GRAND SHOW OF PRIZE VEGETARIANS
Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1852
see also Richard Rowe in Episodes in an Obscure Life - click here
... there were several vegetarian restaurants dotted about between Liverpool Street and St. Pauls [late 1880s, ed.]. One in particular I can remember in King Street, Cheapside. One could get a very filling and very horrid meal for sixpence - or was it ninepence? Vegetarianism seems to have made no progress since those days in spite of the example of Mr. Shaw, for, apart from the Eustace Miles place in Chandos Street, I know of no temples of the cult.
Grant Richards, Memories of a Misspent Youth, 1932