London certainly isn’t running short of vegan cafes, bakeries and restaurants, with new sites popping up every week.
But it seems the capital could be doing more to accommodate plant-based eaters, according to a new study.
The report examined the number of searches for the term ‘vegan and vegetarian restaurants’ for several major cities, and cross referenced them with the number of meat-free restaurants per area.
But the results are somewhat surprising.
The research found that Norwich scooped top place for the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, with 2,094 people in the city per vegetarian/vegan restaurant.
It was a good turnout for Scotland too, with Edinburgh and Glasgow placing second and third place, with 2,631 and 3,000 people per restaurant respectively – regardless of the fact that 100% of Edinburgh residents stated they would never go completely meat-free.
Cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Newcastle all placed in the top ten and – despite its rich culinary scene – London fell short, placing at number 11. Seaside resort Brighton failed to make the list at all.
Impressively, 40% of Mancunians surveyed said they visited vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the city at least once a week. Bristolians followed close behind at 20%.
Results also showed a fifth of the Southampton residents surveyed identified as vegan or vegetarian but the remaining 80% admitted they never visited meat-free restaurants.
While cities such as London and Brighton failed to secure a top ten spot, it’s worth noting that the sample size of the survey was only 1,000 people.
Here’s the full list of the UK’s top 10 vegetarian/vegan-friendly cities, according to the survey:
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