The Freeman Cookhouse & Pub is the restaurant for Premier Inn customers staying next door, right on the seafront with great views. I did not take internal photos as it was very busy, but it is a modern space to dine or have a drink in the large bar area.
As with the numerous Premier Inn affiliated restaurants I visit, the only vegan options were two main courses, with no starter or dessert available. The two mains were out of bounds for me anyway, as both contained soya, so I thought there was no chance of dining there.
However explore the allergen list and two soups are vegan depending what is soup of the day, as well as Margherita flatbread without mozzarella, so I booked a table for dinner.
I checked the wine list and as with most places, no vegan friendly wines were highlighted and yet a quick Google search revealed this rather smashing Sauvignon Blanc.
Lucky for me on our visit soup of the day was pea and mint, so I had a chat with our waitress Becky regarding allergies and I cannot fault how it was handled by the team, unlike the previous evening at Rags Restaurant.
The pea and mint soup served with brown bloomer bread was piping hot, with a lovely texture, packed with flavour and for £2.99 an absolute bargain, I enjoyed every last morsel.
Steven ordered the vegan burger, with a tomato flatbread and sweet potato fries for me and as there was no vegan cheese I had some Violife mozzarella in my bag.
Steven loved his burger with its BBQ topping and with added cheese he said it was scrumptious and gave it the big thumbs up. My flatbread was excellent with a fabulous base and tomato sauce, in fact better than many Italian restaurants I have been and with the addition of cheese I was a happy vegan.
I was impressed with the whole experience, just a shame Cookhouse & Pub are not more specific about possible vegan options like soup and flatbread and offering vegan cheese would appeal to more customers like the dairy or lactose intolerant. Cookhouse & Pub are obviously in it to make money, so why not label vegan friendly wines on the wine list, so many vegans will just not bother purchasing wine, as it can be laborious doing a Google search.
I would definitely revisit a Cookhouse & Pub, who will hopefully take note of my feedback and go the extra mile and offer a vegan dessert.