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England's first vegan fried 'chicken' shop has just opened in London

England’s first vegan fried ‘chicken’ shop has just opened in Hackney, East London, and it did a roaring trade on its first weekend.

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

Temple of Hackney is a meat-free ‘chicken’ shop, and its food is made from the meat substitute seitan instead of meat.

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

The people behind the new shop are called Bec and Pat, aka Temple of Seitan, and they previously sold their vegan wares at food markets before opening the premises in Hackney.

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

Located next to a halal butcher’s shop, the eatery also serves vegan burgers and offers gluten-free options.

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

Social media posts show eager customers queuing outside the restaurant, which is situated on Morning Lane in Hackney Central.
Speaking after the opening weekend, Temple of Seitan thanked their customers and posted on their Facebook page that they were ‘overwhelmed in every way: customers, support, challenges and by lack of sleep!’

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

‘The step up from street food stall to full-blown shop has been a massive one, and we can’t tell you how much we appreciate your help, support, patience, understanding and feedback,’ they said.

The world’s first vegan fried chicken shop opens in London. Image: Temple of Seitan
England’s first vegan fried chicken shop has opened in London. Image: Temple of Seitan

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