The Tudor, Ayr.

Tonight we invited ourselves to a family meal. We obviously had to go to the restaurant they picked, so really weren’t very hopeful of a decent vegan meal.

We called the restaurant prior to going to enquire about any vegan choices they may have. Sadly, for us…they had NO VEGAN OPTIONS on the menu!

However, all was not lost…because the staff were super friendly and were more than happy to alter dishes to make them vegan.

After a brief chat with our waitress we agreed on vegetable tempura with chilli sauce as our starter. It was absolutely gorgeous….big chunks of broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and pepper rings. It wasn’t at all greasy and tasted really fresh, with lovely crunchy veg. I forgot to take a picture as I was too busy laughing and yapping with my uncles.

For the main we established that the vegetarian fajitas could be veganised if we left off the sour cream and cheeses. We added extra guacamole and took our own coconut cream (as you do!) to use as sour cream.

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Gorgeous crunchy vegetables in a sticky hoi sin like sauce.

The fajitas were absolutely gorgeous. They had peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli and potatoes. Never would I have thought to include tatties in fajitas, but they REALLY worked!

Overall, considering the Tudor didn’t have a single vegan option on their menu, I’d give them 10/10 for our delicious meal!

I’d suggest they don’t sell themselves short and add a little sentence to their menu saying dish X, Y and Z can be veganised. Because, they pulled it out the bag tonight.

No puddings for us, as you’d expect, but that’s a tiny little criticism of an overall lovely meal.

Thanks for being so helpful and going to the effort of making a dish, or two, for us. We greatly appreciate it.

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Chestnuts Hotel & Restaurant, Ayr.

Last night we visited the Chestnuts Hotel and Restaurant for our dinner. Once again we found it via Happy Cow.

My Dad (who is an omni) enjoyed a wonderful meal. He said it was very tasty and well cooked.

Us on the other hand…well, we were left quite disappointed.

The good….

It has a vegan menu. A totally separate vegan menu, printed on green paper to really drive it home! 😁

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I always think it’s fabulous when a place makes the effort to actually produce a vegan menu. However, this menu was very unimaginative.

We opted for the mushroom starter.

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The mushroom were not really cooked well – they were super chewy. The sauce tasted quite sweet, but overall felt like the chef had just poured some passata over semi raw mushrooms….and stuck a SINGLE slice of super thin (had there been a pattern on the plate you’d have seen it through the breed) wholemeal bread. Not a lot of effort or quantity for the price.

I had originally planned on having the vegetable fajitas for my main, but on enquiry I found out that they were literally just serving fried peppers and onions with a tortilla and salsa. I asked if we could have avocado or salad, but was told no….the regular fajitas comes with cheese (fajitas with cheese?), salsa  and sour cream, so naturally the vegan one can only come with salsa!

That logic makes no sense to me. If you’re making a vegan meal you have to substitute and make the meal entire. You can’t just miss things off the plate. The chef has missed a trick with that….avocado would be an easy ingredient to add, without a huge expense and it actually goes with the dish!!!

Anyway, I decided to go for the tempura. Sadly….I was left disappointed. I got big chunks of raw pepper, onion (literally a whole red onion chopped into 4), two slices of baby sweetcorn and one chopped up spring onion coated in a VERY thin layer of batter…and served with some chips and sweet chilli sauce. I ate it, because I’d been out all day and was staving. But to say it was bland and boring was an understatement. Again, for the price point I don’t feel it was good value for money.

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On a plus point. The wee mixed salad was phenomenal!!!

The atmosphere was nice and the drinks were lovely. Cannot complain about that.

Like I say, the omni dishes and Bette’s vegetarian dishes were good. But…the vegan menu needs some work!

Overall…for my experience, as a vegan eating off their vegan menu, I’d give this place 4 out of 10.

Brilliant gesture….but poorly executed. There are some easy changes that could be made to the menu to improve it. But, as it stands…it’s overpriced and under whelming.

Thanks for the effort though!