I recently heard about the Leicester Wholefoods Co-op from someone I follow on Twitter and had to take a look for myself, so decided to head over there today to see what it was all about.
The shop is housed in a warehouse in a somewhat strange part of town, so it’s not some place you would see and just decide to pop into unless you knew about it. It also looks pretty small and unassuming from the outside, but once you enter it opens up into several rows of all sorts of interesting produce, canned goods, frozen foods and household items. While not strictly a vegetarian or vegan shop, what they do have on offer is seriously impressive. I’m talking frozen vegan pies, different flavored vegan mayo, tempeh, vegan cheeses, vegan hotdogs, various nut milks… the list goes on. I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
I’ve lived in Leicester for 7 years – how am I only now just hearing about this place?! I had a quick chat with one of the owners and he said they’ve been around for 26 years and don’t do much advertising as they felt it didn’t make any real difference. When I asked about their social media presence, he seemed pretty indifferent even though they do have accounts on both Facebook and Twitter (but aren’t terribly active on either). I guess business is good enough. But still, this place needs to be known! Maybe everyone does know about it, just not me. ha.
Anyway, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian I would seriously recommend heading over to the Leicester Wholefoods Co-op. They have so many great things in stock that you just wouldn’t find at a regular supermarket.
Here is a snapshot of some of the loot I made out with.