Go meat-free with ease for Cancer Research UK thanks to New York Deli

Find out which Cardiff lunch spot is prioritising vegetarian and vegan lunch-time options to spice up your #VegPledge this November

Interesting and tasty vegetarian and vegan options are on the rise thanks to independent restaurants such as New York Deli in High Street Arcade. Credit: Deryn Macey on Unsplash.

Cancer Research UK wants you to go vegetarian or vegan this month to raise funds for life-saving research and an American-style deli cafe has launched its new vegan sandwich just in time.

People around the UK are taking the #VegPledge this November in support of the fundraising challenge to go meat-free for 30 days.

If you want to take part but are put off by the prospect of endless salads, New York Deli has got you covered.

The popular lunch spot in High Street Arcade has launched the Vegan Real Reuben, a new vegan sandwich made with their in-house vegan ‘pastrami’.

The Vegan Real Reuben is the new vegan sandwich by New York Deli: vegan pastrami, vegan cheese, sauerkraut, gherkins and American mustard. Credit: New York Deli

The independent business prides itself on the wide range of vegetarian and vegan options it has on offer.

The demand for meat-free lunch on-the-go is definitely on the rise, said Johnny Disco, a New York Deli employee, particularly from vegan customers.

A plant-based diet is more popular than ever, as suggested in a poll by finder.com. According to the site, 2.2. million people will adopt veganism, increasing the vegan population to around 2.9 million in Britain over the next year.

“We have had at least one vegan option on the menu since 1993,” said Johnny, “In the last year we increased the range to eight different dishes.”

Not enough restaurants are prioritising their meat-free customers, Johnny explained.

“I think it’s important to offer an exciting range of veggie and vegan options because in the past this market has been overlooked or just given a low priority on the menu,” he added.

If raising money for life-saving research plus tasty meat-free food is not enough to convince you, according to the Cancer Research UK website, swapping meat for high-fibre-alternatives can help reduce the risk of cancer.

Find out more about the #VegPledge benefits on their website.