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Sunday Lunch at The Old Anchor

Veggie Sunday Lunch

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram feed then you’ll know that I love my food. At the moment, with the weather being what it is, Sundays often leave me wanting good old roast dinners. Herein lies the rub. What do veggies have for roast dinners? I think this is why a lot of pubs don’t bother with this, as it’s a bit of a minefield. All I’m looking for is roast spuds & gravy made without animal fat, veggies & something else in place of meat. I’m not adverse to a nut roast, which was the offer of the day at The Old Anchor pub in Abingdon-on-Thames. The menu also stated that the gravy & potatoes would be vegetarian too. Fantastic!

Veggie Sunday Lunch

Everything was cooked perfectly. The veg was just right, although my OH wanted a few more roast potatoes (he was only given two). The service, as always, was great & the place has a fab feel. I love going there.

What staggered me was the fact I was given a veggie burger. It was a nice veggie burger, and it somehow worked with everything else, but it was a veggie burger. Not a nut roast. And no one told me. When we ordered, no one said there was no nut roast. While we waited, no one said they were out of nut roast but would a burger be ok. When they brought the food, no one said there was no nut roast. They just served me a veggie burger, with the roast trimmings & not a word about it.

Now, all the sunday lunches are £9.95 for one course. I’ve written about this before. I don’t think that veggie food should be charged at the same price as meat. There is no way a nut roast lunch costs as much as a pork lunch. If it does, then the pork can’t be good quality. This wasn’t the case. My OH thought the pork was delicious & loved the black pudding that came with it. Compare that with a veggie burger. Not exactly the same.

I really like The Old Anchor. It has a lovely feel & has great views of the river. The food was tasty, the service was good. I just wished someone had explained the mystery of the absent nut roast!

UPDATE: The manager of the Old Anchor got in touch with my via twitter & has sent me a voucher to use the next time I eat there, which will be very soon!

ANOTHER UPDATE: We ate Sunday lunch at the Old Anchor again a few weeks ago, on Father’s Day, to enjoy the voucher. I have to say it was THE best veggie roast I’ve ever had. The veg were plentiful & delicious, the nut roast was awesome and all the trimmings…Perfect. I will always recommend this place for roast dinners from now on as even my meat-eating OH was impressed. Can’t wait to go again!

Golden Ticket

Popeye at Atomic Pizza

Tonight I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Atomic Pizza. Now if you’re a regular reader you’ll know how much I love Atomic Burger. So when my OH secured a Golden Ticket for the launch night I was super excited.

Popeye at Atomic PizzaIt wasn’t quite what I expected, having picked out my choice of pizza from the menu. But it was great to try so many different pizzas (half of the pizzas are veggie!), especially as I always go for the same thing once I’ve settled on it!

There were loads more people there than I expected. And it got hot…really hot. So hot I had to take my cardi off. (And those of you who know me know how hot it must’ve been!). It was a shame, as some people didn’t have seats (I did!) & that combined with the heat, along with the fact that the pizza wasn’t distributed evenly meant that some people left before getting to sample hardly anything. I can imagine how difficult it must’ve been trying to launch a restaurant & satisfy very high expectations. It wasn’t so much of a lack of pizza either – they made 85! I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to try the Godzilla, as I will never go for the challenge! But I think my mouth is a little relieved by this!

That being said, there was a good atmosphere & the place looked great. With a free drink upon arrival & enough free pizza to fill my tum (though not my OH’s) it was a fab night. This is kind of a mini-blog because it wasn’t a normal dining experience. I will be back, very soon, to pick my own pizza, maybe even a starter & will do a full on review.

Thank you so much Atomic Pizza for having me. Love the place & will be seeing you soon x