In a few short years veganism has grown into a lifestyle choice for many and it’s continuing its steady rise.
It has its own movement – Veganuary – which dedicates the first month of the year to encouraging people to try meat-free alternatives.
And this Monday will see the message spread still further as November 1 marks World Vegan Day.
The focus of the day – which is nothing new, having been established in 1994 – is on promoting the benefits of veganism for both people and the environment.
And for those who want to celebrate it, we’ve drawn up a guide to restaurants and cafes serving top vegan dishes around Newcastle.
Super Natural pioneered the way in Newcastle in encouraging people to try alternatives to meat.
The name of the city’s first ever vegetarian restaurant has been resurrected in Grainger Street where – now all-vegan – it soon clocked up another first with a bar serving vegan Stella, Guinness and Boddingtons beer and wines – plus a chef who previously worked at Michelin star restaurants. See Super Natural’s Facebook page here.
Little Green Social
Its menu has included the likes of Little Green burger, with the chef creating his own version of the tempeh – fermented soy bean – burger served at the Michelin Star restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. See here.
Sky Apple Café
Home-made food at this Heaton Road cafe, which opened in 2002, begins with big breakfast then follows up with a veritable feast of dishes as well as cakes and vegan cheeses.
For those who still can’t get enough, there’s a deli too: Little Piece of Sky – visit here for details.
The 100% vegan Karma Kitchen Cafe in the city centre’s Bigg Market is a hit for its curries, naans, tandoori pizzas and desserts.
And it has kept busy doing takeaways and deliveries during the pandemic. See here.
Having started off as a street food truck, this all-vegan business opened a cafe in Blandford Square serving a menu including breakfast, burgers and three-course Italian-inspired meals.
Check out its website here for news.
Among Newcastle’s top curry restaurant scorers with TripAdvisor reviewers, this Grainger Market outlet serves eat-in or takeaway vegan street food.
Read more about it here.
The Ship Inn
Turning fully vegan in 2016, this pub in Newcastle’s Ouseburn area has built up its reputation over the years with the likes of mixed bean chilli, jalapenos and mint yoghurt and happy fish and chips – also known as battered tofu and homemade tartare sauce.
And there are cakes, lots of them, made on the premises. See its Facebook page.
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