Following the resounding success of Club Mexicana – a supper club renowned for serving some of the city’s best vegan street food – Founder Meriel Armitage has collaborated with Publicans Luke McLoughlin and Sherri-lee Estabrook to launch London’s first entirely vegan pub.
Opening in Hackney next week (Friday 19th January), The Spread Eagle on Homerton High Street is being re-launched with an entirely vegan offering from bar to kitchen, designed as a ‘modern take on a classic East End boozer’. Dishes served from Club Mexicana will draw influence from the street food traders of Mexico and California, designed to accompany ‘beer, friends, music, or a hangover’.
Here, a concise and regularly changing selection of small plates will include the likes of Sopa de tortilla; deep fried ‘cheeze’ with Valentina hot sauce; or loaded ‘cheezy’ nachos. Elsewhere, signature tacos will be filled with ingredients such as Jackfruit Carnitas or Baja ‘Tofish’. Bigger, main course dishes will include ‘California-style Burritos stuffed with Beer Battered Tofish and Chips’ (£8) or the ‘MFC (Mexican Fried Chick’’n) Torta’ with pickles and chipotle mayonnaise (£9). To finish, Club Mexicana’s ‘Death by Taco’ dessert features a deep-fried taco dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts and stuffed with ice cream, topped with salted caramel sauce.
Free from brewery ties, the bar at newly reopened The Spread Eagle will offer a 16 strong tap selection of vegan beers, plus a specially crafted house lager (‘Spread Eagle Lager’), cocktails and a vegan wine list of small batch, organic bottles.
Speaking on the launch of London’s first 100 per-cent vegan pub, Luke McLoughlin said: “As more and more pubs are closing, it’s a real privilege to be able to bring a new venue to our neighborhood. Granted, we’re doing things a little differently, but it will still be a local pub for the community with good drink, great people and amazing food.”
Club Mexicana Founder Meriel Armitage added: “There’s no precedent for the style of kitchen we’ll be creating at The Spread Eagle – its Mexican, its Californian, its for Friday nights and Sunday mornings, but despite our new surroundings, its still very much Club Mexicana. We can’t wait to get started.”
The Spread Eagle will reopen as London’s first entirely vegan pub on Friday 19th January. Further information can be found here.