If you’re anything like me eating out is on your top ten list of things to do. But eating out isn’t always that simple when you’re vegan. For me it usually involves quite a lot of planning. Hunting down websites, poring over allergen menus, and ringing up restaurants to see if there’s anything that you can eat. But imagine a place where not only is there vegan food, there’s an amazing choice of it. Imagine no longer, because it exists and its called The Oak Tree.
Based on the Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea in sunny Essex, this place is an absolute gem. Nestled alongside the eclectic shops that make up this wonderful street, The Oak Tree has a warm and welcoming vibe. With seating inside and out, we chose indoors as I was beginning to melt in the heat that day!
The menu is a breeze to navigate with vegan, vegan options and gluten free choices clearly labelled. Our only dilemma was what to have! I am so used to eating the same meal, over and over again in our usual haunts, so this was quite the challenge. I chose the Roast Vegetable Tart, whilst my lunch buddy chose the burger. Both looked and tasted amazing, with the burger being declared the “best he’d ever had”.
Once you’ve sampled your meal, you can tell that this is a place where the vegan food has been carefully created. This has been made by someone who wants you to enjoy the food; the flavours complement each other and offer a truly satisfying experience. In fact my mouth is watering as I write this!
As soon as we’d finished we were planning our return. The menu has so many choices, we can’t wait to come back and try them all. I’ve got my eye on the Chilli Mac n Cheese, and those gorgeous sounding desserts for my next visit, which I’m certain will be soon!