Ben Claridge http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/member/a/e/b/2/member_73904722.jpeg

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London Vegan Meetup http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/7/e/e/global_312610222.jpeg 20070107
London, United Kingdom WC1A 1DU

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LondonUnited Kingdom WC1A 1DU

Member since:

September 21, 2012

Introduction

I live in Bristol now but wanted to remain in this group as I've made lots of good friends and memories here.

What's your state of veganness (i.e. how vegan are you)?

I do not eat meat, fish, dairy or eggs. I don't use leather but I am still getting used to avoiding wool. I'll get there one day! I also do not necessarily disagree with the use of honey. My ethics centre around the right of all animals (humans included) to freedom and life. On the rare occasion that I believe animal products can be gathered without sufferring, I would be less likely to reject these.

Favourite foods?

I eat a lot of fake meat from companies like Linda McCartney and Redwood Food co. I love curry, pie, salad, houmous, soup and really just about any animal-free food. I think my restrictive diet makes me try to be as adventurous as possible when I actually have a choice. My favourite milk alternative is either almond milk or oat milk. Oh and I eat peanut butter practically every day for protein after the gym.

Favourite London restaurants?

Vanilla Blacks is a very cool restaurant. That's the only one I've been to in London! De Muths restaurant in Bath is lovely as well.

What is the most common or silliest thing people ask you about not eating meat?

The most bizzarre, yet common one is people who don't understand why vegetarians and vegans eat meat shaped food. If you want to eat meat, as the argument goes, then why not just eat meat? I usually give the simple answer that it is the source of my food, not the shape, that I might find offensive.

What do you hope to get by coming to meetups?

At 26 years old I have finally decided it is time to meet people who share my ethics. I'm a very sociable guy but have only ever spent time with people that do not understand me. It would be nice to spend a bit of time with those that do.

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  • Ruth Hawe

    London Vegan Meetup

    Hi Ben, I want to come to Bristol Vegfest from Littlehampton with small dog and trailer tent, 2 adults but all local campsites I've found online are fully booked as its a bank holiday. If you know of anywhere, doesn't have to have any facilities, can be someone's garden or field, I'd be really appreciative. All hostels were fully booked weeks ago and can't afford b and b prices <3

    Apr 24, 2014 7:22 AM
  • Emelye

    Hi Ben - thanks for the message, I couldn't work out how to reply properly :-/ That would be great actually - would be fab to meet you all, and its a really kind suggestion. I don't finish work til 9 at Earls Court, so will be heading over after that! Hurrah!!

    Mar 18, 2013 6:12 PM
  • Tanya. T

    hello
    It was lovely to see and chat with you yesterday at the Vegan Drinks.

    Dec 21, 2012 1:10 PM

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