Recently I ate at a pub in a small local village in Kent, Wrotham. The pub is called The Moat, and they serve a sweet potato and red pepper burger on their menu. Of course, I just had to try this out! It comes served with homemade coleslaw and skinny fries, and has a gherkin stuck on top as well, giving it quite a strange appearance. It is placed on a wooden board with a paper tray, which unfortunately is quite easy to tear once you start to eat the coleslaw. This is one of my pet hates at the moment as paper seems to be “in” with burgers – it just makes a mess, and I don’t want to eat it by accident.
The burger bun is quite floury and that makes it messy, and unfortunately it was quite chewy in places. At a guess, I would say that it had been warmed up in a microwave, perhaps defrosted. This did lower my rating somewhat as it was unpleasant in a few places, while the rest of the bun was fine. The burger did taste great with some lovely, soft, creamy sweet potato coming through, although I have to say that I could not taste much of the red pepper that was supposed to be in it as well. It was topped with a flavoursome sweet chutney which definitely complemented the taste, and was also accompanied by a good amount of salad. This included some very tangy and fresh red onion slices.
The chips were fair enough – basically the average kind of chips that you would expect to eat in any pub in the UK. What you cannot see in these pictures is the accompaniments on the board -next to the uninspiring coleslaw was what one of my colleagues described as a “salad taco”, and I cannot disagree with them. It was basically half a head of lettuce, cut off and stuck on the plate. I’m not quite sure what inspired them to serve it in this fashion rather than actually making a proper salad of it, but I can only say that it was somewhat misguided. The burger and chips came in at a reasonable price of £8.95, and they were very filling indeed. That is about what I would expect to pay for the amount of food, although of course it is always fantastic when you find a good burger that is cheaper.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 8/10
Price – 7/10
Rest of experience – 6/10