? Demand For Vegan Menu Spikes By 44% At Café Rouge

The outlet recently released new vegan dishes
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Vegan mushroom filo at Cafe Rouge

The outlet recently released new vegan dishes (Photo: Café Rouge)

Chain eatery Café Rouge has seen a 44 percent spike in demand for its vegan dishes in the last month.

The chain, which has 78 outlets across the UK, added a host of vegan dishes to its menu last month - which have seen huge demand.

The options include Beetroot Tatin, Soupe de Saison, Vegetable Parmentier, and a vegan Moroccan Tagine. Dessert options include rhubarb & ginger crumble and Tarte Tatin with vegan vanilla ice-cream.

Vegan food at Cafe Rouge

Dishes like Vegetable Parmentier have been popular (Photo: Café Rouge)

Vegan is essential

The news follows a recent report in The Caterer which said offering vegan and vegetarian options is 'now essential for hospitality operators'.

While meat-free and plant-based diets were once seen as niche, they have been 'catapulted into the mainstream', says the report.

The article follows a number of major vegan launches by retailers and restaurants this year - many aimed at the UK's 22 million flexitarians as well as vegetarians and vegans.