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.)
Earlier 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.
The 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:
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:
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.