I’m loving that two fancy restaurants are opening in Stockport. It makes me very happy that I don’t have to schlep all the way into town to get a lovely dinner. The Allotment Vegan Restaurant opened mid August and the intriguing Where The Light Gets In is due to open very soon.
The Allotment is in the beautiful old town part of Stockport. The lovely architecture in the old town is in stark contrast to the 70s blandness that is the Mersey Way shopping centre. And the Allotment fits in with the old town beauty perfectly – it’s appearance is unassuming but quietly stylish both outside and in.
We were greeted by a warm friendly waitress who explained the menu to us, opened our BYO wine and made us feel at home. It was full and buzzy with an interesting cross section of people, all enveloped in an enjoyably intimate and calm atmosphere.
I was delighted to experience my first ever amuse bouche of multi-coloured raw beetroot sticks and hummus. I didn’t realise that raw beetroot crudites were a thing – they are not unlike carrots and I’m very much converted.
Jamie’s starter was soup of the day which was Root Veg and Chimichurri. It was super tasty but I definitely won on the starter front with my Shitake Parfait and Seasonal Berries which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was basically a rich mushroom pate which was taken to another level by the berry sauce. Sounds like an odd combo but it stopped me in my tracks – the sharpness and the sweetness of the berries against the creaminess and earthiness of the mushrooms just worked. The raw mustard seed crackers were excellent too.
My main was a ‘Mixed Grill’ of roasted buckwheat sausage, grilled portobello with smoked cheese, hot fried cauliflower and confit peppered aubergine steak. It was divine – the stand out piece being the aubergine which really did compete with a real steak for flavour – smoky and rich. The deep fried spicy cauliflower was also exceptional.
Jamie’s maincourse was ‘Pineapple and Aubergine’ – the same delicious aubergine steak as my mixed grill served with blackened pineapple, lemon grass and tofu cream and all sorts of other goodies.
I decided to forgo ordering a separate pudding and just share Jamie’s Chocolate Mudpie and Sweet Potato Custard. Lucky Jamie getting to share his food with me. However first there was a ‘pre-pudding’ – what a bonus. Peaches with a hazelnut, tofu cream. Yum!
And then came the exquisite Mudpie and Sweet Potato Custard. Sounds like it’s going to be vegetably and worthy, but oh no. This was an absolute highlight. A rich moist brownie style mudpie with the sweetest creamiest most un-potatoey custard you can imagine. And it was a huge portion, so Jamie and I both had plenty, although in hindsight, I could happily have demolished my own.
Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or hardcore carnivore you will love the Allotment. And whether you live in Bolton or Liverpool or Stockport – it’s worth the trip – this is exceptional, imaginative food served in a lovely, welcoming and thoughtful atmosphere.
To find out more click here: http://www.theallotment.info/