The Clapton Hart is one of my favourite places to eat in London- I've written about them plenty here on Guac, over at The Debrief and lots on my Instagram because somehow or another, it's become my not-so-local-local, and it's consistently good for vegan food. So I was really excited to be asked if I wanted to come and try their new vegan Yorkshire puddings last week- not only was it a great excuse to head back to Clapton a mere nine days after the glory that was HOT DOG DAY, but it also happened to be Yorkshire Day last Friday, and as I've now been calling York my adopted home for about ten years, I couldn't think of a better way to spend it.
The pudding itself (as we call it up North) was delicious- no it wasn't identical to an egg and dairy version, but a different thing entirely. Just as with soy yoghurt and seitan burgers, I wouldn't eat this imagining you were about to trick your taste buds into toad in the hole, but it was a perfect veganised version; crispy, chewy in the centre and great with the Henderson's Relish gravy (a Sheffield equivalent to Worcestershire Sauce that's also vegan) and homemade mushroom and courgette sausages. The potatoes and rainbow carrots were also done to perfection, but you could probably tell that by the photo above. I don't want to go too OTT about toad in the hole but having not even attempted to make it since going vegan two and a half years ago, I'd say it was worth the wait.
Speaking to Charlie, the general manager at the Hart, she explained to me that they've been working on a pudding for a while, buying in special ingredients to trial it and that they wanted a vegan for an honest opinion. All Yorkshire vibin' aside, I really respect the fact they care enough to get some feedback, especially from a pub that's obviously got a roaring trade in everything else going too. So thank you for a great Yorkshire Day, Clapton Hart, I'll definitely be coming back for more toad in the hole!