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Festive Feasting at The Nag’s Head, Brentwood.

I was very kindly invited to try the festive menu at The Nag’s Head.  However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.

You all know I love to fly the flag for Essex and I’m back with another great place to dine, not only during the festive period but all year round; The Nag’s Head. A wonderfully traditional English pub with menus to suit every diet, an app called Glass Onion that means you can check the dietary requirements of every menu before you even step foot into the venue, staff that go above and beyond, oh, and pretty decent food too!

I love heading to a local restaurant that is filled with an atmosphere that also has food to match; having turned veggie this year, in fact, I’m basically vegan minus the cheese, it’s great to be given a menu that is so vegan-friendly that I wanted to let out a cheer. When it isn’t Christmas there is a dedicated vegan menu too.

But, enough of my dietary waffle…

There’s a Christmas cocktail menu that we obviously made our orders from, I chose the Spicy Pornstar Punch made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Passion Fruit, and Prosecco. It was so good as I’m quite a fan of Sailor Jerry’s and a Pornstar Martini so this worked super well for me.

Mike went for the Christmas Mojito and he loved it! I’ve never seen him enjoy a cocktail so much!

We were dining on the 3-course festive menu but wanted to see what we could have other than Turkey as that can get a little too much over Christmas, am I right?!

I have the Roasted Tomato Soup topped with crispy vegetables and pesto, served with ciabatta and butter which was veggie or if you have the ciabatta and oil it makes it one of the vegan options. 

The addition of vegetable style crisps and pesto on the top of wholesome tomato soup was GAME-CHANGING. Like, I’m not even exaggerating.

I felt well boujee with my posh tomato soup and winter cocktail that I felt the need to pose away!

Mike still eats meat when we’re not at home so he went with the Duck Liver and Pork Parfait served with toasted walnut & raisin bread and a spiced fruit and sloe gin chutney. You can’t really go wrong with a good parfait or pate, can you?!

For mains, Mike ordered the Salmon fillet & a smoky mussel cream sauce served with baby potatoes, samphire, spinach and charred red pepper. There was so much food on his plate that he was shocked at how good it was; we always hate it when you go somewhere and the portions are huge as it’s usually really average food. This was not the case here at all, although the portion was a good size, it was really great food.

I had the Slow-roasted Tomato & Almond Bake topped with beetroot, carrot, spinach and roasted celeriac which is the vegan option. This was so bloody good and there were so many flavours, but none that overpowered each other. The bake had a quiche style feel to it which I’m always game for! It was one of those meals that as a meat-eater, you would 100% not miss having meat on your plate as you really didn’t need it.

Both of our mains were served with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes too so we were filled right to the brim.

Ok, I lie, I had a Warm Chocolate Brownie served with Belgian chocolate sauce, honeycomb ice cream and a brandy snap crumb shaped space to fill. This brownie is fully vegan, it just depends on what ice cream you order; if you order from the normal menu then you get diary ice cream, but if you order from the vegan menu then you’re given a dairy alternative which surprised me as the brownie was so rich and creamy!

In a non-shocker for Mike, he ordered the Caramel Crème Brûlée served with home-baked sultana & oatmeal biscuits which is vegetarian-friendly too. It was served in a super cute teacup and tasted just so good.

We had such a great time on our visit to The Nag’s Head with staff that really do go above and beyond, from asking your dietary requirements before you’re seated to ensuring they have washed their hands and serve those requirements on their own so there’s no chance of cross-contamination! It’s little things like that, that really makes The Nag’s Head stand out from other local pubs we’ve eaten in.

They also have a super filled diary with events so don’t miss out:

Current Events:

Brunch with Santa – 15th, 21st and 22nd December – A Magical Christmas brunch for the whole family to enjoy complete with a trip to visit Santa and letter writing with brunch from £14 an adult and £8 a child.
Christmas Party – 13th and 20th December – Live DJ, playing party classics to set the atmosphere for Christmas. Enjoy the festive set menu from £27.95.

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