A lovely, lovely place with a friendly atmosphere!
Posted on 12 / 02 / 2011
When I first heard about The Big Strawberry, I was slightly concerned that this little, out-of-the-way secret wouldn't live up to my high expectations as a vegan and a Stoke-on-Trent resident. After all, in a city in which a plain salad without cheese/dressing/tuna is classed as a challenging and precise masterpiece of a dish, I did worry that by "vegetarian", the cafe would probably only sell a small selection of jacket potatoes, cheese sandwiches and, at a push, a soup suitable for vegans.
However, I was relieved to discover that The Big Strawberry serves as a perfect, albeit little and modest, location to eat some lovely food, relax, and have a coffee! There is a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes, ranging from a delicious leek and potato soup, to a vegan full-English breakfast panini. I have to admit I am addicted to their soya milkshakes, as well as their delicious hot chocolates'. For dessert, there is always a varied and tasty selection of cakes, ice cream (vegan!), jelly and cookies which are just as delicious as the real thing.
In addition to the delightful menu, the staff are absolutely lovely, and the location itself is cosy, welcoming and homely. More importantly, it's cheap - a friend and I both ate 3 courses, as well as buying two hot drinks and a milkshake, and the bill only came to £18!
Ultimately, The Big Strawberry is most definitely not "designed" for vegans and vegetarians - there are no scalding looks if somebody emphasizes that they would normally eat meat, and from my experience, most customers appear most content with the fact that they sell amazing coffee, great lunchtime snacks and meals - and at a reasonable price (without having to queue up for hours at somewhere like Starbucks or Subway!)
I would recommend The Big Strawberry to anyone, and hope that they receive the support and popularity they deserve.
Cheap, Friendly Staff, Excellent Food
Hard to find if not local, Can get busy