It’s National Vegetarian Week starting today, and unless you have been living under a rock, you cannot have missed the rise of vegetarian, veganism and reductarianism (we think that’s how you spell it!) into the mainstream eating trends….
Gone are the days when veggie and vegan eating was restricted to in the ‘middle of a field at a slightly off the wall festival’. These days, your local pub is as likely to serve a few vegan choices as having roasted peanuts behind the bar.
With a fantastic, just launched vegan menu, The Anchor in Cowes is a great place to visit. One of the most popular pubs in Cowes, it’s famed for its laid-back vibe, live music and now, its varied menu. Try dishes such as sizzling spicy fajitas as recommended by the chef.
A new restaurant, devoted solely to vegan food and drink, opened its doors just this spring. From the people behind Tansy’s Pantry (a lovely green double-decker bus full of vegan treats and tastiness, a regular feature at events and festivals across the Island) set in the heart of Godshill, it is fast gaining a must-visit reputation. Try the spicy chickpea and lentil dahl or the mouth-watering clementine chocolate orange cake.
For pub grub, places such as The Sun Inn, Calbourne, The Waterfront, Totland and The Steamer Inn, Shanklin all offer a wide range of meat and dairy-free home-made dishes, plus puddings too. The Quay Arts Café has a new chef and guess what, he’s vegan. Their usual veggie-friendly menu has been even further uplifted with all sorts of savoury delights and the hot chocolate even includes dairy-free whipped cream!
Tapnell Farm Park walks the line between something that pleases carnivores (the main restaurant is called ‘The Cow’ so pretty obvious what you can get there, beef at its best) but the Farm Park Café offers a whole host of vegan items, including cakes, light bites and loads of treats for the kids too. Dairy-free yoghurts, hot chocolates and lattes are served alongside vegan burgers.
ComiCoffee in Newport has its own vegan menu with a range of sweet or savoury waffles, paninis and non-milkshakes. This hybrid coffee house/ comic store offers a warm, inviting space to hang out where you can drink speciality beverages whilst reading your favourite comics or novels.
Vegan nights are popping up all over the show too, whether at the local pub, or restaurants such as edulis at Ventnor Botanic Garden who regularly host themed nights and have a great range of vegan dishes on the menu. For posh nosh, places such as Three Buoys in Appley and The Seaview Hotel serve spectacular dishes free of meat.