Another week, and another fantastic vegan business has opened it’s doors. This time it’s CousCups in Brighton Train Station, who create healthy and sustainable food, and donate any leftovers to those sleeping rough in Brighton.
CousCups was the brainchild of Marc Brown; Brighton resident and vegan advocate who wanted to create delicious, healthy and sustainable vegan food-to-go.
It’s taken Marc two years of handy work renovating an old horse box to the rustic yet well-equipped food truck it is today, which includes a hand-made copper sink and an artificial-grass fenced off garden.
In that time, Marc has also been experimenting and refining his menu, which includes items such as vegan caviars and homemade meat substitute, seitan which is produced from wheat gluten. There are also gluten-free options available by swapping couscous for quinoa.
Marc Brown, Owner, said of the new business: “CousCups has been the focal point of my life for 7 years now and has been a steep learning curve to get to this point, but it feels fantastic to finally be here. I bought an old horsebox using my last £300 on eBay at and had to drive to Glasgow to collect it, which was in a less than usable condition. Since then I’ve totally rebuilt it, learning how to weld along the way and using reclaimed materials where possible.”
“My hope for CousCups is that it spreads positivity through a healthy diet without involving animals and provide an on-the- go option at the station for breakfast or lunch. Any unsold food each day will be donated to the homeless community and will also be looking to raise monetary donations for local homeless charities.”
“Being a former meat-eater myself, I welcome non-vegans with open arms to come and try the menu. I believe that the best approach to veganism is to provide a tasty alternative to meat, so that’s what I hope to provide. Veganism has helped my mental and physical health a great deal and I would like to spread that positivity.”
According to Google trends data Brighton is the UK’s number one city when it comes to topics on veganism, so the news of a new vegan friendly fast food option will be welcoming news to the community, especially those either commuting to or from Brighton station.
Carl Donnelly, Standup Comedian, Brighton regular and devout vegan said on hearing the news; “I’m super excited to visit CousCups when I’m next down. Brighton is one of the leading places in the country for veganism and as someone who spends a lot of time there, it’s always exciting to see what new vegan businesses are popping up. One place that has been lacking in vegan options is the station so it’s great to see CousCups making their home there. The story behind the behind the business is amazing and it’s great to see it coming to fruition.”
You can find CousCups at the drop off point of Brighton Train Station 7 days a week, from 7am until 6pm.
Photo credit: CousCups Instagram.