City Tavern, Newcastle – Great Food & Atmosphere
Having visited City Tavern once before (our post for National Vegetarian Week can be found here), I was impressed by the number of vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu. Finding a pub so accommodating is a rare find in Newcastle, although with the growing popularity of places like The Ship Inn – our first pub with a vegan kitchen – the tide seems to thankfully be turning in the city.
Of course, City Tavern offers plenty of dishes to suit everyone. Alongside pub classics like Fish & Chips and Steak & Ale Pie (I sampled the veggie version on my last visit), you’ll see Corned Beef Hash and Steamed Mussels. Since becoming vegetarian, one of the Teen’s favourite dishes is Halloumi ‘Fish’ and Chips. Once I told him it was part of their menu, he didn’t even look to see if there was anything else that appealed.
To ensure we had space for a dessert, we decided to share a starter. We were all intrigued by the mention of the Cantaloupe & Feta Salad, which was available as vegan at a supplement.
A dish that had featured during their popular Restaurant Week Menu, the salad was beautifully presented. The vegan feta was creamy and salty, just like the real deal, which worked well with the tart of the strawberries and the sweetness of the melon.
The Halloumi main was made short work of by the Teen, who declared it one of the best he’s tried. The cheese acts as a great fish substitute when battered like this. He says he misses fish more than meat, so this was a good way of ‘filling the void’.
Mr. Canny’s Moroccan Chickpea Stew was served with giant cous cous and flatbread. I found it on the hot side when I tried it, but he disagreed. Sara, the manager, said she’s trying to source a vegan/dairy-free sour cream to help those – like me – who are spice wimps.
My main course of Aromatic Thai Green Curry was packed with vegetables and had a hum of heat, in contrast. Dished up with a timbale of rice, it was quite a substantial dish. We felt all of our choices were about right for their prices, portion-wise, at around £8.95 and £9.95 for most of the dishes.
There was no dessert option for Mr. Canny available, which was a little disappointing. The Teen and I shared the Flourless Chocolate Brownie, which is perfect for those with a gluten sensitivity. It was light and moist, meaning we could have probably enjoyed a pud each and not struggled too much. That said, our greed often gets the better of us and it was better to finish the meal satisfied rather than rolling out of the door!
We dined with Dinky, and there were high chairs provided. Although it is a city centre pub, we felt the atmosphere was good for family dining. There are still a few vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu left for us to try, which means a return visit is definitely in order! I hope they can come up with a vegan Sunday Roast soon, as this is something I’ve discussed with Sara – who is also vegan – on a number of occasions.
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