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A new vegan pub will open in Homerton, east London tomorrow.

The Spread Eagle is the brainchild of Club Mexicana owner Meriel Armitage along with business partners Luke McLaughlin and Sherri-lee Estabrook.

‘Grub’ and beer

According to the entrepreneurs, the boozer will serve proper pun grub, including vegan fish and chips, jackfruit carnitas, and mushroom ‘scallops’.

Armitage told the Evening Standard: “Just because food’s ethical doesn’t mean it can’t be naughty.

“We’ve got something on the menu that looks like the best Mexican fried chicken burger ever. It tastes like it too. You blow people’s minds when they find out it’s vegan.”

She was quick to add that veganism is about more than food though, saying: “It’s what you’re drinking, what you’re sitting on, what you’re wearing.”

Of course all drinks, including beer, will be vegan too.

Rise

Speaking about the rise of veganism, Armitage told the paper: “It’s shattering perceptions of vegan food by showing them that it can look just as mouth-watering as non-vegan food. 

“That’s what’s getting people to try more of it. 

“Videos of our deep-fried cheese have gone viral. You can talk to someone about how delicious your food is but show them a picture on Instagram and it takes them seconds to decide its something they have to try.”

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.