Exeter’s ‘The Oddfellows Gastro Bar’ Nabs Spot on PETA’s List of Top Restaurants for a Vegan Christmas Dinner

For Immediate Release:

5 December 2016


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Group Recognises Hot Spot for Its Delicious Cruelty-Free Holiday Fare

Exeter – The holiday season is quickly approaching, prompting PETA to search for the best vegan Christmas dinners available in restaurants and pubs across the UK. Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, the group has selected the top 12 menus that meet the growing demand for hearty, healthy, and humane holiday fare – and Exeter’s The Oddfellows Gastro Bar has earned a spot on the list.

The eatery’s menu includes a warm salad with artichoke hearts, caramelised shallots, pumpkin seed praline, and salsa verde dressing to start. The main course features roasted squash and celeriac filo Wellington with Charlotte hasselback potatoes and fire-roasted red-pepper sauce, and for dessert, it’s avocado-lime cheesecake with candied citrus  – all completely free of meat, eggs, and dairy foods.

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“Thanks to The Oddfellows Gastro Bar, it’s easier than ever to extend the spirit of giving to all this holiday season by leaving animals off our plates”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA encourages all Britons to celebrate a compassionate Christmas by enjoying a vegan feast – with all the taste and none of the cruelty of a traditional meaty spread.”

More than 15 million turkeys are killed in the UK every year – including over 10 million for Christmas dinners alonePETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that in nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 25 miles per hour. But the ones destined to be killed for food are typically crammed into filthy warehouses, where disease, heart attacks, and sudden death are common. They are bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under their own weight.

Other eateries on PETA’s list are located in Gloucestershire, Northampton, Sheffield, and elsewhere across the UK. Each one will receive a framed certificate and be featured on PETA’s website.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.