A vegan Burger King branch opened its doors today – and we visited the restaurant to test out its new range.
The revamped London Leicester Square restaurant is serving fully plant-based fare, including its well-reviewed meat-free Whopper and Royale alongside a ‘cheeeze and bakon’ burger.
The fast-food chain has told how it plans to serve a 50% meat-free menu by 2030 – but will customers be interested.
The Mirror visited the restaurant today, with one meat-eater and vegetarian in tow to review the limited menu, which is available until April 10.
The fast-food chain has even said it will be keeping an eye on the most popular items on the menu, with a view to making some of them nationally available in the future.
Other options include the Vegan Nugget Burger, a Plant-based Double Cheeezeburger, as well as sides Vegan Chilli Cheeeze Bites.
Clearly, there’s a massive demand for vegan products, as we rock up to find a queue of hungry customers snaking around busy Leicester Square on Monday afternoon.
Waiting patiently in line, Nicola Jones, from Chichester who turned vegan four years ago after 35-years as a vegetarian. She told the Mirror: ‘We came up to London for the weekend, saw this and knew that we had to try it.
“The fact it’s all meat-free, that’s really reassuring as you know it won’t be contaminated. We were surprised to see it so thought we had to support it.” Meanwhile, Eleisha Kennedy, who has been a vegan for six years, said she was intrigued by the range on offer despite not being a self-professed fast food fan.
She said: “My friend told me it was happening so I thought I’d nip over from work out of curiosity. I think choices are so much better now, when I turned vegan, I’d have to be content with chips and salad.“I don’t eat a lot of fast food and I’m not too keen on those companies, but it’s a little treat. It’s mostly curiosity.ù
“I’m most excited about the nuggets, as who doesn’t like a chicken nugget?”Tourist Kathy Alvrez, who was visiting from California, said she was always intrigued to try the new vegan fare.
She said: “I wanted to support this launch, I’ve been vegan for ten years and menus have changed a lot.
“I’m keen to try a milkshake and chicken nuggets. I would like to try it all. It’s nice not having to wonder if it’s actually vegan.
“I’m pretty relaxed but it’s good to know that it’s all safe to eat.” Meat-eater Rosaleen Fenton and vegetarian Zahra Khaliq visited the new spot – and left seriously impressed