Photos: Edinburgh Named PETA UK’S 2015 ‘Most Vegan-Friendly City’

For Immediate Release:

8 December 2015


Jennifer White 02078376327, ext 222; [email protected]


City’s Lord Provost Accepts Sculpture of Edinburgh Castle Made out of Veggies in Honour of Area’s Plant-Based Cuisine

Edinburgh, Scotland – Despite, or perhaps because of Scotland’s association with high rates of obesity and other diet-related diseases, vegan-friendly eating is on the rise. After awarding Glasgow the accolade in 2013, PETA passed the title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City to Edinburgh today. To celebrate, PETA presented the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Right Honourable Donald Wilson, with a replica of Edinburgh Castle made entirely out of vegetables.

Images of the ceremony are available here, here and here.

“Edinburgh has many things to be proud of, and our array of fantastic restaurants is certainly one of them. The city’s food scene has been recognised with Michelin stars for being Fair Trade and for having a social conscience – but this is our first prize for being vegan-friendly”, said Lord Provost Donald Wilson. “I am delighted to accept this award from PETA and am thoroughly impressed with their unique and healthy interpretation of Edinburgh Castle!”

PETA’s Yvonne Taylor, an Edinburgh native, adds, “Eating the flesh, milk and eggs of animals is a tradition that all of us can live without. With so many delicious plant-based options available, it’s never been easier for Scots to cut animal-derived foods out of our diets”.

Scotland’s capital cemented the top spot with more than 20 vegan-friendly restaurants, including popular eateries such as The Auld Hoose and Henderson’s, which offer everything from traditional haggis – served with a cruelty-free twist – to salads, veggie burgers and warming soups. Other eateries with standout vegan options include Take It Away Spud, a baked “tattie” shop with a tasty vegan Bolognese sauce; La Favorita Delivered, a family-run Italian restaurant ready to deliver a pizza topped with vegan mozzarella; and David Bann, which serves up a selection of animal-free meals in an atmosphere.

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity than meat-eaters are. Every person who goes vegan spares many animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg and dairy industries. And vegan meals are “greener”, too, as the meat industry is a major producer of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

 For more information about Edinburgh’s vegan fare please click here.