Subway just got new vegan options. Vegan chicken subs and double chocolate cookies are now on the menu. The only catch? They’re currently only available at Subway locations in the UK and Ireland.
Subway launched the new menu options on December 30—just in time for Veganuary. According to the sandwich chain, the T.L.C. (Tastes Like Chicken) Sub is “chicken-y in taste and chicken-less in contents.”
The T.L.C. Sub features soy-based protein made with a recipe that replicates the chain’s roast chicken breast strips. The sandwich—available as a 6-inch or Footlong Sub—also includes Violife vegan cheese and can be ordered as a salad or wrap.
Subway made the sandwich with “plant-lovers and flexitarians.” In a press release, Subway said the new vegan option was the result of more than ten years of development. According to the company, the sub “tastes so much like the real thing that even meat-lovers should give it a try.”
And what’s a meal without dessert? The chain also expanded its cookie range with its first vegan cookie offering: the Vegan Double Choc Cookie. The vegan cookie replicates the flavor of the chain’s Double Chocolate Cookie.
“Our new plant-based T.L.C. Sub will delight both our vegan and non-vegan fans,” Angelina Gosal, the head of marketing of Subway UK and Ireland said. “With our new additions, we now have one of the biggest and tastiest plant-based menus on the high street.”
Subway’s Vegan Options
A meatless chicken sub sandwich isn’t the first vegan option to hit Subway’s menu.
Subway UK added a vegan meatball sub to its permanent menu in March 2020. This followed a successful trial at select Birmingham and Manchester locations. The sandwich features vegan meatballs smothered in marinara sauce and topped with dairy-free cheese.
Subway also trialed Beyond Meatball Marinara Subs at more than 600 locations in the U.S. and Canada in 2019. In a statement, Ethan Brown—the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat—said the trial marked the start of a “long-term partnership” with the fast-food chain.
In January 2020, Subway UK added Vegan Cheese Toasted Bites to the menu. Customers can order the plant-based bites vegan by requesting dairy-free cheese. And in the summer, Subway UK launched a meaty vegan garlic wrap. The sandwich features a vegan patty and dairy-free garlic aioli.
Subway Brazil also has vegan options. Locations throughout the country added a 100 percent plant-based sandwich to the menu. Called the “Sub Veg,” the sandwich features soy-based protein. It also includes creamy, dairy-free cheddar cheese, veggies, and barbecue sauce between slices of white Italian bread.