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hi me and my hubby are opening a pub soon and are looking for some help at what would be a good vegetarian option. We think you must get tired of the common options and are trying to think of something a little different and exciting but also of appeal to the majority. we are just having a small menu which will all be home made,<br><br><br><br><br>
thanks for any help Chris and Ali.
 

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Hi there, can I first ask what country you are in? Also could you give an idea of what other food you are planning to serve? I would love to be able to go to a pub and eat similar to what others are eating.
 

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As long as it's not a frozen veggie burger, I always appreciate whatever's on offer. (Actually, I appreciate the veggie burgers too, but something different is always nice...)<br><br>
The most exciting meal I had at a bar recently was a vegan "meatloaf" sandwich with marinara sauce. Not only was it DELICIOUS but it was something I'd never tried or seen on a menu before.<br><br>
Also, if there's only one veggie option, it's a good idea to make that option vegan, or at least easily veganizable (i.e. something where a vegan can easily just ask for no cheese, or whatever.) It's frustrating as a vegan when a restaurant has clearly made an effort to cater to vegetarians, but still has nothing for me.
 

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Fried pickle chips are insanely popular at a restaurant near me. <a href="http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1183&bih=801&site=search&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=fried+pickle+chips&aq=f&aqi=g2g-m1&aql=&oq=" target="_blank">Click here for images.</a><br><br>
Hummus & pita bread is always a good staple. And if you are going to stock pita bread, you might want to consider adding falafel to offer falafel wraps (just add lettuce, tomato & hummus).<br><br>
Good luck with your restaurant!
 

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I also want to add that if you do fried items such as the fried pickles, french fries, onion rings, etc, please have a fryer just for vegetables. Vegetarians do not want their food fried in the same oil as meat. That's very important to us.
 

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The pub that I frequent with my boyfriend offers a portabello mushroom burger and vegan shepherd's pie. Both are delicious. I also remember seeing a recipe somewhere for vegan fish and chips (I believe they use tempeh), which sounds very yum.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sleepydvdr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2873399"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Fried pickle chips are insanely popular at a restaurant near me. <a href="http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1183&bih=801&site=search&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=fried+pickle+chips&aq=f&aqi=g2g-m1&aql=&oq=" target="_blank">Click here for images.</a><br><br>
Hummus & pita bread is always a good staple. And if you are going to stock pita bread, you might want to consider adding falafel to offer falafel wraps (just add lettuce, tomato & hummus).<br><br>
Good luck with your restaurant!</div>
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Totally agree that a hummus plate is a great idea. That's something even omnivores will like and can be a great option for vegetarians or vegans.
 

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Fried pickles are insanely popular with ME!!!! Spears are all the rage here.</div>
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What is this fried pickle you speak of and how have I not been exposed to it? I want!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sleepydvdr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2873399"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Fried pickle chips are insanely popular at a restaurant near me. <a href="http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1183&bih=801&site=search&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=fried+pickle+chips&aq=f&aqi=g2g-m1&aql=&oq=" target="_blank">Click here for images.</a><br><br>
Hummus & pita bread is always a good staple. And if you are going to stock pita bread, you might want to consider adding falafel to offer falafel wraps (just add lettuce, tomato & hummus).<br><br>
Good luck with your restaurant!</div>
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those chips sound really good. i would definitely order them
 

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did you guys know that not all beer is vegan too? I don't drink beer, but I just thought it was wine we had to worry about.<br><br>
(I love this site, I was just introduced to) <a href="http://www.onegreenplanet.org/foodandhealth/food-items-commonly-mistaken-as-vegan/" target="_blank">http://www.onegreenplanet.org/foodan...aken-as-vegan/</a> scroll down to #9 about the beers
 

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hi all thanks for replies,<br>
the mushroom burger sounds like a good idea and also the shepherds pie.<br>
we are in the uk and the menu will be small but homemade.<br>
with steak and ale pie<br>
a steak<br>
ham egg and chips<br>
salmon steak<br>
scampie(not homemade <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br>
lasagne ( thought roasted veg lasagne good but common)<br>
and a couple of other things and speacials too.<br>
will try and make veg option vegan too as that sounds a good idea,<br>
as may not be much vegetarian choice want it to be appealing so at least not disappointing
 

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If you have *two* veg options that's nice too, and sometimes a vegetarian may have an aversion to peppers or mushrooms or some particular ingredient. If one of the veg options is a pasta dish like penne (this is one the menu at on of our locals), then it may appeal to non-vegheads. You can also have the option to "add chicken" or make a veg bolognese and a meat one, etc. Some of the options at our veg-friendly pubs near here are veg chili, veggie burgers/chips, veg curry with rice, risotto (though this is so overdone that I think most veggies are sick of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">), mash with veg sausages. A good, moist nut/lentil loaf with gravy and chips or mash would be wonderful. Goulash/ratatouille with rice is easy peasy too.<br><br>
Can I ask whereabouts you're located? I'm in Oxford, but we travel around every now and again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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^ Agreed re:2 options. I really hate mushrooms. Theyre the only vegan food i will NOT eat. If the only veg dish at a resteraunt was mushroom i'd just have chips. Its happened before - portabello burgers and mushroom risottos are popular.<br><br>
also Id recommend making something easily veganisable. Such as have vegetable fajitas, and it can be ordered with no cheese/sour cream to be vegan.
 

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Since you plan to make pies anyway, if you made sure the pastry was vegan you could do non meat pies also. <a href="http://www.aliveandcooking.com.au/recipes/season2/s2-i-cant-believe-its-not-meat-pie.php" target="_blank">http://www.aliveandcooking.com.au/re...t-meat-pie.php</a> I use this basic recipe all the time to make pies and just tweak the seasoning a little.
 

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and it's always good if the people working there know the ingredients in the veggie dishes or if you have a printed card with the ingredients.
 

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The veg option so often turns out to be lasagna, or else something fussy and weird that invariably has goats cheese in it.<br><br>
I'd like to see a pub whose veg option is a translation of traditional pub grub - "shephards" pie, "bangers" and mash /chips and, of course, the British staple diet of curry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> - there are plenty of veg/vegan options for these. (BTW, brown lentils work well in a shep pie, also way cheaper that a lot of the fake minces which are often not vegan).<br><br>
I don't know if there is a minimum throughput required in order to make such meals economically viable, but marketing them as low fat will I'm sure help sales. Don't forget a nice soup.<br><br>
One thing that most outlets fail to do is to give the customer confidence whether something really is veggie - its surprising some of the things that aren't, such as Worcester sauce or shavings of Parmesan cheese that you might dress a salad with. Also, is that vegetable soup really veggie or is it based on fish / chicken stock ? Or a dish has cheese in it, well not all cheese is vegetarian. Simply adding one or two words to the description can clear matters up, even if I didn't like the answer ; an otherwise veggie-looking option that is described as having animal derived cheese would, whilst be disappointing, also give me more confidence that other items on the menu that were labeled as vegetarian really were as the proprietor has clearly thought about the issues.<br><br>
TTFN,<br>
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thinking a veg hot pot or shepherds pie perhaps topped with sweet potato but not keen on the soya protein type "meats" but will try the brown lentils that where mentioned i think.<br>
also we often have large mushroom burger type things with cheese though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> will need to check on the cheese we use.<br>
dont want to start saying too much Nuke but will think about it if something might appear vegetarian but it isent.<br>
and we are between gretna green and lockerbie.<br>
might mention exactly where when we are more sorted. . . and our choice upto your expectations.... would like 2 choices for you but may not be possible to start as keeping menu small and food waste to a minimum if we are quiet to start.<br>
again we are hoping to do all fresh and homemade within reason.<br>
all advice greatly received though.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I don't know how possible this would be but why not just have regular pub food and have vegan versions? Or like for almost every menu item you offer have a vegan version as well? Like, say you have a burger then just have a veggie burger too. Or if you have like mac n cheese offer a regular version as well as a vegan version. That way omnis and vegans can't get pretty much the same food.
 
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