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Gregg’s vegan sausage roll

There’s been so much talk around this, I felt like I had to try it. Although I’ve never been a big sausage roll eater, I have enjoyed the taste in the past but it always caused huge IBS issues so I was quite intrigued by this vegan version. I hadn’t gone out of my way to get one, I’d just told myself that at the next opportunity I’d give one a go.

I was in a bit of a rush having just had a meeting and really needed to grab something to eat on the go, I’d actually popped in here thinking I’d pick up a small sandwich or cereal bar however there wasn’t many options for the vegan eater. It didn’t take me long to remember this is where those famous vegan sausage rolls were produced, there was 2 left. I was second in the queue. It was a tense moment when the lady ahead ordered one – thank god she’d only wanted one! No one wants a brawl in the middle of a busy Gregg’s.

It as warm and the aroma coming from the little bag was amazing. It has been so long since I’d had anything like this and I hadn’t realised how much I would want it once I had it in my hand. I ended up having to eat it on the go, I was really shocked after my first bite and had genuine concerns I’d been given a real sausage roll! It was that close a taste to the real thing, I’d say the texture was ever so slightly different and I didn’t feel that it was as greasy as ones I’ve had in the past – which for me is a bonus. I really enjoyed it, I can’t say I’m hooked but I can understand how some are!

If you’re considering giving this a go, vegan or non vegan I say go for it – you non vegans will be surprised by the taste and I just know you will enjoy it!

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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.

Perrywoods 🀀

Back again, I couldn’t resist – the vegan options here are amazing and it’s a great place to meet and catch up. I spent some time walking round the shop which is dangerous when you’re living on a budget 🀭

We got to the restaurant before 12 which was a good job as getting a table was a lot easier than for those who arrived after us. In fact, by the time we left there was a queue going right out the cafe door and into the shop!

The menu had a lot of choice – not only was there a whole menu just for vegan lunch time specials but they also have a ‘free from’ menu for those who are gluten or dairy free, it really does cater for all diet types which is fantastic.

There was almost too much choice πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I really didn’t know what to go for as it all sounded so nice!! I ended up opting for the oven baked puff pastry shell filled with pesto and oven roasted vegetables, served with seasonal salad. It was different from anything I’ve seen at other restaurants and the first time I’ve had pastry since starting my vegan diet journey. Oh my god, I it was so so good! The flavour of the vegetables and pesto was just amazing and there was some potatoes sneaked in here too, the portion size was big and I ate every single last bit of it!

There’s no doubt that I would choose this again, however I have made the decision that I need to come back here and work my way down everything on that menu!! There’s also plenty of cakes available and I’m sure they have vegan scones πŸ˜‹ this could quite easily be a regular place for me to visit πŸ™Š

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.

Lunch at the Oakhouse, Maldon

I felt it was time to treat myself to a nice lunch in town on one of my lunch breaks. Although originally I had thought this would just be a cuppa and possible cake so I’d contacted OAKhouseBarCafe on Instagram to make sure they can provide soya milk or an alternative and I could have a hot chocolate or a cup of tea. I was really disappointed that they did not respond to my message, it’s a great way of communicating with customers so it’s a shame this isn’t monitored. However, I did take a look on their website before turning up and was pleased that the menu is online and I could see there was a vegan option for lunch.

Having eaten in here before I had concerns that I might have needed longer than my usual hour for lunch and walking in I could see it was fairly busy with most tables being taken. There was one booth left which was reserved for just over an hours time which worked out well for us so we took a seat and I grabbed a menu from the bar, taking the time to check out the specials on the black board but unfortunately there were no vegan options.

I didn’t feel the menu had that many plant based choices, there was the rough cut OAKhouse chips or sweet potato fries under the light bites range, a Roast pepper, roast onion and nut free pesto wrap and a salad with stuffed olives, blackened bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. I wanted a proper lunch so the light bites were no good and not liking olives meant the salad was out which left the roast pepper, roast onion and nut free pesto wrap.

I have to say it was a lovely wrap with great flavour and it came out with a small number or crisps and a side salad which finished it off nicely. I would definitely come here and have this again, and I’d recommend it to others even those who aren’t vegan would enjoy this meal. To sum it up, the meal was great and the bar has a really nice atmosphere, the negative for here is the lack of vegan options but what they did have was good quality and tasty.

Poplar Nurseries, Marks Tey

I was looking online for places to go for lunch and Poplar Nurseries came up on google, I checked out the menu and was really happy to see a great selection of vegan meals.

There is so much on the menu that I would like, I decided to book a table as I’d never been here before I didn’t know how busy it would get or how big the restaurant is. I just dropped them an email and they responded very quickly and booked me straight in. I arrived early and took a look round the shop which is definitely worth doing as there was some lovely things for the kitchen, cards and books as well as the normal plants you’d find in a garden centre. When I walked into the restaurant I was immediately pleased I’d reserved a table, it was very busy but I went straight to the counter and was told where my table was.

We sat down, took a look at the menu and then went back to the counter to order food and give the table number. Whilst there I got a good look at all the cakes available 😳there was a lot to choose from and this included 2 different vegan cakes, a lemon drizzle and a chocolate and almond cheesecake. I was already considering getting both to take away after eating lunch πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ there was a sign at the till saying there was currently a 25min wait for food, I could understand why as the restaurant was huge and rammed full. It wasn’t a problem for me as not having to get back to work I use lunches out as a social event and it gave me a good chance to have a chat and catch up.

It didn’t actually feel as long as 25 minutes when my lunch was bought over, I’d gone for the butternut squash and red pepper curry with coconut rice. It was a big portion which was great as I was really hungry, it looked and smelt great! I couldn’t wait to tuck in, the butternut squash was nice and soft with big chunks of red pepper which was cooked well and the flavours from the curry were the strongest and tastiest I’ve had from a vegan meal so far πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ I wish I could have eaten it all but I was so full up I had to leave a small mount of rice, I’d decided I couldn’t take away two cakes after that feast and had to choose between the two 😳

So, I went for the chocolate and almond cheesecake which was presented in a box to take away. I ate it a few hours after getting home and it was so tasty, the flavours and texture of the cake were great – I’d love to have the recipe to try and make this myself!

Whilst I was here I’d asked if they could cater for a vegan afternoon tea which they could no problem so I’m very excited to try this out at some point! I loved it here, really accommodating for vegans and I did notice that there was also plenty of gluten free options. I’m really keen to comeback for both an afternoon tea and to try some more of the meals in the vegan section. This is a 9.5/10 without a doubt.

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