Cirencester restaurants celebrating World Vegan Month

LOCAL businesses have been celebrating World Vegan Month this year by unveiling new vegan dishes. 

Restaurants, pubs and market stalls have adapted to accommodate the-ever-increasing vegan community in Cirencester.

Tierra and Mar, on Sheep Street has its own vegan tasting menu with dishes like baked pumpkin, coconut and lime leaf soup with coconut oil, pickled pumpkin and croutons. 

Non Solo Pasta are regulars in the charter and farmers markets in Cirencester as well as having a permanent base in Stroud’s trendy Five Valleys shopping centre. 

They list various vegan food options including all of their pasta sauce, whilst also sourcing vegan wines from their native Italy. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A vegan dish from Tierra and MarA vegan dish from Tierra and Mar (Image: Newsquest)

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Bret Russell of Tierra and MarBret Russell of Tierra and Mar (Image: Newsquest)

They make their own limoncello, this is also vegan and can also be purchased in their restaurant – Terra, also within The Five Valleys Centre. 

“We are finding more and more customers wanting to try our vegan products,” Non Solo’s Clara Cardillo said.

“It is important to consider all diets when writing our menus or preparing items for the marketplace.”

Jordan Pelly runs the Bathurst Arms in North Cerney, the only pub in the UK to be awarded five prestigious stars for Organic Served Here by the Soil Association Certification. 

“Our approach and style of food lends itself to the vegan diet,” he said. 

“We offer small tasting plates as well as large dishes and are always conscientious as to what our customers want.”

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Jordan Pelly at Bathurst ArmsJordan Pelly at Bathurst Arms (Image: Newsquest)

Vegan Month was established by The Vegan Society, a membership organisation that works with policy makers on issues including sustainable agriculture, climate change and encouraging more vegan provision in public sector institutions.

Ethan Rodgers is an executive chef and hotelier; he runs Ivy Lodge Bar and Brasserie at Cirencester Park Polo Club and The Kings Head House Hotel in Eastington. 

He is currently assisting Pettifers Hotel in Crudwell with their new bistro menus. 

“Veganism is now a common consideration,” he said. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Ethan Rodgers at Ivy LodgeEthan Rodgers at Ivy Lodge (Image: Newsquest)

“At this time of year it is a great opportunity to use pumpkin, we do ours slow roasted with greens, a chilli seed and balsamic dressing.

Cirencester’s Ingleside House’s restaurant, Teatro, has just celebrated its fifth birthday and has added chef Sam North to its ranks.  

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Hasselback sweet potato from TeatroHasselback sweet potato from Teatro (Image: Newsquest)

He has added a vegan salad of fennel, kohlrabi, courgette, carrot and pear as well as a delicious main of hasselback sweet potato, onion, leek and gremolata. 

Sam said: “With a history of seasonal French and Italian cooking, both of which food cultures feature various vegan dishes. 

“Vegan and vegetarian food are great ways of looking at sustainability in the food industry.”

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester’s Ingleside House’s Teatro head chef Sam NorthCirencester’s Ingleside House’s Teatro head chef Sam North (Image: Newsquest)

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