Pub classics fish and chips, lasagne and a Sunday roast are all on the menu at the Peacock in Nottingham – and they’re all vegan.
The Peacock is Nottingham’s first pub to have a 100% vegan menu. And there’s also a number of vegan beers and a cider, the entire wine menu is vegan friendly and if you want tea, it comes with rice milk.
The Mansfield Road boozer is now open after a two-week revamp to freshen up the front bar but don’t worry – traditional features such as the decks and the Dame Laura Knight paintings have been retained. Branding itself as a Victorian Public House and Vegan Kitchen, the menu boasts an-all day breakfast, sandwiches, light bites, mains and desserts.
Chef David has been a vegan for a decade and previously worked at the Alley Cafe in Nottingham. He said: “I have been to vegan pubs around the country and they do very well. Just because you are a vegan it does not mean you have to eat quinoa and lentils.”
David has taken a twist on the classic pub burger by replacing the meat with a vegan friendly alternative of portobello mushroom stuffed with cream cheese, kale and bread crumbs, as well as conjuring up dishes made from vegetables and meat-free alternatives to fish, sausage, bacon and chicken and dairy-free cheese, egg and milk.
Sandwiches, using bread from Nottingham company Bake-Off and Pie come with fillings such as roast veg, pesto and cream cheese and the Peacock Not-Dog with fried onions. There are homemade chips and dips, samosas, Vork Pies, and sosage rolls to snack on, and there’s also two burgers on the menu – one with seitan, and another with a stuffed portobello mushroom.
The mains feature classic comfort food such as pie but instead of meat it’s packed with asparagus, minted peas and caramelised onions. Lasagne is made of soya mince, homemade ricotta and cashew nuts, while the fish in the fish and chips is actually battered tofu wrapped in seaweed.
At the moment there are three desserts on offer which are set to be crowd pleasers – coffee and walnut cake with frosted icing, sticky toffee pudding with ice cream and coconut and lime cheesecake.
He hopes to continue to tweak pub classics such as pies, burgers and fish and chips but in a vegan friendly way so that vegans do not have to miss out.
David said:” After research and using my initiative, I figured out the secret to recreate these classics in a vegan friendly way.”
When asked which of his recipes he would recommend, David confidently said: “The lasagne”.
Some of the Victorian pub’s regulars vowed to go elsewhere after the plan to go vegan was announced – but hundreds of vegans have voiced their support.
Before their launch last week, landlord of 17 years Michael Scholes, said: “I am a bit nervous but my gut feeling tells me we have done the right thing.
“I have quite a few friends who are vegan. We originally changed the menu so there were vegan options for everything but we got lots more vegans than meat eaters so we thought why not scrap it and make it all vegan.”
So whether you are vegan or not, you should get down to the Peacock pub to sample one of their glorious vegan delicacies. You can find them on Mansfield Road in Nottingham.
This story first appeared on the Nottingham Post. Image credit: Nottingham Post.