The Moon

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 6 reviews )

129 Highgate, Kendal, England, LA9 4EN

Serves meat, vegan options available. Seasonal Modern British food, formerly known as New Moon. Has separate veggie menu, which includes multiple vegan starters and sides, a few vegan main dishes and desserts. Open Tue-Sat 11:30am-2:00pm, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, British, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by ejthiggs

Fabulous Vegan Options - Edit

The Moon Highgate is a family business, offering excellent vegan options, fabulous desserts, a wine list with clearly labelled vegan wines, so it is heaven for diners like me.

We were celebrating as it was World Vegan Day, kicking off World Vegan Month, my 31st vegan anniversary and my husband had just finished Go Sober for October. We ordered a very nice bottle of Kintu Cabernet Sauvignon, whilst perusing the menu, a difficult choice, as everything sounded so good.

I chose salt baked beetroot salad, beetroot vinaigrette and walnuts to start and hubby king oyster mushroom confit with polenta, both excellent dishes.

My main course was roast Jerusalem artichokes, cavolo nero and baked spelt and pumpkin ravioli for hubby with sides of Chantenay carrots and a side salad to share. What satisfying autumnal dishes they were, totally delicious.

I was ruined for vegan dessert options, so ordered the bitter chocolate ganache and caramelised pineapple so we could share, how wonderful to have that choice, they were scrumptious and heavenly.

We had a quick chat with chef Leon, who said he felt a bit limited on vegan options, but having had some poor experiences over the last two weeks at other restaurants, I think he is underselling himself, I think he is very creative.

What a great place The Moon is, highly recommended to other vegans when in the area, we will certainly be making a return visit.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-05

Pros: Vegan Menu, Vegan wines listed, Vegan desserts

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Exceptional - Edit

Fantastically inventive dedicated vegan menu. Presentation and execution were of a very high standard - I loved my truffle gnocchi! Good wine list with vegan options clearly marked.
The restaurant is stylish and cosy, and service warm and efficient.

Pros: Dedicated vegan menu, Beautiful interior, Great service

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Good restaurant but pricey - Edit

A great number of food choices for vegans, lovely modern ambience and friendly staff.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Stylish restaurant

Cons: Expensive

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Just Great! - Edit

Very nice harmonic atmosphere. We were sitting upstairs. Besides the normal menu, they have a special vegetarian menu. As a starter I had a soup (which is always vegetarian) which was very good! As a main course I had a tart of beetroot and something else I forgot, but it tasted very well. It also looked very good. The potatoes very also quite nice and the salat had a sauce, that was nice. In general, I would go there again!

Pros: Atmosphere , Service , Taste

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Great risotto - Edit

Smart place that can cater for vegans. The manager offered me a risotto, which didn't sound too interesting, but when it arrived it was one of the best risottos I'd had in ages; flavours were sophisticated and texture was just right. I couldn't have any of the desserts, but you can't have everything. The toilet opens right off the seating area, which is a bit embarrassing.

Pros: Helpful staff, tasteful décor, great risotto

Cons: No vegan desserts when I was there

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Good for eating out with non-veggies - Edit

I'm vegan and I ate here with a group of 3 omnivores and 2 vegetarians on 22nd Dec 2011. I was provided with a vegan menu which presented 3 starter options and 3 main courses - but there was only 1 vegan dessert, which was sorbet. I was really pleased that the restaurant would make such an effort to accommodate vegans, as this hasn't been my experience in any other non-veg restaurtant! They were also very accommodating of other dietary needs (avoidance of shellfish). My food was very enjoyable, but not spectacular. I had a pear & walnut salad to start (which in my opinion would have benefitted from more walnuts) followed by a mushroom risotto (which was just right). The lacto-ovo veggies had the pear & walnut salad with goat's cheese, a tomatoey cheesey linguine pasta, and an aubergine/mozzarella bake. The service was very good.

Pros: central location, nice decor, very vegan friendly

Cons: a bit pricey, split over 2 levels, veggie options are cheese heavy

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