London Welcomes UK’s First Animal-Free Butcher Shop On World Vegan Day

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Following its success in Camden as London’s first-ever all-vegan American diner, Rudy’s Vegan will be opening the doors to Rudy’s Vegan Butcher –the country’s first 100% plant-based butcher shop. Launching today (November 1), and coinciding with World Vegan Day, the store will offer British customers all the butcher classics, from vegan bacon to pulled pork, black pudding and smoked ham. 

Located on the corner of Islington Park Street and Upper Street in North London, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher will be starting out it’s first day with a giveaway to entice customers with 100-pounds of free “baycon”. But just like conventional butcher shops, bacon isn’t the only thing on the menu in the U.K.’s first all-vegan butcher, offering vegan versions of all the meaty picks you can think of. 

Some of the charcuterie items in stock include plant-based smoked ham, salami de Provence, pepperoni, and pastrami, as well as 100% animal-free ribs, lobster salad, burgers, chicken liver pate, shredded barbecue pulled pork, black pudding and sausages. Want more? Rudy’s Vegan Butcher will also be taking vegan roast turkey orders, just in time for your plant-based Christmas meals, as well as homemade vegan scrambled eggs. 

For vegan and flexitarian folk based outside of London, Rudy’s has a delivery service, where customers can place their orders online on their website. All their plant-based butcher goodies will be delivering nationwide across the U.K. 

The opening of Britain’s first vegan butcher comes at a time when consumer demand for plant-based foods is at an all time high. While the plant-based trend has been steadily growing in recent years, the coronavirus pandemic has ignited greater interest in vegan foods all over the world, particularly as news of slaughterhouse viral outbreaks exposed the dangers and vulnerabilities of the meat supply chain. 

Polls conducted this year in the U.K. to the U.S. and Hong Kong have all indicated an uptick in willingness among consumers to try plant-based meat alternatives, with many saying that they are now more motivated to decrease their meat consumption as a direct result of the pandemic. 

All images courtesy of Rudy’s Vegan.


  • Sally Ho

    Sally Ho is Green Queen's former resident writer and lead reporter. Passionate about the environment, social issues and health, she is always looking into the latest climate stories in Hong Kong and beyond. A long-time vegan, she also hopes to promote healthy and plant-based lifestyle choices in Asia. Sally has a background in Politics and International Relations from her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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