I love going out for food and trying new things. Particularly going to restaurants with a large number of vegan options is always exciting, because it means 1) having a lot of choices and 2) not having to ask for something to be ‘veganised’ and feeling like a right pain in the ass.
Recently, The Snug Public House has revealed their new vegan menu. 50+ vegan items! For the food-obsessed person inside of me, this was heaven. A couple of weeks ago they hosted a vegan tasting night to reveal the new menu, that I, of course, went to, where I got to try 15 of their delicious new vegan offerings. It was fab and I knew I needed to go back to try some more.
I happened to have a $100 voucher, which of course, means a lot of food. Sam and I made a reservation, put on our stretchy pants and got ready to stuff ourselves with as much delicious vegan pub food as we could. The pub is quite small but cosy and they usually have live music, proving a great atmosphere to stop for a drink. It really is a typical pub, though, so don’t go expecting anything else.
When we arrived it wasn’t very busy, but I prefer this because it means you can actually hear yourself think and you know you’re not going to be fighting for the attention of the servers. The vegan menu is massive, with tonnes of delicious sounding options. I’m personally not a fan of things like pies or bangers and mash, but if you are, there are lots of them. It’s an Irish pub, so what do you expect?
As you may already know, I am a big lover of mock-meat, so I had to order something with that. We decided to get the chicken wings to share as a starter, then I went with the scampi and chips for my main, and Sam got the chicken burger. We also got some battered sausages as a side, because they sounded interesting.
As it happened, all the food ended up arriving at once, which was very overwhelming. I know I like to eat, but it made me reevaluate all my life choices when we had four plates of food between the two of us. But dignity must go out the window at some point, so I went ahead and got started.
The vegan chicken wings were DELICIOUS. You picked them up like a real chicken wing and the BBQ sauce was perfectly smoky and sweet, with the ‘meat’ ripping off like you’d expect a real chicken wing. Having never had chicken wings pre-vegan, I quite liked the novelty. They were really good, and in a way, I’m pleased they didn’t arrive as a starter otherwise I’d have eaten way too much and not been able to eat my main. At least this way I could pace myself a little.
The scampi was good. Although it definitely lacked the ‘fish’ taste, but looked realistic. I’ve seen these vegan prawns before, and they’re really realistic looking, which is quite cool. But having tried other mock fish products in the past, namely from The Cornish Arms, I felt these were lacking somewhat. The chips were bloody amazing though.
Finally, the vegan battered sausages. There was a lot of batter, which was a tad overwhelming. And with so much other delicious food, I didn’t eat many of them as I didn’t want to fill up. They were good though, but I probably wouldn’t order them again.
I can’t comment on the vegan chicken burger, as I didn’t try it. However, it was massive and looked good, so if you love a burger, give it a try.
Because I can never give up on a good dessert, despite the ridiculous amount of food already consumed, we still ordered. There were two options, vegan banoffee pie or vegan chocolate Guinness mousse. I went for the mousse, whilst Sam went for the banoffee pie. Unfortunately, the banoffee pie was sold out. This was disappointing and seemed a little odd; it was 7:30pm on a Friday and they’re actively promoting their vegan menu, so you would expect them not to sell out. Nonetheless, the Guinness mousse was really good; deliciously chocolatey with a hint of Guinness. It came with a biscotti which was a tad soft but the presentation was excellent and if you want a dessert to finish off your meal, I would definitely recommend.
Whilst I wouldn’t say it was quite the same standard as The Cornish Arms, it was still delicious with plenty of vegan options to suit everyone. I’ll definitely be back, as there are lots of other options still on the menu that I’m keen to try. I’d 100% recommend the chicken wings and the chips though, so maybe if I’m going out for a drink I’ll go hungry so that I can also get some ‘snacks’.