I kicked off my pledge to go plant-based with a visit to Newcastle’s only fully-vegan pub, The Ship Inn. Located opposite Ouseburn Farm, The Ship Inn seems like any other trendy pub. Branding itself as a ‘superfood pub’, this place serves exclusively vegan food – but without the label. To me, this is pretty cool as sometimes the label ‘vegan’ can turn people off or make people think of bland, tasteless food – The Ship Inn is anything but!
Last weekend, the weather was absolutely stunning so we walked from our house through Jesmond Dene, to Ouseburn and then along the Quayside. After the 2.5 mile hike through the Dene and through the Ouseburn Valley, we were absolutely starving and ready for a slap-up meal and a cold beer. The pub was absolutely packed outside, with sumer drinkers already gathering complete with shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses, but inside there was plenty space for us to sit and order food. We sat in the window, basking in the sunlight, and watched the comings and goings of the Saturday afternoon drinkers.
To drink, I had a bottle of Daura Damm, my favourite gluten free lager which is made by Catalan brewery, Estrella Damm. Craig opted for a pint of Red Stripe, an Ouseburn classic. There’s nothing quite like a cold beer on the first proper day of Spring! I was pleased to see the gluten free dishes on the menu were highlighted, and I was immediately drawn in by the Buddha Bowl – coconut, chilli and ginger sauce with cashew nuts, asian veg and shitake mushrooms (£9) while Craig went for the Happy Fish and Chips (£9) – tofu wrapped in seaweed and deep fried in batter, served with homemade chunky chips and the most delicious minty peas I’ve ever had. It even came with vegan tartare sauce, Craig isn’t a fan of the non-vegan stuff anyway, but still a nice touch to complete this meal.
My Buddha Bowl was absolutely outstanding, and this was actually the first time I’d every tried shitake mushrooms – I must say, I’m a fan! Both portion sizes were huge, and the meals were piping hot. An outstanding meal all-round.
I think one of the fantastic things about The Ship Inn is the way they have successfully demonstrated that you can cook delicious and filling meals, while still being vegan – something two things I think people often don’t associate together.
I’m counting down to our next visit to The Ship Inn, as I’m keen to try their Roasted Aubergine and Mushroom Curry (£8). As far as pub meals go, this is the very best and very affordable too. These two mega plates fuelled us all the way to the Quaysdie Wetherspoons, The Central in Gateshead and all the way up to Haymarket Metro.
Where are your favourite vegan spots in Newcastle? Let me know in the comments! I want to try them all 🙂