Veganism is rapidly growing in the UK and has become more prevalent in the past couple of years. This is seen by the huge increase in vegan products one can find in the top supermarkets – including their own brands of vegan-labeled products (see LOCAL BRANDS page). Many are also producing their own vegan mock meats range. Chain restaurants almost always offer vegan options on their menus as will other cosmopolitan restaurants in larger cities, where you will also have a vast choice of vegan restaurants or cafes.
People are generally accepting of veganism. However, you may still need to explain to some individuals what exactly it means, as there is still some confusion particularly among the older generation. The most difficult place to be vegan in the UK is in the rural, countryside locations. Here, you’re likely to find country pubs with traditional meals that include meat or cheese as a main feature on the menu. This being said, most restaurants will try to cater to your needs if you tell them in advance or ask them to veganize something for you.
So, the UK gets a big thumbs up as a destination of food fun for vegans. Recommended: the farmers’ markets in summer, the vegan fests and the new plethora of vegan cheese companies making what is thought by many to be the best aged “cheeses” that taste like the real thing.
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