Today's post steps away from recipes to give a snack-themed review. Richmond, to the south west of London, is one of those leafy, refined areas where we would love to live but probably never will. (The cost!) It has its own Whole Foods, plenty of other shops, parkland, and a particularly scenic stretch of the Thames River. Right next to the river is Tide Tables Café, which we visited a month or so ago in the height of summer.
|Outside seating - just beyond is the river.|
Tide Tables is fully vegetarian and has lots of vegan options. It is tucked under the arch of a bridge, and most seating is outside, making it summer appropriate but perhaps less ideal in winter. There are some seats inside, but the outlook from the outdoor area is beautiful and one of the highlights of the cafe. There are several large trees providing dappled shade, and beyond is the river, complete with colourful boats. The café welcomes dogs, and even allows you to consume your own food at their tables.
|In front of the café|
The main menu has some fantastic vegan items, including Moroccan harissa flatbread, a falafel plate, and several vegetable packed soups. They do vegan samosas too. As we were there mid-afternoon, I had read up on their snack options, and was aiming for a vegan chocolate and mandarin slice.
|Entrance to the cafe|
On the day we visited, the chocolate and mandarin slice wasn't available, so I ordered the vegan almond twist instead, along with a soy cappuccino. Mr Bite had a chocolate muffin, and we both made use of free water given it was quite a warm day.
As pastry treats aren't my favourite thing, I was sorry to see that the almond twist was mostly pastry and not made with almond meal or similar. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and the icing managed to be sweet but not too sweet - quite a challenge on commercial pastries. The pastry itself was crisp on the outside and chewier within, and there were subtle notes of almond essence to complement the chopped toasted almonds on top.
|Vegan almond twist|
Tide Tables Café is located at 2 The Arches, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1TH. Their website is http://tidetablescafe.com and the café is open daily during daylight hours.
Have you enjoyed any café discoveries lately?
Previous 2014 Vegan MoFo posts:
#1 - Vegan French toast
#2 - Apple and strawberry muesli
#3 - Mango coconut buckwheat breakfast pudding
#4 - Tips for a vegan breakfast on the go
#5 - Chickpea pancakes with spicy kale and mango
#6 - Chocolate coated banana chips
#7 - Barbecue inspired nori snacks
#8 - Carob latte