Monday, 22 February 2016

Vegan Pub Meal in the Wiltshire Countryside




One thing that I promised myself I would do before I graduate in July is to make the most of being in the UK. I wanted to savour little moments and places that I know I take for granted far too often. It would be a crime not to with the Wiltshire countryside so close to my parents' home. This post is my way of setting one of these little moments in my memory. Even if it did happen over a month ago now.

When I went to lunch with my dad and some of his work friends, I didn’t expect to find so many opportunities that I wanted to snap. Luckily, I remembered to take my big girl camera with me. We went to a pub called the Pembroke Arms. It’s a beautiful, typically English place in a little village not far from Salisbury, Wiltshire.





As you can see, the decor is eclectic and unmistakably British which makes an elegant, yet cosy atmosphere. We were lucky to have gorgeous weather the day that we went. Sunbeams were pouring in through the windows of every room we visited, but weather can’t make up for what is quite clearly a very well looked after house. The overall effect is extraordinarily quaint without coming across as pretentious.

The food follows this theme. I never go into 'normal' restaurants with high hopes for my meal, due to the fact that I am vegan. Although after sampling some bites from their vegan menu (which is available alongside their regular menu!), I knew that I had to write about them.




Psst... If you're a vegan like me, HappyCow.net has a great list of vegetarian or vegan restaurants around the world to make the search easier.



I started off with hummus and olives, which not only looked beautiful, but tasted delicious. I later read on their website that some of their dishes have a Middle-Eastern twist, which is right up my street. My main course was a chickpea and spinach pie with a tasty tomato and onion sauce on the side. I should really have asked for the recipe because it was delicious. I even loved the vegan pastry, which was lovely and crumbly. They were even thoughtful enough to bring me my own assortment of colourful veggies that hadn’t been served with butter, unlike the ones the other guests were eating. I find it very difficult to trust restaurants to understand my dietary preferences, so I’m incredibly grateful that the restaurant staff went out of their way to provide this for me.


All in all it was a special day which got the year off to a good start, and I’m sure will be a lovely memory to look back on in years to come.



Where do you like to eat out on special occasions?
What are your tips for eating out with dietary requirements?




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