How to be vegan in Newcastle

Madeleine Raine offers some reassurance for those who may be concerned that veganism coincides with a lack of culinary options.

Madeleine Raine
18th November 2019
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Veganism has not always been as widely popular as it is today. However, with the growing threat of the meat industry and its role in climate change, more and more young people have begun opting for this highly nutritional and environmentally friendly diet.

Whilst this shift may initially appear difficult and pose countless health questions, the benefits that come from this change are actually quite astonishing.

With the constantly changing world that we live in today, the options available for vegans in supermarkets is truly incredible and difficult to fault. As our population is moving towards a completely plant-based diet, supermarkets around the globe are all doing their part to ensure every customer is catered for.

One in particular which has made a remarkable step in recent weeks is Tesco. Over the past few weeks, this company have been developing a brand-new vegan range that has been coined Plant Chef. With its colourful packaging and wide range of products, this has been one of the most successful line of products to hit supermarket shelves, and with its abundance of outlets in and around Newcastle we are spoilt for choice. Tesco is not the only one to have branched out with this new trend. The likes of Aldi, ASDA and Marks and Spencer have all joined in on expanding their range of products to suit the increasingly fluctuating consumer market.

Its not just supermarkets which have latched onto this growing trend, however. More and more restaurants are actively adapting their menus to provide more choice for vegans. Wagamama, Zizzi, The Bohemian and Pizza Express are just a few household names that offer exciting new choices specially catered for their vegan customers. Whether its pizza or a burger you will always be spoilt for choice!

The great asset that Newcastle has to offer is its abundance in markets.

As students we all know the struggle of sticking to a low-budget meal plan that often does not involve eating out. The great asset that Newcastle has to offer is its abundance in markets. Whether its one of the street vendors on Northumberland Street or the famous Grainger Market, they have everything you need to whip up a quick and easy meal. Built in 1835, Grainger Market has always been the hub of city centre shopping. Located right next to Eldon Square, this market is easily accessible and always leaves you feeling wholesome. Stalls upon stalls of fresh fruit and veg line this extravagant structure, offering food at discounted prices. The fact that all its products are locally sourced not only makes this a fresh food heaven, but also allows us to give something back to the community.

Newcastle is a city increasingly focused on providing for its minority food groups and never fails to disappoint in its array of options available. Whether you’re hitting the town for a meal out or cooking at home, you will never be at a loss for fresh and vibrant produce ready to whip up for your vegan meal.

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AUTHOR: Madeleine Raine
MA History student with a BA in English Literature and History. Lifestyle writer and avid traveller who has recently branched out to also cover news articles. Twitter @RaineMadeleine

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