In case you didn’t know, JD Wetherspoon now serves vegan pizza.
No one quite knows exactly when the pizza made its way onto the menu, as the pub chain – colloquially known as Wetherspoons or Spoons – hasn’t advertised it on its physical menus. Instead, diners discovered the dish on the Spoons app which allows pub-goers to order food and drink online and have it delivered to their table.
The British pub company runs just short of 1,000 locations across the UK. According to Birmingham Live, those following an “eco-friendly” plant-based diet can find the pizza at most Spoons locations.
The dish, listed as a Gourmet Vegan Pizza, includes mushrooms, roasted peppers, tomatoes, onions, and courgette. “Most impressively, the pizza is a relatively light 590 calories,” Birmingham Live wrote.
Matt Elsdon, Spoons’ Senior Food Development Manager, said in a statement, “We listed a gourmet vegetarian pizza with roasted vegetables and mushrooms in our autumn menu change. But if you remove the cheese then the pizza is suitable for vegans, so we listed separately.“ Elsdon added that so far, the pizza has been “well received” meaning the pub chain has “no plans to remove it.”
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It’s not Spoons’ first foray into plant-based dining. In October, the pub chain introduced a vegan full English breakfast. The dish features two hash browns, two Quorn sausages, mushroom, tomato, and toast – for which you can request dairy-free butter. The meal joins Spoons’ other animal-free options – like teriyaki noodles, nachos, five bean chilli, and sweet potato, chickpea, and spinach curry – which are displayed on a separate, apparently growing, vegan and vegetarian menu.
The popularity of plant-based pizza is surging in the UK at the moment. Supermarket chains Iceland and Morrisons both just launched their own home-brand vegan pizzas. Italian food chain Zizzi created an innovative Vegan Rustica Quattro No-Maggi, a plant-based pizza featuring four kinds of dairy-free cheese. Also rather inventively, a pizzeria in North Wales crafted two vegan Pot Noodle pizzas, which actually feature servings of the budget-friendly instant noodle snack.
And following demand, Pizza Hut launched a cheesy vegan jackfruit pizza for a limited time, promising, “if this is as successful as we expect it to be, we’ll keep it on the menu for the foreseeable future.”
For those who prefer to make their own pizza (or other cuisine type) at home, LIVEKINDLY’s vegan meal planner helps you do just that, with customizable, budget-friendly, chef-approved recipes.
JD Wetherspoon’s Gourmet Vegan Pizza costs £6.49.
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