The Waterloo Weekender returned for the Bank Holiday at The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen, located beneath Grainger Town’s multi-storey car park. With food stalls from the likes of Fat Hippo Burger Bar, Tandoori Naan Hut, Smokin’ Barbecue Co, Flip n Fast and Simply Cheesecake, we were keen to go along and support street food traders we’ve tried before and loved. There’s obviously lots of beers on offer too, if that’s your sort of thing!
On from noon until late on the 27th and 28th of August, we popped by for a spot of lunch and a pint with Dinky on the Saturday. Entry was free and children were welcomed, with entertainment from Buddy’s Balloons and a face painter on both days between 12 and 4pm.
We took a little photo diary which we hope you enjoy. It is great to see local businesses supporting each other like this and hope the weather holds out for the second day!
I was keen to sample to try out The Sghetti Monster, which is something a bit different in terms of the street food we’ve encountered over the last couple of years. Spaghetti never struck me as a portable food in the way burgers are, although I was hardly dished up pasta into my hands! With vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options available, everyone was catered for. Those keen on meatballs should try out the Balls on Sticks. Needs no further explanation 🙂
With earthy beetroot and sweetcorn, my Sorta Sghetti (£5) was served with regular pasta instead of courgetti at my request. It was a delicious and filling lunch, which unfortunately spoilt me for eating anything else. I will definitely be seeking these guys out again at street food events in the future. Kids may find the Sghetti Bolognese more to their tastes!
Mr. Canny started off with a savoury galette (vegan-friendly, natch) from Flip n Fast, who we met at the Vegan Festival a little while back. With avocado, hummus, vegan cheese and a lime sweet chilli sauce, it was fresh and zingy. There are lots of sweet fillings available, including Nutella. There’s even dairy-free chocolate spread on request.
The revelation for Mr. Canny was that Smokin’ Barbecue now do a vegan hot dog. Piled high with onions, mustard and a freshly made tomato salsa, this made his day as it has been a while since he’s had one. He was so keen he didn’t wait for me to take a photo before he ploughed in! We usually find vegetarian-friendly offerings, but not vegan, so I’ll let him off. It was a great ‘sausage’, and I would have happily ate one myself. I was tempted to get one with nachos and cheese, but was still full after my pasta. There was also no space for anything from Simply Cheesecake but, if you aren’t adverse to dairy, try the Lemon Meringue! Normally I’d buy something regardless, but my cheesecake fiend is away on holiday without us at the moment.
Tandoori Naan Hut have lots to choose from and also cater for vegetarians and vegans with their Aloo Chana Chaat Masala Naan, and Fat Hippo also had a Spicy Beanburger on offer too.
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