Since Offbeet opened their first restaurant in Wickham, I’ve been desperate to go. There is something so satisfying about going to a wholly vegan restaurant and knowing that you can enjoy everything on the menu, instead of looking out for little “ve” stickers everywhere and then ultimately picking either the dry soy burger or the bean chilli [eye roll].
I hadn’t got round to going because it’s a little out of the way for us, living in central Southampton. But THEN they opened Offbeet New Forest which changed the game completely.
The new Offbeet is just a 10/15 minute drive away, near Totton/Rushington and really accessible because it’s just off the main road going out of Southampton. The restaurant is on the Sunnyfields Farm site and is bright, clean and has a natural/minimalist vibe.
Myself and some other Southampton bloggers were invited to go along and try out their menu for the “Give a Cluck” night. This was a charity night with a special menu, all done to raise money for Dean Farm Trust.
For disclosure purposes, the food we had on the night was complimentary.
It’s easy to be overly excited when you see good vegan options; for the novelty factor. But that isn’t the case here – this food is seriously good. It’s not gimmicky vegan grub, it’s real food, made plant based and cruelty free. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious, regardless of it being vegan.
Here’s the best bit.. the photos!
The menu on the night we visited was a special charity night menu but I’m sure some of the dishes will pop up regularly. We tried a selection of sides and mains including; frickles, sticky bacon nuts, buffalo bill chick’n wings, Kim chi chik’n wings, fries and my main was their mac and cheese burger – smokey mac and cheese on a fried chick’n burger, with Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, pickles, salad and a home made brioche bun.
I’m honestly running out of adjectives that I can use for the food at Offbeet but I devoured absolutely everything in front of me and I couldn’t stop singing it’s praises when I got home.
One of the best things about the Offbeet menu is that I would honestly recommend it to everyone, regardless of whether you’re vegan. Ignore the plant based thing for a minute; the food is delicious. Add in that it’s completely vegan and that just makes it more impressive. I’m already planning to take Adam when he’s back from tour, so I have an excuse to go back!
Put it this way, having been to Offbeet, I already need to re-write my Top 5 vegan restaurants blog post.
Has anyone else been? Let me know what you thought!