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Chef and Brewer – The Prince Of Wales Esher

When my mum suggested we go to this local pub for a little lunch in the sun this week, I was a little hesitant as the last time I ended up having a meal there, the only vegan food available was a noodle dish with the meat removed (it looked very sad and unappetising). None the less, it is a dog friendly pub which meant I could take my little Yoda with me so I was more than appreciative of that, although I didn’t have high hopes for the food.

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A proud grandmother and her grandpuppy

How wrong I was. The new menu featured not 1 or 2, but 3 vegan mains, plus a desert! I was absolutely spoilt for choice which is a nice change from most pubs having maybe 1 option or just the trusty chips and side salad (sadly I think we’ve all been there).

The options to choose from were a garden bowl with warm potatoes and salad, an asian noodle salad with carrot and cucumber ribbons, and the ultimate vegan burger. Maybe it’s just me, but when I go for a pub lunch I’m going for a proper pub lunch, so the burger really was the best option.

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Wow! Look at that sexy vegan burger! The menu described it as, ‘a delicious meat-free burger, topped with fried onions and a melting vegan slice, in a toasted poppy seed bun with mayo and shredded iceberg lettuce. Served with house slaw, barbecue dip and chips‘. The burger patty was amazingly realistic, very similar to a Linda McCartney 1/4 pounder, and I’m pretty sure the ‘melting vegan slice’ was violife, which in my opinion is the best burger cheese going, so I was more than happy! My mum ordered the same and was shocked at how much it tastes like dairy cheese.

And the best part was, at £9.29 it was the cheapest burger meal on the whole menu, which makes a change from a lot of places having vegan food that is ridiculously overpriced in comparison to the omnivorous equivalent!

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The vegan pudding option was a chocolate torte which I was way too full up to try, but it sounded very similar to the Zizzi version so if that’s your cup of tea then definitely worth a try.

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I was so pleasantly surprised by my experience here and would definitely recommend you try out the vegan options at your local Chef and Brewer, I look forward to what else they have in the future with new menus.

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Have you tried any of these dishes? Let me know if you liked them too!

Jas x

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