This week, we’re back (from our lengthy hiatus following the theft of my phone and all my notes!) with a review of The Spread Eagle. This vegan pub is something of a novelty, but we wanted to know whether the food matches up to that appeal.
It’s quite a small space inside, so you’ll be lucky to find a table – booking ahead is strongly recommended. They were able to squeeze us in, which was nothing short of a miracle to hear the waitress tell it.
The Mexican-inspired menu is rather on the pricey side, and I’m sad to say the dishes are as small as you would expect from the descriptions. This means that it isn’t the best choice for budget-friendly dining.
I picked up three tacos out of the choices on offer, which are described on the menu thus:
Pulled Jackfruit carnitas with pico de gallo, pink onion & salsa verde
‘Chorizo’ & sweet potato with salsa roja, chipotle mayo & jalapenos1 for £4 / 3 for £10 / 5 for £15
Their menu has actually changed since we went and now has different options as well as the above, but at the time, those were the only ones I felt interested in.
Everything was very spicy. These were, ironically, the least spicy things I could seem to find on the menu (jalapenos not withstanding – as you can see, these were served as a topping that could easily be removed).
The meal was quite tasty in its way, but just very spicy. The spice levels threatened to overwhelm the flavour, which was disappointing. There wasn’t enough balance – something cool and refreshing to counteract the constant spice would have been appreciated.
In conclusion, it’s not a good choice for the faint of heart. I would like to go back at some point to try their burgers to find out what they are like, but until then, can’t comment on the rest of the menu.