Fully-vegan chippy opens in London for the first time

Hackney Sutton and Sons

The vegan Sutton and Sons restaurant in Hackney. Image: Sutton and Sons/Facebook

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A fully-vegan fish and chip shop has opened in London for the first time.

Sutton and Sons opened the vegan branch in Hackney in October, joining the chain's existing, non-vegan restaurants in Islington and Stoke Newington.

The menu features items including deep fried banana blossom marinated in seaweed and samphire as a fish substitute, Japanese potato starch prawns and the classic pie and mash.

Owner of the chain, Danny Sutton, decided to open the dedicated vegan restaurant following the popularity of vegan items on offer in his other restaurants.

He told website Food Spark that he had tried veganism for a month in order to come up with a viable and tasty alternative to fish, which will set customers back £5.50 per serving.

 

"“I must admit I’d never heard of it [banana blossom] before a mate of mine in a nearby restaurant recommended it,” he said.

“It’s a bit like an artichoke and it has a similar texture to actual fish. Getting the fish flavour was the tricky bit. But marinating it in samphire, seaweed and a few herbs does the trick.”