Veganism…not a new concept as such but certainly much more widespread and accepted than previously. According to The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK last year was around 600,000, four times the number in 2014 (150,000) and more than double the number in 2016 (276,000), showing an exponential growth, and the numbers are continuing to rise. It is looking likely that a quarter of the British population could be vegan by 2025!
Following a vegan diet has some amazing advantages, promoting weight loss and a lower BMI, for example, and a lower risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease or certain cancers. A vegan diet is typically high in fibre and contains very low (or no) cholesterol. It can be a highly nutritious option, so it stands to reason that more and more people are choosing the vegan lifestyle.
But why now? Why is veganism suddenly becoming more popular if the benefits have always been there? I think one of the reasons must be because many more establishments are now catering for their vegan customers. People following a vegan diet no longer feel that they need to stay at home to be able to enjoy a decent meal. And rightly so! They can now go out to eat with their family and friends without feeling awkward about what they can and can’t eat on the menu, without having to whisper to the waiter/waitress that they can’t eat a certain item and can it please be served without that item, or pretending to eat something and leaving the restaurant hungry. These scenarios cannot be acceptable in today’s fast changing society.
This is why next week, we will be launching our stand-alone vegan menus, both for daytime and evening dining, so that everyone can enjoy the same standard of delicious food. The menu is just as mouth-watering as our standard menu and aimed to ensure that all of our guests feel accepted and catered for, which has always been the desire here at the QUARTER. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the deliciousness that we cook up! But what can I look forward to, I hear you ask? Here’s a sneak peak to get the tastebuds going…how about our Baked Burrito, a soft tortilla filled with rice, spicy beans, vegetables and cheese, topped with house tomato sauce and cheese, baked and served with herby potatoes? Or the Maple Glazed Tofu Burger, sliced tofu glazed with maple syrup, baked with fried onions and pickles, served in a bun with salad and fries? I am salivating at the thought! (Check out the new menus here: https://www.thequartercafe.co.uk/vegan-daytime-menu/ and https://www.thequartercafe.co.uk/vegan-evening-menu/.) The menu is filled with all the goodies you can get on the normal menu, pasta, salads, starters and sides galore! Please ask for this designated menu when you are seated…you are in for a real treat.