The Prince George – a vegetarian pub in Brighton

The Prince George pub, Brighton

I visited The Prince George pub in Brighton yesterday and just wanted to give my views on it.

I moved to Brighton in 1996 and this pub was kicking around way back then.

It was alwasy a little down at heel, studenty, but alwasy veggie.

The Prince George Brighton

I have not been for a few years and was pleased to see that it has had a re-furb. Lots of exposed brickwork, dim lighting and a nice bar area.

The veggie menu

The George was probably the first veggie pub I had ever eaten at. It is still veggie, which is great.

However, whilst refurbing the pub, I wonder whether they could have refurbed the menu too.

Chips with almost everything

Choices includes chips with pretty much everything, lots of burgers, a Mexican section which is the usual fare of chilli and burritos, and maybe one thing I saw that didn’t come with chips which was the paella.

Whilst I happily support any business giving vegetarian only choices, I do think the menu is very generic and without much inspiration.

It could have more salads, more vegetables, more ideas, more innovation, more fresh ingredients.

Eveything was pretty much £9 which seemed a little expensive for what I had, which was halloumi, chips and a pepporonata sauce.

A good place to go to start a night out drinking, but if you’re looking for imaginative veggie food, maybe not the place for you.

 

A vegetarian abroad – the ramblings of a travelling vegetarian

Have guide book, will travel.

Travelling has always been a way of life for me. This year alone I have travelled to South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Canada and the USA. I recently returned from a trip to Toronto, Montreal and New York and had some pretty good vegetarian travel experiences, which was also pretty surprising!

Vegetarian Toronto

In my mind, Canadians are not known for their love of vegetarianism! So a trip to Canada always needs a bit of research in my veggie opinion! I did try a few veggie places in Toronto; they are there is you look around.

Woodlot

Woodlot is not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, but it does have an entirely separate veggie menu. I think this is a great idea and only wish more meat-centric restaurants and cafes would do the same. It makes ordering so much easier plus it gives me more confidence that they have thought about meatfree dishes and are probably more likely to be strict in the kitchen keeping meat and veggie dishes separate.

Woodlot has great reviews online, especially on Tripadvisor. I went there as a group of three on a Friday night and we only got in because of a cancellation, so if you want to go, book.

Woodlot in Toronto

Woodlot in Toronto

I had a polenta dish for mains, which was about $26, and shared a starter, which was a kind of tempura vegetables. On the whole I did not think the restaurant was good value for money. The service was so-so too; we had to wave frantically to get anyone’s attention. The worst point was that it was boiling hot and had no aircon.

I think Woodlot is an interesting concept but there are more interesting fully vegetarian restaurants in Toronto.

Commensal

One of these is actually the chain Commensal. It is pretty straight forward, it is a veggie buffet. We went late night and it was very quiet though I imagine it is really busy in the day.

Food was all fresh, tasty and good value too, more of a good place to grab lunch but I was impressed and wish the chain was in the UK as I would definitely go.

Vegetarian Montreal

Again, Montreal might not be the first place you think of as being a veggie destination. However, we ate at some really nice places there.

Crudessence

One in particular I liked was a vegan restaurant called Crudessence. It is nicely decorated and the staff were really helpful and friendly. I think all of their food is raw which is a really interesting, if not scary, concept. However, the food was great. We had sprouted bread and pate for starters and then for mains I had a great big salad with lots of interesting vegetables, seeds and some tofu too.

Crudessence in Montreal

Crudessence in Montreal

Wine was about $7 a glass.  We also shared some vegan ice-cream for desserts. If you want to eat somewhere that serves very unique vegan food, go to Crudessence.

Vegetarian New York

I wasn’t sure what to expect from NYC. However, I think due to the ethnic diversity of the city I think I was pretty well catered for. Due to the busy schedule I had, I did not eat at many veggie places, and mostly grabbed food on the go. A fast food chain called Chipotle does a really good veggie burrito plus veggie taco’s etc.

Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen is a really nice welcoming veggie restaurant in New York. We did have to wait about thirty minutes to get a table as they do not accept reservations.

Angelica Kitchen in New York

Angelica Kitchen in New York

Worth the wait though. The menu was varied and I had miso soup and sushi and my partner had a tofu bake and salad. They do not serve alcohol but I think you can BYO. Had some really good fresh juice. Was not pricey either and is in a nice location in the East Village. Check it out if you are visiting New York

Take the plunge

I always encourage anyone to travel, but if you are veggie, it can seem daunting. However, if you do your research before you go, you’ll find those allusive havens of meatfree cooking if you look hard enough!

Happy veggie dining J

Vegetarian restaurants in Canada

I’m off to explore beautiful Canada this Summer and I can’t wait! I’ve been to Canada few times on holiday before and this year I am heading to Toronto and Montreal.

Vegetarians on vacation

Whenever I travel abroad I always have to put some thought into what I am going to eat. If you aren’t vegetarian then this is not something you probably have to think about too much.

However, after having spent too many hours of my life meandering round various towns and cities across the world hopefully searching for a beacon of vegetarian friendliness, I have learned the a vegetarian’s motto should always be – ‘be prepared’.

Vegetarian restaurants in Toronto

I have never really found travelling in North America that easy a culinary task. However, I have always found that if you dig deep enough, there is usually a few good veggie options to be had.

Toronto skyline

Toronto skyline

A few places I have found online for Toronto include:

  • Cafe 668 – had a look at their website which didn’t offer up much information – anyone been here and recommend it?
  • Woodlot – menu looks really good, so this is going on my list. Anyone been here?
  • Live Food Bar – Now this place looks quite hardcore veggie but I must say my kinda place too! Looking forward to going…

Vegetarian restaurants in Montreal

Now travelling to French Quebec is never something a veggie takes on lightly – have you ever tried to find good veggie food in France?!

Montreal skyline

Montreal skyline

However, having a quick look online it seems like there may be a few vegetarian surprises in Montreal.

  • Aux Vivres – a vegan place (yes, vegan) in Montreal. Looks like it is a lunch place, though they are open in the evening, and they have a juice bar too.
  • Bonny’s vegetarian restaurant – offers dine in and take out options. Menu looks interesting and quite global. Definitely going to check this place out!

Veggie places to eat in Canada

If anyone reading this has any good veggie tips to share for either Toronto or Montreal, please let me know. I’d love to try out as many vegetarian places to eat in Toronto and Montreal as possible.

Vegetarian places to eat at in Brighton & Hove

Is Brighton & Hove the best place to be a vegetarian? Quite possibly, and luckily for me I live here!

Brighton has always been a very tolerant, liberal kind of city and this alternative culture has spawned a large vegetarian community which I’m proud to be a part of. There are loads of places worth checking out if you’re vegetarian and want to explore Brighton.

Brighton

Terre a Terre

Terre a Terre is a mainstay of veggie dining in Brighton and is often voted one of the best vegetarian restaurants to eat at in the UK. It has recently undergone a renovation and looks even better than ever. The staff are always very welcoming and knowledgeable about the dishes on offer. Some of the ingredients can be a bit baffling, but staff are always on hand to explain. Prices are on the £££ side but believe me, it’s well worth it, especially if you are celebrating something like a birthday or anniversary. You won’t regret going!

Wai Kiki Moo Kau

Wai Kiki Moo Kau has been around for what seems like years and has always been a reliable veggie place to eat in Brighton. Located in the North Laines, it’s a great choice if you’re browsing the Brighton Laines and are looking for somewhere to go for lunch. Lots of healthy options, including some great freshly squeezed juices, they also do a great mezze platter for two. Prices are ££.

Iydea

Iydea has been around for a couple of years and is on the same street in the Brighton North Laines, on Kensington Gardens. I love it, and is another great choice for a quick lunch.Food is served buffet style and you can eat in, though space is limited and you may have to share a table. Prices are £. Update! A new branch of Iydea has now opened on the Brighton/Hove border on Western road, near the junction of Montpelier Road, so why not check it out!

Iydea

Ethels

Ethels cafe in Hove is not strictly vegetarian but has some great veggie options. Located on Blatchington Road, it offers a great breakfast and lunch. Staff are always friendly and there are tables out front if the weather is nice. Food is always very fresh and pretty healthy. Prices are ££. Open daytime only.

Yet more vegetarian options in Brighton

The great thing about looking for veggie food in Brighton is that virtually everywhere has a great choice of veggie options, so you don’t necessarily have to seek out a specifically vegetarian restaurant (though I would recommend you do if you can!). So if you are looking for a great veggie culinary experience, you couldn’t do better than coming to vegetarian central – Brighton & Hove!

‘Meet Me At Hendersons’ – a history of vegetarian food in Britain

I am always fascinated when discovering the history of vegetarians in the UK.

Although living a meat-free life might seem like a relatively recent phenomenon in the UK, the history of vegetarians goes back many generations.

I spotted this interesting article in ‘The Independent’ about a restaurant called Henderson’s in Edinburgh.

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The oldest veggie restaurant in the UK

Did you know Henderson’s is the oldest veggie restaurant in the UK?

Take a look and find out more about this fascinating place. I want to go there!

The Independent – When Henderson’s first opened, meat-free meals were as radical as mini skirts. Fifty years on, the UK’s oldest veggie restaurant is an Edinburgh institution.

Wagamama veggie fail!

Just been served chicken in Wagamama! I always thought of Wagamama’s as being quite good for veggies. But obviously their standards of checking things are strictly vegetarian are not as good as I had imagined!

waga

This is a ongoing problem for vegetarians. Whenever you eat at a non-veggie restaurant there is always a degree of implied trust that you are getting what you ordered. The manager was very apologetic and luckily I had not eaten any of the chicken, but I would have kicked off big style if I had, believe me!

Might have to think twice about going there again if their standards of veggie cooking are that lax!!