Vegan foodie Tracey Warren shares her top places to eat in Nantwich ahead of the first ever Nantwich Vegan Fair taking place this weekend…
There’s no doubt about it, veganism is big business!
With the launch of vegan and plant-based food options everywhere from Greggs and KFC to Waitrose and Morrison’s – and with more than 370,000 people signing up for the Veganuary pledge – it looks like the vegan movement is not just a passing trend.
So, it would make sense that local businesses with their finger on the pulse should sit up and take note… and they have!
For example, this coming Saturday (18th January) Nantwich is hosting its first ever vegan fair at the Civic Hall and with over 60 stalls booked – selling everything from hot food, cakes, clothing and cosmetics – it looks like it’s going to be a big one!
Find out more: www.nantwichveganfair.co.uk
In addition, local restaurants and cafes have realised that offering a diverse range of food on their menus is essential in order to maintain a strong customer base.
With this in mind we thought it might be helpful to highlight some of the best places in Nantwich to find vegan or plant-based meals.
Enzo have truly entered into the spirit of Veganuary and are currently offering a full vegan menu to celebrate. With everything from full breakfasts to Pizzas, their spectacular Beetroot Burger and even cakes – this is one place guaranteed to satisfy your plant-based cravings. Plus, on the 31st January Enzo are hosting one of their ever-popular vegan nights – but book quickly because these nights sell out fast!
Street is a casual food and drink venue in Welsh Row that serves dishes inspired by the street vendors and food trucks from around the world… you can eat in or take out and choose from amazing dishes such as their Vegan Burrito Bowl or Singapore Curry Noodles. With an über cool Volkswagen kitchen serving hatch this is a place not to be missed.
If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or just go for that restaurant experience Romazzino is the place to be. With a full vegan menu including pizza, pasta and specialities such as their Tofu Nero (marinated Tofu pan-fried served with polenta and mushroom mash, finished with sayonese) Romazzino offers fine dining in a sophisticated setting.
Residence Restaurant and Bar sits in the centre of Nantwich. The building – once the Lord Mayor of London’s ‘Residence’, offers wining and dining as formal or as informal as you wish and the vegan range includes Curry, Risotto and Superfood Salads amongst further choices. In addition, Residence are also happy to offer advice on vegan-friendly wines.
- The Peacock
Located on the outskirts of Nantwich The Peacock is a country pub that oozes rural charm and rustic character. The picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal vegan options, which include Spiced Squash Coconut Curry, Smoky Jackfruit Wraps and the amazing Vegan Caramel Biscuit Cheesecake.
- The Leopard
Boasting the Nantwich Food Awards ‘Best Pub with Food’ in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, The Leopard has vegan food that has to be seen to be believed! Enjoy your vegan food ‘junk style’? Prepare to be spoilt for choice with their Moving Mountains Burger or Hot Dog that are sights to behold. However, a Root Vegetable Pie and Vegan Chilli ensure all tastes are catered for.
- Bench Bistro Bar
Bench offers pick ‘n’ mix style dining with a sharing plate menu of ‘big flavours in small portions’ that deliver a huge range on choice and taste. Be sure to check out their Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings and stunning Treacle Chips. Furthermore, provided enough notice is given Bench are happy to offer a vegan Afternoon Tea.
- Chopstix Restaurant
Chopstix has been in Nantwich for 14 years and specializes in authentic Chinese and Cantonese food. Priding themselves on serving locally sourced and freshly cooked food the restaurant offers a full vegan menu that features Sea Spiced Aubergine in Chili Sauce and Young Corn with Cashews in Spicy Yellow Bean Sauce amongst many other dishes.
With their recent refurbishment and full vegan menu, Firenze provide choices including Open Flatbreads and Fries, Superfood Salads and even a Chocolate Mousse Pot. Guests can lose themselves for an entire evening with relaxed dining to lounge bar to dancefloor when Firenze’s resident DJ hits the decks on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Cronkinson’s Farm Pub
A modern pub offering old-fashioned service Cronkinson’s Farm Pub has a great following thanks to its comfortable surroundings and family-friendly appeal. With veganised dishes such as Nachos, Crispy Potato Skins, a Button Mushroom Pie and a Raspberry Jam Donut Pudding, Cronkinson’s Farm Pub is a must for those looking to sample vegan delights.
Be sure to check out some of these great establishments and sample some of their fantastic vegan dishes.
And, why not pop along to the Nantwich Vegan Fair this Saturday to truly see that veganism is not all about eating grass and wood-shavings?