With vegan dining on the increase in London, I was interested to see how Fuller’s Kitchen is adapting to this, having recently expanded their menu to be able to cater for all with a wider range of dishes.
So I stopped by The Star Tavern, a wonderfully, cosy bolthole hidden in Belgrave Mews in Belgravia. We were greeted by General Manager Ollie Coulombeau, the epitome of customer service, who showed us to our table and talked us through their new vegan dishes.
The Star Tavern is an elegant pub which is known for its notorious criminal and showbiz clientele. In the 50s and 60s, The Star Tavern was the hangout where the planning took place for the Great Train Robbery (1963).
We settled down amongst the locals next to a cute sign stating the pub’s pooch of the month (punters simply need to post a photo of their dog on social media to enter).
We started the evening with a glass of Lanark Lane Sauvignon Blanc – vegan wine. I had no idea that wine wasn’t vegan before this evening! Ollie explained to us that this is due to the processing aids which include gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). The Sauvignon Blanc was fresh and crisp and the perfect complement to our first three dishes – Tomato & pinenut caponata, Laverstoke mozzarella, Golden Pride sourdough; Balsamic red pepper houmous with cucumber and flatbread; and the extremely moreish Leek and potato croquettes. Extremely delicious dishes which set the night off well.
Next we sampled three main dishes – we were meant to have a taster of each but almost demolished each plate as it was just so good. The dish of the night had to be the Feta stuffed wellington, squash, carrots and vegetarian gravy. This was INCREDIBLE. I could easily enjoy dish on a regular basis without even noticing the lack of meat in the wellington.
We also enjoyed a tasty Roasted beetroot and squash salad with pesto, feta, lentils and toasted pumpkin seeds, and Falafel sandwich on malted bread, baby gem, caraway and yoghurt. I hadn’t nothing to fault about any of the dishes. All were perfect and so flavoursome, proving to me just how easy it is to eat vegan or vegetarian. This was all washed down with Celia Organic Lager, a gluten free lager which is suitable for coeliacs and vegans.
We finished our delicious vegan and vegetarian menu tasting with Sticky toffee pudding with Fuller’s caramel ice cream and Apple crumble smothered in a thick, sweet custard. Paired with our desserts was a delicious glass of Lanark Lane Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
Although not vegan, I also greedily enjoyed a taste of The Star Tavern’s selection of British Cheeses – an extremely generous portion – with a glass of Fuller’s Port.
We left feeling full and extremely satisfied. The Star Tavern is a cosy typically British pub which caters for all with their new vegan and vegetarian dishes and beverages. If you are looking for high quality, tasty and inexpensive vegan and vegetarian dining in London then The Star Tavern is the place to go.
The Star Tavern
6 Belgrave Mews W