The Anderton Arms is a large pub with plenty outside seating and lots of areas to sit and relax with a drink and or have something to eat.
You order food at the bar and can open a tab to add drinks and desserts as you go, so I ordered asking for a plain side salad to go with my mains. The waitress came to the table after and offered a vegan dressing if I wanted to try it and went to check for allergens confirming it was suitable, now that is attention to detail. So many places would never think to offer a vegan dressing, never mind actually have one and even more impressive is that Ember Inns have vegan spread too.
Our starters to share of cauliflower bites with bang bang chilli sauce and pine nut and carrot falafel with Lebanese dip were very tasty and we left clean plates.
Steven loved his cauliflower curry served with a Cambodian curry sauce, full of coconut, lots of flavour and not too hot, served with salad dressed with sweet chilli sauce. I always take sriracha sauce with me when I go out (its a bit of an addiction), perfect with my butternut squash and beetroot filo tart and buttery herb new potatoes. The filo parcel was a good sized portion, crisp and brown with plenty filling, my only critique were the slightly overcooked vegetables needed some vegan spread, but drizzled with the salad dressing lifted them.
We were too full for desserts, though next time I would forego a starter and have Bramley apple pie, with the summer berry and nut tart for Steven.
Ember Inns vegan options are interesting and delicious and put the independent restaurants I have visited over the last weeks to shame, as I have had some shocking pathetic meals. Lets not forget this a chain restaurant, its not going to win any prizes for fine dining, but it gets my vote, as its not expensive and when you need somewhere to dine with friends and family, it covers so many dietary requirements. I will definitely be revisiting an Ember Inns in the future.