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Vegan pub shuts down – owner turns to poll dancing!

A VEGAN pub has closed its doors because it wasn’t doing enough business.

Meat eating drinkers snubbed The Monument, in Canterbury, Kent, UK, and it called last orders after just 30 months.

Tom Boughton and Jo Brookman opened the pub in the spring of 2017 with an exclusively vegan menu but criticised the community for not  getting behind them.

Ms Brookman said she now intended to become a “personal fitness coach, specialising in pole dancing fitness”. 

In a statement, they said: “We do still actively need the support of our local and vegan community otherwise independent businesses like us simply disappear overnight.

“With pubs going bust at a rate of 18 per week in the UK, if you want to see us stick around, much like other dietary-specific businesses, you need to come and make the most of us.”

Alongside vegan food, drinks were selected based on whether any animal products were used in the manufacturing process. 

Most lagers and spirits are naturally vegan, and wines were chosen that did not use fish products as a fining agent in the production process.

The pub, which dates back to the 19th century, sold vegan burgers and hot dogs, battered tofu “fish and chips”, called tofish, and soyball marinara.

Other dishes included doner kebabs, using “seitan strips”, battered Oreos, and battered “prawnz”.

Earlier this year, Fressh, a vegan café in Birmingham, shut its doors after just 15 months. 

It sold products ranging from vegan meatballs to mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, smoothies and salads.

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