According to The Vegan Society, veganism is one of ‘the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle movements.’
Vegetarianism has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a survey showing that there are around three million vegetarians in Britain. Another poll says more than 1% of the UK is now vegan.
We all know that vegetarians don’t eat meat, including gelatin: a substance extracted from the skin and bones of certain animals and used as a thickening agent in some foods, like chewy sweets and pesto. As well as excluding meat from their diet, vegans also avoid any animal products; such as leather or fur and will not eat eggs or any dairy products such as milk, yogurts or cheese.
Holly Kembrey has been a vegetarian since she was fourteen and turned vegan one year ago after finding out that the dairy industry is ‘just as horrendous as the meat industry.’ When asked if she found it hard making the transition Holly admitted, ‘not at all, it’s like it’s not even food anymore. It’s not an option.’ While she denies the health benefits of a vegan diet influenced her decision, Holly has noticed, ‘I’ve got a lot more energy now than I did when I was just vegetarian’ and believes this is down to the vast amount of energy in plant based foods.
“I’ve got a lot more energy now than i did when i was just vegetarian”
Holly kembrey, vegan
You might think that becoming vegan and vegetarian limits your choices of places to eat out, but there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Nottingham that have menus to accommodate alternative eaters. The Alley cafe bar is a hidden haven of vegetarian and vegan food, also serving organic alcohol and Fair Trade tea and coffee. They offer daily specials and also run live music events each month.
The Peacock is Nottingham’s first restaurant to convert its menu to entirely vegan. Head chef David Best explained that since becoming fully vegan, their business has quadrupled. The menu offers up an array of classic pub food as well as Sunday Lunch.
Annie’s Burger Shack in the Lace Market area of town was established in 2009, and combines Annie’s traditional American Rhode Island burger style with her love of real ale. The restaurant proudly offers every burger including the most extravagant and meaty favourites and the monthly special as fully vegan or vegetarian.
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