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Vegan Leeds Rhinos rugby star Anthony Mullally has opened a vegan cafe near his club’s grounds in Leeds.

The Vital Cafe, which he set up with nutritional therapists James Morris and Laura Wilson, serves Caribbean-inspired fare, as well as hot and cold drinks.

The high-profile athlete, who is passionate about veganism, will also be using the cafe as a base to advocate for veganism by holding educational evenings and other events.

Vegan stereotypes

“I suppose because of my size and what I do for a living, I challenge the old stereotypes about what a vegan should look like,” Mullally told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“People expect rugby players to be eating steak every day but a lot of our squad are now vegetarian because we have started to have the conversation about everyone’s personal taste.

“I hope Leeds Rhinos fans will come in and give it a try. We are very proud of our menu and the great tastes we have on offer and I am sure once they taste the food, they will be coming back for more.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.