Anusia Cafe Tring Reviews
Vegetarian and Vegan in the beautiful Chiltern Hills ... Aug 03, 2013
The Anusia Cafe at Tring
I first heard of the Anusia Cafe on Facebook, after a friend found a part-time job in their kitchen. I’d like to go there, I thought, and then promptly lodged it in the somewhat chaotic filing cabinet of my mind. There it quietly gathered dust as other more pressing engagements took precedence.
A week before my birthday, however, the A of Anusia assumed its rightfully foremost place, and thus prompted, I phoned to make a booking for four.
The Anusia Cafe is a Vegan and Vegetarian restaurant situated in the small town of Tring in Hertfordshire. It’s a pretty town surrounded by wonderful rolling countryside of the Chiltern Hills, but be warned – you’ll face a walk if you don’t have a car. Tring railway station lies two miles from the town that bears its name and is closer to the village of Aldbury.
Driving or walking, however, and there’s a public car park virtually next door, the restaurant is definitely worth a visit. It’s wholly vegetarian with some vegan options and its meat free meals are made from mostly organic ingredients. Some of these come from the cafe’s own vegetable garden just outside the town, while any fruit and vegetables not grown there come from two dedicated organic British wholesalers. Milk and dairy products are also organic and come from British farms.
Most interestingly, entry to the restaurant is through a cookshop, where should you feel moved to do so you can buy all manner of nice saucepans, mixing bowls and other kitchen equipment. As well as the ground floor dining area, there’s also a small area of outdoor seating plus a family room on the first floor which seats up to twenty people.
The menu is quite extensive and includes full vegetarian and vegan English breakfasts, pizzas, brunches, lunches and desserts. On the day I visited with my family there were also a wide range of daily specials. Then of course there are cakes, beers and wines, and some fabulous blended fruit juices. For my birthday lunch I chose a vegetable and halumi kebab with savoury rice and salad from the day’s specials. One son chose soup of the day with homemade bread, while the other had the portobello mushroom burger – it comes on a wholewheat bun and is served with goat cheese, avocado, mustard, onion rings, spiced burger relish and a mixed leaf salad. The latter’s lady went for the vegetarian English breakfast.
For desert I had the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. It’s completely vegan and made with cashew nuts. Mine was also flavoured with chocolate. One son had the freezer chocolate cake and the other and his lady went for chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream.
Three of us chose the amazing apple, carrot and ginger fruit juice while the other drank white wine. The final bill for the four of us was approximately £80.
I’d certainly go to the Anusia Cafe again and I’d certainly recommend it highly.
For us it was only a short drive from the town where I live. But, if you’re travelling a longer distance what else can you find in Tring? As well as the attractive town itself, of course, and the lovely countryside all around, you will also find a branch of London’s Natural History Museum there. It dates from the late nineteenth century when the Tring estate became home to the Rothschild family and Nathan Mayer Rothschild’s son, Lionel Walter Rothschild, eventually built a private zoological museum in the town. In time it came to house what was perhaps the largest collection of stuffed animals worldwide. After being incorporated into the Natural History Museum in 1937, the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum became the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2007.
For more details of the Anusia Cafe, plus opening hours, see the restaurant’s website: www.anusiacafe.co.uk
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