Vegan Food Truck, Tinker’s Granddaughter, Appears in New Forest for Veganuary

A GROWING appetite for vegan food inspired a former bar and restaurant manager to launch a food truck and deli service to 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 gained a loyal following of vegan and non-vegan customers.

Founder and Chef Robyn Chiedozie decided to launch the business after spending last summer cooking vegan meals at a yoga retreat in Ibiza.

Robyn Chiedozie, the handyman’s granddaughter

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

Tinker’s Granddaughter Food Truck specializes in homemade vegan comfort food such as chicken-free burgers, falafel burgers, rosemary and parmesan polenta chips, smoked cauliflower croquets, and chocolate brownies.

The mobile kitchen, which was converted from an old 1970s Austin cab and horse box, also serves as a deli selling independent cheeses, chocolates and other pantry items in small quantities which can be ordered for collection.

She said: “When I get the chance to chat with people, I find that a lot of my clients are not vegans, they are just very interested in plant-based foods.

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

“I’m not doing this to make the world vegan, but I think everyone needs to be a little more aware of where their food comes from.

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

His food truck is dedicated to his grandfather who spent many hours tinkering.

Robyn said: “There is nothing he cannot fix. He taught me patience, kindness and how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, but above all how to tinker.

Tinker’s granddaughter will appear throughout January at locations across the New Forest, as many people embark on a meatless vegan.

She will be at Scott’s South on New Street in Lymington every Thursday from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm; at Lymington Market every Saturday; and the New Forest Vegan Market in Brockenhurst on Sunday January 16.

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

To learn more about Tinker’s granddaughter and to order collectible plant-based deli items, visit www.thetinkersgranddaughter.com