Rudy's Vegan Butcher
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The U.K’s first vegan butcher shop sold out of products on its first day – and attracted long queues down the street.

Rudy’s Vegan Butchers, on the corner of Islington Park Street and Upper Street in North London, opened yesterday (November 1 – World Vegan Day).

According to the owners – who also run Rudy’s Vegan Diner in Camden – they were inundated with 100 orders in their first 10 minutes.

Sold out

“SOLD OUT,” Rudy’s posted on Instagram. “This was the line at 10:54am before we even opened and it didn’t slow down for hours.

“100 online orders in the first ten minutes! Thank you to everyone who stopped by, messaged with love, ordered online and and shouted out our news. 

“It was an unbelievable turn out. We are so blessed to have your support and feel overwhelmed by all the love. THANK YOU, thank you a million times and more.”

Vegan butcher

The vegan butcher stocks a range of vegan meat products, for instance charcuterie options. These will include plant-based smoked ham, salami de Provence, pepperoni, and pastrami.

Other options include animal-free alternatives to ribs, lobster salad, bacon, burgers, chicken liver pate, and Christmas turkey among others.

It also offers a delivery service for customers living outside London, via its website.

Vegan butcher controversy

While the shop has so far proved a major success, its announcement caused some controversy among meat-eaters.

Among them was vegan-baiting Piers Morgan. The T.V host took to Twitter to discuss the upcoming outlet. He wrote: “A vegan butcher’s shop… and people wonder why I’ve written a book about the world going nuts.”

Debate raged online over whether or not a butchers can be vegan; but many were in support of the upcoming shop. One user wrote: “The world going nuts is the reason for a shop like this. Plant food is the future otherwise we won’t have a future at all. Simple really.”

Maria Chiorando

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.