The Ship Inn, Ouseburn – Newcastle’s First Vegan Pub
I’ll qualify the title of this blog post with a disclaimer – while The Ship Inn has a vegan food menu, not all of the beers and ales available are vegan-friendly. It is worth double checking what they have on tap and whether it is suitable first.
With that out of the way, I’ll tell you more about the first pub in Newcastle to take the bold step of launching a wholly plant-based menu. Any sausages or burgers available are of the fake variety, which is awesome news for the many veggies I know in the area! We had to visit once we discovered they were offering a Sunday lunch dish to do a review.
Located at the bottom of Stepney Bank near Ouseburn Farm, this is a proper boozer. Even with the new direction some of the regulars have stuck around, judging by the clientele. That said, while we were making our decision at the bar a man walked in and asked what the food options were. When he heard there was no meat he made a sharp exit. Clearly Nut Roasts aren’t for everyone.
Unlike a regular pub lunch menu, The Ship only had one traditional Sunday roast dish. Other mains included a Veggie Burger, served with chips, Sausage and Mash and an All Day Breakfast. Although there’s no Yorkshire Puddings on the dinner – although we’re reliably informed they’re working on this in the kitchen – I decided to give it a try. The Roast Aubergine and Tomato combination sounded delicious, and I can confirm the taste lived up to expectation. Rather than something processed, this was freshly made and I enjoyed every flavourful bite.
The gravy could do with being a little thicker, but that was only a minor complaint. Everything else was great, even the crisp roasties. Who needs animal fat anyway?! At £9.95 it isn’t the cheapest we’ve had, although Mr. Canny’s £6.50 veggie burger was a bargain and balanced it out.
He loved the patty, which was packed full of beans. I’d have liked to see it topped with a vegan-friendly cheese which, when I mentioned it to the Mr., he agreed with. Served alongside proper chips and a nice salad, this was a great value meal.
With vegan cakes also on offer, and even dairy-free ice cream sundaes, we felt we couldn’t ignore dessert. We took a table outside to enjoy the sunshine, and ploughed through a Chocolate Brownie Sundae (£4.95). Not one for sweet things normally, Mr. Canny said he regretted sharing! Seriously, anyone questioning how good vegan ice cream is has to try this pudding out. Sweet, chocolatey and creamy, it was the best vegan dessert we’ve sampled while dining out so far.
While the meal wasn’t faultless, we were very impressed and are already planning our next visit. The All Day Breakfast, which can be gluten free, is next on the list to try. The Ship have a coffee and cake offer on for just £3.95 if you fancy popping in if you’re visiting the farm or Seven Stories, which are located nearby. For just having launched the new menu, the pub was busy and there was a delay on food later on. The friendly staff, resident moggy and great grub will ensure its popularity grows even more once word gets out about its change in direction. They have been open a little while now, but wanted to ensure they had the menu right before announcing it to the world. I, for one, look forward to seeing more from their kitchen in the future.
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