What To Expect From London's First Vegan Pub

Whether choosing a vegan diet out of concern for the environment, specific health reasons, or love of animals, there's been an increase in those seeking plant-based meals, Emerging reports. Since 2014, the number of vegans has more than quadrupled in the United Kingdom, notes Food Matters Live, and the country now leads the world as the number one country for vegans. In response, meat-free choices are permeating not only markets but also the restaurant industry — and pubs. 

Square Mile admits that only recently could the words "pub" and "vegan" be found in the same sentence. Since 2018, The Spread Eagle has certainly delivered. With specialty drinks and carefully curated seasonal menus, the pub had created a sanctuary in London's Hackney neighborhood for vegans to drink, eat, and be merry without guilt. One visit to this pub is concrete proof that veganism is no longer a concept that's considered fringe. And it isn't just the food that is made without animal products — from the decorations to the drinks, you won't find a trace of animal in this establishment.

The pub for animal-free debauchery

The Spread Eagle may look like a typical British pub with wood-paneled walls and blue trim, but an emphasis is placed on reducing waste and offering a fully vegan menu. The team is dedicated to its plant-based ethos, and while 100% vegan drinks may not sound revolutionary, admits The Nudge, many wines and beers contain gelatin or milk derivatives. If you think there are only a few beverages that qualify for the distinction, the pub rotates beers and keeps palates busy with a fresh cocktail list.

Settle on a classic like a hazelnut white Russian or try the signature cocktail, Lavender is The New Black, made with Quiquiriqui mezcal, activated charcoal, lavender syrup, and lemon (per its menu). The bar also offers spirits accompanied by Fever-Tree mixers, garnish, and ice (Koko Kanu rum is served with white grape and apricot soda). 

If you're feeling peckish, vegan chorizo, beer-battered "tofish," and corn esquites satisfy those committed to meatless dining, recognizes The Guardian. Seasonal menus change, with some dishes foraged and other more traditional dishes modified to fit the theme, like pie and mash, "sausage" rolls, and dumpling stew, notes Dish Cult. Instead of using meat, Korean burgers are made with chicken of the woods mushrooms, pickled carrot, daikon slaw, and the chefs use Korean hot sauce gochujang to top it off (via its menu).

The pub has set high standards for vegan copycats, admits London on the Inside, and if you find yourself in London on a Sunday, be sure to visit for the roast.