Formby in Southport is to get its first vegan café open later this month, by sisters Carmel Proctor and Clair McEvilly. The café called Plant will open in the Sports Direct on Liverpool Road on 16 December, when their opening event is also being hosted in aid of Freshfield Animal Rescue centre.
The pair decided to try a plant based lifestyle during Lent, and Carmel said: “During this period we learnt more and more about the benefits of a plant based diet for us as individuals, for the animals and for the future of the planet. As lent was drawing to an end my nephew announced that he wanted to remain vegan and we all agreed that it was a good life choice for everyone and have been vegan ever since.”
The aim of the café is to make ‘home cooked healthy food’ but includes sweet treats of gluten free, dairy free and egg free cakes.
The recipes in the café have been carefully developed over several months; all cakes are gluten free with each recipe altered around fifteen times to perfect them. During this process, Carmel spent time training at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School in preparation for the café’s opening. Food on the menu includes vegan chilli, sausage casserole, and curry. There will also be freshly made juices and smoothies available.