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Eating out: The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett

PUBLISHED: 13:33 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:32 20 February 2013

Eating out: The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett

Eating out: The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett

Meat-loving Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and pals discover the delights of vegetarian fine dining at the Red Lion, Great Bricett

Meat-loving Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and pals discover the delights of vegetarian fine dining at the Red Lion, Great Bricett




Youve booked our Christmas meal at a vegetarian restaurant, we all (apart from the vegetarians) gasped in horror.
It was time for my friends and I to get together for our annual girly gossip before the December rush, and some of us were a tad upset that there would be no turkey with trimmings on the menu, as non-meateater Rachel got in there and booked us a table at The Veggie Red Lion in Great Bricett.
To be fair, the poor vegetarians (there are three in our gaggle) always get fobbed off at Christmas time with sloppy mushroom risotto, the ever-present goats cheese tart or some variation on Quorn but I was really in the mood for a nice turkey dinner. I had heard of The Red Lion and, even though its just six miles from my house, had never ventured there before as sadly I love steak too much.
I have to say, I didnt expect the pub to be so big. Inside, the welcoming and open space is traditional-looking yet light and packed with oldy worldy features.
I found the menu to be quite surprising. Everything sounded mouth-wateringly good, and there was a real global feel to it, with dishes from all corners of the world.
From the starters, all priced at 4.90, we tried the spicy red lentil, coconut and coriander dhal with garlic and coriander naan, dim sum, roasted oyster and shitake mushroom skewers with garlic and herbs and a spicy satay sauce, baked Camembert with redcurrant jelly and crusty bread, and a mixed olive platter.




Having had to literally remove my belt, I decided I could still just about squeeze in a pud and shared two puddings with a friend.





The dhal was made with both chana dhal and red lentils, giving it real body and texture with nice fresh tomato flavours coming through.
The dim sum looked dainty and were nicely crisp, with a fragrant filling and heat from the accompanying chilli sauce.
I was told the mushroom skewers were delicious. And we didnt really hear anything from the Camembert eaters who were too busy wallowing in the luxurious, oozing cheese to talk.
There was silence all round as we tucked into the nicely proportioned main courses. A popular choice was the roasted mushroom Wellington the crisp puff pastry giving way to garlicky basil pesto and mozzarella and a meaty field mushroom. Surrounded by a velvety white wine sauce, even the most devout meat eaters declared the dish divine.
I had the African sweet potato stew with roasted peppers, fine beans and baby corn in a spicy peanut and tomato sauce, topped with herby potatoes.
Now, I can hold my hands up and say I dont really like sweet potato. But, my stew was fantastic. The spiciness of the sauce (but not too spicy) balanced out the sweetness of the potatoes in what was one of the best vegetarian dishes I have ever eaten. Another dish tried was the roasted mushroom, smoked mozzarella and rocket calzone, with curly fries, baby salad leaves and a sun dried tomato mayonnaise, which was smokey and filling wonderful!
Having had to literally remove my belt, I decided I could still just about squeeze in a pud and shared two puddings with a friend. We had the chewy, chocolatey brownies with warm chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Im an avid brownie lover and I have to say this was one of the best Ive ever had in a pub. The other dessert was a dark chocolate truffle torte a round of crisp chocolate filled with chocolate and brandy truffle on a biscuit and sponge base. It was rich, deep and intense. Very good.
The bill for eight of us with a starter and main course each, three desserts, wine, soft drinks and a few coffees came in at a reasonable 186.
Overall the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, the food way surpassed any of our expectations, and we had a fantastic time.
We will definitely all be going back again the Veggie Red Lion is a real gem. And even if you have to drag carnivores there in protest, theyll definitely leave with a smile on their faces.


The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett
Tel: 01473 657799.


www.theveggieredlion.co.uk

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