Is Veganism just for January?

#Veganuary. For those taking part, you are over halfway through and congratulations are in order! Veganuary is a great jumping off point but eating plant-based doesn’t have to be fad or even a full time thing. However, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next once January is over?

Veganuary is a non-profit organisation in the UK that encourages people to go vegan for the whole month of January to promote the vegan lifestyle, especially after the over indulgence of Christmas. Veganism tends to divide opinion, with some seeing it as a fad or a social media band wagon while others regard it as ethical, healthy and environmentally responsible. Whoever is correct, veganism definitely has an established and apparently growing place in today’s society.


One thing that is certain is vegan and vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring, bland or lacking in any important nutrients. It also doesn’t have to be just for January! It’s easier than ever before with many familiar high street outlets offering meat-free meals – but why pay a fast food chain when you can get delicious, handmade vegan and vegetarian meals and snacks right on your doorstep and support a local charity at the same time?

The Hextol Tans on St Mary’s Chare in Hexham is open 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) and is completely vegetarian with lots of vegan options. We use no meat substitutes and make everything from scratch on site. We have a wide variety of sandwiches, quiche and sweet treats on the menu along with our specials which change daily depending on the season all for a very reasonable price. Just because there is no meat does not mean there is no flavour, as can be seen by our recent 5* TripAdvisor reviews.

The Tans is part of the Hextol Foundation which provides working opportunities to people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions and a number of our volunteers help us make the food and drinks we serve in the café.

All of our food is also available to take away! As we are also working towards using less plastic, we have compostable food containers and encourage customers to bring in their reusable pots, cutlery and coffee cups.

So if you are giving Veganuary a go, or looking to reduce your consumption of meat, or just want tasty, wholesome, fresh food why not try the Hextol Tans for a delicious lunch or snack without the hassle or the guilt. We promise you won’t miss the meat!

Make sure you check out the Hexham Courant’s article too!

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