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28th Feb 2023

Woman baffled after being told popular restaurant ‘doesn’t cater for vegans’

Steve Hopkins

‘If a restaurant doesn’t offer vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options in 2023 it’s dead’

A woman has accused a barbecue restaurant popular with celebrities of being “anti-vegan”.

In a recent TikTok, Amie-Beth, told how she wanted to go to Sheesh in Essex to catch up with a friend after they returned from holiday, and claims after calling to inquire about the menu was told the establishment doesn’t cater to vegans.

@amiebeth125 #sheesh #essex #restaurant #vegan #antivegan #annoyed #rant #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Amie-Beth

Amie-Beth said the pair settled on Sheesh after her mum recommended it.

Despite having visited a number of years ago and allegedly being told she couldn’t just order sides because the restaurant did not have any vegan options, Amie-beth thought she’d try again.

But first, she rang the restaurant to make sure that it was possible.

Amie-Beth noted she and her friend hoped Sheesh may be okay with her being vegan considering they were giving the establishment advance warning. Or, perhaps, the restaurant had changed its policy since her last visit.

In her video, Amie-Beth began: “I don’t know if I should be annoyed at this, or if I’m being privileged in some way.”

She then went on to explain what had happened: “We rang them up [and said] basically my friend wants to come, she’s a vegan so there’s nothing on the main menu she can order, would it be okay if she just ordered sides? Because she’s been before and that wasn’t allowed?”

According to Amie-Beth, the employee who answered the call, replied: “We don’t cater for vegans. […] I don’t even know why a vegan would even want to come to our restaurant anyway.”

Amie-Beth conceded that Sheesh is a “fancy” place, frequented by celebrities and that “people don’t just go there for the food they do genuinely just go there for the vibes”.

But, she stressed: “It’s 2023, being a vegan ins’t weird. we were just asking a question, fair enough if that’s your policy, but […] I just can’t believe that a restaurant that is so well-known would be so rude.”

Viewers of Amie-Beth’s video have flooded to the post in support of the TikToker.

One said: “Sheesh is very overrated due to celebs going there a lot. I agree x.”

“Sheesh is literally all aesthetic and no substance! So many better alternatives in Essex,” another wrote.

A third wrote: “If a restaurant doesn’t offer vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options in 2023 it’s dead! No excuse”

Sheesh has not commented on the claim.

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