The first vegetarian and vegan fish and chip shop has opened in Leeds to give local veggies the chance to enjoy this staple Friday night takeaway once again.
A number of entirely vegan fish and chip shops have been popping up all over the country in recent years with the likes of Sutton & Son’s in London and Veg’n Out in Kent opening to put this much-loved British takeaway back on the Friday night menu.
Now Leeds has just welcomed the city’s first meat-free fish and chip shop as JJ’s Vish and Chips opens its doors today on Kirkstall Road.
Run by owner Jess Jones, a vegetarian who was inspired by the rising popularity in meat-free diets to open the vegan eatery, the takeaway will offer up delicious vegan and vegetarian versions of classic menu items such as battered ‘fish’ made from banana blossom, vegan battered sausage, vegan calamari and vegan spam fritters.
Whilst the takeaway is not entirely vegan, Jones said: “Most of the food we will be selling is vegan, apart from the battered halloumi cheese and we will also offer cheesy chips.”
Speaking to local news outlet LeedsLive about the decision to open the first vegetarian chippy in the north of England, Jones said: “A lot of places do options, but there’s nothing that’s completely vegan. I wanted to provide something for vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians – and even full meat eaters.
She added: “Leeds is lacking something like this. Other cities have a quite a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, but I thought there was a bit of a gap here.”
JJ’s Vish and Chips is now open for business on Kirkstall Road on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as all day on Friday-Sunday.