Veganuary sees the opening of London’s first entirely vegan pub.
Yep, those darn vegans are at it again. Demanding places where they can actually eat decent food, rather than settling for a sad wilted salad because it’s the only vegan option. How dare they! Life is getting almost too easy for London’s vegans, and now there’s good news for vegans who love their beer. This week, The Spread Eagle pub in Homerton reopens, having transformed, phoenix-like, into London’s first vegan pub.
The driving force behind the move is longtime vegan Meriel Armitage. She’s best known in the London foodie scene as the co-founder of vegan taco joint Club Mexicana, whose streetwise vegan dishes have graced Dinerama, Vegan Nights, and Pamela in Dalston. Having got their hands on a proper London pub, Club Mexicana tossed out the steak pies in favour of plant-based fare, and it sounds pretty delicious.
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Surely even meat-eaters will find it hard to say no to beer-battered tofish and chip burritos? You’ll also find ‘scallops’ on the menu, along with more Mexican dishes like the chorizo and cheese nachos. It’s not just the food that’s vegan, however. All the beers will be vegan-friendly, including offerings from east London faves Beavertown and The Old Blue Last.
The Spread Eagle doesn’t want to be seen as just “that vegan pub”, so they’ll also be launching the events that go into making a great British pub. Quiz nights, live music, and late night parties will quickly fill their social calendar. Beer, jackfruit, and quizzing – now that’s a recipe for one contented vegan!
The Spread Eagle will reopen tonight, Friday 12th January. Find it at 224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS – the nearest station is Homerton.
Featured image: @clubmexicana