York pub axes ‘Shoulder of Mutton’ name as vegan menu rolled out

The pub in Heworth Green has been called the Shoulder of Mutton since at least the 1950s, but it has now been re-named The Heworth Inn.

When a man queried the decision on Facebook, saying there had been “uproar” when another York pub had changed its name, landlady Leah Stannard replied saying she appreciated his concern but “when trying to market a business to a tourist hotel market, it has been shown that the name the Shoulder of Mutton isn’t perceived particularly well”.

She added: “Also, as we are going to have a really keen focus on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, we think it is a tasteful, sympathetic and reasonable decision.”

She told The Press that the pub had been “tired” and she felt the high level of investment she was making meant making a statement of change.

“We also want to have an excellent vegetarian and vegan offering, so found the name slightly compromising of the idea,” she said, adding that up to a quarter of the menu was currently veggie or vegan but she aimed eventually for this to rise to one third to a half.

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