Vegans rejoice, the McPlant burger is coming to select McDonald's this month
Good news if you’re a vegan! McDonald’s is launching a new meat-free option - they call it the ‘McPlant’ - that will be available in 10 UK restaurants in and around Coventry Later this month, and 250 more locations in October. The McPlant will then be officially launched [nationwide] on January 1, 2022 to coincide with the start of ‘Veganuary’.
McDonald’s has spent the last three years researching and developing the meatless burger with Beyond Meat - a company that specialised in plant-based meat alternatives - and the burger is made with pea protein, coming in at 429 calories (a ‘regular’ McDonald’s burger usually contains 518).
Have you ever tried vegan burgers? I did on a few occasions, with mixed results. Because they can’t use meat, obvi, chefs usually utilise a combination of ingredients designed to replicate the texture of a meat burger and sometimes they get creative: the first vegan burger I ever ate was made with apples and mushrooms. Odd.
Anyway, should you want to try out the McPlant before the official launch on January 1, this is the full list of locations where it will be available from September 29:
Cross Cheaping, Coventry Alvis, Coventry Canley, West Orchards, Gallagher Retail Park, Coventry-Binley, Nuneaton, Coventry Walsgrave, Nuneaton DT and Nuneaton-Asda.
And from October 13:
LONDON: 185-187 Oxford Street, 291 Oxford St, Abbey Centre, Argyle St, Baker Street, Balham, Bethnal Green, Bham - Stephenson Place, Brixton, Brompton Rd, Camberwell, Camden, Canning Town - Hallsville Quarter, Catford 2, Chancery Lane, Chelsea Kings Road, City Road, Clapham, Clapham Junction, Commercial Road, Dalston, Deptford, Earls Court, Edgware Road, Eltham, Fulham, Greenwich-Cutty Sark, Hackney, Hammersmith 2 Broadway Centre, Highbury Corner, Highway Shadwell, Holborn, Holloway Road, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Killingbeck, Kings Cross, Kings Cross – Ex Wendys, Leicester Square, Lewisham, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Maryhill, Notting Hill Gate, Nuneaton, Old Kent Road Dt, Oxford Street 1, Peckham+C44, Pollokshaws, Putney, Queensway, Woolwich – Church Street, Road Edinburgh, Seven Sisters, Shaftesbury Avenue, Shepherds Bush, Springburn, St Martins Lane, St Pauls, Strand, Stratford The Mall, Streatham Place, Swiss Cottage, Victoria, Victoria Place, Victoria Station, Walworth Rd, Wandsworth, Wandsworth Drive-thru, Wandsworth Road, Warren Street, West One Shopping Centre, Westfield Stratford City, Woolwich, Yorkshire Grey
BELFAST: Boucher Road, Conswater, Donegal Palace, Mckinstry Road, Knocknagoney Road, Shore Road, Sainfield Road
BIRMINGHAM: Chelmsley Wood, Small Heath, Temple Row, Bristol Rd, Birmingham Fort, Bordesleigh Green, Hagley Road, King’s Norton, Kitts Green, Yardley Wood, New Oscott, Star City, Stechford
BRISTOL: Bedminster, Brislington, Cribbs, Filton, Fishponds, Hengrove, Horsehair, Longwell Green, Patchway
CARDIFF: Capitol Shopping Park, Excelsior Road, Ty Glas Avenue, Cardiff Bay, Culverhouse Cross, Longwood Drive, Newport Rd, St Marys Street
DUBLIN: Grafton S, Ilac Centre, Mary Street, O’Connell Br., O’Connell St, Temple-Bar
EDINBURGH: Corstorphine, Gorgie Road, Newbridge, Straiton, Princess Street, South Andrew Street, Waverley Market
GLASGOW: Crow Road, Finnieston, Great Western Retail Park, Helen St, Kirkintilloch, London Road, Silverburn, Easterhouse, Glasgow Fort – Morrisons, Parkhead, Port Glasgow - Retail Park, Sauchiehall Street, St Enoch Centre, Trongate
IPSWICH: Ravenswood, Cardinal Park, Ranelagh Rd, Tavern Street, Whitehouse
LEEDS: Colton Mill, Elland Road, Kirkstall, Oakwood, Central Station, Bond Street, White Rose Centre
LEICESTER: Abbey Lane, Fosse Park, Meridian Way, Eastgates, Market Street
MANCHESTER: Oxford Road, Piccadilly Gardens
NEWCASTLE: Byker, Coast Road, Gosforth Park, Killingworth Centre, Kingston Park, Grainger Street, Stamfordham Road
NORWICH: Chapelfields, Hay Hill, Thickthorn, Boundary Road, Longwater, Tuckswood, Asda Norwich
PORTSMOUTH: Fratton, Fratton Del. Kitchen, North Harbour, Ocean Retail Park
SHEFFIELD: Darnall Road, Farm Road, Sheffield 2, Handsworth, Crystal Peaks, Drakehouse, Hillsborough, Meadowhall
SOUTHAMPTON: Black Cat, Seafield Road, Shirley Road, Millbrook, West Quay, Southampton Esplanade
SWANSEA: Cwmdu, Fabian Way, M4 Junction 47, Morriston
OTHER LOCATIONS: Anniesland, Antrim - The Junction Retail Park, Asda Longbenton, Asda Morley, Barton Mills, Beaumont Leys, Beccles Suffolk, Birstall, Boongate Peterborough, Bourges BLVD Peterborough, Bow - Payne Road, Braehed, Brampton Hut - Huntingdon, Broadlands, Bury St. Edmunds, Campbells Meadow - King’s Lynn, Caxton Gibbet, Chesterton, Cosham, Darehan, Dundonald, Felixstowe, Gallagher Retail Park Cheltenham, Gapton Hall, Wigston, Yardley, Glengormley, Great Yarmouth, Havant, Hedge End, Hinckley - Dodwells Rd, Hinckley DT, Hunslet, Huntingdon - Tower Field, King’s Lynn, Kinnaird Park, Lowestoft Kirley, Lowestoft Pakefield, Milngavie, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newport IOW, Northfield, Queensgate Peterborough, Ryde IOW, Snetterton A11, Swaffham, Tankersley, Telford Road, Thetford - Forest Retail Park, Thornliebank, Thurmaston, Tooton, West Bromwich, West Lynn, Whittlesford, Wroxham