The popularity of veganism

Becoming vegan and opting for organic restaurant design has never been so popular, with many predicting that 2019 will be the year Veganism goes mainstream as more and more people opt for a plant- based diet.

With an estimated 3.5m vegans in the UK alone, and a record number of people signing up to Veganuary 2019 – pledging to try a plant-based diet for the whole of January – it is little wonder that high street brands are seeing a huge opportunity to diversify their products and launch new vegan ranges.

High Street brands launch vegan ranges

The most talked about and hitting the headlines this month is the new Greggs vegan sausage roll which promises to be just as tasty as its meat-based counterpart and sold out across the North East on its launch day. McDonalds has also recently launched a vegan Happy Meal, whilst Ben and Jerrys has added a non-dairy ice cream to its delicious range.

RDA – popularity of vegan and organic design concepts

With over a decade in restaurant design and installation projects we have seen that trend follow through to restaurant and café design with a significant increase in clients opting for vegan, vegetarian and organic options.

Here are just a few of the recent projects we have been working on:

University of Wolverhampton

We brought a taste of the high street to the University of Wolverhampton creating a new vegetarian and free from outlet.

The University of Wolverhampton has already invested more than £125 million into campus developments and teaching facilities. As part of its refurbishment of the main foyer, it appointed RDA to create two innovative dining spaces to complement its wide and varied catering offer.

The new vegetarian and free from outlet, situated in the George Wallis building, School of Arts had to compliment the newly refurbished foyer. Our designers used a reclaimed wood look with Corian work tops to provide a fresh, natural yet modern look and feel in keeping with the new area.

 Education Catering DesignVegan Restaurant

We were appointed to create design concepts for a London based Vegan Burger Bar.

Plants and vegetation were key to this look. We proposed clean, fresh untreated wood such as ply to create an organic feel and highlight the environmentally friendly nature of the concept.


In fact, green and botanical designs remain one of our most popular concepts. Here’s just a few ideas to get you inspired.

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