If you’ve been on the internet this week at all you will have probably come across the news that climatologists are warning that we are close, if not past, a number of ‘tipping points’ that could have catastrophic consequences for life on Earth.
The UN has warned that we have 12 years to limit climate change if we are to keep temperature rises to a maximum of 1.5C. Even half a degree increase above this will significantly increase the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people across the globe.
What can we do, today, to make a difference?
According to a new major study, a huge reduction in meat-eating will be ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown.
As someone who loves food and treats eating out as a hobby, I would be the first person in the queue to profess my love for a steak (rare with extra black pepper sauce, please). However over the past six months I have been very successful in reducing my meat intake to practically zero and whilst it was admittedly a bit of a pain at first, I now no longer crave flesh, to put it crudely.
One of the things that actually put me off moving to a sustainably focused diet in the first place was the fear that such a move would ruin eating out. This turned out to be far from the case - the modern restaurant scene has dramatically caught up with catering to dietary variations and most restaurants now have extremely good vegetarian and even vegan options on the menu.
Here are some of the restaurants in York that I think cater particularly well to veggies:
1 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
I have been back to Source several times over the last few years and never come away disappointed. The menu has an impressive range of both vegan and veggie dishes, most of which tempted me away from the meat section even before I consciously started to reduce mymeat intake.
My recommendation is to go for the Tofu and Seaweed “fish and chips” - dare I say it, it might be better than the real thing…
Goji Cafe, Deli and Restaurant
36 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF
Goji is well known in York for being THE place to go for amazing vegan and veggie cakes. I have a particularly fond memory of a cheesecake eaten there as a student, over 5 years ago now.
The cafe menu offers, amongst sweet treats, a wide range of options for both vegan and vegetarian diners, with the burgers and salads being particularly excellent.
There’s also a takeaway counter if you’re looking for something on the go.
18 Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7HA
Now I must admit, I have never made it across the other side of the city to try True Story for myself, however I have heard wonderful things from friends, enough so that I am confident to put it in this list amongst very good company!
This family owned and run vegan cafe greets you with a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere. Friends have particularly recommended the breakfast, which is apparently “the best I’ve had in York” - high praise indeed!
3 King St, York YO1 9SP
Des and I go into a very cheeky habit of going to My Thai once a week for several months whilst our house had no gas hob (that was the excuse anyway). Even during my meat eating days, I fell in love with their red curry with tofu (as pictured below).
The menu in general is particularly well balanced towards veggies, as many of the dishes include a choice of either a meat, seafood or a veggie option.
24 Marygate, York YO30 7BH
The Minster Inn is actually my self-chosen local, suited a handy 15 minute walk from my house. Alongside serving an excellent range of booze (try the rhubarb gin), the Inn also serves a killer stone-baked pizza.
There’s a mix of vegetarian and meat options on the menu, however I have found the amenable in the past when I’ve asked for X without the ham, etc. This is presumably because they make the pizzas from scratch and can allow a little bit of wriggle room.
Oh and the halloumi fries, god damn those halloumi fries…
This is my eleventh post in my attempt to write something on this blog everyday in October. Find my previous post from the 10th here.