BOTTOMLESS VEGAN PANCAKE BRUNCH // Food Outting

Erpingham house is Britain’s first all vegan, primarily plastic free restaurant that opened its doors in 2018 and has been at the forefront of the Norwich vegan scene ever since. It’s interior design, from another local Norwich shop ‘Berry’s and Grey’ is an instagrammer’s dream with shades of pinks, greys, white and of course a flower wall.

They have an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, but the ‘Bottomless Pancake Brunch’ event caught my eye. My visit in February was only the second time they have put it on, but after how successful the first two have gone I think it’s becoming a monthly event!

For £9.99 each, you receive your first plate of pancakes (a conservative three) and a plate of toppings to share between two which includes grilled banana, apple compote, mixed berries, ‘Nutella’ style spread, coconut yogurt, maple syrup and lemon slices. You then simply ask the waitress for more pancakes until you’re suitably stuffed! If you want more toppings you can order another plate for £4.99.

The pancakes themselves reminded of the scotch pancakes you used to buy from supermarkets (and eat cold if you couldn’t wait to heat them up) and are honestly the nicest vegan pancakes I’ve ever had – even my non vegan family said you couldn’t tell the difference! All the toppings were delicious but the pancakes were just so good (light, not overly sweet, fresh and warm) that my favourite was simple lemon juice and syrup.

I managed a respectable 12 pancakes and the record number of pancakes eaten so far is an impress 30, with another sellout brunch coming in March I wonder if there will be a new winner in town …

ROUND HOUSE ICKWORTH SUFFOLK // Life + Travels

On a recent family get away to Suffolk, we visited the amazing ’round house’ in Ickworth. This is a national trust site that my parents visited years ago, and despite they’re sometimes less riveting picks, this was one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen. The attention to detail on the building, as well as the vast expanse of land, made it a beautiful trip. The house also had two cafes, one inside and one out (the inside was not cheap, at about £7 for a simple jacket potato!) but did provide lots of options such as vegan lasagne! The outside kiosk also had lots of more affordable light bites, like ice cream, scones and sandwiches.

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VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA @ HARRIETS TEA ROOM // Food Outtings

This week we took a short family get away to Ubberston in Suffolk, which while just over one hour from home in Norwich was a lovely week to relax and go visit places we never had before. We also left on the day of Mums birthday, and Dad had booked us a table at Harriers Tea Room in Bury as a birthday treat. Thoughtfully dad had told them I was vegan when booking, and when I asked whether they had vegan options they said they had bought in some extra vegan cakes especially! The menu does say about vegan scones, but I am not sure they have these available every day. I was so impressed they had made a special effort for a vegan diet, and would definitely recommend phoning to let them know a few days before.

They sell an avocado and tomato sandwich on the lunch menu, so I asked for that to go with my vegan scones and cakes. The bread was so soft, avocado thick and creamy, and tomatoes slices added an extra freshness (although next time I would probably ask for granary)

The scones were slightly warm, had a great texture that was soft but not too crumbly. I also had a ginger and apple cake, which was a tad on the dry side but had nice big chunks of crystallised ginger running through (I took one slice home and found it even better warmed in the microwave with a dollop of soya yogurt). Alongside was a millionaires shortbread, which as expected being vegan didn’t have a particularly rich or buttery base, but the sweetness of the ‘caramel’ and layers of chocolate, filling and biscuit was something different to what you usually get offered as a vegan.

Our seat was right next to the counter so we had this view of TONNES of scones staring at us while we waited *drool

They also do a variety of hot dishes, such as jack potatoes, fish and chips, paninis, and breakfasts including a full English and lighter options such as granola on yogurt.

Of course we had to get a selection of cakes to take home for dad – chocolate profiterole on mousse, strawberry tart and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. While they weren’t massive, priced at just over £6 for three, the detail and daintiness of the cakes were worth it.

While Harriets is located in the middle of a fairly busy high street, just five minutes away is the Cathedral grounds which, while still busy, was a lovely way to walk off all the delicious food.

The staff were all friendly and fit the traditional tea room aesthetic with their white pinafore s and head dress, the tea room itself was beautifully decorated with statement, yet not ‘tacky’ chandeliers and the food was great accommodating to everyone. Couldn’t recommend enough.

NORWICH VEGAN’S SUMMER FAYRE 2018 // Food Outtings

Last year the ‘Norwich Vegan’s’ Community organised a fantastic fayre around the Forum, which I wrote about here, so I was so excited when they announced another was coming this year. This year, they returned with some old favourites plus newbies, and a good mix of food (my personal highlight of course), beauty stands, eco products and more.

Vegan cheeses
Amazing flavoured nut butters

Rainbows Whole Food (Lower Goat Lane)

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Deerly Beloved Bakery

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Sara by Nature
3 falafel, beans, quinoa, new potatoes, salad + dressing/seeds

Vausage (Mum and I halved) w/ onion, mushroom gherkins + sweetcorn

Namaste India (2 restaurants in Norwich)

Tofurei (‘sausages’ roll fresh from their shop down the road)

The fayre was hosted at the Forum, right in the heart of the city and was buzzing with people I imagine who planned to go there, and people who stumbled across it on their Sunday strolls.

Links:

Summer Fayre Facebook

Norwich Vegan Site  (and all stall holders link)

Rainbow – Wholefoods (sponsor)
One Planet Pizza – Pizza (sponsor)
Tofurei Shop – Tofu, soysages, cake & soya milk (sponsor)

The Iced Vegan – Cakes

Greek Vegan Deli 

Deerly Beloved Bakery – also stock at Waterstones and UEA!

Sara By Nature – plant based foods

Vausages – vegan hotdogs

Namaste India – vegetarian/vegan/gf options Indian restaurants (by Norwich Bus Station and Castle)