The Railway Hotel’s ‘Fish’ & Chips Nabs PETA Vegan Food Award

For Immediate Release:

20 September 2016


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


Southend  Pub Honoured for Meeting Growing Demand for Plant-Based Products

Southend-on-Sea, Essex – As the number of British vegans climbs to over half a million, the market for plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages is at an all-time high – and PETA is celebrating some of the hottest new vegan products with its fourth annual Vegan Food Awards. Nabbing the award for Best Vegan Seafood is Southend-on-Sea–based Railway Hotel for its mouth-watering “Fish” & Chips. The crispy beer-battered dish is served with hand-cut chips, pea purée, and homemade tartare sauce.

Dave Dulake, the Railway’s pub landlord, told PETA, “We nicked the idea from The Coach & Horses in Soho but maybe Southend’s sea breeze gives it an Essex twist”.

“From the corner shop to luxury restaurants, businesses are jumping to feed the public’s hunger for healthy, humane plant-based food”, says PETA’s Dawn Carr. “Since winners include all-vegan bacon, eggs, aged cheddar, and even caviar, PETA’s Vegan Food Awards show that ethical fare is more diverse and exciting than ever – all without harming a single animal.”

In addition to sparing animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialised meat, egg, and dairy industries, vegan meals are greener, as the United Nations has said that a move towards a vegan lifestyle is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change. People who go vegan are also less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

Interest in vegan living is at an all-time high, and Google Trends reports that UK residents are searching “vegan” in record numbers. Numerous reports support the buzz, including a recent Mintel survey which found that a staggering 20 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds have chosen to ditch animal-derived foods. Many celebrities – including David Haye, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, and Alan Cumming – also praise the benefits of vegan eating.

A copy of PETA’s Vegan Food Awards logo is available here. To read about all the winners, please visit or click here.