Discover London’s first ever fully-vegan pub: The Spread Eagle Homerton. This traditional East End boozer is home to one of the finest vegan menus in the city, featuring innovative takes on pub classics. Of course, there’s also a range of vegan beers, wines, spirits and a cocktail list that’ll keep you there are night.
About Spread Eagle London vegan pub
Set on the corner of an unassuming street in Homerton, the Spread Eagle is one of East London’s oldest pubs and in 2018, it became the capital’s first 100% vegan pub. That doesn’t just mean they serve vegan food and drink, the fixtures and fittings are also plant-based and sustainably sourced. In addition, the venue hosts parties and is perfect for DJs setups.
Enjoy eagle-themed décor and a small outdoor beer garden for those sunny afternoons – the pub is also dog friendly. Reflecting its mix of history and modern vegan credentials, the menu is focused on reinventing traditional British pub food, from pies with mash and liquor to Ploughman’s lunches and sticky toffee puddings. The menu is designed to be seasonal and ingredients are sourced from local producers and foragers.
Expect premium vegan spirits and a range of vegan drinks. There’s a rotating draught line that’s brewed without finings to make it all vegan and natural. Vegan staples like Brewdog are on offer, as well as fine wines and a quirky cocktail list. The Tequila Sour made with aquafaba has even been featured in The London Evening Standard and The Guardian.
How to visit The Spread Eagle Homerton
The Spread Eagle Homerton is open with table service only at the moment to comply with Covid-19 regulations. Walk-ins are welcome but it’s best to book for evening slots and you can also order takeaway. Here are the contact details:
- Address: 224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS, London
- Getting there: the closest station is Homerton on the overground
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm, under 18s welcome till 9pm with an adult
- Phone: 020 8985 0400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s on the menu?
The menu features British cuisine influenced by dishes from all over the world, a nod to the area’s diverse culture. You can view a sample Spread Eagle Homerton menu here, this varies due to what’s available from local suppliers and is focused on seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Pair your meals with small, unique batch wines or one of 14 different draught lines such as Gamma Ray, Brewdog and Five Points XPA.
Food at The Spread Eagle is served from 12pm to 8pm. We last visited in summer and tried the following dishes:
• Herb tempura, gochujang mayo (£4) – a range of herbs, from mint to dill, fried in a light (not-too-greasy) batter with a fiery mayo.
• Seasonal croquetas, truffle mayo (£6) – crispy breaded nuggets of savoury goodness! I loved these croquetas, stuffed with hot, cheesy leek filling and dipped in creamy mayo.
• Cheese board (£10) – a selection of vegan nut-based cheeses, including authentic camembert and brie, served with crackers, sweet pickle and fruit.
The menu also boasts a range of cheap sides (from £3.50 to £6) such as corn on the cob, fries and chickpea chips. If you’re sharing with friends, order a selection of starters for the table, each priced at between £3.50 and £7.50, including:
• Sausage roll – £4
• Padron peppers – £5
• Artichoke hummus, harissa, beets, flatbread – £7
To satisfy a bigger appetite, go for one of the two burgers on offer, the Buffalo or Classic which features the Beyond Patty, each for £10.50. The signature mains change regularly but usually include the following staples, priced from £12 to £13:
• Ploughman’s lunch: porkless pie, cheese, pickles, radish, tomato, celery, apply, Piccadilly – £13
• Pie, mash, liquor – £12
• Falafel, flat bread, pickles, hot sauce, salad – £12
Got a sweet tooth? Then go ahead and order a dessert, whether you’re after a simple scoop of vegan gelato or a cakey British-inspired favourite. We were impressed with pictures of the summery, deconstructed Eton Mess with meringue and honeycomb. Desserts cost between £2 and £7 and usually include:
• Sticky toffee pudding – £7
• Hackney gelato per scoop – £2
What I love about The Spread Eagle
The Spread Eagle Homerton serves the finest vegan food I’ve tasted in the capital and is definitely a top pick if you want to impress non-vegan friends and family. The quality of the dishes and attention-to-detail when it comes to presentation is supreme. It’s the only pub where I don’t have to worry about Googling the beers to find out which ones are vegan.
I love the décor, a mix of standard wooden pub tables and chairs surrounded by eagle murals and statues, framed photos and plants dotted around. There’s a big airy, light space to relax in and the service when we visited was friendly and attentive. Their Covid-19 security is also top-notch, with sanitiser everywhere, robust cleaning and efficient table service.
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The food at The Spread Eagle is very reasonably priced for the quality and in contrast to London’s quick and dirty vegan fast food joints, this is food to stake your time over and savour. There were a couple of dishes unavailable when we visited but we really enjoyed everything we ordered. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but the vegan camembert on the cheese board and the croquetas stood out.
Next time I visit (and I’ll definitely be back soon), I’m keen to try the pie, mash and liquor, as well as the ploughman’s lunch and one of the desserts. The Spread Eagle is conveniently placed just a 10-minute walk from Victoria Park and the Regents Canal Path too, ideal for a wander before or after you eat.
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