The UK’s First Vegan “Cheesemonger” Has Opened In Brixton, And It’s Causing A Stir

South London is now home to the UK’s very first 100% plant-based cheesemonger.

La Fauxmagerie, London’s newest dairy-free hotspot, opened earlier this month – to the pure joy of vegans and the absolute disdain of dairy farmers.

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Nestled in the heart of Brixton Village, you’ll find a shop packed full of “cheeses” that are perfect for a fauxmage feast. All made from plant-based sources such as coconut oil and blended cashews, there are melty cheeses, spreadable cheeses, gratable cheeses – pretty much anything you could hope for. They come from incredible, dedicated artisans from all over the country, including Kinda Co., I Am Nut Ok, Tyne Chease, and Black Arts Vegan.

See also: 19 awesome vegan restaurants, recommended by London vegans.

And they don’t stop at cheese, either. La Fauxmagerie also sells a selection of vegan preserves, breads and accoutrements – lovely little bits to complete your dairy-free cheeseboard.

Founded by sisters Rachel and Charlotte Stevens, who are both avoiding dairy for different reasons, La Fauxmagerie was created in a bid to satisfy their own (and everyone else’s) cheesy cravings, without having to compromise on flavour.

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Inside the shop, they ensure that every product is 100% animal and animal derivative free. Everything is also totally free from plastic and is always recyclable/biodegradable, right down to their cheese paper.

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In an odd yet unsurprising turn of events, the dairy industry has kicked off about the use of the word ‘cheese’, saying it will mislead customers. If you’re asking me, it seems pretty unlikely that a person would buy fake cheese by mistake, so I reckon these people are just after a bit of drama. You’re still allowed to call gluten free bread, ‘bread’, aren’t you?

Location: Unit 71, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS. Nearest station: Brixton. See it on Google maps.
Opening times: Wednesday to Friday, 12pm–7pm. Saturdays, 11am–7pm. Sundays, 11pm–6pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Price: varies.
Find out more: on their website.

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