The Stanhill Pub is in Oswaldwistle, an unlikely place to find vegan options yet proves the growing popularity of veganism. The Stanhill recently introduced a vegan menu, which is not some token gesture either, but well thought out with creative dishes.
I had a chat with head chef Nathan via email prior to our visit about my allergies and was impressed with his responses and patience with my queries.
The Stanhill is a large pub with plenty parking, a beer garden and outside seating, with a welcoming atmosphere and although quiet when we arrived, by the time we left was packed.
We were shown to a cosy table for two and had a quiet drink whilst perusing the menu and chose starters of mushroom and spinach bruschetta for me and leek and potato soup for Steven.
Our starters were excellent, the soup was thick and velvety, the mushrooms were perfectly cooked and the food was well seasoned, what a great start to the meal.
I knew which main course Steven would choose, as he loves tofu and although my intention was to have the vegan fish and chips, I ended up choosing the gnocchi.
The main courses, like the starters were absolutely spot on, packed with great flavours and quickly demolished, although I left a little gnocchi as it was a huge portion.
My experience exceeded my expectations, so many menus sound promising and are a complete let down on eating, but not at The Stanhill. I had a quick word with front of house manager Sam, who said the vegan menu was proving popular with not only vegans but non vegans too. I think the fact they offer the vegan menu to all customers and is not hidden away as at so many places, is a great idea. My only critiques are its a shame the wine list does not include vegan friendly wines, so I took a photo and will research before my next visit and they need to add the vegan menu to their website.
I will definitely be returning, sooner rather than later, as there are so many dishes I want to try, as does Steven. Highly recommended.