Food Reviews: UK 2010 – Volume One by Ollie
February 10, 2010, 10:33 am
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So i’ve been expanding my vocabulary over the past few months.  I’ve been avidly reading Nigel Slater’s Food Column in the Sunday Observer to see what sexy and salivating words he uses.  For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he is the greatest food writer ever.

So if you want to suggest somewhere; not McDonald’s or somewhere that requires a 40 minute taxi ride.  Or you want to suggest an adjective, you know what to do.

Dates and places below.

(with Islet and Swanton Bombs)
11 Feb Wrexham, Central Station (14+)
12 Feb Liverpool, EVOL@O2 (14+)
13 Feb York, Fibbers (14+)
15 Feb Aberdeen, Tunnels (14+)
16 Feb Dundee, Dog House (14+)
17 Feb Edinburgh, Bongo (18+)
18 Feb Derby, The Venue (14+)
19 Feb Leicester, The Musician (14+)
21 Feb Cambridge, Junction (14+)
22 Feb Norwich, Arts Centre (14+)
23 Feb Brighton, Audio New Slang Night (16+)
24 Feb Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms (14+)
25 Feb London, KOKO (15+)
26 Feb Falmouth, Princess Pavillion (ALL AGES)
27 Feb Bristol, Thekla (14+)
01 Mar Birmingham, The Rainbow (18+)
02 Mar Northampton, Roadmender (14+)
03 Mar Reading, Plug & Play (16+)
04 Mar Kingston, Banquet New Slang (18+)


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Bristol – There are three pretty decent places to eat pretty much next door to the Thekla: The Mud Dock (above the bike shop), the Riverstation and the SevernShed. You can’t go far wrong with any of them

Comment by ian

My favourite places to eat in London are Just Falafs on Wardour Street and Ed’s Easy Diner on Old Compton Street. Just Falafs is, as the name suggests, just falafel (really – really – good falafel) and Ed’s is just ’50s Americana diner heaven.

They’re within very easy walking distance of Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road stations, respectively, so very easy to get to if you know where you’re going.

Comment by edgar

In Liverpool I’d suggest The Egg, in the Neington Buildings off Bold Street. It’s vegan/vegetarian, one of the nicest atmospheres you can imagine and the food is excellent. It’s pretty inexpensive as well.

Comment by Amy Tunstall


Comment by Amy Tunstall

Norwich – Pulse Cafe Bar.

Veggie and Vegan Friendly, 5 minute walk from the Norwich Art Centre.

Comment by Adam P

Dundee- Duke’s Corner is excellent for burgers, etc, and 24 different beers and lagers on tap. There’s also a new restaurant near ther that I think is called Byzantium. Haven’t been myself but have heard nothing but good things about it.

Comment by Michael

Northampton – Felix Yu is an amazing contemporary Chinese on Castillian Street, about 10 minute walk from Roadmender. Or try The Church at the bottom of Bridge Street – pretty good if a tad pretentious. About the same distance. really good real ale pub near The Church too, The Malt Shovel. The beers are dangerous.

Comment by Matt

Cambridge- The yippee noodle bar does the best noodles I have ever had, and its just off the main market square. Definitely worth checking out!!

Comment by Jonny

Brighton: Pom Poko’s. Awesome tiny Japanese restaurant opposite the Brighton Dome, which is about a 5-10 min walk away from your gig venue. Really cheap, nice staff, and really good Katsu Curry.

Comment by Christopher Dean

well if you are going to york, you should go to ‘betty’s tea rooms’ for a cucumber sandwich, its pretty touristy, but i don’t know about how veggie friendly it is, and if you go out at night, you should go to ‘the evil eye’ best cocktails!

Comment by nathan

York – go to El Piano, which is an absolutely superb little vegan restaurant. Failing that, I’d head to Goji ( – it’s a veggie restaurant but with a fair few vegan options.

Comment by OlliB

York – El Piano‎ on Grape Lane (sometime ‘Gropecunt Lane’).

Or go to the National Railway Museum and eat in their cafe bit sat next to Mallard!

Comment by Jim

I concur with Amy Tunstall, Egg is gorgeous.The cauliflower and coconut soup makes any evening! x

Comment by Jono Birchall

I second the recommendation of the Egg in Liverpool! I’m not even a vegetarian and I love it. Their carrot cake is amazing. Or Pierre’s Bistro in the cavern quarter is also good – they do a set menu, 3 courses for about a tenner. Really, really good french style food.

Comment by Helen

Liverpool- Kieths on Lark Lane not sure about where in the city it is (which is a bit usless) and it’s no where near the venue, still really good quality and a good atmosphere. sorry for being of no help

Comment by James Walker

Liverpool – Kimos (Cute little place that serves Greek and egyptian, burgers and fries – plus the music makes you move like you are on a magic carpet)

Comment by Jack Murray

Brighton – there’s a wagamamas about 10 minutes walk from the venue, and a place called Pompoko even closer, though you might need to check they can fit you all in. Fairly cheap and very nice, you can have a look at all the dishes on their website ( The gyozas – strongly recommended. You can bring your own booze too, so you can work your way through your rider early.

Comment by Donald

Yup I think El Piano is an absolute must for Los Campesinos! in York. It is THE vegan place to go to, dead tasty!

Comment by Anna

Another option for Norwich, also close by and also veggie/vegan friendly, is Baba Ghanoush – lots of delicious meze style dishes and not too pricey either.

Comment by Tim

Use the word scrumtrelescent

Comment by Brock B


Comment by Mark.

Describe your food as magnanimous.

Comment by edgar

Unctuous – that’s Nigels risotto and unctuous it is! The sleepy Panda in Wrexham is supposed to be a very nice chinese

Comment by Susan

DOJO’s in millers yard for Cambridge (near two pubs for additional pleasure). Massive plates of fantastic noodles and great fresh juices.

You know how dire Cambridge Leisure is ! Stay in town !

Comment by michael

oh , ps … there is a place called Rainbow Cafe right in town that has the only real offering for vegans.

Comment by michael

Liverpool – As already mentioned, The Egg, really nice and fairly cheap also less than 10mins from venue! x

Comment by Greg

Kingston – there’s this quite high class kebab joint round the corner from the station called Cappadocia on fife street. But my favourite place is Dallas Chicken, so greasy yet so good.

And I just rememered you’re mainly veges/vegans. Shit. Well supposedly there’s this really good vege place down the river, never been inside, but look’s decent.

Comment by Ahad

When you’re in Falmouth, Miss Peapod’s is definitely worth visiting; it’s got a sea view, wacky furniture, a unique atmosphere, and some of most gorgeous vegan food. Technically they’re not in Falmouth, but trust me – it’s worth the (very short) journey.

Comment by Josh

Just found out this morning because of updated train times I can’t go to the York gig! *swears loudly* Instead of spending a lovely day in York then seeing Los Campesinos! I’m now going to be sitting in my room doing nothing all day. 😦

Comment by Barney

Norwich: ditto Pulse, or else go to The Waffle House on St. Benedict’s Street – also five minutes from the venue, also veggie-friendly, and also a purveyor of exceedingly good food.

Comment by Sarah

Yeah, you guys are pretty much out of luck in Derby. See if you can find The Big Blue Coffee Company on Sadler Gate (not far from The Venue), that’s really the only veggie/vegan-friendly place I can think of in this whole blasted city off the top of me head.

Comment by Tom

Tell a lie, there’s also a little place called Cube which is apparently alright? And the restaurant in the Quad (our fancy-pants arts centre/cinema) should have some good veggie stuff at a reasonable price

Comment by Tom

I can’t believe no-ones mentioned Portsmouth yet, so, thought I’d comment since it’s tonight.

I’d recommend Porters on Albert Road. It’s about a 10min walk from the venue, and they do a great range of Mexican / Italian themed food. Their burritos are huge, and the pasta is great too. All quite reasonably priced, plus they do killer cocktails, and an interesting selection of beverages. Hope this helps!

Comment by Chris

i second Porters in Portsmouth. Cheese and bean burrito is HUGE and LOVELY. plus, it’s a wednesday. meal deal day. GO GO GO!!!

Comment by Hannah

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