Shop review #17 – Stonemanor is a large British Store, where you can find a lot of products that are regularly sold in British shops, but which may be more difficult to find in regular Belgian shops. It is in between Brussels and Leuven, on the outskirts of the community of Everberg (120km from Bruges). There’s also a Stonemanor shop in Waterloo.
We were there a couple of montsh ago, on our route to Leuven (Louvain), and took some time to discover the shop. Food items are downstairs, on the first floor you can find books (no vegan cookbooks though), baking tools, culinary decoration, posters etc, and on the top floor beds and accessories (didn’t verify if any of it was vegan). To be clear: it is not a vegan shop, nor an organic shop, but since it does sell many items that are not regularly found on the Belgian market, there are also some vegan goodies to be found here that are not so common in Belgian shops.
There are some vegan products available in the frozen section, for example a wide range of Linda McCartney products of which some are labelled suitable for vegans. We already blogged about the vegan plaits and the sausage rolls from Linda McCartney previously.
We also bought these Bendicks bittermints at Stonemanor.
Here are some other products that vegans might find interesting.
Note that not all the products in the photos are necessarily vegan (we didn’t have the time to check everything, but you get an idea). And it’s just a selection of items, for sure there are many more to discover at Stonemanor!
Stonemanor, website, location
3078 Everberg (in between Brussel and Louvain)
Some more pics from Stonemanor:
How did you find the prices? Among the British community, Stonemanor has a reputation for being quite expensive. What was your opinion regarding vegan foods?
Yes, not so cheap, but then again, a lot of items are probably shipped over especially and are not found here otherwise.
I was pleasantly surrpised to find some vegan items here that were new to me, although I’m sure there are many more to discover in the shop. Looking over my photos, I see that I haven’t got any pictures of milk products, and I’m sure they must have a section of vegan milk drinks.
Will have to visit again one day!
Very cool! I’d love to try the Linda McCartney items, but I doubt they’ll make it to Canada. 😀
I find the idea of an expatriate ‘British community’ quite sad. British immigrants should integrate into their host society.
Good point. I couldn’t imagine seeing a ‘Norwegian shop’ or a ‘Spanish’ shop around here (and there aren’t any, as far as I can tell). Shops with more ‘exotic’ products (like Asian shops, African shops) are quite common, but then they do sell items that are not found in Belgium. The focus of the British shop really seems to be on products with a ‘made in Britain’ label. Lot of the same products, but just different (British) brands.
Many of us have done so, but many others are in Belgium for only a limited time, and find it easier to shop among the familiar than learn new experiences.
Such a neat post! I love seeing what’s available in other countries.
I go there every year but they don’t even have my favorite British salt, Maldon! Thanks!