Bangor vegan restaurant lifts animal fat banknotes ban

Voltaire vegan restaurant in Bangor has lifted its ban on banknotes containing animal fat after the introduction of the new £10.

The restaurant refused to accept the new £5 note when it was introduced last year because they contain tallow, a type of animal fat. The moved proved popular with customers, but the restaurant has now reviewed its policy following the introduction of the new £10 note which also contains tallow.

The New £5 and £10

The New £5 and £10 Notes contain the animal fat ‘tallow’

Rachael Phoenix, the owner of Voltaire in Bangor, has announced that they have now decided to lift the ban on both notes, explaining they had made their point and did not want to cause “confusion or embarrassment” to customers.

She explained their position in a statement on Facebook: “So, some of you will remember our protest on accepting the new £5 note. We felt that this was necessary and appropriate for us to object, considering we run a vegan business.

We had overwhelming support from customers which we would like to give a huge thank you for. Most people understood that our decision was based on our love for animals and also an objection to our banks, government etc, making these poor choices without considering not only vegans and vegetarians but also many religious groups too.

We all have to stand up for what we believe otherwise things either stay the same or get worse! unfortunately animal products are in so many of our everyday items, some of which seem very ridiculous and unnecessary, it would be nice to think that one day products will have a vegan stamp on so that everyone can make an easy decision to better the environment. and hopefully end a lot of unnecessary suffering.

The new £10 is now in circulation so we have come to the decision to accept the notes. We have had our say and don’t want to cause any confusion or embarrassment to our customers. We are glad we made a stand and hope that our voice contributed in someway to the choices our authorities make in the future.”