The Vegan Society estimate there to be at least 542,000 vegans in the UK, which equates to around 1% of adults.
This might not sound like much, but it is around three and half times the number just a decade earlier, and the society describes the uptake as one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements in the UK.
This year there were reports that more than seventy-eight thousand self-professed carnivores signed-up to ‘Veganuary‘, a campaign that encourages people to commit to the vegan diet for the month of January. A record year for the campaign and more than fifty times the number who signed up to the campaign just four years ago.
In June, the UK’s first 100% vegan hotel opened in Highland Perthshire. Saorsa 1875 is completely free from animal products, comprising 11 bedrooms and a restaurant that serves plant-based and vegan dishes.
Owned by Jack McLaren-Stewart, 26, and his parents Sandra and John, who are all vegans, Saorsa 1875 took over former Birchwood Hotel.
Jack and his parents have spent the last eight months renovating the hotel in Perthshire to create the 100 per cent vegan experience.
All of the house-keeping products are eco-friendly and cruelty-free, and the hotel’s power system, Ecotricity, is Vegan Society certified.
The ingredients are grown in Saorsa 1875’s vegetable patch or sourced from local suppliers with all wines, spirits and cocktails at the bar vegan too.
The hotel’s Facebook page says: ‘Designed for vegans, vegetarians and the plant-curious, Saorsa 1875 balances the building’s Victorian gothic origins with modern amenities to offer the minimal design and neutral tones of Northern Europe.”
Saorsa 1875 will also offered cooking classes, health and wellness retreats and outdoor activities.