Plenty of places for vegans to dine out in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 January 2018

Sean O’Callaghan
Picture: Becky Alexander

Sean O’Callaghan Picture: Becky Alexander

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You cannot escape that the big new food “trend” for 2018 is going to be vegan eating.

Bill's in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Becky Alexander Bill's in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Becky Alexander

It has now become mainstream, with vegan options in many restaurants and the bookshops full of guides on how to eat vegan.

Are you one of the tens of thousands taking part in Veganuary, where you aim to eat non-animal foods for the month?

I have been reading Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live like you give a Sh!t, by Sean O’Callaghan, published this month.

Sean is well-known for his blog of the same name, where he lists new vegan food discoveries in supermarkets and when eating out. He also organises the weekly Hackney Downs Vegan market.

It is a very interesting book, explaining why people eat vegan food, the myths, and is packed with practical tips about eating out.

Sean explains that eating vegan food has never been easier.

As we eat more internationally we are learning how to cook and eat vegan food, as lots of Indian, Moroccan, Turkish and Italian food is plant-based.

What is going on locally? Cafe Trio in Welwyn Garden City does lovely falafel and meze, so you can certainly choose vegan. Turkish Kitchen in Hatfield offers stuffed vine leaves, hummus and imam bayildi which would make a nice meal.

Indian restaurants are a good option: dahls, dhansaks, saags, chickpea and vegetable curries can all be vegan – you will just need to check whether ghee is used, which is butter-based.

Red in Welwyn Garden City is very good, as is The Don in Hatfield.

The chain restaurants have caught on to this trend faster than many independents; Pizza Express and Zizzis do vegan pizzas such as the Giardiniera with artichoke, mushrooms, red onions, olives and vegan “cheese”.

Carluccios do a few vegan dishes including Orecchiette al Cavolfiore (a cauliflower sauce with sauteed kale, chilli and capers). Bill’s do a roasted ginger and sesame cauliflower steak, with toasted fregola, cherry tomatoes and vegetable gravy and a butternut squash stew with chargrilled peppers, freekeh, kale and toasted pistachios.

The new year is a great time to think about the choices we make; are they conscious choices or just habit?

Before choosing the meat option, why not look at what other choices are available?

You might feel better for it.

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