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Vegan food truck the Tinker’s Granddaughter popping up around the New Forest for Veganuary

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A GROWING appetite for vegan food has inspired a former bar and restaurant manager to launch a catering truck and deli service at pop-up venues across the New Forest.

The Tinker’s Granddaughter food truck hit the road shortly before Christmas, with regular appearances at Lymington market and a monthly vegan market in Brockenhurst, where it has gained a loyal following of both vegan and non-vegan customers.

Founder and chef Robyn Chiedozie decided to launch the venture after spending last summer cooking vegan food at a yoga retreat in Ibiza.

Robyn Chiedozie, the Tinker's Granddaughter
Robyn Chiedozie, the Tinker's Granddaughter

Having run a number of independent bars and restaurants in London and around the world, she ultimately hopes to launch a vegan restaurant and deli in Lymington later this year.

The Tinker’s Granddaughter food truck specialises in homemade vegan comfort food such as non-chicken burgers, falafel burgers, rosemary and parmesan polenta chips, smoked cauliflower croquets and chocolate brownies.

The mobile kitchen, which has been converted from a former 1970s Austin Taxi and a horse box, also doubles up as a deli selling independent small-batch cheeses, chocolates and other larder staples which can be ordered for collection.

She said: “When I have a chance to chat to people I find out lots of my customers aren’t vegan, they are just really interested in plant-based food.

“I haven’t eaten meat for two years but I’m not 100% vegan – I occasionally eat fish and if I go out for a meal and the vegan options are terrible I will choose a vegetarian option instead.

“I’m not doing this to turn the world vegan, but I think everyone needs to be a bit more aware of where their food is coming from.

“If you’re going to eat meat that is absolutely everyone’s choice, but I would just say to get it from a farmer so you know it has been raised sustainably.”

Her food truck is dedicated to her grandfather who spent many hours tinkering away.

Robyn said: “There is nothing he couldn’t fix. He taught me patience, kindness and how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures – but most importantly how to tinker.”

The Tinker’s Granddaughter will be popping up throughout January at venues across the New Forest as many people embark on no-meat Veganuary.

She will be at Scout's South on New Street in Lymington every Thursday from 11.30am to 6pm; at Lymington market every Saturday; and New Forest vegan market in Brockenhurst on Sunday 16th January.

Other plans include a secret supper club event on Thursday 27th January and a Sunday brunch club on 30th January.

To find out more about the Tinker’s Granddaughter and to order plant-based deli items for collection visit www.thetinkersgranddaughter.com

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