think this is because the city fathers in Nottingham are very stingy with their road signs, not because it is in a difficult to reach place! We bought our booze at the Aldi down the road (or do I mean Lidl?)

So if you are in the area, and have a good map, go!

Hollie and Mark (Nottingham) wrote on 26 March 2008

The food here is amazing by far the best I have ever tasted. With me not being a vegetarian I thought I would miss the meat but there was so much flavour I didn’t even notice.

The atmosphere is great you really get into the Moroccan theme they also have a belly dancing night once a month I have never been but I have heard great reviews.

The staff are very friendly and the food comes out quickly.

It’s perfect for me and my partner as it’s right on our doorstep so we have been quite a few times.

You get value for money and you always leave feeling full.

I would recommend Cafe Nomad to everyone and you must try the Garlic Mushrooms they are the best.


Steve Thorpe (Nottingham) wrote on 28 September 2007

Holds about 20 people and the kitchen area is open to the dining area so it can get hot. Unpretentious, eg. the tables and chairs don’t match. Share a starter or a pudding? – no problem. Take your own wine. Friendly service but only one waitress so relax. The food is superb and it’s excellent value. We fed 6 adults to an ‘absolutely stuffed’ level for £64.

Peter Cheshire (Northampton) wrote on 18 March 2007

Cafe Nomad is compact, but the vegan food choice is mega, the menu is a sensibly priced, a warm welcome is assured. The food is delicious, the portions are generous, the dishes are prepared to order, what a gem. There are evenings with a belly dancer to add to the atmosphere. If you enjoy food then do not miss the Cafe Nomad – it may have a no frills appearance, go inside and try the excellent cuisine, I did and wow, that is why I have written this review. Try and enjoy.

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Stephen F (Nottinghamshire): March 2008

I’ve been here a few times now. The food is excellent, Morrocan inspired as others have mentioned but there’s not just Tagines, there are cutlets, stew, roast reg and a nut roast. Of the starters, I’d recommend the garlic mushrooms, they’re astonishingly good. I’m working my way through the main courses, so far I’ve had the tagine, cutlets and Goulash and they’ve all been excellent. They even have a vegan dessert, almost unheard of even in veggie restaurants, and if you tell them you’re vegan they can veganise some of the main courses and starters.

In summary, the food is excellent (and great value for money also) and varied and vegan. I recommend it without reservation (not literally – as it’s quite small, you’d be best off ringing beforehand rather than just turning up.)

Angie W: May 2007

Excellent food and good value . Most of the choices are vegan (so vegans actually get a choice!!!).I have been about 4 times and have enjoyed the different meals each time. I don’t think there was much choice if any for the sweet course but I was too full to care. One of the reasons why I am sorry to be leaving Nottingham. Lovely friendly staff too.

Ronny W: November 2006

A friendly place with approachable staff who’ll strive to veganise non-vegan options. Gets very busy on Sundays, so booking advised.

Sharon E (Nottinghamshire): November 2006

Lovely little restaurant serving proper veggie food. Really friendly ambience. Decor is Moroccan-inspired, as is the delicious tagine with couscous on the menu. The strawberry syllabub with brandy is absolutely gorgeous. Very reasonably priced (we had a 3 course meal for 5 for £55)and you can bring your own wine, no corkage. Only small though, so best to book. The only downside is the outside loos.

Date of visit: November 2006

Cafe Nomad is more restaurant than cafe as evidenced by the delicious sounding food – ricotta fritters with avocado salsa, mushroom strogonof with smoked tofu and wild rice and asparagus roulade. The chef/proprietor Malcolm organises special evenings once every six weeks or so when a “belladi” comes to entertain diners. The next such event is 16 December. Booking only. Cafe Nomad will also be open at Christmas – set menu – again booking essential. The website is under construction – please do phone (outside peak dining times please) for more information.

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Cafe Nomad, and other Nottingham eateries are listed in Vegetarian Britain North, from Vegetarian Guides.

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