Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Bay Horse Keighley Road Snaygill Keighley 12th June 2019

The Bay Horse is part of the Vintage Inns group and this was my first visit to one of their restaurants to try their vegan menu and as we were taking a non vegan friend out for lunch, I needed somewhere catering for us all.   I like to support independents, yet chains are so good at providing allergen information and Vintage Inns are especially good.

The Bay Horse is full of character and has lots of small dining rooms, giving a cosy warm atmosphere to the whole place.

The Leeds Liverpool canal runs right past the back of The Bay Horse and we saw several sail past during our visit and I imagine you can walk along the canal path back into Skipton town centre.

The vegan options are not just a token salad or after thought, but a good selection of starters, mains, sides and dessert.

There are several soups on the menu and one is always vegan, so we both chose cauliflower mulligatawny, served with ciabatta bread.

The soup was piping hot, with a lovely thick texture and warming on a cold June lunchtime, with plenty bread for dipping and cleaning the bowl.

As a main course I ordered pine nut and carrot falafel, with a side of roast butternut squash and carrot and spiced squash coconut curry for Steven.

The falafel with spiced red pepper dip and ciabatta were so tasty, as was the butternut squash and sweet potato and even though a starter, it was plenty big enough as a lunch time dish. 

Steven's curry was a good sized portion, loads of vegetables and beans and the charred chillies on the top added plenty heat, so much so Steven had a proper sweat on, but he loved it.

We were too full for dessert, even though the puddings on offer were very tempting, but it is good to see they are not just fruit salad.

I think that for a chain of pubs Vintage Inns vegan menu is a fabulous offering, the food is satisfying with plenty of flavour and good value for money and I will definitely be returning.

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