Guest Posts, Veg*n UK

Veg*n UK: Zen Garden Restaurant at Carey’s Manor, New Forest, Hampshire.

This is a guest post written by my new pal Alex Bell of Tickle & Pink. Alex and I met at a freelance writing workshop last month and, well. When vegetarians get together, they usually end up smack talkin’ grub. Thanks again for this post, Alex! (Don’t forget to check out her online shop cos it’s rad.)

carey's manor 001Earlier this week I headed to the Zen Garden Restaurant at Carey’s Manor – a four star hotel in the heart of the New Forest. This Thai palace inspired restaurant is attached to their SenSpa and continues the soothing Zen theme, with gold murals, a bamboo ceiling, plenty of Buddha statues and the kind of tranquil music that makes you want to settle down and take a nice long nap after you’ve eaten.

carey's manor 002The food is traditional Thai cuisine, and whilst there are meat and fish options on the menu, they have a large selection of vegetarian options too, and the focus is on healthy eating, locally-sourced produce and fresh ingredients. Their ethical food policy also means that all the eggs they use are free range (when I used to waitress here, I poked around the larder and checked!). They also have an impressive smoothie menu.

So, first up was my favourite starter here – the spring rolls stuffed with mixed vegetables, glass noodles and plum sauce:

Spring RollsThese are so delicious that they pretty much spoil you for any other spring rolls in your life, ever. I am also, personally, very much a fan of carrots being crafted into flowers.

And for the main courses we have Vegetable Phad Thai Ja – wok-friend noodles with Thai special sauce, bean sprouts, crunchy green veggies and ground cashew nuts:

Phad Thai JaAnd the organic green curry – a selection of bamboo shoots and fresh veggies in a delicious coconut sauce:

Green CurryI always mean to try something new but I love these dishes so much that I always end up ordering them. Perhaps next time I’ll finally order the papaya salad and sweet and sour tofu . . .

About Alex

Alex Bell is a writer of books and short stories as well as articles on fair trade and ethical fashion. When not writing she enjoys buying pretty things for her gifts and accessories boutique Tickle & Pink and volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Favourite things include Great Danes, afternoon tea and vintage teacups.

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