A vegan pub has opened in Canterbury, serving up animal-friendly alcohol and recreating classic dishes without the animal products.
Everything at The Monument, which is under the new management of vegan couple Tom Boughton and Jo Brookman, is vegan only, including all drinks and bar snacks. Punters can enjoy their regular pie mash or burger, but they will be made from mock meat and plant-based substitutes.
New owner said: “I think a lot of people are scared of the vegan food and it puts them off. We say try the food and see how nice, easy and non-scary it is.”
Canterbury has an active vegan community, playing host to the Kent Vegan Festival, and the change in menu at the popular pub is “going down well with everyone”, he added.
He said: “It is the only wholly vegan pub in Kent. We have double checked with breweries and wine makers which means people will not have to Google if a pint of cider is vegan friendly or not. People can come here and literally have everything. Even people who are not vegan are saying it’s a great idea.”
Tom has worked in bars on and off for ten years, getting the hang of the business while Joanna has a teaching background. But the couple, who have been dating for two years, have always been keen on living in Canterbury and running their own restaurant.
So when they saw The Monument available for rent last year on a property site, they chose to “hit two birds with one stone”.
What’s on the menu?
The drinks are “reasonably priced”, with two cocktails for £10, two bottles of ale for £7 and bottles of Sol for £2.50.
The menu includes a delicious sounding Elvis burger, Texan burger, Italian burger. They also serve a Sea Shepherd’s Pie (vegan mariners pie), homemade chilli, and pies.
Where can I find it?
The Monument is located on the West side of Canterbury, just a few minutes’ walk from the City Centre and directly opposite St Dunstan’s Church.
Source: Kent Live.