Saturday, 17 October 2020

Maxwell's Cafe Bar King Street Clitheroe 16th October 2020

Maxwell's Cafe Bar is a busy cafe bar with lots of outdoor seating, an upstairs terrace and close to the train and bus stations and long stay car park, so in a great location in the town centre.

We visited for dinner on a quiet Friday evening, prior to Lancashire going into Tier 3 lockdown and it was very quiet, I worry how places are going to survive.

We sat on the raised area with views of the train station and perused the vegan menu, which has some new dishes and clear allergen information labelling.

I researched the wine list prior to our visit and found lots of vegan friendly wines, but what a shame they do not label these, would make life so much easier.   I chose a bottle of Les Chiens Catalans Blanc, a lovely crisp fruity wine and I especially liked the label, made me smile.

We shared nachos and black olives to start, I would have struggled to eat the nachos on my own, as it was a substantial portion so good value for money.   The nachos were as good as you get, the cheese was perfectly melted, with a delicious tomato salsa and creamy guacamole, we loved them.

I would not normally order a mushroom burger, as I think its a bit of a cop out, but decided to give it a go and Steven ordered Bang Bang penne.

The burger was absolutely scrumptious on a soft brioche bun, with plenty pesto and cheese, served with crisp fries and mayo.   Steven loved the spiciness of his pasta dish, it was a good sized portion, in a creamy sriracha sauce, with extra sriracha drizzled over the top.

On a previous visit we went for breakfast and sat outside and I ordered avocado and tomato salsa on wholemeal toast, with a full breakfast for Steven and two large decaf Americanos.

The food was delicious, although Steven realised the baked beans were missing off his breakfast after he had eaten it and we were puzzled they serve dry toast, when vegan margarine is easily available in every supermarket.   We enjoyed the decaf Americano coffees so much, we ordered a second one whilst watching the world go by, as Maxwell's is in a great spot for people watching.

I think Maxwell's are offering a good selection of vegan options and I will definitely revisit when next in Clitheroe.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Potters Barn Church Street Ribchester 7th October 2020

Potters Barn is a cosy cafe in the lovely village of Ribchester, selling a small selection of gifts and welcomes everyone including walkers and cyclists, with a walled garden and outside undercover seating.   Potters Barn also hosts pottery painting any day of the week, either inside or outside weather permitting and can accommodate groups, parties etc.

There are several vegan options on the menu, including breakfast, salad, sandwich of houmous and roasted peppers and four vegan cakes when I visited.  

I only took one photo of the interior, as it was busy and I always feel awkward when people are dining, but its a quaint tearoom with a chilled atmosphere.

They are very accommodating, as I asked for a jacket potato with houmous, roast peppers and avocado, which was no problem and Steven wanted Tuscan bean stew, which was vegan if you swap butter for soya spread.   We ordered camomile and Earl Grey teas and it was good to see soya milk was available.

The crockery certainly brightened the day, with the vibrant teapot, matching plates and bowls and equally colourful food.   The jacket potato was huge, with loads of topping and Steven loved the stew, which had a good kick of chilli, served with excellent granary bread.

We were too full for one of the fabulous sounding cakes, so will have to make a return visit, just so we can try them.   I loved Potters Barn as must other people, as there was a constant stream of customers whilst we were there. 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

The Mill Mill Street Ulverston 2nd October 2020

The Mill is part of the Lancaster Brewery chain of pubs and is right in the centre of Ulverston and we went for a drink on the first day of our visit.   

We looked at the menu outside and with no dishes marked vegan, asked our waitress and she pointed out suitable dishes, mentioning the soup was normally vegan, as was the sticky toffee pudding and vegan ice creams were available.

I asked her why they did not label them and she said initially they did, but sales were slow because people were put off, thinking they would be tasteless being a vegan dish.   It looks like we still have a long way to go on the vegan front, as I have been told this several times before at other venues.

We booked a table for the following night and on arrival were shown to a well spaced table upstairs in the restaurant.

Whilst having a beer, I spotted one of my favourite wines on the wine list, Domaine de Vedilhan Viognier so ordered a bottle.

I ordered broccoli and potato soup of the day, although I was unable to have the bread as it contained soya, with the soy and sesame broccoli with tahini dressing for Steven to start.

The starters were delicious, an ample portion of velvety thick tasty soup and Steven loved his starter and will be replicating it at home he enjoyed it so much, a simple idea which worked brilliantly.

Mains were spaghetti with slow roast tomato sauce for me and the butternut squash and sweet potato curry with pilaf rice for Steven, with a green salad to share.

The mains were hearty portions of scrumptiousness, well cooked and seasoned and after a thirteen mile walk much welcomed sustenance and we left not a scrap.

We finished with coffee and the rest of the wine, as we were fit to burst, even though sticky toffee pudding sounded tempting.   We were impressed with The Mill and would definitely revisit when next in Ulverston.

The Kings Arms King Street Ulverston 1st October 2020

The Kings Arms is part of the Robinsons Brewery chain of pubs and stands prominent in the centre of Ulverston town and it came to my attention, after someone posted on a vegan Facebook group.

A roaring fire was blazing away in the room we sat in, so it was cosy, warm and very relaxing as we had a drink before dinner.

There are a couple of vegan options on the menu, a pizza and a hot dog and I know they do a three course vegan Sunday lunch too. 

We chose vegan delight pizzas, a side salad and triple cooked chips and I managed to find a vegan wine on the wine list, such a shame they are not labelled.   The waitress put the order through to the kitchen and then returned to ask if we would like vegan cheese, although we declined as we prefer our pizza without.

I certainly was not expecting to find one of the best pizzas I have eaten in a long while, in an Ulverston pub, but I did.   The pizza base was thin and crispy, topped with an excellent tomato sauce, loads of roast vegetables and basil pesto, it was sumptuous and packed with flavour.   The chips were great and the salad was crisp and well seasoned and the pizza really did not need the vegan cheese, it was that good.

I would definitely revisit The Kings Arms for their pizza alone, although their Sunday lunch sounds very temping.

At Home Cafe & Bistro Main Street Grange Over Sands 1st October 2020

At Home Cafe & Bistro is in the centre of Grange Over Sands and is a cosy cafe, with plenty outside seating, some of it covered for if its raining.

At Home Cafe had a vegan menu before Covid 19, now temporarily discontinued, but ask the friendly staff about vegan options and they will do their best, but I hope the vegan menu makes a reappearance soon, as it makes for great reading.

I ordered a decaf coffee with hot oat milk, although I normally take my coffee black, but have to say I really enjoyed the creamy oat milk coffee.

We ordered two vegan breakfast, one without baked beans and extra tomatoes for me, served with granary toast, homemade bubble and squeak cakes and coconut bacon.   The breakfast was delicious, with plenty toast and I loved the bubble and squeak cakes and coconut bacon, so much so I will be making the bacon at home.

I think it is fantastic At Home Cafe cater for vegans and would definitely revisit if in the area.