Category Archives: dinner

M & S Plant Kitchen Dirty Fries

O M G, these are so good! So I’d popped into m&s for a Friday night dinner treat and picked up a plant kitchen pizza with dirty fries 🀀 like I said it was treat night (wine was also purchased 😬). I won’t pretend this was a healthy option, but it was well worth it! I was really chuffed with them and am really keen to taste some of the other plant kitchen options now available in Marks and Spencer’s.

The dirty fries come in a rich tomato sauce, silky bechamel sauce and finished with cheese alternative and although I have been disappointed with some of the cheese alternatives in the past these were a great hit. I think non vegans would also enjoy these, but that will have to be a future test as I’ve not had real cheese for such a long time I wonder if my taste buds have adjusted πŸ€”

Either way, you vegans really need to try these and any non vegans try them out for me and let me know what you think!

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Pizza Express πŸ•

So I’ve committed a bit of a crime here, I came to pizza express and I didn’t have a pizza 😱 I apologise sincerely, my only excuse is that I really fancied some pasta 🀀. Seeing as I’d saved up some Tesco clubcard vouchers I got the meal pretty much free, this is always a bonus 😊

What I really like about pizza express is the options they have on their menu for vegans, I was disappointed to see that not everything which was on the online menu was available at this particular restaurant but I guess that’s the way it goes. I had the roasted tomatoes to start, if the option had been there I’d have gone for the vegan dough balls but the tomatoes were tasty with a strong flavour of garlic πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

After a lot of tooing and froing from pizza to pasta back to pizza I eventually decided to go for the Leggera Peperonata. This is penne pasta baked in a sauce of passata, rosemary, chilli flakes, garlic and roasted mixed peppers, finished with rocket and fresh parsley. It was just what I needed, great flavour and filling – it helps that I love pasta!

I did take a look at the dessert menu but I was full and there wasn’t anything that shone out at me so I gave it a swerve. Nice enough in here, pleased to have had a nice meal with my vouchers but next time I plan on using them at a different restaurant πŸ‘πŸΌ but a good place to come especially if you are with a mix of people who like different things.

Table, Table @ the Premier Inn

Whenever I’ve stayed at a premier inn there’s been a restaurant either attached or very close by and there’s always the option of a meal deal to include breakfast and an evening meal. This one happened to have a restaurant called Table Table attached, there was also a bar which is always a good thing πŸ˜‰.

Although the vegan options were limited they are clearly labelled on the menu making them easy to spot. So for starters we have, well, nothing for vegans πŸ˜” not the end of the world as I can live without a starter. There are options for vegetarians though and they do sound nice, I’m glad no one else chose to have a starter though as I was pretty hungry and didn’t fancy watching everyone else eating whilst I had to wait for the main!

The mains available for vegans consisted of either the Green Thai Curry or the BBQ Vegan Burger, this is a wheat and soya based burger in a vegan burger bun, topped with bbq pulled soya and burger sauce. It comes served with skinny cut fries and burger relish which is the option I opted for purely because I really fancied a burger πŸ”. Like I said this doesn’t actually give me many options to go for but the burger was really tasty!

Everyone at my table had a burger and although I was the only vegan the rest of the burgers also looked good and were enjoyed by all. It’s nice to know this restaurant is easily accessed when staying in premier inns and it gives options for different diet types. Again the choices for desserts were extremely limited with the only option being Gin Fizz Sorbet which I’m not a huge fan of so I opted out and watched the others enjoy their Sundaes πŸ‘πŸΌ.

The following sides are available for vegans:

  1. Chips
  2. Skinny Cut Fries
  3. Mixed Side Salad
  4. Sweet Potato Fries

*unfortunately, as I was so hungry I ate the burger without taking a photo πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ such a fail! But I did find a pic online so you get the idea.

Harry’s bar and restaurant

In the lovely little village of Thorpe Le Soken I came across this nice bar and restaurant in the high street and although there were plenty of pubs to choose from this place appealed to me. After popping in for a fruit tea I’d decided to come back in here to taste the menu. Although there wasn’t anything clearly labelled as vegan on the menu, I had a word with a member of staff who spoke to the chef and let me know there were a few things they could do for me.

The options consisted of tomato and basil soup, stuffed aubergine ratatouille and a curry. I was actually really tempted with all 3 but I decided against the soup as I often have soup for my lunch during the week and I do like to have something different when I eat out. So, it was between the aubergine and the curry. I do love a curry and it was a close call but I opted for aubergine as this isn’t something I’ve had before and it’s nice to try new things.

The place itself was nice, clean and fresh as you walk in there’s a bar with a few tables for drinks and you can order food here but the restaurant is round the back with many more tables and seats. It looked as though there was also outside seating which would be nice on a summers day. It wasn’t very busy in there but it was early afternoon so not exactly rush hour, I can imagine that it could get quite busy of an evening.

It didn’t take long for my food and drink to arrive which was great and the presentation of the food was really good. The ratatouille had a strong flavour, the aubergine was cooked nicely and there was a generous side salad with dressing. I enjoyed the meal, it was tasty and I would have it again although I think I would want to try the curry if I do come back here.

There’s a question mark as to whether I would come back here in a hurry as unfortunately some others who came here with me did not enjoy their meal. Now, I know this may have been do with their meal choice but it does take a shine off of the experience. I will however only review my experience and I thought the restaurant was nice, staff friendly and willing to adapt meals for dietary requirements and my food tasted good.

No Bull Burgers, Iceland

I’ve got to admit I’m not really one to shop in Iceland regularly, yes I pop in here from time to time to pick up the odd bit of shopping but lately I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve found in here. The no bull burgers were actually recommended to me so when I was in here picking up a no cheese pizza I had to give them a try.

They are soya based and actually look and taste like meat! This may not suit some long term vegans but for me it’s a great burger replacement which I hope will come in particularly handy over the bbq season. They are really easy to cook as you just pop them in the oven from frozen and I had them in a bun with curly fries 🀭 and salad πŸ˜‹.

It’s a great Friday night dinner, I really enjoyed it and recommend you give them a go πŸ‘πŸΌ I’m planning on trying out some more products from this range so keep your eyes open for the reviews.

No cheese houmous pizza, Iceland

I’d attempted a vegan pizza πŸ• previously from Asda although I can’t remember what it was called, I do remember that it tasted awful and I ended up throwing it away. This was because the fake cheese that was used really wasn’t nice so when I saw this no cheese pizza in Iceland I thought it was worth a go. It has a thin base which is how I like my pizza anyway, topped with houmous, seasoned tomatoes and black kale. All of this ingredients sounded great but I was a bit dubious, not only because of my previous experience but I wasn’t convinced this was really going to be a pizza substitute.

It cooks from frozen and is just popped in the oven for 10-12 mins the same as a normal frozen pizza, this is particularly handy if you are eating with any non vegans as you can pop two or more pizzas in the oven at the same time and all eat together. Having not got a pizza cutter (fail πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ), I ate this with a knife and fork and although it wasn’t the easiest of bases to cut through, it was nice and crisp. The topping had plenty of flavour and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I would definitely be happy to have this again as a pizza replacement, it beats the fake cheese attempts I’ve had previously and it tasted great.

I’ll be purchasing more of these as a staple freezer filler, it’s always good to have something quick, easy and tasty available as and when needed. I actually think a few of my friends would enjoy this even tho it is cheese and meatless! I’ll have to try them on it 😊.

**adds pizza cutter to shopping list**

Toby Carvery…. as a vegan πŸ˜³

This was going to be interesting, I didn’t want to miss out on a trip to Toby Carvery but at the same time I wasn’t really sure how this was going to work. I’m sure I’ve seen vegan and vegetarian options on the menu before and I thought, if it came to it, I would be quite happy with a plate of potatoes and vegetables. Let’s be honest, the best part of any roast dinner is the roasties and I was confident I’d seen vegetarian gravy when I’ve been in there in the past.

As I hadn’t booked I was very lucky to have still got seated straight away at 12 midday on a Sunday, busy in an understatement I’d never seen a queue so big for the food! I was so pleased to see the vegetarian and vegan options on the menu and I actually wasn’t sure what to go for, in the end I chose the Grilled Aubergine Stack (but I was very tempted with the Roast Mushroom and Ale Pie!). I still had to join the queue for my vegetables and the waitress kindly kept my main warm behind the scenes until I made it back to my table.

Most vegetables were actually cooked without butter so I had a big portion of veg with far too many potatoes 😳 I just couldn’t help myself!! The Grilled Aubergine Stack is grilled aubergine and mediterranean style vegetables combined in a tomato and oregano sauce, topped with a vegan white sauce and crumb topping. I would love to have been able to show you what this looked like but I completely forgot to take a photo and just dug straight in πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. Oh my god it was so good, really tasty and at a great price I would be happy to come back for this again.

I’m hoping these dishes aren’t only available for veganuary but a permanent item on the menu. I find Toby really hard to rate because of the way the food is served, it’s a bit school canteen but u can’t fault the taste and quality of the food – it must just be an impossible task to keep the food area clean and tidy of spillages as well as continually topped up. I was also a little disappointed that there wasn’t any broccoli but the grilled aubergine stack more than made up for this on taste and the menu selection was a great surprise. I think it’s only fair to go in at an 8/10.

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