photo: a mobile vegan restaurant in a London bus: www.veganroutes.org
UK Sunday papers, May 9, 2010:
National Vegetarian Week kicking off
Betty Calls Time - at 90
Terre à Terre, Brighton - 5 star review
from The Independent on Sunday
With National Vegetarian Week kicking off later this month, foodies looking for a meat-free feast should book early for the special menus springing up in restaurants around the UK. [note: none of these restaurants are otherwise vegetarian]
Our favourites include the seven-course tasting menu at Michael (former chef of Petrus and Chez Bruce) Nadra's new restaurant in Chiswick, which includes such mouth-watering delights as ravioli of roasted butternut squash with pecan nuts, confit garlic and courgette tempura; meanwhile, Cambridge-based The Pheasant (recent winner of The F Word) will have a "Garden Menu" ....
And if you're looking for something even more exotic, London's fine-dining Indian restaurant The Cinnamon Club offers a list of botanically inspired cocktails (we like the sound of Cucumber Chill; gin mixed with grapefruit, elderflower and mint) to sip while you sup on its six-course veggie special.
From 24th to 30th May, www.nationalvegetarianweek.org
from the News of the World:
BETTY CALLS TIME
Street barmaid hangs up her apron
IT'S last orders for Coronation Street legend Betty Driver as the Rovers Return queen of the hotpot quits after an incredible 41 YEARS.
But the soap's oldest cast member - 90 in 11 days - has vowed to see out as many episodes playing barmaid Betty Williams as she can this year to mark the show's 50th anniversary.
The Leicester-born actress started performing aged just eight. She originally auditioned for the role of Hilda Ogden but joined the show in 1969 as school dinner lady Betty Turpin, and has seen off two screen hubbies.
Although Betty will always be remembered for her trademark hotpots, in real life she's a staunch vegetarian and admitted: "I couldn't cook a hotpot to save my life!"
from Times Online
AA Gill (non-veg food critic) reviews Terre à Terre
[ www.terreaterre.co.uk ]
... As you read this, Brighton may well have sprouted the nation's first green MP. [it has, and vegetarian] ....
... We were here to eat at Terre à Terre, which has picked up a hand-made reputation for good food cooked by Amanda Powley with Philip Taylor. ... Nothing on the menu is anything you've eaten elsewhere. ...
I was so intrigued by this food that I bought the cookbook,...
And it's vegetarian!" Yes. Didn't I mention? This was meatless and fishless. Quite a lot of it actually vegan, ...
.. it's incredibly good food, and I mean that in a credibly defying sense. It has understood the essential truth of vegetarianism: that it's just food....
This is most probably the best vegetarian restaurant in Britain, but it's also better than that ghetto accolade. It is singularly and eccentrically marvellous.
Compiled by the International Vegetarian Union: www.ivu.org