My mom and I have discovered a new favourite restaurant – VGN Boulevard, a 100% plant based eatery located in the heart of Stourbridge. We first visited around a month ago, and the food blew us away so much we’ve been back at least three times since!
Now, I’m a meat-eater (my mom is pescatarian) and although I enjoy vegan/veggie food, I pretty much always go for meat when I dine out (usually a dirty great burger). I attempted Veganuary at the beginning of this year and I did struggle in restaurants – I’d often feel a little disappointed with the meat substitutes. Therefore, I wasn’t sure what to expect on our trip to VGN Boulevard – however, I was pleasantly surprised.
The restaurant serves diner-style dishes including burgers, hotdogs, mac ‘n’ cheese and loaded fries. I’ve slowly been making my way through the menu, and so far my favourite pick is the Royale with Cheeze – a plant-based patty loaded with tomatoes, pickles, fried onions and mayo. I’d be tempted to say it’s the best burger I’ve ever eaten – rich, succulent and juicy, without the fatty taste that often accompanies beef.
I was feeling especially greedy today, so after my burger I decided to go for a slice of Biscoff cheesecake for dessert. Incredibly decadent, it was worth un-doing the button on my jeans for! The hot drinks are equally as delicious – I always opt for an oat-milk Chai Latte and it goes down a treat, especially this time of year.
My mom and I left fit to burst. As you can see, the portion sizes are plenty big enough for major foodies! The prices are very reasonable, too.
If you’re ever in the area I wholly recommend a visit, whether you’re vegan or not. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff are super friendly (not to mention passionate) and the service is faultless. The owner, Ben, always gives a warm welcome and is never too busy to chat – he really knows his stuff.
I’d advise reserving a table as it can get booked up pretty quick, especially on weekends. However, they’ve recently launched their own app which allows you to order and collect – so you can satisfy your taste buds even if you’re just passing through.
All in all, a real gem of a place that I’m always so excited to rave about! Amazing staff, wonderfully rustic decor and outstanding food. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.
9 Coventry Street