Serves meat, vegan options available. Pub by the sea in Thorpeness which can make vegan food on request. Staff are accommodating. Dog-friendly. Open Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00, Mon-Sat 18:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-14:30, Sun 18:00-20:00. Please check before you travel to make sure they are open.

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8 Reviews

First Review by HappyHeather


Points +119

15 Sep 2023

Vegan Thursdays

Excellent pub that does
Prix Fixe vegan specials board on Thursdays. Imaginative & delicious vegan options.

Pros: Vegan Thursdays , Delicious & creative, Lovely friendly pub



Points +198

15 Aug 2023

Best vegan meal in a while!

We went for vegan Thursday and it was brilliant! There were 2 vegan mains on the vegan Thursday and a further 2-3 on the regular menu. We started with pita and lemon + basil hummus, the hummus was divine and I’ll have to try and recreate it at home!
I had the vegan filo feta and spinach pie, which was great and came with the most amazing tomato sauce. I had roasted peaches with cinnamon + almonds and elderflower sorbet. I was glad that the sorbet was an interesting flavour and not the usual raspberry/mango etc. Vegan wines are clearly labelled on the menu and there is a great selection. Staff were very friendly despite being busy. I was also shocked when the bill came at how reasonably priced everything was! My main was only £12.75 I think, which was great considering most places will charge unreasonable prices for vegan food. Overall we had a lovely night and I would love to go back next time I’m in the area.

Pros: Amazing food, Labelled vegan wines, Reasonably priced

Cons: None


Points +139

18 Jun 2023

Not many vegan options

I was under the impression that vegan Thursdays would mean mostly vegan food on the menu - that wasn’t really the case - I think there were 4 options for mains with plenty more options for non-vegans and no specials. I’m not even sure the menu was any different to any other day of the week. I had the butternut squash and bean filo parcels which were good, but nothing special. My partner had the chickpea burger, I had a try of it and it was so salty it was almost inedible. Other feedback was that the cauliflower vegan dish was also good and the cod cheek dish was bland. All expensive at around £18 per main. There were 1 or 2 vegan desserts. I think we enjoyed the desserts more than the mains.

I would expect a much higher quality for the price and I don’t think this is a good example of how good vegan food can be. I felt a little bit responsible for taking the family there after reading the rave reviews on here. Something must have changed significantly at this restaurant since the previous reviews were written. It’s the only explanation I can think of.

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-18

Pros: Imaginative, well presented dishes

Cons: Expensive


Points +36

27 Oct 2022

Fab pub, great vegan food - imaginative choices & dog friendly

Vegan options on main menu (Buddha bowl was superb), vegan night on Thursday with lots of specials - highly recommended

Pros: Fantastic vegan night (Thursdays), Good vegan options on main menu, Dogs welcome


Points +94

09 Oct 2022

Great vegan roast

Had a really lovely nut roast for Sunday lunch and there were a few vegan options on the menu to choose from. Also loved that they gave a discount if you have oat milk in your hot drink, instead of charging extra!

Pros: Several tasty vegan options, Imaginative vegan options

Cons: Quite expensive


Points +173

19 Jun 2022

Tasty vegan options

Dinner for four. The vegan options were tasty but expensive for what they are. Our friends had fish which had to go back because it smelt terrible. They both ended up having the vegan option instead.

Highly recommend the manager swaps the daylight bulbs in the dining room to tungsten (2700k on the box). The daylight bulbs are cold, bright and not at all welcoming. Cold lighting makes it feel like a cheap bar in Eastern Europe.

Pros: Good vegan options, Great staff, Good location

Cons: Quite expensive , Lighting is terrible in the main restaurant


Points +323

13 Sep 2019

Vegan options on daily menu

There are daily options on the menu that are suitable for vegans. Thursdays are 2 for 1 vegan night!

Edamame and red pepper hummus, pitta
Warm pak choi, carrot noodles, radish, sesame seeds, Asian spice
Ask a member of staff for todays soup
Thai green vegetable curry, aromatic jasmine rice
Baked gnocchi, rosemary and tomato sauce, spinach, root veg ’slaw
Banana bread, hot toffee sauce, dairy free ice cream
Fresh fruit with vegan ice cream

On a Sunday lunch they also offer a vegan and gluten free nutroast.

Pros: Vegan Thursday specials 2 for 1 offer

Cons: Vegan options are not marked as vegan, Needs a dedicated vegan menu


Points +74

24 Jul 2019

Brilliant place to stay and eat

This is a lovely pub with three rooms and a beautiful garden. There is always more than one vegan option on the menu and staff are very helpful. The chickpea burgers on the lunch menu are particularly good. Dairy-free milk options available for breakfast and coffees. They have a clear commitment to the environment and avoid single-use plastics etc. A lovely place to visit.

Pros: Beautiful surroundings, Good food, several options, Friendly and helpful staff

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