Saturday, 27 September 2014


Given recent posts on this here blog, you would be forgiven right now for assuming that all I do is eat. I don't. Honest. It's just that right now, Newcastle's restaurants are killing it with the vegan food. I mean they're on point and that makes me very happy.

When I heard boutique bowling alley Lane 7 had introduced a new vegan menu, I may have done a little shriek. I LOVE Lane 7, and had visited a couple of times back when I was a veggie, and seriously enjoyed their food (I'm a sucker for a good sweet potato fry).

Andrew and I try to go for a payday date every month, and this month was supposed to be the turn of Jamie's Italian. Unfortunately, I heard on Facebook that Jamie's is 'revamping' its vegan menu right now, and has taken it off. Although they do promise to veganise any of the dishes from their main menu, there was a large part of me that thought I might end up with a bowl of pasta in tomato sauce, so Jamie's is on hold until the vegan menu returns to give him a fair shout.

Instead, I booked a table at Lane 7, and we headed off there after work on Friday.

First things first, the starters. There are three to choose from, each priced at an incredible £3. Andrew went for the corn cobs which came served in a little tin cup, drizzled in garlic and herb oil.

I tried some (in the interests of research) and it was deliciously tender and seasoned to perfection.

I went for the BBQ cabbage leaves with garlic oil, chilli slaw and spring onions. I'll admit, I ordered them partly out of curiosity. BBQed cabbage leaves? Yeah, that'll never work...

Gone were my preconceptions of soggy, wilted leaves with a sprinkling of faux-BBQ seasoning, in its place were two grilled chunks of tender hispi cabbage, drizzled in just the right amount of garlic oil and served with a spicy, crunchy vegan slaw with a hint of fennel. Delish.

Then for the main event. Despite there being three delectable options on the vegan menu, we both went for the same dish: BBQ beans & nachos.

There is a special place in my heart for nachos. Back in the day, when nachos were involved my stomach had no 'off' switch. I love them and WILL eat them all. But since going vegan, nachos had been off the menu for me, especially since I've yet to find a vegan cheese I really like.

Lane 7 has proven, without a shadow of a doubt, that you do not need cheese to have good nachos.

Behold: the best damn vegan nachos in the world (maybe).

Yup. Home made tortilla chips which were paradoxically crunchy and soft at the same time. Butterbeans in a tangy BBQ sauce. Shredded lettuce. Roasted red pepper. Courgette. Radish. Jalepenos. Spring onions. Fresh herbs. My goodness.

As if that wasn't enough, they were served with sweet potato fries and another delicious tangy vegan slaw.

All of this for £7.50. Yep. I know. I could probably eat it every day.

I'm seriously impressed with the amount of thought which has gone in to Lane 7's vegan menu. I've lost count of the amount of times when I've been offered aforementioned pasta in tomato sauce as a vegan option in a restaurant (note: adding peas does not make this more exciting to us).

There are also two vegan dessert options (again fantastically priced at £3 each) which we didn't get to - for reasons which I'm sure are perfectly clear from the above photographs of mountainous food.

We'll most definitely be back.

Maybe tomorrow.

Emily x


  1. BBQ cabbage! I've heard everything now :) I do believe you when you say it's great though, the food at Lane 7 is SO good. I've only actually been the once and really do need to go again!

    Hope you got to do some bowling too!

    Chloe x

  2. This all looks so tasty!

    Lorraine x


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