Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin, Ireland. It is run by a non-hierarchical, anti-capitalist collective. For more info: . They officially opened back in 2004.  They are entirely funded by donations and are always on the lookout for people to volunteer in the space, in the kitchen, at late night events, in the bike workshop, or the much less glamorous cleaning! Please do check out their page, give them the thumbs up, share them with the world, and support them!

They very often have events on outside of the bellow hours though, so check out their website and their Facebook page for any changes. You can also call the Seomra Spraoi phone to see if they are open at a given moment .

A great article added ‘ You are in Dublin. You are fed up with the city centre attractions and the need for consumerism. You want to be, without necessarily having to express yourself spending money. Not many spots in town offer that. There is a free event guide that may turn out to give you some options, but when it comes to food the budget you need to consider is pretty high. The vegan café at Seomra Spraoi may then be the place for you. Seomra Spraoi is a social space in 10 Belvidere Court. The location is relatively in the city centre.

The social centre offers a venue for creative, cultural, alternative and social activities. Being an anarchist social space, there is a lot of room for every kind of initiative you would like to propose. There are some limitations of course: the venue would never offer a room for a conference on the benefits of a junk food diet. Apart for that kind of topic, which is not even a valid one; any kind of critical debate and analysis of social, cultural and psychological issue is welcome; as well as the exhibition of musicians that want to delight the public with their work.

The most famous event of the social space is definitely the Vegan Café Night, in place every Wednesday. It is so famous that some people would refer to the place as the “Vegan Café” more than “Seomra Spraoi the social space”.

Every Wednesday around 7 or 7.30 pm the Vegan Café night starts for the public. For the volunteer starts a bit earlier. A group of people propose to cook for the café every week. The entire menu must be based on vegan ingredients. They cook and cater for the night. People are welcome to go there, have dinner and leave a 5 euro donation. All the rest is up to the people there, social interaction, playful atmosphere, fun. It is not included in the package, but it has never been missing.

The donations that the volunteers gather go to cover expenses such as rent and bill, to maintain the place open and comfortable’.

Belvedere Court is a lane that runs behind the north side of Mountjoy Square, and number 10 is right in the middle of it.

Address is: Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1

Call them on: +353 1 872 8670

Their email:

Monday – Thursday: 6pm-10pm

Please check out their website here:

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~ Active Vegan ~

Shambala Restaurant in Warrington, England!

This is our first cover on vegan restaurants around the world. This category is important to us because it shares the great news with the entire world! We want everyone to climb on board this compassionate train which is gaining momentum around the world. More people today want to change their lifestyle choice. More people today than ever before are starting to understand and are starting to connect with the health aspects, the cruelty free lifestyle choice, as well as the environmental issues that are impacting us all and are going to impact our children’s lives heavily, if we do not change our ways urgently!

So without further ado, we introduce to you Shambala Restaurant in Warrington, England!

18 Winmarleigh Street, Cultural Quarter, WA1 1NB Warrington, England.

Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sat: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Bookings are being taken for evening workshops and private events.

Funky cultural quarter cafe, coffee shop and venue. Healthy living raw foods, organic vegetarian/vegan food to eat in or take away. Evening events, open mic nights and evening venue hire is available.



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A wonderful review in the Gaurdian written by David Morgan:

Warrington welcomes its first ‘rawganic’ vegan restaurant Shambala.

A BOHEMIAN vibe has hit Warrington thanks to a new vegan restaurant.

Gareth Monk and Stef Davis have found a very different use for the former army recruitment office in Winmarleigh Street.

The couple have opened Shambala, just around the corner from the Pyramid centre, which is believed to be the only restaurant and deli offering a full menu of organic vegan dishes in the town.

But Gareth and Stef also specialise in raw food which is said to be healthier because it contains enzymes that are destroyed if the dishes are cooked.

Although they admit their dining experience is niche, they say Shambala’s doors are open to everyone who might want to eat there for health reasons, try something different or make a lifestyle change.

Gareth said: “We’ve had a lot of vegans and vegetarians through the door who have been really happy because they never thought a place like this would open in Warrington.

“But then we’ve had a lot of people with health issues and food intolerances who have been forced to look at what they eat and how they eat.

“A businessman from Crewe came in and he normally eats meat and would never touch this sort of food.

“He came off the train and this was the first place he found but he was open minded and he told us he could feel the food doing his body good as he ate it.”

The menu changes regularly but includes the likes of raw pizza made with hummus and flaxseed for the base and soaked cashew nuts and nutritional yeast for the ‘cheese’.

The cosmic cheesecake is fast becoming one of Shambala’s favourites which is made with organic tofu and banana and buckwheat for the base.

A ‘dehydrator’, which draws moisture away from food at a low temperature, is used to change the texture of dishes or make ingredients hold together.

Gareth, who sources most of Shambala’s vegetables from wholesaler Organic North, added: “Some people come to the door, read the menu and then run a mile but once they come through door it opens up a whole new world to them.

“We had a guy who was recruited in this place when it was an army centre. He spent 30 years in the military and was a meat eater.

“He really didn’t want to come in but his daughter brought him and at first he didn’t want to touch the food but in the end said he really appreciated it.”

Stef, whose daughter Saffron helps out at Shambala, used to run Holistic House in Runcorn and got more into nutrition and natural alternatives when her mum Eileen got cancer.

She has been a vegetarian since she was 18 and Gareth gave up meat when he met Stef three years ago. The pair both turned vegan last year.

Shambala is open at lunchtime but Gareth and Stef hope to host special events after hours including meditation evenings, holistic groups and music nights.

Gareth added: “There’s a music room in the back. We get people who just come and chill out and pick an instrument. Anyone can play.

“It’s not just about the food, it’s about the whole atmosphere.”

Warrington Guardian chief photographer Mike Boden has been a meat eater his whole life and his first experience of a vegan dish was Shambala’s cosmic cheesecake.

The 64-year-old said: “I didn’t fancy it at first but having tasted it I thought it was excellent. If you didn’t know it was vegan you wouldn’t think of it any differently.”

~ Active Vegan ~