It’s official, London now has it’s very own fully vegan pub complete with dining room and hella scrumptious food provided by the ever-delicious Club Mexicana. Located in fashionable Homerton High Street, in London’s vegan heartland of Hackney, the Spread Eagle ticks all of the traditional but trendy pub requirements; worn wooden floors, aged but sturdy tables and chairs, a Victorian bar and Beverly Hills Hotel inspired bathroom décor.
Like all good pubs you can equally imagine yourself settling down with a good pint (there are plenty of beers to choose from) and paper for a relaxed Sunday afternoon or hitting the cocktails with friends on a Friday night while trash talking exes and getting your party on (I did the latter and look forward to the former).
The menu is full on fun and a compilation of Club Mexicana’s greatest hits with deep fried cheeze (£6) , corn esquites & totopes (£4.50), triple fried potatoes with chipotle oil & sour cream (£3.50) and scallops in mint verde sauce (£5) being some of our favourites. My omnivorous companions and I shared the Beer Battered Baja Tofish tacos (3 for £10) as our main and after the first mouthful I wished I had all three tacos to myself! The tofu texture was at once dense and flaky and fully permeated with a fishy flavour (provided by a sheet of seaweed) wrapped in a delicious batter on a bed of pickled cabbage and salsa verde. We all agreed that if we could only recommend one dish the Baja Tofish would have to be it.
We were all having so much fun with the food we decided to have the deep fried chicken wings (£6) for 'dessert' and could not believe that we had all managed to eat so much delicious and joyous food for a grand total of £13 each.
I best not forget the booze, it is a pub after all! The Spread Eagle has a small but perfectly formed wine list that has a good mixture of new and old world wines as well as an impressive selection of beers and spirits including Beavertown, Brewdog and Old Blue Last Lager. The cocktail list comprises a good selections of classics, perfect for a pre or post dinner tipple.
The Spread Eagle is an authentic pub that walks the line of being cool but not pretentious. It delivers good quality booze and phenomenal food at reasonable prices in comfortable surroundings, so I guess that makes it the perfect pub for vegans and omnivors alike.
Location: 224 Homerton High Street, London E9 6AS