Going vegan is on the rise. Last January the Veganuary campaign saw over 60,000 people signing up to a diet of plants, grains and deliciousness, representing a huge 260% growth from the previous year. And although figures for this year’s have yet to be released, a further significant increase is expected. For many of those experimenting with all out animal abandonment this has become a more permanent lifestyle change, with an increase of 350% in the number of vegans living in the UK.
Whether it’s a lifestyle choice, a health based, cholesterol bustin’ move or a dietary decision, veganism is a growing trend that’s here to stay. Vegans and the vibrant British dining scene though, seem to be at loggerheads, with diets dismissed as picky and chefs labelled as lacking in compassion, in equal measure. Fortunately, these attitudes too appear to be shifting, and not a moment too soon. This is apparent in the results from a recent Pulse survey by Nisbets, retailers of catering equipment, where 20% of businesses said they considered consumer demand when changing their menus.
London, it seems, is leading the way and with this in mind, here are 5 IDEAL vegan restaurants and menus in London.
THE SPREAD EAGLE
FED BY WATER
THE TEMPLE OF SEITAN
Vegan Fried Chicken | © Facebook/Temple Of Seitan
WULF & LAMB
There’s no apologetic Vegan section of the menu here. Half-heartedly stuffed peppers or scrap veg risotto, you won’t find. Nope, it’s 100% plant based, because after all, if you’re not going to go hard, you might as well go home. Hungry. There are burgers, curries, pastas and more, all beautifully imagined and presented. As their slogan signals, it’s veg, with edge. Indeed.