WHAT’S thought to be the world’s first foot long plant-based hot dog is now available at a group of bars and restaurants across Bournemouth.

Moving Mountains, a pioneering food tech company, has partnered with casual dining restaurant group, Lounges, to serve what they claim is “the world’s first foot long plant-based hot dog” in 125 of its restaurants across the country including the Conto Lounge in Bournemouth, the Circo Lounge in Westbourne and the Ludo Lounge in Southbourne.

Almost a foot long, at 10 inches and 3cm in width, the Moving Mountains Hot Dog is larger than the average hot dog. It will sell on the Burgers & Hot Dogs section of the Lounges menu for £11.95 and is served with a vegan Gouda cheese, fried onions, gherkins, tomatoes, pickled onions, American mustard and red pepper ketchup.

Made primarily from sunflower seeds with a naturally smoked flavour and satisfyingly firm yet bouncy texture, the Moving Mountains Hot Dog is described as looking and tasting just like a pork hot dog or frankfurter.

Simeon Van der Molen, founder of Moving Mountains said it will fool even the most committed carnivore and convince them that “a pig isn’t needed to make a dog”.

“We’re delighted to partner with Lounges restaurant group to list our foot long hot dog. Now, more consumers than ever can access Moving Mountains, giving consumers more innovative and high quality plant-based options when eating out that does not compromise on taste.”

Antony Bennett, head of food development at Loungers added: “We’ve had lots of demand from customers for delicious plant-based options in our Lounges.The Moving Mountains jumbo Hot Dog is not only really delicious, it is also replicates a hot dog in every way and is created with natural ingredients including sunflower seeds.”

By using simple, natural ingredients and the latest food technology, Moving Mountains has turned sunflower seeds into “a vitamin rich and gluten free hot dog”. Other ingredients include carrots to provide colour, onions to add texture plus paprika and coconut oil.