The Bull – vegan lunch

I’d booked a table at The Bull in Great a Totham for lunch, it wasn’t particularly busy but I always feel it’s best to get booked in at a place like this and it’s so easy to do online. I was shown straight to my table in the back at The Willow room as this is where all customers were seated for the day. The willow room is to the back of the pub and much more of a restaurant, it’s decorated really well and I thought the chandelier lights were perfect for the room.

We were handed the menu and although there was a couple of vegetarian meals showing these were not highlighted as vegan, so when we ordered our drinks I asked the waitress who went to find out for me. Someone came over and explained there was a root vegetable dish available for vegans although this wasn’t on the menu which I thought was a bit strange but it sounded nice so was happy to give it a go. I was really pleased when it came out, it looked great and tasted so nice πŸ˜‹ it wasn’t something I would normally go for but I’m really glad I did and it gave me confidence in being able to continue with a vegan diet even when eating out without too much trouble.

I’m not 100% sure what all the vegetables were in this dish, I know there was sweet potato and butternut squash plus I did pick out the olives (I tried one, still don’t like them 😬), but it was actually very filling and I was pleasantly surprised on the taste. Although I was full, I could tell from the conversations that we would be going down the route of ordering a dessert! I did think that it was unlikely that I would find a vegan dessert but, the very helpful waitress pointed out that there was sorbet which would be suitable and I had the choice of 3 flavours – lemon, raspberry and summer berries so I went for one of each πŸ™Š.

You can’t go wrong with sorbet, refreshing and great flavours it really finished my meal off well and I was chuffed not to have to watch the others eating a delicious dessert and have nothing myself! This is a great pub with a lovely menu and I would recommend a visit however, I was disappointed that there wasn’t more on the menu for a vegan diet. I was really pleased with my meal but it would have been good to have had more of a choice and it does mean that if and when I come back here I know that I’ll be limited to possibly the same meal. For this reason I’m giving it an 8/10.

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Pret A Manger – Mango and banana sunshine bowl

I’d gone in to the Pret for a cuppa just by chance as I’d be walking past and I was feeling a little peckish (surprise surprise πŸ˜‚), the tea was with soya milk which is going to take some getting used to 😬 and I took a look at the food on display. I was pleased to see that vegan and vegetarian meals were clearly labelled which made it really easy to see what was available.

After some decision making (is a sandwich too much πŸ€” should I have a cake πŸ€”), I went for the mango and banana sunshine bowl. This was blended mango and banana, with a splash of coconut milk and a dash of turmeric, topped with gluten-free granola, blueberries and coconut chips. I was pleasantly surprised! It tasted great, nice and sweet with a good crunch from the granola, I would definitely choose this again as I really enjoyed it.

As a healthy snack I’d say this was a great choice although not really big enough to fill me up as a lunch it was good enough for breaky / mid morning snack πŸ˜‹

Coal grill and bar

I happened to come across this place by accident and it was a godsend, not only were there some great cocktails on the menu (all day every day 2 for Β£8 πŸ˜ƒ) I can especially recommend the love on the rocks πŸ˜‹ but I took a look at the food menu whilst stopping for a drink and there was some great looking vegan options which I knew I had to come back and try.

To start I went for the vegetable sticks (crunchy carrot and celery) with hummus. It tasted great, was a good light starter and something I would certainly pick again. There were other options for vegans including chickpea falafel which sounds good plus marinated olives – not for me thank you 😬.

The menu was good for all vegan, vegetarians and gluten free eaters. After giving it quite some thought whilst enjoying a cocktail 🍹 I decided to go for the Jambalaya, the normal version of this includes prawns, chicken and chorizo which I’m sure meat eaters would enjoy however there is also a vegan (and gluten) free option.

Although I am yet to have much to compare this to on the vegan front, I was extremely pleased with my choice! There were peppers, onion, chickpeas, beans (possibly celery πŸ€”) all marinated in a tomato sauce with rice – there is not one thing here that I didn’t like. It was a big portion so was pleased to have chosen a light starter, I couldn’t bring myself to leave any so I polished it off and enjoyed every mouthful.

Unfortunately I didn’t leave any room for any dessert – fail! So I didn’t get a chance to take a look and see if there was anything suitable but I am sure I’ll comeback here again sometime – great cocktails at a great price and a menu I’d like to explore further. I am really glad to have stumbled across this place, the waiters were friendly and helpful, there was plenty of cocktails and food I’d like to try out and what I did have to eat was delicious.

It has to be a 9/10 and just to note you can come in here for drinks without having to order food πŸ‘πŸΌ

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Morrison’s free from tiffin selection box

Another Christmas based post, and my last I promise (for this year anyway!) is for the Morrisons free from tiffin selection box. If I could find them on offer I think I’d stock up πŸ˜‹ they were delicious, I had to limit myself to no more than two a day otherwise it would have led to (more 😬) weight gain!

There was a selection of 3 flavours, the original tiffin, rocky road and the cranberry and orange tiffin. If I had a gun to my head and had to choose a favourite I think I’d go for the cranberry and orange tiffin πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ but they were all yummy! I think these were up there as one of my favourite parts of Christmas. In fact I truly think these should be available all year round, they would be perfect for a gathering, dinner party, buffet, to have with a cup of tea – I don’t think those without allergies or intolerances would even tell these were free from dairy.

Hammy’s selection box moo free

I was really chuffed to open up my dairy free selection box Christmas morning, I wasn’t expecting to have any chocolate knowing how difficult it is to find dairy free options. This box was (yeah, didn’t last long πŸ™Š) great, it had a good selection including a Santa and snowman shaped bar along with a chocolate mint bar and chocolate orange bar plus some choccy drops.

I am not aware of how much this cost so can’t comment on the value for money but I was certainly not disappointed and I feel any vegan or dairy free eater would be happy with this selection box. The chocolate is really tasty, I wouldn’t have known it was dairy free, I can’t choose a favourite – I think I’d need another taste to pick πŸ˜‰ Mmmm I wish I had a bar left to eat right now πŸ˜‹

Toby Carvery – Boxing Day meal

Boxing day for us as a family was at Toby Carvery, we were given a menu in advance to choose and preorder our selections. I was really pleased to see some vegan options on the menu which makes things a lot easier for me, I chose the vegan soup of the day which was a little risky as I’m quite choosey when it comes to soup. I fancied the Carvery but did make a point of stating that I’d need the veg to be dairy free as having been here quite recently I was aware that they normally use butter to cook the veg in. I had to go for the only vegan dessert option which was Christmas pudding with custard, not a favourite of mine but at least there was something available and I thought I’d give it a try.

When we arrived we were shown to our table straight away and ordered drinks whilst waiting for the rest of the party to arrive. I was disappointed to be told one of the meals on the starters list was not available – although this didn’t effect me as it wasn’t what I had ordered I did expect them to have secured our choices. As it turns out, none of us had chosen that but our selected meals were not secured or saved even though we had pre ordered which I thought was strange. The vegan soup was butternut squash and although I wasn’t too sure I’d like it I have to admit it really was delicious and definitely something I would choose again!

I stuck to the carvery choice for my main meal and had a huge plate full of veg cooked for me without butter, I do not have any complaints here – there was a good selection and plenty of it. I would say the service let the meal down a little as it was slow and not even particularly busy at the time we were booked in. When it came to dessert, my choice of the vegan Christmas pudding with custard wasn’t available, but another vegan option was provided which was chocolatey and bloody lovely so no complaints from me although some may have been upset by missing out on the Christmas pudding.

On the whole I enjoyed the meal, just a few things let them down today which was the service both at the table and up at the carvery as I know some had to wait for some things to be re-filled. I believe if you are asked to pre order your meal the restaurant should ensure these are available for you (although i was happy with my alternative dessert, others may not have been). I was quite preoccupied by enjoying some family time and completely let the side down on the photo front, however the soup was a pleasant surprise so I am happy to be able to provide you with a photo of this.

It’s a 6.5/10

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Lactose free brie

I know this isn’t going to be ideal for all those vegan or dairy free-er’s out there but I was very excited about this and felt it deserved a post.Β  So, I spotted this in Tesco and I have no idea how I missed it before – its right there with the lactose free spread and milk which I visit at every shop!

It was only the other day that I was saying how much I missed brie, it was always a favourite of mine when out for lunch especially with cranberry at this time of year.Β  I had quite a feast on it and although I can’t say that all the cheeses in this range are as good as the real thing I quite honestly don’t think you would notice the difference when it comes to this brie.Β  I’ve had it on crackers with grapes and melted in with pasta and the flavour is great, like I say just like I remember the real thing.

I have also spotted mozzarella balls in the same range so I can guarantee that will be on my next shopping list!!