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Many of the pubs and restaurants that I have visited
have a very poor selection of vegetarian dishes.
Although not a vegetarian myself, many of my friends
are and i often choose the veg option as I often get
fed up with meat. They are often very bland and are
usually, as you say, either mushroom or pasta based! At
the same time may I take the opportunity to
congratulate you on your wonderful pub Lorraine!
Stopped in for lunch one day last week and found not
only the staff very warm and friendly to both my family
and our dog pub found the meals to be very good value
and delicious, a very big thank you and well done!

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live every day as if it were your last.
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Hello Victoria, sorry I have only just seen your post, but thank you
so much for your praise, it has been really appreciated by both
myself and my staff, who are all absolutely on our 'side', as it were,
and are a real credit to us all.

Thank you

Lorraine

The Dog inn, Ludham Bridge

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Macie, on the other hand, seems to have been able to have done it
right. Not only veggie, but gluten free. For a pub that is amazing,
and very imprsesive. I had a meal at the Dog a couple of weeks
ago, it was fantastic, well priced, everything done just right, and
fantastic flavour.

Richard, thank you, praise indeed from someone who knows a
commercial kitchen from inside out!

Lorraine

The Dog inn, Ludham Bridge

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A quick update to this thread after a week out on the northern rivers!

We visited quite a few pubs, but only actually ate out three times (plus one takeaway) during the week. A couple of planned eating stops ended up being cancelled when A)High water levels prevented us getting under PH bridge all week, and B)High winds and sheer chaos at Ludham Bridge saw a lunchtime stop at The Dog being aborted on our way back up the Ant in favour of pressing on back to Stalham.

I did check out the menus at all places visited during the week and, as expected, the Brakes staples of mushroom stroganoff, spinach and riccotta canneloni or veggie burger were (sadly) very much in evidence!

Our first night stop was up at Dilham Staithe where we visited the Cross keys for an evening meal. I'd read some good reports recently about this place and was looking forward to seeing what vegetarian options they might have. The restaurant menu is small, but boasted three veggie options - a vegetable Rissotto, vegetables East Indies (both of which sounded nice) and a mushrrom and stilton wellington.
We both went for the wellington - a large, flat mushrrom stuffed with wild mushroom pate and stilton and topped with puff pastry. This was served with a stilton sauce which was absolutely delicious! It didn't come with amything to accompany it so we had to order a dish of vegetables each as a side order ... even so, the total cost for the meal was only £10.45 each. This has to be one of the best veggie meals I have eaten out anywhere for a long time. Just superb and highly recommended. There is also a bar menu which had a vegetable lasagne listed although I'm not sure whether this is homemade or not?

The second meal of the week was a lunchtime stop at Thurne Lion. I had been impressed with the number of veggie options on their evening menu before and had eaten a very nice nut roast on a previous visit. The luncbtime menu is a bit more limited with just four options which, I suspect, are bought in. From memory they included spinach and marscoponi lasagne (a Brakes offering?), vegetable curry and southern fried Quorn burger and chips. I opted for the burger/steak (without the bun that usually comes with it) which was basic, but OK. Huge portion of chips and salad with it! Price was around £7 I think.

The third meal out was at The Bridge Inn at Acle. I have to confess that I was a little disappointed when I last ate in there two or three years ago, but was pleasantly surprised on this visit. Three veggie options on the menu - a puy lentil and vegetable burger, vegetable jambalaya and a very veg wellington. Once again, I opted for the wellington which was very good .... and huge! Mediterranean vegetables & blue cheese in puff pastry, served on a tomato and rosemary sauce with a large bowl of salad. It was very tasty and, had it not been for the outstanding food at Dilham XK, would have had my vote for meal of the week. I look forward to returning and trying the jambalaya!


The last night was spent back at the boatyard and we headed in to Stalham to pick up a takeaway from the "Hong Kong" chinese takeaway in the high street. There are at least three chinese takeaways in Stalham (mostly next door to one another!) but we had discovered on a previous visit that the "Hong Kong" has a good vegetarian range which includes several tofu dishes and sweet and sour mushroom balls. Quite a tasty meal, although not on a par with the excellent "Happy Buddah" takeaway at Loddon.




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Whenever I've visited a vegetarian restaurant, their 'meat' options have been notable - for their complete absence.
I remember a radio interview with 'the Two Fat Ladies', where they commented that whenever being invited to dine with vegetarians, their carniverous preferences were completely ignored!  Evil Grin

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Fear not Poppy .... if I ever have to feed you and you don't want to eat a veggie meal then I'm sure I can knock up some Tesco value range frozen sausages and instant Bisto as a token gesture for the meat eaters!  tounge-in-cheek  Playful Wink



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Not to go on, but I too am not a veggie but to enjoy Veggie Food.  IMHO, The Dog Inn's (Sams) Mushroom Stroganoff has to be one of the best tasted locally.  You can tell its freshly cooked, with real produce not mass produced! My other half had the Veg Chilli not so long ago at lunch and again, lovely.  Hot, served well and plently full.  

I agree veggie food can be a little bland, ie.... Tom and pasta bake, Cauli Chess (did not know they still did this) to name two I have seen recently.  

You have to give it to the Dog, they do try to accom for Veggies and Gluten free customers.  In fact, i dont really know many pubs that promote the fact they can, and do, cater for gluten/veggie customers as much as The Dog.  Unless anyone can correct me.  

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When getting my lunch from Greggs, I always prefer a vegetarian option containing no meat.


The steak bake usually does it.  Evil Grin

"If going to a 'good' school made you bright, then Parliament would be full of geniuses" - Danny Baker, Desert Island Disks 31/7/2011

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If God had intended us to be vegetarian he would not have made animals out of meat..Lesley

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Hi Carol

We always keep an eye out for vegetarian meals for our regular dining partners plus we have to think of you as well.

The latest on our list is the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott.  Only a 7 minute drive from Stalham so ok for folks in cottages or with their own transport to hand.  We have had lunch there a few times but only checked it out this time.

How do these sound? Aubergine & Walnut Bake   veg or chips.  Hazelnut Roast   veg or chips.  Bean,Celery & Coriander Chilli. Vegetable Balti.  Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach Curry.  Plus cheese based salads or ploughmans.

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It surprised me to find that both my "Ham and Mustard" and my friends "Smoky Bacon" crisps purchased recently in a pub were both "suitable for vegetarians". Probably the "Cheese and Onion" and "Salt and Vinegar" were for beastmunchers only.
I  was brought up with a shed load of beanheads in the guise of my many sisters. Tough on them of course as I would tell them that their chips had been contaminated with lard or some such if I wasn't satiated with my own portion. Want not, waste not of course Smile .

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