IN A WORLD that is changing from one year to the next there are things that come and go, but a vegan bistro due to open this autumn is hoping that the rising popularity of the animal-free diet is here to stay.

Vegans have a huge void to fill with meat and dairy favourites such as chorizo, mac and cheese and the traditional Yorkshire pudding, however Sara Turner believes she can fare just as well without using any meat or dairy.

Green Island Bistro is named after the Mauritian cocktail and a nod to the greener lifestyle of veganism, and you would not mind being stranded on an island with her food.

However you will only have to travel to Rhuddlan High Street to sample the menu that features delights such as tapas and cocktails nights of garlic mushrooms, chorizo-marinated sausage and cherry kombucha cocktails, Indian vegetable curries, a full English breakfast with tofu scramble, jackfruit and smashed avocado muffins, maple syrup and chocolate waffles, smoothie bowls, and a Sunday roast topped by a non-dairy Yorkshire pudding.

“After being furloughed from my full-time job after the coronavirus lockdown, I set up the Green Island delivery service with mostly Indian vegan food in the Rhyl and Kinmel Bay area.

“During that time I like many people reassessed what I actually wanted to do in life. I have past experience in the industry including a waffle business but I always had a dream of owning my own café.

“We will now be opening the 100 per cent vegan bistro in October and the response we have had so far has been fantastic.”

Those who want to push the plant-based boat out a bit further will be able to order edible flower petals, while products will local sourced including vegan wines, beers and prosecco from Llandudno Junction.

“I know the difficulties that vegans face in eating out at restaurants such as Chinese and Indians which use a lot of meat and fish, it is a struggle anywhere,” Mrs Turner added.

“I spent a long time trying to get the right recipe for Yorkshire puddings because they should rise and be crispy, and I have finally got it.

“I can also cook sausages in a chorizo marinade that tastes so good I have had people asking me to promise that there was no meat in it.

“We have had customers who are not vegans say they really enjoyed the food which is the most rewarding part for me, and some are considering changing their diet.”

Green Island Bistro opens on Friday, October 9. Bookings are being accepted.

For more information visit the Green Island Bistro Facebook page or call 01745 798900.

Lockdown dream may be vegan paradise on Rhuddlan High Street

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