Judging by the posts receiving the largest page views every single week we are a region of Sunday lunch lovers! I can’t say I argue with that, and it is one of the things I feel I don’t feel vegans and vegetarians are necessarily well accommodated with. Salad and risotto on a Sunday do not make my tummy happy when other are tucking into veggies, mash and lots of gravy.
One of our favourite places to have the most important meal of the week before we become vegan was The Feathers Inn. The quality of the food was first class and we recommended it to anyone and everyone for a good while afterwards. You can read our gushy review here. Judging by the accolades on the wall, we aren’t the only ones who appreciate their locally sourced gastropub fare either.
On hearing that The Feathers did a nut roast I knew we had to make a return visit. It has to be said that it isn’t always available as their menus change frequently, so it’s worth checking in advance. Hopefully with this post they’ll get so much interest it will become a regular feature! It is worth noting it is a good idea to reserve a table in advance. It can get very busy on a weekend and it is off the beaten track, unless you’re a local. I’d be stoked to have The Feathers as my local. Lucky ducks.
There were two vegan options for starter and main course on the Sunday we visited, so we had to have one of each. Mr. Canny very kindly offered to forgo the ‘No Meat Loaf’ so I could sample this, while he opted for the Roasted Spiced Cauliflower with hummus.
His starter of Wild Garlic Soup was very in season and served with generous wodges of fresh bread. The ‘blitzed Kermit’ appearance meant it wasn’t that appealing to the eyes, but the mellow taste and gentle aromatics of this foraged herb was a delight for Mr. Canny, who is still battling a nasty cold.
My Roasted Beetroot and Blood Orange Salad was served without blue cheese to make it vegan. The earthy beet and the slightly bitter orange complimented each other nicely. Even Dinky was impressed 🙂
My hearty main, which came with a side of Roasted Parsnips and an extra jug of gravy, was spot on. The roasties could have been a little crispier, and I wonder if that’s because mine weren’t cooked in an animal fat. I would have loved a Yorkshire Pudding but there’s only one place in the area that makes them suitable for vegans and that’s Cornerstone Café. Compared to other nut roasts we’ve had of late I didn’t feel like I was getting less than a vegetarian on account of being vegan, it has to be said, and I definitely felt it was good value for money at 24.50 for 3 courses. Mr. Canny’s Cauliflower dish was like a deconstructed roast, with seeds and nuts scattered on his plate. After the soup he was flagging, so decided to pass on the pud. I could do no such thing when presented with an option other than sorbet! With homemade soy custard that Dinky liked so much she licked off the table – we’ll work on her dining etiquette in due course – their Bramley Apple Crumble was the perfect way to round off the meal.
Helen and Rhian have a gem in The Feathers Inn and are celebrating 10 years in business this year. With restaurants coming and going in the region – often within the space of a year – they have proved their mettle during these difficult times and deserve to be still racking up plaudits. Whether you’re a veggie or a meat eater, Sunday lunch at this lovely country pub is a must.
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Where would you recommend trying for Sunday Lunch? We’d love to hear some suggestions in the Comments 🙂