An anniversary treat!
It was my wedding anniversary at the end of July, so we decided to have a day out in Hexham, a pleasant market town in Northumberland, and about 1.5 hours away from home. The weather was kind and we had a very nice day pottering around. Because we have been to Hexham a few times we decided to try to find its little veggie place again – and were successful. Hexham Tans is an unusual restaurant because it is run by the NHS. It has been going for some years now and though not ‘upmarket’ the food is very good, tasty and nutritious, and also inexpensive. It is vegetarian but also serves seafood. The latter does not seem popular as I have never seen (or smelt) anyone eating it. The menu is a bit confusing because it has meaty things listed on it. But all meat, bacon and so on is soya or other alternatives, and this is clearly stated on the menu. I had an absolutely delicious homemade mushroom soup and my other half had a tasty vegetarian lasagne with salad. They also make delicious desserts (hence the soup!) and I had a lovely peach crumble. The scones are also fab and many canny customers take them home to freeze. I was pleased to note the cafe was full to bursting and seems to be very popular, particularly with older people. It is only open during the day. Hexham Tans is run in association with a mental health project run by Northumberland NHS. Some of its staff are young people with mental health problems or learning difficulties to give them experience of, and an opportunity to get into, work. A project that any veggie can enjoy supporting! 11 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1NQ 01434 656284
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