Black Pound Day: Food businesses you can support
It’s the first Saturday of the month which means #BlackPoundDay is back! We are once again shining a light on Black Owned businesses that are doing great things in their categories, be that food, drink, beauty, gifts or anything else!
In case you missed what Black Pound Day is about – it was founded by So Solid Crew member Swiss, and is "a real solution-based, community-empowering campaign and motivating endeavour that will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into".
If we spend just £10 a week on Black businesses, we can inject £1.9bn into the Black community. Black Pound Day is a way to highlight and celebrate Black Businesses, and we are proud to be supporting the initiative by highlighting some of our favourite Black-owned businesses and encourage you to consider your purchase choices today and every day.
This Black Pound Day, we are highlighting Black-owned food businesses across the UK that we encourage you to support where you can, particularly during these difficult times where local businesses need your support more than ever! BAME business owners make up just 7.1% of the UK’s food and drink industry.
As it’s #WorldVeganMonth, we have tried to feature vegan-based businesses where possible. Of course this is just a very small list; we actively encourage you to seek out and support Black-owned businesses of all kinds where possible!
*All pictures below are credited to the Instagram of each business!
Borough 22 Doughnuts – London (UK-wide delivery, vegan, gluten free)
A London based doughnut delight, delivering gluten-free, vegan doughnuts across mainland UK. Borough 22 was conceptualised by Ryan Panchoo in 2011 when his wife and children began suffering with gluten and dairy intolerances, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he finally crafted the recipes for his gluten-free, dairy-free, soya-free and egg-free doughnuts.
His cinnamon sugared doughnut has won several industry awards, including a Great Taste Award in 2016, and has been featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
Check out their divine creations on Instagram.
House of Solace Spices – Glasgow, (UK-wide delivery)
Need some spice in your life? House of Solace have you covered. Based in the Southside of Glasgow, HSS offer natural spice blends with African taste. Their range offers all-in-one spices to add delicious flavours to your cooking while taking up less cupboard space! They deliver nationwide, so you can try out their spicy concoctions wherever you are! Check out their Instagram here.
Knights Kitchen – Edinburgh (vegan/veggie options)
A family-run African Street Food business in Edinburgh, Knights Kitchen takes inspiration from their Kenyan roots and flavours across the African continent. Their range is largely (but not exclusively) plant-based, including bakery and street-food snacks.
For now you can order for collection at both Leith and Stockbridge food markets in Edinburgh, but they will also be opening their own cafe in Leith very soon! Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates!
Brooklyn Brownie Co – Northampton
A father-son team, these guys are baking some of the most insane looking brownies we’ve ever seen. If you can think of a chocolate bar, they've probably put it on a brownie.
The team also offer subscription packages, gift boxes and even cater for weddings! With nationwide delivery, we know what we’ll be ordering this lockdown! Check them out on Instagram.
&Munch – Glasgow/online (available across Scotland)
A catering business and online portal, &Munch founder Vanessa Gilpin spent lockdown rebranding her business (formerly known as StrEAT events) into &Munch - an online platform that allows you to browse and book catering and bars in Scotland. With a huge choice of food trucks and small business suppliers, &Munch has everything you need to book great food and drink at your next Scottish event, no matter how small!
You can follow Vanessa's new venture on Instagram here.
Deserted Cactus – London (vegan)
If you’re London based, check out the unique spot that is Deserted Cactus. A one woman show, owner and influencer Esme is the soul chef. Instead of a menu, she serves a dish of the day, from vegan mac and cheese to stews and southern fried jackfruit!
Deserted Cactus is currently only open on Saturdays from 1-4pm. When it’s gone, it’s gone! Check out Esme’s Instagram
Sowl Fuud – Gloucester (vegan)
Sowl Fuud is Gloucester very first 100% vegan takeaway. It's temporarily closed for refurbishment, but we wanted to include them anyway as the food looks soo good, and they are re-opening again very soon!
Expect a tasty range of vegan "Sowl" food including tempeh nuggets, gumbo, curries, burgers, kebabs and wraps!
Keep up to date with them on Instagram.
Earth’s Kitchen – Birmingham (vegan)
100% plant-based goodness straight out of Birmingham, Earth's Kitchen serve up vegan soul food making a fusion of flavours from different cultures. Expect the likes of jackfruit chikin, mac and cheese, jerk bites, lasagne and more. NOM.
Go-Go Beets – Edinburgh (veggie/vegan)
Last but not least, a local to some of the Brewgooder team is Go-Go Beets, based in Portobello, Edinburgh. A veggie/vegan café, expect decadent treats from brownies, doughnuts and other pastries to lunch options and milkshakes! They also allow dogs which is always a bonus :D Check out their mouth-watering Instagram here.
Wherever you are across the UK, we hope you will be inspired to seek out a Black-owned business near you and give them your support this Black Pound Day and ongoing!
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