I’ve had some exciting news from a local pub recently regarding new vegan and vegetarian dishes on the summer menu.
The popular Leicester bar The Lansdowne, part of the Orange Tree Group, now offers a range of meat-free dishes that claim to appeal to non-meat eaters and carnivores alike. The range includes courgette and roasted pepper tart with a vegan olive oil pastry case, and wild mushroom ravioli, made with thyme and truffle oil vegan pasta.
Mark Turner, Executive Chef for the Orange Tree Group, said, “It seems that more and more people are becoming ‘flexitarian’ – the trend of eating less meat and more vegetables without adopting full vegetarianism – and our summer menu has something for everyone, whatever their taste.”
Mark continued, “The Lansdowne’s new vegan and vegetarian choices are designed to be equally appealing to meat-eaters, as well as to those who don’t eat meat or ingredients derived from animal products.”
Mark has been with The Orange Tree Group since the Lansdowne opened ten years ago, and during that time he has seen an increase in the number of people requesting vegan and vegetarian meals.
“We often get members of the Leicestershire Vegetarian and Vegan Society coming in and have noticed that on several recent online reviews, customers have commented that they like the choice available. We get a lot of groups of friends or people coming in for a pub lunch from local businesses and I think it’s nice that we can offer them a choice, as the groups can often contain a mix of vegetarians/vegans and meat eaters,” Mark comments to Leicester Veggie.
Other vegan or vegetarian options on the menu at The Lansdowne, which is based on London Road, include polenta fries, mixed tapas, flageolet and vegetable gumbo, and sweet potato and coconut korma.
I have to admit, I can’t remember the last time I ate at the Lansdowne as I can usually be found at the Orange Tree in the city center. However, the new menu sounds amazing, and the fact that the restaurant is making a real effort to reach out to the vegan community is really encouraging.
I look forward to eating at the Lansdowne soon, and will be sure to give you all an update on the dishes.
Below are a couple images of some of the vegan and veggie dishes on offer.