Luxury department store Harvey Nichols has added a vegan menu to their restaurants in their UK stores, following the announcement of an event with vegan chef Gaz Oakley. The new menus will be in Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds and several London locations.
The menu will differ slightly in each restaurant; however some of the dishes featured are a tomato and chilli linguine with butternut squash, an egg-free omelette and vegan fish ‘n’ chips. There are drinks available to order that are free from any animal derived ingredients, including an Italian Primitivo Fatalone red wine and a French Chene Bleu rose.
Desserts on the menu include an apple cinnamon cake with hazelnut ice cream, banana split, chocolate cremeux with blood orange sorbet and hazelnut praline, and a coconut rice condéserved with mango sorbet. The new menu isn’t aimed solely at vegans, aiming to gather interest from non-vegans alike and appeal to everyone.
Despite the new vegan menu, it is unclear whether Harvey Nichols will have a more ethical and cruelty-free approach in the brands and items that they stock in store. However, this step forward to adding a vegan menu could be in the right direction as some luxury brands that they stock include Stella McCartney, who doesn’t use leather or fur in her designs. Other designers such as Gucci and Michael Kors have pledged to go fur-free in 2018, which is a positive move to lessening the cruelty to animals in the fashion industry.