The Chorlton Tap, a Manchester pub which has been serving up traditional pub grub to punters for 25 years, has taken the bold decision to switch to a fully vegan menu.
Since chef Kelly Bucher took over the kitchen just over a month ago, the pub has undergone a transformation in the kitchen and now offers up an eclectic menu that fuses Mexican cuisine with beloved English dishes.
Speaking to local media outlet I Love Manchester, Butcher said: “I started up with my vegan Mexican street food business Los Antojitos as I wasn’t aware of anyone in the city doing anything quite like it and I have a lot of allergies – including cow’s milk and seafood.”
“The street food business really took off, and we still have slots at the likes of Levy Market and Stockport Foodie Friday. But it was a really exciting opportunity when Chorlton Tap manager Emily got in touch and asked if we’d be interested in taking over the kitchen. Now we’re here for at least six months.”
The new menu has been a hit with long-term customers, despite their initial reservations.
“The Chorlton Tap has a number of regulars who have been coming for years. And although some of them may have been wary about the new food at first, I can say that all who have tried it have really enjoyed it. That was a big factor behind why we still do a traditional dinner on a Sunday too. The pub used to do a roast and we carried on in that tradition, but vegan,” said Kelly.
Whilst the pub still offers non-vegan beers to punters, the menu offered by the pubs kitchen is now completely vegan.
The weekday street food menu now offers fully vegan Mexican food, including burritos, nachos and rice dishes, with the popular vegan wings and chilli dawgs served from 4pm till 9pm on Fridays.
As well as a delicious selection of Mexcian dishes, customers can also find a whole host of traditional pub grub such as mushroom and chestnut pie, Sunday roasts and full-English breakfast tacos.
The Sunday Roast has proved a hit with five vegan options to pick from on Sundays from 12 noon until 7pm. Choose from untraditional pasties, a selection of pies and restuffed squash (all between the £8-9 mark), all made on site.
If you have room for dessert, The Chorlton Tap offers vegan cupcakes from south Manchester-based baker, Gorgosaurus Vegan Bakery.
Even the salsas and sauces at the pub are completely homemade, with the scotch bonnet chilli sauce a must-try for those who like it hot. In fact, the sauces have proved such a hit that they’ve been used by a local brewery, Northern Monk, for whom Kelly made bottles of sauce using their Heathen IPA.
Find The Chortlon Tap at 533 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 OUE