Over the last year, we’ve noticed Newcastle’s meat-free offering has grown at an exponential rate, which is great for us as we have transitioned from meat-eaters to vegans over the course of 12 months. Karma Kitchen is one of the jewels in the North East’s plant-based crown. The mother-daughter-run business operates from an Indian restaurant in the unlikely location of Newcastle’s famous Bigg Market and offers a menu of entirely vegan curries and side dishes delivered across the North East.
One year ago this month, I decided to give up red meat. After chatting with vegan friends Michael and Maisie (Obviously Vegan), and watching documentaries Cowspiracy and Earthlings, both myself and Craig felt like a curtain had been lifted and, within a matter of days, our bacon-eating days were over. At first, I figured being gluten free and vegetarin would be too difficult so I kept eating chicken until October last year. Craig, however, cut out all meat last April, and he has been proudly vegetarian since.
I kicked off my pledge to go plant-based with a visit to Newcastle’s only fully-vegan pub, The Ship Inn. Located opposite Ouseburn Farm, The Ship Inn seems like any other trendy pub. Branding itself as a ‘superfood pub’, this place serves exclusively vegan food – but without the label. To me, this is pretty cool as sometimes the label ‘vegan’ can turn people off or make people think of bland, tasteless food – The Ship Inn is anything but!