The Spread Eagle

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London’s first ever fully vegan pub opened it’s doors last year, The Spread Eagle in Homerton, East London.

There was a time when even though I’ve lived in East London since I upped sticks and moved from Norfolk to London 12 years ago, I would have considered myself more of a West end girl in regards to where I went out, the restaurants, bars and clubs I frequented and the circles I mixed in but I’m so happy that I remained living east as now it really is London’s vegan hub. From Shoreditch to Hackney, vegan restaurants are opening up almost weekly and the vegan boom is, well, booming!

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The Spread Eagle is only a few minutes in an Uber for me, I could drive but the cocktail menu is just too good, they even do a black cocktail called Lavender is The New Black, perfect for a vegan vamp! I’d also recommend the Smoked Pineapple Cosmopolitan.

 

I’ve pretty much sampled EVERYTHING on the menu and the restaurant is run by Club Mexicana and the food, glorious, I have to say, the tofish taco’s feature probably the best tofish I’ve ever tasted, the tempeh bacon taco’s are just divine and it really is hard to decide what I like best out of the MFC (Mexican Fried Chicken) burger, the Club Mex Cheeseburger or the Sticky Ribs Burger, they’re all just too tasty and the wings and nachos are amazing too.

 

 

The best Mexican food outside of Mexico? Yes, in fact, even better because it’s all vegan!!!

Dessert wise, I love the cheesecake but it’s the chilli chocolate tart with vegan whipped cream that really tantalizes my taste buds.

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If you live in london and haven’t been, you must go, it’s also dog friendly so take your pooch!

 

Location

224 Homerton High Street, London, E9 6AS

Hours

Mon – Thur 4pm – 11pm, Fri –  4pm – 1am, Sat – 12pm – 2am, Sun – 12pm – 10.30pm 

Phone

020 8985 0400

Sutton and Sons

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Before I was vegan, I have to admit that ‘fish & chips’ was probably my favourite traditional English food.

I grew up in Norfolk, right on The Broads  and not too far from the coast so fish & chip takeaways wrapped in newspaper were a pretty regular thing.

I’m vegan for the animals, not because I never liked the taste of meat so I’m always delighted when new innovative restaurants which substitute traditional dishes for vegan alternatives open up and Sutton and Sons don’t disappoint.

The traditional family run shop which has been established for almost 20 years, saw the rising demand for vegan options and added some to the menu and found them so popular that they opened up the first fully vegan fish & chip shop in London.

The banana blossom fish is delicious, marinaded in samphire and seaweed before being battered and flaky just like fish, it’s the perfect alternative and I have no idea how they make the prawns in the prawn cocktail so similar to prawns but they’re amazing, and the calamari, yum!

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The only problem with fully vegan establishments is that you literally want to try everything on the menu and there’e so much choice that it’s impossible but next time, I’m definitely going to have to try the battered sausage.

Whether you sit in and go for fish & chips, which I did, along with a  glass of fizz or take away, a visit to this restaurant is an absolute must!

I’m 100% going to become a regular visitor and as an added bonus, the branch is right near one of my favourite vintage shops.

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Where to find them

Email: vegan@suttonandsons.co.uk
Phone: 020 3643 2017
Address: Graham Road, London E8 1BP

Opening times

  • Monday to Thursday 12 to 10pm
  • Friday to Saturday 12 to 10:30pm
  • Sunday 12:00 to 10pm

 

The Birds – Leytonstone

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I went along last week to The Birds in Leytonstone and have to say I was in my element.

A Hitchcock themed pub with a vegan heavy menu that welcomes dogs, what’s not to love?

I managed to take advantage of an offer the were doing of 1/2 food on all Mondays/Tuesdays in January and February which has sadly ended now, how fast is this year going?

I went along with my GBF (who isn’t vegan although has eaten way more vegan food recently as he loves my cooking)

For those who don’t know, Leytonstone is the birth place of Sir Alfred Hitchcock and The Birds is one of his most iconic films.

I love the decor in the pub, the old tiles exposed, the quirky vintage furniture, the giant Jack Skellington and the abundance of bird cages, minus any caged birds though because that would be wrong.

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Between us we managed to order almost everything on the menu, well it would have been rude not to as it was half price.

I went for the Smoked Fishless Tacos to start, I’m a massive fan of tofish and they were delicious, the Chickenish Burger which was made from crispy seitan and we shared the White Truffle Mac and Cheese and the Dirty Fries (huge portion). 

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The food was amazing, Marko had gone for non vegan dishes from the menu but actually said he preferred my food to his and will be ordering from the vegan part next time we go!

I don’t know how we’d have managed to eat everything we ordered if it wasn’t for the help of Dolly and Lucky.

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We’ll definitely be heading back very soon to try everything else on the menu! Can’t wait to the the Chickenish Strips, the Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cauliflower and the Beefless Burger!

They also do bottomless brunches, a buffet menu and Sunday roasts as well as holding all kinds of events from yoga to themed parties and drag quizzes.

I think The Birds could potentially my new local, I drove this time so was limited to just 2 glasses of Prosecco but it’s not too far for me to go in an Uber.

I fully recommend a visit for vegan junk food at it’s best.

The Birds

692 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3AA

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Check the website for what’s on.

www.thebirds.pub