If you have a special occasion coming up and have someone in the family with a dietary requirement it can be difficult to find somewhere that accommodates everyone. We are often sent messages about this and, while I’d love to recommend vegetarian and vegan restaurants exclusively, we don’t really have any in the area that serve up fine dining foods fit for an anniversary. I love visiting Super Natural and The Bohemian but if you really want to push the boat out you have to consider other options, I’m afraid.
When hearing the news that House of Tides, Newcastle’s only Michelin starred restaurant would not actively accommodate the vegan diet it made me wonder what other options we are left with. Thankfully it isn’t all doom and gloom and we came up with a round up of eateries that are definitely worth trying out if you’re wanting some posh scran.
Peace & Loaf, Jesmond
We were very impressed on a recent visit to Dave Coulson’s Peace & Loaf, located not far outside of Newcastle’s city centre.
Advance notice was given of our dietary requirements and, while there aren’t specifically vegan dishes already on the menu, the team were more than happy to rustle up a choice of two dishes for each course.
We visited early doors for an Early Bird special that was exceptional value for just £25 per person. You can read the full review here.
The Duck House, Corbridge
Having been suitably impressed with the options on offer at The Duck House in Corbridge during an impromptu lunch trip of sorts and what was created especially we were keen to return and try out more of what Ray and the team could do.
Having participated in Vegan Restaurant Week where a special of two courses for £15 was offered, we made a special visit to sample these gourmet delights.
Each plate was a treat for the eyes and taste buds and we were awed by what was created for such a bargain price.
We couldn’t ignore the desserts either, especially when there was a choice of two. Not a sorbet in sight! There’s talk of Taster Menus being created in the near future and we look forward to hearing and tasting more.
The Roxburgh, Whitley Bay
Another participant in Vegan Restaurant Week, Gary Dall came up with a 7 vegan course feast for just £35 during the offer. Mr. Canny and some of his friends who don’t follow a plant based diet went along to give it a try.
The Roxburgh has built up a reputation based on ‘nose to tail’ dining, but Gary was keen to show that he can create exceptional dishes without using animal products. From the ‘Plate of Onions’ to ‘Cauliflower and Chips’, nothing on the menu was quite as it seemed!
While events like this are not a weekly occurrence, those who want to try out this eatery will be pleased to here that dietary requirements are accommodated with a little notice. The menu changes to reflect what is on offer seasonally and features a veggie dish anyway, but it is worth contacting in advance so Gary can work his magic.
You can read more about our previous visit for Sunday lunch here.
A restaurant I will happily recommend whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or otherwise is Blackfriars. We have found the menu always has its vegan and vegetarian dishes clearly marked and their staff are well versed in dealing with dietary requirements. Of course there is a post all about some of the grub we’ve had the pleasure of eating, and you can read it here.
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond
A special menu was created for Mr. Canny with advance notice when we were invited to try out Jesmond Dene House’s special Early Evening Menu last year. It certainly felt like a lot of consideration had gone into crafting these dishes to the standard you’d usually expect of this fine dining establishment and we were suitably impressed. With Afternoon Teas also available on request Jesmond Dene is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with all of the family.
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