West Bridgford nutrition coach Susan Hart reviews the vegan offerings at Pieminister in Nottingham city centre.
Sometime ago I heard on Facebook that Pieminister had updated their menu and introduced some new vegan options.
Up until now pies were often off the menu if you were vegan. Say hello to a pie called Kevin (Kevin Keegan; rhyming slang for vegan)
The sign outside the restaurant on Long Row really made me smile
I ordered the ‘Mother earth’; a combination of the Kevin pie (mushrooms, tomato, red wine, baby onions and thyme), with champ mash (containing spring onions), garden peas and topped with a parsnip and kale fritter. Accompanied by lashings of rich vegan gravy. All for £9.50.
It was just amazing, so savoury, so filling and so tasty. But you know best of all, it just looked like any other diners pie so I didn’t feel the odd one out. It’s a very substantial dish so its not one I’d order regularly. But for a slightly lighter meal, I’d order a pie with 2 sides such as mash, peas, beans or slaw, for a slightly cheaper £8.95. If you didn’t fancy a Kevin pie there is an alternative the new Chooks Away! A creamy vegan ‘chicken’ pie with seitan, tofu, celeriac, smoked garlic & sherry.
And the eating doesn’t have to stop there. If your waistline and wallet can stand it there are a few vegan dessert options too. The ‘Gold Digger’ sundae of salted caramel ice-cream, chocolate sauce and shortbread sounds particularly delicious.
Although to keep my sugar rush to a minimum I’d offer to share it. On second thought who am I kidding!