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The Acorn

Jessie Keogh visits the comforting coastal hangout

When describing places that feel traditionally British, the seaside village of Old Leigh is an undisputable front runner. With fishing boats spread across the tranquil shoreline and a selection of homely pubs, this historical area is frequented by locals and tourists alike. But as a typically non-vegan destination, where busy Southenders escape for peace and a portion of fish and chips, you have to wonder whether vegan adaptations of British traditions have a home here.

When news first broke of a vegan pie and mash shop opening in Old Leigh, I admired the bravery. Although a humble dish, pie and mash is a British staple — a tradition that feels almost untouchable by new trends. It was only late last year that a 128-year-old pie and mash shop in London announced that it was closing its doors. Its owner refused to meet customer demand for vegan options, claiming that selling a vegan option at a traditional pie and mash shop was, ‘Like some kind of bad joke.’

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Welcome to our jam-packed July issue. It’s always around this time of year that our staff get a bit thin on the ground, as we all head off on our summer holidays. We’ve had team members head to Ibiza, Madrid and Bali, armed with lists and recommendations, all seeking sun, sea and delicious vegan food. So to make sure you have your best summer yet, we’ve rounded up our top holiday suggestions (p42), got your sun care (p44) and snacks covered (p48) and Will Rankin has some brilliant travel hacks guaranteed to make your trip runs smoothly (p50). Closer to home, we have taken an in-depth look at the state of British wildlife (p106). I can remember, as a girl, walking through woods and seeing a huge array of animals — moles poking their heads out of mounds, timid rabbits darting back to their burrows and ponds lined with frogs. A walk through the countryside, sadly, can feel very different now — our wildlife is in serious and rapid decline with 11 per cent of our woodland species threatened with extinction. We uncover the issues affecting British nature and talk with those trying to save it. I’m also really excited to introduce our hilarious new columnist Claire Thrift (p58), who tells us about how her family are winning this BBQ season. Have a great month

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