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“Naturally fast food” U.K. restaurant chain, Leon, has slowly been increasing its range of vegan-friendly menu items. Now, two new savory dishes and five plant-based desserts have joined the diverse menu.

Leon lunch-goers will soon have the option of ordering Meatless Meatballs: vegan meatballs with tomato sauce, herbs, and aioli served atop a bed of rice. Or, a Plant Burger: an edamame-based patty with ketchup and veggies.

Cake cabinets at Leon restaurants are set to be stocked with vegan desserts, made by Greenwich patisserie, Rubys. These include Rose and Pistachio Baked Doughnuts and Chocolate Chai Baked Doughnuts, a PB & J Chocolate Brownie, Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes and Mini Raspberry Ripple Cupcakes.

Leon locations currently offer The Ruby Red Porridge made with cashew milk and organic oats, and Toast of the Town: wholemeal toast with cinnamon and date butter. The restaurant chain also offer 11 drinks suitable for vegan customers, including kombucha, juice, fizzy drinks, flavoured water, and house-made beverages.

During the “Veganuary” campaign earlier this year, Leon added a range of vegan options to accommodate for participants. For the global initiative, a record-breaking 150,000 sign-ups were recorded.

The number of vegans living in the U.K. has risen by 700% in the last two years. And Leon isn’t the only eatery that’s adding plant-based options. U.S.-based  restaurant chain TGI Fridays recently launched vegan menu items across its U.K. locations, and vegan kebab shop What The Pitta opened the doors to its third restaurant in February.

A recent £2.7 million funding is also enabling British restaurant supplier Little & Cull to double its vegan options, and restaurant chain The Real Greek announced the introduction of an exclusively vegan menu in March. Even classic fish and chip shops in Britain have seen the demand for vegan options and added a separate menu, such as Sutton and Sons and, “Britain’s best” fish and chip shop,  Simpsons in Stroud.


Image Credit: Leon via Metro