Tuesday 16 June 2015

The Railway Hotel

I was fortunate enough to visit The Railway Hotel in Southend On Sea a couple of weeks ago when I attended the Animal Aid charity quiz night. However, having heard so much about it and having seen so many glorious foodie photos on social media I was so keen to return with my husband to enjoy some lunch and sample some of their much raved about vegan pub food! 

The Railway is so quirky and cool - I absolutely love it! You feel like you're in the East End of London and certainly not by the Essex coast. I haven't been in a traditional 'boozer' like this for such a long time and it really does make a refreshing change. As well as being a much loved live music venue, this pub is also renowned for its vegetarian and vegan menu. 

It's quite rare to come across somewhere in Essex that serves only veggie food and this place does it in style! As you can see from these photos literally everything all bar a couple of dishes are vegan friendly too which I love to see! 

Everything on the menu looked so good and I would have been really keen to try the vegan cheese pizzas, however having already had pizza the night before I had to try something different! 

The Railway have recently done up their outside garden area and as it was a lovely sunny day we decided to sit outside and enjoy the rare great weather! It also meant that we could take the dogs with us for a day out to the seaside which they loved! It makes it so much easier when we can take the dogs out with us so it's awesome to see that the Railway have now allowed this by opening up their new garden area. 

When our food arrived it looked amazing! The portion sizes were also huge for a bargain £7 per dish we could hardly believe it. It was also very tasty being fresh and home cooked - completely different to the chain pub frozen food rubbish you may be used to!  

I decided on the vegan chickpea burger and my husband went with the vegetarian halloumi burger. Both were delicious! This was the first time my husband has been served up halloumi that has had so much spice injected into it. It looks like it's burnt in this photo but I can assure you that what you see below is just all flavour! And those chips.....yes they were as amazing as they look! 

After this extremely filling lunch we took a stroll around the local Clifftown area of Southend which I have never really explored before but it was beautiful! We then hit the seafront to soak up the sunshine. So if you do make a visit to the Railway I can totally recommend checking out the local area and enjoying everything else that Southend has to offer. It really does make for a great vegan day out! 

Sarah x


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