A VEGAN wine and vinyl shop has expanded its drinks menu to offer cruelty-free beers too.

Winyl, which specialises in vegan and organic wine as well as vinyl records, has launched a range of vegan beers for its customers.

The shop, based in South Street, Manningtree, was opened by Whilmari Swift and her partner Steve Tattam last October.

Owner Steve, 51, said: "Since we opened we have had a lot of interest in our vinyl and also the vegan and organic wines.

"We have also added some vegan beer - as veganism is on the rise - which has attracted quite a few people over and we also have Barn Farm juices for non drinkers."

The vegan beer the couple have launched is called La Pirata and it is a bottled craft beer from Barcelona.

They also stock Suria, Sansa, Viakrukis and Deep Inside from the same Spanish range.

The couple will be at the Essex Vegan Festival this Saturday at Colchester's Charter Hall showcasing their vegan beverages.

Steve added: "We have a gluten free IPA, an American Ale, an Amber Ale and a Dark Porter from the range.

"We also have a 'Palax' Lager and 'Avalon' Sidra also from Barcelona.

"They have been fairly popular for guests that want an alternative to wine, although that is still the main business."

Winyl also stocks vintage vinyl to play in store as well as new releases, classic re-issues, limited addition and coloured vinyl.

Steve, who lives in Dedham, said: "We have a songwriting circle on Sunday, March 10 led by a proper musician, and hopefully this will be a monthly feature with different musicians."

The shop is holding its sixth Winyl Singles Club on March 17 where people bring their own singles to play, chat and meet.

To find out more visit winyl.co.uk.

For ticket's to this weekend's vegan festival go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essex-vegan-festival-tickets-48829047997.