We love food and enjoy seeing which trends appear each year, and try to incorporate some of the best ones into our Christmas Party menu.
The last couple of years have seen a rise in the number of people dabbling in a plant based dishes with TV chefs like Jamie Oliver delivering recipes for meat-free meals and internet Blogger Delicious Ella (Woodward) sharing her personal passions for eating a healthy, raw and vegan diet. Whether for animal rights reasons or health benefits, lots of celebrities are also sharing their vegetarian and vegan diets with fans and posting meal pictures on social media, from Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, to Ellie Goulding who credits her diet for helping her feeling leaner and stronger
There are some great places to eat vegetarian food in Derby and while not all of our team are vegetarian or vegan we do enjoy trying all different types of cuisine. One of our favourite nights out is the Wonky Table’s Veggie Night on the 1st Wednesday of every month – five delicious meat and fish free courses that change each month (they also serve delicious cocktails). Also if you fancy a break in the Peak District, just an hour north of Derby you’ll find the luxurious family run Sheldon’s Retreat Guest House which serves only vegetarian food.
While a vegetarian/vegan diet is not for everyone, Pret a Manger CEO Clive Schlee has been championing #notjustforveggies encouraging those who do enjoy meat to embrace meat-free options at some meals. Pret a Manage are even opening their first all vegetarian store in Soho this June – great news for vegetarians who’ve had one too many soggy egg salad sandwiches!
Lots of research suggests eating less meat is good for you, and good for the planet and whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian (choosing sometimes to eat meat-free) our chefs are constantly challenged to a create delicious menu with great local produce. We’ve always been keen to provide a great meat-free option for guests attending our Christmas parties and vegetarians and vegans are always pleased that we have a well thought out, tasty option for them and that it’s not just an afterthought. With more guests requiring a vegan option, for 2016 our head chef has created a vegetarian menu which can be easily adapted to cater for our vegan guests. Who can resist a wholesome Roasted & Spiced Butternut Squash Soup particularly on a chilly winter’s night and our mouth-watering Mediterranean Vegetable Tart wellington will cause even the most dedicated of meat lovers to reconsider their menu choice!