I love the big sign as you come off the car park to walk to the front door, with its clear vegan logo, feels really welcoming.
The vegan options are not just a token salad or plate of vegetables and with notice they can make gluten free vegan pies too. I was also told that they could customise other dishes on request and there was approx a 45 min wait for pies, as they are made to order.
The Green Man have excellent vegan dishes on their Christmas menu, unlike many places where a main course is offered, but no starter or dessert, as I saw yesterday on a restaurant menu in Skipton.
I made The Green Man aware of my allergies and requested a gluten free Bombay pie for Steven and a field mushroom and vegetable pie for me.
I love the blackboards over the fire, describing the vegan pies available, again with clear vegan logos, its a nice touch. We decided against having a starter, which was a wise choice, as the portions are hearty and substantial.
The pie was packed with a tasty mushroom and vegetable filling, served with a jug of gravy, fabulous mushy peas and very moreish chips. The pastry was short as in light, soft and crumbly, yet not stodgy at all, I have never had pastry like it, but such a satisfying delicious dish, perfect for a cold day.
Steven's Bombay potato pie was just as scrumptious, with a lovely filling, worthy of being served on its own without the crust, so he bet their vegan curry is a cracker too.
We had a chat with Operations Manager John Hughlock, whose background is catering, about their vegan options, all driven by customer demand. John said they had vegan cheese for pizzas, Oatly milk for coffees and Oatly creme fraiche, custard and cream with their desserts, which is the icing on the cake for me, so many places only offer sorbet.
I will definitely be returning, as I rather fancy the burger or maybe a pizza or perhaps another pie, it is nice to have a choice.