Responses to wildfang's Review

Respond to Review of CLOSED: The Orrery
by wildfang

Review: We went to the Orrery about a week ago and had a nice time there. It's a sort of hip place with interesting interior explained by the fact that they're a museum at the same time. All their three dishes of the day turned out to be vegan so we decided to try the hotpot (see picture above) and a toasted bagel with vegan cream cheese as well as a small soup (butternut pumpkin and white beans) which was all very tasty and not too pricy. We both got a glass of orange juice and tried a piece of gluten-free vegan fruit cake (which was a bit dry) and two macaroon fingers. All in all we paid 17 pounds. We wanted to come back the next day to try their jacket potatoes but it didn't work out unfortunately. The two ladies working in the Orrery were quite friendly and helpful concerning vegan options. Confronted with the few options for vegans on the Isle of Wight I would certainly recommend this place to others. They also serve coffee and hot chocolate with soya milk and have some small internet cafe as well as free wi-fi for guests.

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Caryne
Posted by Caryne on Friday, February 22, 2013
I would suggest the above review is totally ignored. After several emails with the owner it seems that the above menu was served for only a few weeks and has now stopped. There is no longer any 'full meals' being served and though the snacks are vegetarian there is very little for vegans except a 'felafel in pitta bread' and a 'flapjack'. Sadly it seems the owners feel there is little demand for vegan/vegetarian meals to be served in this location.Perhaps it's up to us vegans/vegetarians to go there and prove him wrong?
wildfang
Posted by wildfang on Friday, February 22, 2013
Maybe instead of just writing emails you should actually go and try this place. I went there less than a month ago so it's not very likely that suddenly the whole menu has been changed. Maybe the owner didn't write friendly emails to you - however, my partner and I were treated in a very friendly way by the staff and it might be better to get an own idea of what it is like and, as you have already said, raise the demand for vegan options.
When I was there, they didn't have flapjacks or felafel in pitta bread - strange. Sounds like, since you are closer to them, you should go and see and update us on it :-) It would be a shame if one of the few 100% veggie places on the IOW had changed in such a disappointing way.
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