Saturday, 29 February 2020

White Rabbit Kitchen Cheese

White Rabbit Kitchen make artisan vegan cheese and chutneys and had a stall at Mellor Vegan Festival, where I went last Sunday.   Owners Ann and Kerri are passionate about food, originally opening a quirky tearoom in their home city of Chester, which eventually led to the creation of White Rabbit Kitchen.

White Rabbit Kitchen's cheeses are what I have been waiting for all these years and although I have never eaten Camembert, imagine the dairy version cannot be better than their vegan version.

The presentation and packaging is excellent and authentic, so you can cook the Camembert in its box to serve, as per the instructions inside.

I followed the instructions drizzling garlic oil over the cheese and added sprigs of fresh rosemary, before baking in the oven.

The aromas when I opened the oven door had me salivating and I could not wait to dive in and give the cheese a try.

The Camembert has a lovely cheese flavour, with a gooey creamy texture perfect for dipping in your bread of choice, in my case rye bread.   It is not often I am blown away by a product, but this is one of them, it is stonkingly scrumptious and I will definitely buy again.

The smoked cheese is aged then smoked in a smoker over maple wood chips, rolled and coated with a paprika rub which gives the cheese a powerful smoky kick.   The texture is firm yet still spreadable and is by far the best smoked cheese I have ever eaten, especially on some rye bread for lunch.

I take my hat off to the girls at White Rabbit Kitchen for their creativity, innovation and high end packaging, yet the cheeses are reasonably priced compared to others.  They have really nailed it with their Camembert and smoked cheese, so good in fact it begs the question, why the need for dairy cheese?   Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Planks Kitchen South Planks Farm Barton 25th February 2020

Planks Kitchen is the onsite cafe at South Planks Farm, suppliers of wood, stone, tiles and reclaimed items, offering wholesome, nutritious breakfast and lunch dishes, with their mantra being 'Eat Well Live Well'.   I had Planks Kitchen on my to visit list, after seeing a post on Vegan Lancashire Facebook group.

The cafe is light, bright and airy and I loved the warm and inviting atmosphere, as Steven and I sat in a cosy corner on a very cold blustery Tuesday lunchtime.

There are vegan options on the menu too, with plenty of choice for breakfast or lunch and on speaking to the waitress, the soup of the day is normally vegan too.

We chose Earl Grey tea with oat milk and I was pleased we got a pot each not just a cup and there was a water refill station.

I was immediately drawn to the Planks plant based platter and Steven opted for a houmous bagel served with roast vegetables and rocket.

The dishes were colourful, fresh and delicious, they were good sized portions and great value for money, we had no complaints and left clean plates.

Unfortunately the only vegan cake available, a blueberry loaf had sold out, which was a disappointment, but on the other hand shows how popular vegan cake is.

I was impressed with the vegan friendly Faith in Nature hand wash in the toilets, so although I always carry my own, in this instance I did not need it.

I think Planks Kitchen is a fabulous place, cater well for vegans, with lovely friendly staff, so I will definitely revisit as I rather fancy one of their vegan breakfast options.   Highly recommended.

Friday, 7 February 2020

The Station Marine Road Morecambe 7th February 2020

The Station is part of the Greene King chain of pubs and is on the promenade opposite The Midland Hotel, with plenty of parking nearby.

The building is quite unassuming from the front, but inside it is lovely, with high ceilings and memorabilia from when it was the station building.

Greene King introduced a full vegan menu last year, as their vegan options proved popular, so you can have a three course meal.   Greene King also have excellent allergen information on their website, so any allergy sufferers can do their research before visiting.

We had a pint of Stella each, whilst perusing the menu, feeling hungry after a long long walk along the promenade on a glorious sunny day in February.

We both chose roast tomato soup, which I was pleased to see was served with clearly labelled vegan margarine and was delicious, warming and satisfying and we left clean plates.

The vegan fishless fillets was our main course choice and the presentation made you want to dive in and eat.   The oven baked chips are vegan friendly, unlike other pub chains such as Ember Inns who fry chips with non vegan items, so dishes like burgers are served with salad, so a big thumbs up to Greene King.   This is a tasty, hearty and substantial dish and neither of us could fault it, we demolished every morsel.

We were too full for dessert, but how refreshing to see creative puddings like apple crumble, cherry Bakewell tart or chocolate and coconut torte, next time I will give the soup a miss and try one.

Overall our lunch visit exceeded our expectations, the food was great value for money, with an offer of two mains for £9.99 from Monday to Friday.   My only critique is the lack of information as to which wines (if any) are vegan friendly, I did a quick search on Google prior to our visit but failed to spot any.   Greene King offer such a good vegan menu, what a shame they do not offer vegan wines to accompany it, an issue I hope they address soon.