Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Artisan Restaurant & Bar Whalley Road Billington 30th May 2018

Artisan opened last August and is a two hundred cover restaurant, with a large open plan kitchen, cocktail bar and heated terrace. 



I heard on social media, about Artisan's recent launch of a vegan menu, so decided to pop along for lunch with Steven, so we could give it a try, as the options sounded interesting.




Artisan has a very modern, bright interior, with plenty of seating in the bar area and a private dining room upstairs seating forty.



We ordered fennel and orange salad with tahini and pomegranate dressing and sticky cauliflower wings with chilli sauce to start.



You eat with your eyes first and the presentation was immediately appealing and both starters did not disappoint, they were absolutely delicious.   Steven thought his cauliflower wings were the best he has eaten and that is saying something, as that includes mine!

Mains were cumin spiced butternut squash and lentil wellington and falafel burger on a mushroom bun with spiced fries.




The wellington was served with samphire, heritage carrots, spinach and a little jug of creamy coconut sauce and Steven loved it, the pastry was welled cooked and packed with filling.





The falafel burger and fries were scrumptious, although the 'mushroom bun' could have been bigger, but it depends on the mushrooms available, especially as they shrink so much during cooking.   I was happy without bread, but other diners may prefer a more substantial dish with a burger bun, however for my appetite it was perfect.

To finish we shared lemon and strawberry posset with raspberry sorbet, as we were both quite full, a light refreshing dessert, though I needed more lemon, as I like strong flavours, but it was a perfect end to the meal.


I was impressed with the whole experience and had a quick chat with chef Adam, to say thanks for such a fabulous lunch.   I also had a word with Ian front of house Manager and one thing I forgot to ask was, would they be labelling which wines were vegan friendly, to make it easier for vegans to chose some wine.   I was driving on this occasion, but next time I visit I would love to drink a nice glass of wine or two.   Highly recommended.


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