The weather in London at the moment is not suited to dining by the river. Winds are getting chilly as temperatures sink. We were even gifted with an ever so light dusting of snow a few days ago.
Being forced indoors has prompted me to recall my last meal by the Thames prior to the sad weather descending on the capital. Even more depressingly, the meal was just as dull as the current weather situation.
The Tide Tables Café has so many things going for it… except a decent range of vegan dishes. This vegetarian eatery enjoys one of the top locations in London. It is nestled under a bridge arch with seating scattered amongst trees alongside the river in Richmond.
It is a gorgeous space that truly comes into its own on a sunny day. I’ve rarely eaten in a superior people-watching cafe. Bikes, boats and bodies glide past constantly.
That is the praise out of the way. Let’s move onto the vegan food critiquing.
Most of the vegan food I ate at Tide Tables was subpar. It was a rocky start when the server didn’t know if the bread used for toast was vegan. I will never understand how a vegetarian eatery can get it so wrong with vegan options.
Sure there was a menu section for vegan choices, but overpriced and uninspiring would be kind adjectives.
I ate a sloppy and tepid Moroccan harissa flat bread that set me back just over 5 pounds. Josh ordered a samosa that was not nice but his bowl of gazpacho was slightly more positive.
It would take a lot of convincing to get me back to Tide Tables but of course you are encouraged to try. Please post your comments below if you enjoy any of the vegan dishes on offer at this West London location.
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