A while ago I discovered there was a Victorian pub in Nottingham with an entirely vegan kitchen. Since then I’ve had this pub on my list of places to visit, and last week I finally had the opportunity to do so. I was not disappointed.
Like with another veggie pub I have visited in the past – the vegan status is limited to the food only, so if you plan to drink I’d suggest using barnivore to check the veggie/vegan options, though I’m sure the staff would be able to guide you too.
The pub is divided into two halves. One side is bar like and the other is for dining – though I believe you can eat at both sides.
As I was with my sister and nephew, we thought the dining area would be better suited. The Victorian decoration of the pub certainly kept my nephew amused. He discovered a switch on the wall that transpired to be a bell for the attention of the barman/server.
The menu was great. Just what I’d call proper pub food: roast veggie sandwiches; all day breakfasts; pie and veg; and burger and chips, with prices ranging from around £3-£7.
I was spoilt for choice! After much deliberation I opted for the lasagne with real chips, garlic bread and even a side salad. The portions were very generous. I was expecting them be smaller for the price (look what London has done to me).
The lasagne was vey similar to how I’d enjoy it at home – without vegan cheese :) My omnivorous sister tried it too and she was impressed. Always a win in my book when a vegan meal pleases an omni.
My sister opted for the fish and chips – tofu, wrapped in a nori sheet, deep fried in batter, with mushy peas, chips, sauce and wedge of lemon. Also a very generous portion. I tried her meal and really enjoyed it too. You just cannot go wrong when you batter and deep fry tofu! I was especially pleased to watch my nephew remove the batter and go for the naked tofu, and want more.
There was no room for desserts this time unfortunately, but we will certainly visit again in the future.
11 Mansfield Road,
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