Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Coach and Horses - again!

Well, It's not often I mention the same place twice, but an amazing meal at the Coach and Horses in Newport,Essex, just deserves a mention!

We'd booked a meal for 4 last Saturday as a Christmas meet up with friends. Unfortunately Sam was ill so it just ended up the 3 of us.

Steve ordered the veggie Mezze, which is always a winner, but I asked for a Lucy Special!!!! Lucy, the fantastic chef, can always be relied upon to come up with an amazing vegan dish given a little notice, and she certainly didn't disappoint!!!

When my plate turned up, I couldn't believe the size of it! Even the people on the next table turned round for a look!

There was a bed of salad, with leaves, peppers and avocado, then 4 pieces of garlic bread, topped with two half peppers stuffed with spiced cous cous with onions and vegetables. Truly delicious, though I must admit, I had to call on Steve and Robbie to help me clear my plate!!!!!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Cambridge and Newport, Essex - A weekend eating Locally!

The last two weekends we've eaten out locally, and had quite a variety of meals!

Last Saturday we revisited an old favourite, Rainbow, in Cambridge. A friendly, family run vegetarian restaurant near Kings College, serving a vast array of vegetarian foods, with plenty of vegan and gluten free options available. The vegan cheesecake, as always, was a huge hit, served with vegan ice cream.
Rainbow Cafe

Then on Sunday we had a vegan Mezze at The Coach and Horses pub in Newport, Essex.
Coach and Horses, Newport/
What an amazing feast of food was served up! We had a large bowl of salad, a platter of humous, pitta bread, olives, sun dried tomatoes, and a bowl of chips. It was a struggle to fit it all on the table! The chef Lucy, is always happy to cater for us, and cooks up some fantastic vegan delights as long as we let her know a day or so in advance.

This weekend we decided to do some Christmas shopping in Cambridge, and then visit La Tasca for some Spanish Tapas.
La Tasca Cambridge
I visited their website and looked at the allergy advice menu in order to ascertain which meals were vegan. This made it so much easier to order once at the restaurant. We enjoyed garlic bread, spicy roasted vegetable cassola, Patatas bravas, and a superfood salad. A very tasty meal, and a good place to visit with non vegan friends as there is something for everyone.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

London - 17/11/2012

Well, where to start in London! As vegans we are spoilt for choice in the capital. In the past I've had great vegan meals in many restaurants, including.....

SAF - for great raw food, although they also now do cooked
Green Note - lovely tapas menu
222 - for a special night out.

But, on Saturday we chose to sample a Mexican (yes, can you see a theme developing, I seem to be being pulled towards Mexican food at the moment!!!) with some friends.
We chose Mestizo in NW1. Although omnivorous, they have a separate vegan menu with a great choice of food.
The Panucho starter was incredibly tasty, and the MOLCAJETE ‘MESTIZO’ to share was gorgeous. Served sizzling in a volcanic stone pig bowl, the sauce was so tasty!
Our friends chose the ENCHILADAS DE PAPA, which they said were very tasty.
We rounded off our meal with Margaritas and a flaming Cacuracha! We'll definitely be back.

On the same road there is also a vegetarian Indian restaurant,  called Ravishankar, which serves a great buffet until 5pm. I'm not always a huge fan of Indian food, but I've been here a few times and always enjoyed the food. The waiters are happy to point out which meals are vegan, in fact they generally just point out which ones aren't as that takes less time!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Bournemouth - October 2012

Well, where to to start in Bournemouth!!!!!

We couldn't visit Bournemouth without a visit to Zoukinis!
Their menu is fantastic for vegans. We have now eaten breakfast, lunch, and evening meal in there, and every meal has been a fantastic taste sensation! I just wish I'd had space to fit in a vegan dessert!
The service is top class, and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome.
I can highly recommend the burritos, although the lunchtime falafel wraps are also divine!

We also generally try and visit a more "mainstream" restaurant on our travels, as we are often eating with none vegan friends.

At the moment we are going through a bit of a Mexican phase, so Corianders in Bournemouth was crying out to be tried!
Although an omnivorous restaurant, they also cater for vegans, veggies, and gluten free, and the menu is very clearly marked.
We sampled the veggie fajitas with a side of refried beans and fried potatoes. Delicious, and very filling.

Bournemouth is certainly a town we'll be revisiting!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Norwich - November 2012

We were spending a couple of days in Norwich, so I did my usual google search to see what eating options there were.

Loving Hut was the first place that I found, and the menu looked delicious, so on Saturday, off we set to look for it.

Unfortunately, it looks like their refurbishment has over run, as the restaurant was all locked up :-(

So, as time was now running short, we reverted to that failsafe standby, a cheeseless veggie pizza! Pizza Hut list their Pan Pizza bases as vegan friendly, so a veggie hot one, without cheese, and with extra olives, satisfied those rumbling tums!

Sunday, it was back to google for another look.....

What a find!  This really is a lovely restaurant. There menu is clearly labelled so you can see which items are vegan or vegan adaptable. They also cater for gluten free diets.

I had the goan curry with sweet potatoes and lentils, on a bed of Basmati rice. Very very tasty, and very filling. The vegan chocolate fudge brownies went down very well with my sweet toothed boyfriend!