London’s vegan scene seems to be booming this January, from chain restaurants putting out Veganuary menus, to omni restaurants opening a vegan branch for the month (oh hi Arancini Bros). Most excitingly (for me at least) is that two pubs have converted their menus to be entirely vegan!
This past weekend I visited one of those pubs, The Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker.
The pub is not hard to find, less than 10 minutes walk from Angel tube station, which is also a nice area to walk off your meal if you’ve got some time.
The feel of the place is great, it looks like a pub and feels like a pub. It’s not fancy or immaculately decorated, just a nice space to go have some food, some drinks and a good time. They also have a pub quiz on Monday nights, which I am very excited about. I love a pub quiz, and one that serves vegan food (with 2 for 1 specials!!) while I’m quizzing, a dream!
I ordered the jalapeño and refried bean grilled cheese because I thought that sounded incredible and a combo that I had never tried before. Big surprise, turns out refried beans go perfectly in a grilled cheese! I also shared the mozzarella sticks to start and they were so so tasty, very filling, but the perfect salty gooey accompaniment to a pint. My husband and friends also tried some of the burgers and everyone was very happy with their meals.
Overall I had a great time at this pub and am so excited to return for a pub quiz and to try out some more of the menu!