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FOOD WASTE CAFES/ CATERING/ DISTRIBUTION
Easy Tz Meals CIC
Easy Tz Meals CIC uses surplus food (food destined for landfill) to make meals for a range of different people. We work with Fareshare, along with other businesses who collect surplus food in order to make nutritious homecooked meals. Our project started in lockdown making food for 13 people, but by the end we were making over 400 meals in one day going to over 45 households, each with their own stories to tell.
We also like to reach a variety of people so we cater to three categories of meals as standard, these are more 'normal' diets, vegan diets, and low carb/keto diets, whilst also catering to other allergies and dietaries when they pop up!
Alongside making our meals, we have also donated food provisions to Wessex Heartbeat, local schools, feeding kids through the winter half terms, YMCA centers, frontline workers and families, working with a Winter Shelter programme and supporting local churches and other communities and CIC's with events and Christmas dinners!
Pay and donate: https://www.paypal.me/eztzmeals
RESTAURANTS AND CAFES - Vegan and/or local produce, independent, local
Café Thrive is truly a place for delicious food, good coffee, and a relaxed atmosphere – with very friendly staff. They are a small local business in Southampton who believes that good food shouldn’t cost the Earth. On pursuing this, they have not only maintained but enhanced the food delivered in restaurants. The food here not only looks, smells, and tastes delicious but is also affordable. To top it all off, it’s hearty and nutritious! Their entire menu is plant-based with plenty of non-gluten and soya free options. This means pretty much everyone can eat here, so bring all your friends to explore their menu. You can try food you have never tried such as cashew ‘cheese’, tempeh, seitan, etc. Treat yourself to a meat-free burger washed down with a creamy dairy-free milkshake or organic smoothie (if wanting to get in some extra nutrition for the day). They also have a display full of sweet treats for any sweet teeth out there. An array of Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified tea and coffee awaits you to explore. Café Thrive is a place to catch up with friends, work, or place to pop in for a quick meal.
“Cafe Thrive is my favourite cafe in Southampton. Really friendly service, really great food. I'm not vegan but I would happily eat Cafe Thrive's food all day long. Love the decor and the ethos of the whole cafe too. My son is dairy intolerant and his eyes just lit up at all the 'cream' cakes and doughnuts - stuff he can't normally eat. They have a good mix of healthy food with some really classic comfort foods too - great taste, ethical, planet-friendly, people friendly, what's not to love!” – Review by Kate
Address: 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, UK, SO14 1JX
Tel: 02380 338 708
Vegetarian cafe - well worth supporting! Very friendly. Indoor and outdoor seating, including sofas, on Bedford Place https://happybeancoffeebar.co.uk/
Kate's Cafe Lounge
A friendly, welcoming cafe with local and ethical produce at its heart. This British café is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch and it has options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. A review has said “Kate Cafe is excellent, they cater extremely well for Families and I often take my daughter in there for lunch. The food is fresh and well cooked, the prices are good value and they get your food to you very quickly. Highly recommended!”
Address: 227 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NF
Tel: 023 8058 1872
Veg Out Community Pop Up Cafe
Monday lunch times (except Bank Hols) in back room and back garden of October Books. Food that would be wasted is cooked into delicious vegan plates (usually with 4 parts to the meal) and puddings. Payment is by donation - what you can afford (to rent the room and pay for essental food items). Run by volunteers.
Back room at 189 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NG.
Round About Café is a community facility for the people. They’re a quiet friendly oasis where you can relax and read a book or meet friends while eating some homemade cake or freshly made sandwiches. They aren’t your everyday café! Besides tea and coffee, some reasons you want to visit is to relax and recharge your batteries; use their free WiFi and laptops; support local growers; or their winning ‘Round About breakfast’. It truly has community spirit and is child/mum/dad/grandparent/friend/everyone friendly!
Address: Westfield Corner, SO18 2LE Southampton
Tel: 023 8067 2700
Parklife Community Cafe, St James Park
This Café in St.James' Park is operated by ParkLife, a community interest company which aims to support and serve the local community through various means. The café serves hot & cold drinks and snacks 7 days a week, throughout the year, including vegan options and a plant based drinks range. Our aim is to continue to reduce our one-use take away waste and we have already switched to a more sustainable way of working. Parklife supports a range of people into employment and volunteering, giving them confidence and training for their future. Parklife operates a food aid scheme, a food aid pantry and a slow shopping system, feeding up to 400 local vulnerable people per week. This scheme also prevents tonnes of food from going to waste annually. The cafe also provides free activities for families, including family lego sessions, a baby & toddler group and a peer support group for parents of children with additional needs. Parklife also runs a subsidised weekly art class. The community room can be hired out by individuals, community organisations, educational groups, or private organisations. Any surplus profits made by Parklife go back into improving its services or donated to FOSJP to support their work in sustaining the park facilities.
Address: Parklife Community Cafe, St James Park, Ct.James Road, Southampton SO15 5SD
Tel: 023 8077 9763
October Books is an independent not-for-profit bookshop that opened in Southampton in 1977. They have always been 'more than just a bookshop' and also sell a wide range of fair trade, organic and ethical foods and drinks, and environmentally-friendly cleaning products and toiletries as well as a growing selection of locally made products. Made In Here, Southampton Sourdough, Zaman condiments and curry sauces, Charlotte Browns homemade preserves all have a place on their shelves and they have more products to come. They also have a regular Vegan pop up cafe on a Monday 12 til 3pm where you can eat delicious lunch prepared from food that would normally go to waste. Pay as you feel, so open to all.
Address: 189 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NG.
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Bitterne Park Stores
Bitterne Park's new local stores. The finest vegetables and the freshest fruits alongside a wide range of dairy, groceries, household products, local alcohol and much, much more! Refills!
Sunnyfields is a family business based in Totton that was started by Ian and Louise Nelson and their children Emma and Tom; with food, people and the environment are at the core of the company. The farm shop is open 7 days a week and we have large range of products including their own grown produce. You can also hire a venue at Sunnyfields, and they can cater for events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, farm tours, corporate team building, charity events, and much more.
Address: Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9FX
Tel: 023 8086 1266
Charlotte lives in Shaftesbury Ave, Highfield and uses traditional methods with a modern twist, locally sourced ingredients and eggs from her own hens, whenever possible, to produce small batches of jams, pickles, and preserves in her own kitchen. She uses recipes handed down by her mother creating artisan products of the highest quality. No additives of any kind are added since good traditional preserving doesn’t really need them! All the products are suitable for vegetarians, and all except the lemon curd, pickled eggs and piccalilli are suitable for vegans.
“Lovely lady, lovely handmade pickles, and preserves” – a review by one of Charlotte’s customer.
Tel: 02380 671047
Little Bee Bakery
Little Bee Bakery is a family run artisan bakery based in Romsey, Hampshire. It all started when a mum wanted to give her young son biscuits and cakes that contained no preservatives or artificial additives! Now, they produce high quality, delicious, handmade cakes, and biscuits for everyone. Everything is individually baked to your specific order, using the best quality ingredients, sourced from local Hampshire producers where possible, and no shelf life preservatives are added to anything they make. As they believe everyone should be able to have their cake and eat it, most of their products can be made gluten free, dairy free and vegan-friendly at no extra cost - just ask!
Address: Unit 24, Basepoint Business Centre, Premier Way, Abbey Park lnd Estate, Romsey SO51 9AQ
Tel: 01794 329263
Uptons of Bassett
This award-winning butchers is the result of methods handed down from the past and skillfully updated by Simon and his dedicated team. Sourcing the best quality breeds, with an emphasis on local, free-range products ensures meat from Uptons of Bassett not only tastes outstanding but answers health and animal welfare concerns too. They use around 20 local suppliers for meat and ten for various items such as honey, chutney, and charcoal. They also sell a wide range of products such as gourmet sausages and burgers, fresh and smoked fish, specialty cheeses, pies, as well as ready-made meals.
Address: 351 Winchester Road, Bassett, Southampton, SO16 7DJ
Tel: 023 8039 3959
Aldermoor Community Farm
The aldermoor community farm is a co-operative of ordinary people working together to produce as much food as we can in a sustainable way, with the further goal to nurture the potential of people and land. They are restoring an acre of agricultural land that has been overgrown for many years and designing their farm using permaculture principles. In addition to the benefit of good fresh food, they provide a place where members of the local community get to know each other, a place where people find peace and well-being, and a place of learning together. They also have a farm shop and, while you’re there, you can wander around the farm and feed the chickens or sit by the pond.
The farm shop is open on Wednesday and Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
“Awesome initiative, creating food in the suburbs of Southampton. Encouraging others to get involved, and living a healthy lifestyle. Would highly recommend visiting, and helping out.” - James
Address: Aldermoor Road, Southampton SO16 5NN
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New Forest Marque
The New Forest Marque was created to provide recognised sign that is easily identified and ensures that all produce is from the New Forest. The Marque is awarded to produce which has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, produced or processed within the New Forest with stringent standards relevant to their own speciality. For example, meat producers must show high standards of welfare and application of good husbandry at all times. By buying the products with the New Forest Marque, you are helping sustain the rural economy.
Address: Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG
Hampshire Fare is the county’s food and drink group, established over 30 years ago in 1991 to support and promote local producers. It was in the vanguard of the movement to encourage people to buy local and eat seasonally.
Today Hampshire Fare operates as a not for profit, community interest company, working closely with around 400 member businesses, from brewers to wineries, bakers to butchers and cheese makers, plus catering colleges, farm shops and village stores, pubs, restaurants, and more.
Hampshire Fare also organises the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival, a countywide programme of food and drink events running throughout July, and publishes the annual Discover Local Produce guide.
The intention is to encourage both businesses and the consumer to choose local, particularly as local is often more environmentally friendly, and better for our communities and our own wellbeing. Most of Hampshire Fare’s member businesses are also on their own sustainability journeys, for example becoming carbon negative, achieving B-Corp certification, or working to become self-sufficient.
Address: Rownhams House & Gardens, Rownhams, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8LS
VEG BOX SCHEMES
Bitterne Box Company
Keep it simple. Keep it local. Farm-fresh fruit & veg boxes at competitive prices. The finest locally-sourced comestibles. Zero-emissions delivery across the Southampton area. Supporting the local economy. Reducing food miles, plastic, and CO₂.
Weekly Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/bitternebox/72
Organic veg (plus more) box where you can pick from a wide range of boxes - seasonal, zero packaging, etc. Run by the workers. A van will come near you once a week, so do try them out.
"What we’re doing to make sure our veg makes a positive impact; organic farming, employee ownership, pioneering packaging and more… " https://www.riverford.co.uk/ethics-and-ethos
LOCALLY BREWED BEERS
Dancing Man Brewery
Dancing man brewery started back in 2015 with 2 fermenters. They now have 7 fermenters meaning they are brewing even more beer. They have been awarded the Best Bar None Pub 2016, Best Bar None Overall Winner, and the Best Design in the South. Along the way, they have won lots of awards for their wonderful brews. They are a totally independent, privately owned company brewing fabulous beer and serving it with delicious food.
Address: Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR
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FOOD BANKS AND PANTRIES
Southampton Social Aid Group - Food Clubs
We are a volunteer led Food Club (pantry) that runs three Food Clubs across Southampton, where for small membership fee you can get a bag of groceries of a higher value.
We collect mostly surplus or food waste from FareShare and supermarkets, while using our funds to top up goods to ensure we have a wide choice for our members.
For £3.50 for 10 or £5 for 15 grocery items per household.
Our clubs are all 11:30-13:30:
Monday - Woolston Trades & Labour Club, Leighton Road, Woolston
Tuesday - Unity Brewing Co., Princes Street, Northam
Thursday - Stephen’s Dance Centre, Oakley Road, Shirley.
All welcome, no referrals or criteria needed
The Big Difference
Food Redistribution Project serving the community of Southampton, based at Above Bar Church.
We work with charities and community groups in Southampton to help struggling families and the vulnerable who are facing food poverty. There is hope.
Feed the Community Project
Open every Friday 11am till 12.30pm St Denys Church grounds on Dundee Road SO17 2ND - redistributes donated fruit and vegetables
We are a volunteer run organisation who supply the vulnerable and families with food parcels
Southampton City Mission
Referral required for access to Basics Banks in the City
Free Food Shop at Swaythling Railway Station
Every Saturday from 10:30-12:30. Surplus food is donated by local shops and supermarkets to prevent it from going to landfill. Includes a baby store.
Oasis Community Pantry
The fun and healthy family foraging activity of identifying fruit and nut trees on local public land, locating them on a map and then picking, eating, processing and preserving the produce.
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