The Coven, Wigan
Posted on 04 / 07 / 2012
I was in on Thursday at lunch time. I was given a warm welcome by the guy who runs the place (and his young son who was helping out in the school holidays) and this is the low down.
The day time menu is all vego. However the evening menu is not. Wigan doesn't have a massive vegetarian market and in the evening they have had to offer some meat based dishes as the difference between stay in or going out of business.
The chef is gluten intolerant and well as being a dairy free vegetarian and they appear to be super clued up on the intricacies of special diets. I was told that when they are looking to add something to the menu they always look to offer a vegan version first if the can concoct with falling back to lacto / ovo vego if they have to. I had a quick count on the day time menu and there was around 30 items on there marked as being vegan friendly, more than half the menu.
Its a small, cosy little place with seats at tables for 19 people and also a further 'comfy' chair to relax in if for someone who only wants a drink.
The opening hours have recently changed based on client demand so the best thing is probably to look at the their own website to see the current opening hours.
In terms of food quality, I had some soup and croutons to start with that was excellent. For a main I went for the croque left to the chefs choice as to which to have. I was this given 2 different ones on my plate - very nice. My friend went for the falafel burger and described it with the exact words of, 'really, really nice'. He then went for cake and custard for dessert and as is hypnotised by the gastronomic wonder tantalising his taste buds, again said it was 'really, really nice'.
Prices were reasonable and in terms of cross refed to the quality of the food, I felt it was good value.
The location is in the centre of Wigan very close to the local bus station and a few mins walk from either of the train stations.
Vegan vego friendly, Tasty food, Nice staff