Eat & Drink

Pull Up A Chair At London’s First Vegan Pub

At The Spread Eagle is one of East London’s oldest pubs, pouring only the most premium liquor, dishing out the finest foods and providing only the best vibes. At the start of the year, management took a very daring leap, becoming London’s first 100 per cent vegan pub, and it’s paid off big time.

Yep, they’ve gone the whole tofurkey roast dinner, with all food, drinks, fixtures and fittings purely plant-based and sourced sustainably where possible – think chickpea water instead of egg whites in cocktails, among other things.

Pub co-owners Meriel Armitage and Luke McLaughlin say the bar wouldn’t have worked had it opened as recently as a year ago. “Back then, we were genuinely worried about putting customers off; suddenly it’s the opposite,” Armitage told The Guardian.

Located in Homerton, a stone’s throw from hip Hackney, the Spread Eagle’s Club Mexicana chefs service up tacos with vegan chorizo, beer-battered “tofish” and vegan fried “chicken” scallops alongside cask ales, which are the result of an animal product-free brewing process, and an extensive wine list, which is – thankfully – always plant-based.

The Spread Eagle is open from 4pm to 11pm, Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 2am on Friday, 12pm to 2am on Saturday, 12pm to 11pm on Sunday.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Heathrow Airport
  • Take the Heathrow Express to London Picadilly
  • At Picadilly, take the Bakerloo line to Oxford Circus
  • At Oxford Circus, take the Victoria line to Highbury & Islington
  • At Highbury & Islington, take the overground to Homerton
  • Walk 320m via Berger Road
  • The Spread Eagle, 224 Homerton High Street, London

 

(Lead image: The Spread Eagle)