As a vegetarian, one thing that I do really miss is the tradition of going out for a hearty roast on a Sunday. Though I don’t miss the meat itself, there is something about piling your plate high, spending time with family and friends and spending the rest of the afternoon stroking your food-baby lovingly. So when Urban Coffee Co. JQ got in touch asking if I’d like to try their Sunday lunch and I found out that yes, there was a vegetarian option, I couldn’t wait to visit. Read on for my short and sweet review of this one course wonder!
If you’re yet to try any of the independent Urban Coffee Company outlets then you need to sort your life out. They are some of the most well-loved coffee shops in the city and consistently hit the nail on the head with food, drinks and service. Our experience at the Jewellery Quarter Emporium (the only one serving Sunday Lunch) lived up to this; the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and the staff looked after us well. Alcoholic drinks are available with the meal, including wine, beer, cider and three ales from the Two Towers Brewery. We opted for wine and the ‘Jewellery Porter’ ale, both of which we very much enjoyed.
The vegetarian (and also vegan!) option for the Sunday lunch is a nut roast filo pastry parcel served with roasties, mustard and chive mash, cumin roasted carrots, treacle glazed parsnips, sesame seed stir-fried greens, veggie stuffing, a giant yorkshire pudding and homemade gravy. The nut roast parcel was tasty and filling, and the pastry was a welcome addition, saving the main element from being an unimaginative veggie option. It was all the extras however that really made the meal. Highlights included the creamy mustard mash and the cumin roasted carrots – it reminded me of Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Dinner where he puts a bit of a twist on everything yet the meal still harmonises. The only small qualm we had was that the serving of gravy was a bit measly!
Overall I’d really recommend going to Urban JQ for a vegetarian Sunday roast. The meat options are rosemary and lemon chicken or slow cooked beef brisket, which of course I can’t speak for but the extras are worth going for in themselves! The veggie option is £10.95 which is certainly worth it for the amount of food you get on your plate, and the drinks are very reasonably priced. Thank you to everyone at Urban JQ for having us – I’m craving another of your roasts already just writing this!
*Our meal and drinks were complimentary for review purposes. This does not affect my honest opinion.