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Top 3 Vegan Restaurants Essex Offers For Veganuary

Are you trying this trend this month?

Veganuary is a dedicated month in which people can participate in eating Vegan for the entirety of January. Why do people do this? After Christmas, many decide to have a detox after all the indulging over the festive period. Cutting out meat and dairy products is a quick way to lose weight and remove toxins in your body. However, others may simply choose Veganuary as a start to a new lifestyle.

The potential health benefits from becoming vegan are extensive. It is stated that people who have less meat and dairy consumption have more energy and vitality in their everyday life, as well as lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases and a variety of cancers. Others benefits include weight loss, healthy skin, and a lower body mass index.

Veganuary.com is a website full of useful facts and myths about veganism, how and why to participate and how it helps the ecosystem.

2017 saw an increase of Veganism, and this lead to an abundance of restaurants and cafes all over the world creating specialised menus. Exquisite has researched the top vegan restaurants Essex has to offer for you to try this Veganuary.

The Anchor

The Anchor pride themselves on creating a special vegan menu for their customers. Although small, the menu contains innovative, delicious dishes that even a non-vegan would desire! The Anchor wows its customers from the moment you set foot in the door with its Orangery room which overlooks the River Crouch. Head Chef, Daniel Watkins, is passionate about creating vegan dishes that are full of flavour.

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Smoked Tofu Samosa with Mango Chutney and a Peanut Bombay Crumb

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Udon Noodles with Onion Dashi and Mushrooms.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

Contact: Ferry Rd, Hullbridge, Hockley SS5 6ND, Tel: 01702 230777

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Oak Tree Bistro

Set up in 2013, The Oak Tree Bistro situated in Leigh-on-Sea is dedicated to healthy eating, centred heavily around veganism and vegetarianism. Offering a range of breakfasts, lunches and dinners, diners can expect a variety of nutritious meals. As well as being a hub for healthy dishes, The Oak Tree Bistro has also opened a veggie deli called The Acorn, which supplies an incredible array of Vegan and veggie snacks and produce.

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Satay Dippers, with crispy deep fried soya chunks

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Fiery Sweet Potato & Bean Chilli

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Caramel, Apple and Pecan Crunch

Contact: 75 Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1JN, Tel: 01702 471435

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Shepherd & Dog

Although they request 24 hours notice, The Shepherd & Dog can provide a full vegan menu. They create fresh daily meals, sourced from local Essex producers and suppliers. This venue is the perfect place to meet with friends and family throughout the year with different seasonal menus. This traditional pub has a great atmosphere also serving great English and Ciders.

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Apple & Walnut Salad

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Butternut Squash Risotto

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Selection of homemade sorbets

Contact: 91 Shepherds Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 0NP, Tel: 01708 377717

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Guess which Kardashian is turning vegan?

The youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan has made a pretty bold statement in saying she is “trying this whole vegan thing”! The insta-famous reality star, Kylie Jenner, recently took to her Snapchat to share with her millions of followers that she is ditching her meat-loving diet and going vegan. Sharing on snapchat the vegan dishes she had rustled up, she had us interested… The Kardashian/Jenner clan can all be known by some nickname or another; Kourtney is the gluten/dairy/wheat-free sister, Kim the booty-famous sister, Khloe the fitness freak, Kendall the supermodel and Kylie the beauty mogul. If you’re a regular follower of Kylie you will know that she loves her food and regularly uploads recipes to her app. But her guilty pleasure has always been IN-N-OUT burgers – so turning vegan is somewhat of a game changer for our Kylie! Switching to a vegan diet isn’t always an easy choice. It’s not just cutting out meat. It also mean you have to ditch ALL food and drink containing any traces of animal product. Of course, this isn’t the life for everyone (curbing the cheese habit ain’t gonna happen), and that’s OK. But this growing food trend definitely comes with some added bonuses. Veganism’s undeniable health benefits are something even professional athletes swear by, including the Williams sisters.  It not only helps you lose weight but a plant-based diet will help you recover faster after performing any kind of exercise. Being an ambassador of Puma, you can see why Jenner wants to keep in shape. But we’re sure she doesn’t struggle with the copious amounts of personal trainers the Kardashian/Jenner corp have on speed dial. We wish Kylie all the best on her new venture, we are sure she will smash it just like all her previous endeavours. But if you want to get in on the game, here are three vegan snack to give you a helping hand…

Daniel Watkins: Veganism isn’t a fad

Exquisite Concierge catches up with The Anchor’s Head chef, Daniel Watkins, to find out what makes him tick, his thoughts on food waste, vegan food trends and why The Anchor is a must-visit venue for anyone living in or visiting Essex. So, Daniel, why did you become a chef? I travelled around Greece in my late teens, just messing around and when I got back, I found myself not knowing what to do. So, I started helping my mum in her kitchen at work. Just making sandwiches and cakes but I really started to enjoy it. I took to cooking very easily actually. Then the next thing I knew I was in college and then working in London putting in big hours. After around 10 years in London, I wanted to return to Essex and took on various jobs. Then 7 years ago, we started up The Anchor and I’ve never looked back. When you first opened The Anchor, what ambitions did you have in mind? To create a restaurant that was informal and relaxed but still with a busy atmosphere; serving good, flavoursome food. How would you describe your style of cooking?  Simple, clean & tasty. You have a strong and well thought out vegan menu at the restaurant, are more people changing attitudes about meat? This year has seen a massive increase in plant based diets and I don’t think this is a fad, this is long term. The health and environmental benefits are huge. With that in mind, we try to put together restaurant style dishes that are packed with flavour, as we do all our dishes. It’s becoming easier because the demand is becoming greater. Your menus also feature a lot of local produce and ingredients, is this important to you and why? I like to use products at their best, I’m not completely fixed on seasons but they do act as a good guide on what’s best to use. During the summer months, I use a lot of vegetables from local allotments. What are you doing to combat food waste? We try our best to use all our waste at The Anchor, as a lot of time and money goes into the production of food. So, we dehydrate vegetable peelings to add back into the dishes, save Parmesan rinds for kombu stocks, old beer can be turned into vinegar, the list is endless. Is the food scene in Essex getting stronger? Very much so. Our county has some amazing produce and we are now starting to get the restaurants to back this up! Last of all, do you have a motto for life?  There is an old Cherokee story, where a grandfather teaches his grandson a lesson about life. It’s based on the idea that there are two wolves inside us, both fighting each other. One represents all the negative aspects we have – anger, envy, greed, sorrow. And the other represents the good – joy, peace and love, that sort of thing. The grandson asks his grandfather ‘Which wolf will win?’ And the old Cherokee replies ‘The one you feed.’ I like that attitude. I have it written on “the pass” at The Anchor so I can see it everytime I hand food over to the waiting staff. Contact details: The Anchor Riverside Bar and Restaurant, Ferry Road, Hullbridge, SS5 6ND. T: 01702 230777. Book here!

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