Saturday, 10 November 2012

Playhouse (Pub)

4 Saint John's Street  Colchester, Essex CO2 7AA
01206 571 003

The Playhouse is operated by pub chain “Wetherspoon”.
Wetherspoon helpfully have a “plan your menu” section on their website, where you can choose to just view the vegan items. [take note other restaurants!!]

The items listed were:

Portion of chips

 Side salad without creamy dressing

Happy Monkey strawberry & banana smoothie

Curry Club:
Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry with extra poppadums
An award-winning dish, in a coconut sauce, with yellow basmati rice, mango chutney and poppadums. This meal is suitable for vegans if ordered without Naan.

Large onion bhajis

Vegetable samosas

Extra poppadums & mango chutney

Bombay potatoes

Confusingly jacket potato and beans (without butter) doesn't show up on this list, but it does show up if you select "vegetarian"+ "egg free" + "dairy free"... as does"Organic Tomato and Basil Soup" and "Hummus and Roast Vegetable Flatbread".

Looking through their menu I noticed a lot of  vegetarian things that could easily be made vegan, if  Weatherspoon so chose-such as: Mexican bean burger, vegetable burger, vegetarian sausage with chips and beans, superfood salad/pasta, Vegetarian roast(Portobello Mushroom, Chickpea & Pumpkin Seed Roast served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and gravy), Five-bean chilli (uses Quorn mince), Vegetarian breakfast (Two fried eggs, three vegetarian sausages, baked beans and chips).

I think some polite email suggestions are in order!

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