By Rebecca Jean-Baptiste, from Began’s Vegan Street Food
Imagine my excitement at being asked by Hiya Bucks Magazine to review a 100% vegan menu at an idyllic country pub right on my doorstep!
Once a month, The Black Horse Inn turns itself over to the V side! And wow do they do it well!
Set in some of Buckinghamshire’s most beautiful countryside, The Black Horse keeps with village pub tradition and welcomes you with a rustic, yet refined, atmosphere.
The staff were immediately warm and friendly, seating us with a tall, chilled bottle of water and the infamous plant based menu…. I was so eager to get my hands on it and pour over the options like a kid in a sweet shop, better yet, a vegan in a vegan restaurant! And I wasn’t the least bit disappointed.
Whilst contemplating our menu choices, we sipped on a clean and crisp glass of white from the surprisingly extensive list of vegan beverages on offer.
To start we ordered the Roasted Vegetable Kebabs and the Sundried Tomato, Cheese, Spinach and Pesto Tart…. Oh my goodness! Whilst the kebabs were both deliciously juicy and lightly charred, the tart was by far our favourite dish. The balance of flavours, contrast of textures and simplicity of the presentation made for an exceptionally moreish combination. I asked Head Chef Sarah for a takeaway, only to find they’d sold out!! No surprise there to be fair!
For mains, we opted for the Spiced Chickpea & Sweetcorn Burger and the Mediterranean Wild Mushroom Pie. Once again, the dishes were cleanly presented and boasted bags of flavour. The spicing of the Burger was delicate yet distinctive, hints of cumin and paprika made for a subtly sweet and smoky taste. Our favourite though had to be the Pie (maybe we just love pastry?!).
When it came to desert we really couldn’t decide…. so, we didn’t, we had them all! Our mutual winner was the Parfait. A rich and smooth slice of heaven! Pudding was briefly interrupted by a large group of fellow vegan friends who came to say goodbye (and casually sample our array of deserts)! It was so lovely to see both the vegan and non-vegan community equally enjoying this amazing food.
My only criticism of the evening is that it came to an end.
We will be back next month without a doubt. It’s a HUGE thumbs up to The Black Horse’s Vegan Night from Began’s.
Rebecca Jean-Baptiste is the Buckinghamshire-based Entrepreneur, Founder & Feeder behind Begans and can be found at High Wycombe Market Food Court every Friday.
The next vegan night at The Black Horse will be on Wednesday 14th June. Advance booking recommended.