Piles of mushrooms and lashings of cheese – how is the pub industry getting involved with National Vegetarian week?
The days where a vegetarian might find one spinach & ricotta cannelloni option on the pub menu are nearly over.
Pubs from across the UK have been pushing meat-free dishes all week in aid of National Vegetarian Week (16 to 22 May), run by the Vegetarian Society.
The Whiting & Hammond pub group has even launched a whole separate menu for the occasion, boasting eight dishes, such as asparagus, courgette, feta cheese & rocket salad and a veggie Thai broth.
Even JD Wetherspoons has been promoting vegetarian options on Twitter, while independents tempt customers with meat-free menus.
Jess Bunce, landlady at The Bricklayers Arms in Cheapstead, Kent, is a vegetarian herself and thinks taking part in the week is a great way to interact with customers.
She says: “We try to put about three veg options on our main menu anyway, but we’ve done National Vegetarian Week for the last three years.
“The most popular meal this year is probably the tandoori halloumi kebabs. Reaction has been so positive and, while people do still come in and have a beef burger, we’re finding a lot of people who are not veggie are going for veggie options.
“It also pleases our customers - we’ve got a vegan lady coming in who is super happy as there is more choice.”
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