Monday, 27 May 2013

Sunny Brighton

Well, a Dirty DC concert at Concorde 2 in Brighton made for a good excuse to spend the bank holiday in Brighton.

Brighton is always a hot spot for vegan food, so we visited some old favourites and found a couple of new places.

First stop was The Prince George Pub for a late lunch before the concert. This is an old favourite, a vegetarian pub that never fails to impress.
Prince George
We went for the Falafel Bites for two. This was a very tasty platter of falafel, olives, pitta bredd topped with pesto and chilli, fruit, salad, and flavoured seeds. Very tasty!
Please note that the website seems to be a bit out of date as it was still showing the winter menu today.

On Sunday we headed out to Wai Kika Moo Kau for a full vegan breakfast. No trip to Brighton is complete without this.
With vegan sausages, potato rosti with black pepper, mushrooms, pesto topped tomatoes, tofu, beans, and toast, this certainly set us up for the day!

Wai Kika Moo Kau

We skipped lunch due to lack of space in our stomachs, and decided to sample a different restaurant in the evening. As fans of nexican food, we were impressed to find that the menu at La Choza stated that they catered for vegans and coeliacs! The menu was well labelled so we decided to give it a try.

La Choza

Although it was very busy when we turned up, they took our number and said that they would give us a ring in about half an hour when a table became available. We visited the Basketmakers Arms for a quick beverage, and got the call just under half an hour later.

The food was very very tasty, and the staff very friendly and efficient. We mentioned on ordering that we were vegan, just to avoid any slip ups, and our waitress smiled and wrote "Vegan" with a smiley face on her pad!

We both plumped for soft corn tacos, stuffed with roasted spicy squash, sweet potato and guacomole, with a hot salsa and a side order of refried beans. Delicious!
We'll certainly return there on our next visit.

Today we decided to try V Bites for breakfast. Previously situated in Hove, they have now moved into central Brighton into the old premises of Aloka (sadly missed).

V Bites

Although much of their menu is centred around "fake meat", which is not to our taste, they had afew tasty looking items on the menu.

We decided to try the tarragon and black pepper mushrooms with humous and spinach on toast.  It was full of flavour, although the portions were a bit on the small side.
We were also dissapointed that the juice was bottled, rather than the fresh juice we are used to at Wai Kika Moo Kau.

Good to have another vegan rstaurant in Brighton though.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Monsal Head Hotel

I've been a little remiss this year, and not kept this blog as up to date as I should.

This weekend's fine dining really does need a mention though!

We travelled up to Monsal Head, near Bakewell in the Peak District, for a long weekend.

We had rung ahead and asked the Monsal Head Hotel if they could cater for vegans. No problem, we were told.

Well, they really did cater well for us!

At breakfast, out came the soya milk and vitalite vegan margarine. A cooked breakfast was on offer, complete with vegan sausages, but we both plumped for the fresh fruit platter, followed by what tasted like home baked seedy bread toasted. The fresh fruit varied each morning, and was always tasty and fresh.

In the evening, we were presented with our own 100% vegan menu, with a choice of around 5 options for each of the 3 courses. Everything that we selected was well cooked, well thought out, and very tasty.
From interesting salads (no cucumber, tomato, and limp leaves in sight, but plenty of wild mushrooms, fennel, fenugreek etc...), to tasty and spicy pasta dishes (forget the usual pasta in tomato sauce, how about pasta in a butternut squash sauce with plenty of veggies and spice).
And the puddings, well, forget the usual offerings of fruit and sorbet, these were "proper" puddings, and included plum pudding and soya custard, and crumble with soya cream.

We needed our long walks over the hills to walk off the food that we consumed!!!