DIE-HARD Greggs fans have been spotted queuing into the early hours of this morning to get their hands on the new vegan steak bake.
Video footage shows dozens of people lining the streets of Newcastle at the midnight launch of the meat-free and dairy-free snack.
According to the Chronicle Live, two bouncers were seen on the doors of the Grainger Street branch as fans waited to try the new pastry.
The first person in the queue was superfan Danni Deloncho, 23, of Durham, who reportedly started queuing from 6pm the previous day.
The vegan steak bake finally dropped today following months of teasing from Greggs.
Rumours hit a peak at the end of last month after a label for the meat-free steak bake was spotted in one store.
Instead of steak, the bake is filled with Quorn pieces, diced onion and a vegan-friendly gravy.
Like Greggs‘ other treats, the filling is tucked inside 96-layer puff pastry that doesn’t contain butter or eggs – but a key difference is that it hasn’t been glazed.
Greggs pastries usually have a glaze made from milk powder, which wouldn’t be suitable for dairy-free vegans.
The gravy used in the bake is also made from vegan steak seasoning, onion powder, spice extracts, vegan friendly flavourings and water.
Priced at £1.55, it costs 5p more than its meat alternative, which is priced at £1.50 – although prices do vary by store.
The vegan steak bake is also slightly better for you if you’re watching your weight.
The meat-free option contains 380 calories compared to the 408 calories in a classic steak bake.
The new pastry will be available in 1,300 shops from today before being rolled out into a further 700 stores on January 16.
Greggs will no doubt be hoping to replicate the success of its vegan sausage roll, which launched in January 2019.
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