Recently we’ve found ourselves going to vegetarian/vegan only places, just to ensure we’ll have plenty of options with the food choices. But in doing so there are times when you miss out on other dining experiences. Well the Prince of Wales recently re-opened with a brand new look, full vegan menu and some spectacular desserts.
It might not be the cheapest option in town, but the quality and experience makes this pub more like a high end restaurant. We were invited along to their launch event after the refurbishment to see what changes they had made.
Modern, Warm & Stylish…
The second you walk in through the door you are greeted by the welcoming staff and bartenders that can make a fantastic array of drinks. A modern bar design and lighting comes together well with a pub feel and fireplaces which make the whole place feel so homely. There’s lots of mustard yellow, navy blue, art deco shapes and big comfy chairs.
There is a place for everyone, from a romantic dinner, a get together with your friends to a nice family meal or a celebration. Most importantly, the Prince of Wales will cater for all dietary requirements.
You have a great range of wines, gins, cocktails and even mocktails, which by the way are amazing.
Let The Food Begin!
Nibbles, Mains & Vegan menu…
The Prince of Wales are known to have amazing meat dishes, and this is why we invited two of our friends to join us to give their verdict. We decided to eat exclusively off their vegan menu as they had put the effort in to create one that was very good! Despite the separate vegan menu, there were quite a few vegetarian options on the main menu. So if you’re a vegetarian like us, you’re sorted.
The commitment to a full separate menu shows just how much influence vegan and vegetarian food has had on restaurants and pubs in Sheffield.
For starters Ellie and I had a vegan roasted lentil falafel (£6.95) and pan-fried mushrooms (£6.95). The falafel was accompanied with beetroot hummus and Lebanese style dip which made the falafel’s usual dryness almost non-existent. The mushrooms were accompanied with spring onions and garlic, served with a soy, lime & ginger dip and a rice-paper cracker. And these were great. Such a balanced flavour that melts in your mouth.
Our friend Lee had salt and szechuan pepper squid with aioli (£6.95) for his starter, which was just right and did not have that overdone chewiness you sometimes get. Phil had crispy Karaage chicken with cucumber ribbons, mooli, kale & cauliflower couscous salad and warm katsu sauce (£6.95). It was an extremely flavoursome starter.
Presentation, Taste & Experience…
Now the mains! The selection was risky, but turned out well. Often you can judge how accurately the chef can accommodate to your tastes with a steak. Nobody likes a chewy well done steak. Unless you don’t like steak at all, like us. Well, the 7oz Fillet steak that Lee went for was rare and it was perfect. It was served with a shallot tart and twice-cooked chunky chips. It wasn’t cheap (£24.50), but if you are a steak gourmand, this is a true steak.
Now the pie! If you are a true Sheffielder you always want to know about a good pie. The reaction was straightforward: ”The best pie I’ve ever had in a restaurant”.
This was the chicken, leek and creme fraiche pie topped with ham hock crumb, served with kale mashed potato and buttered green beans (£14.95) – simply amazing (for the meat eaters among us!).
Now to the vegan options. The selections are great. Ellie’s choice was better than mine – she had a spiced coconut curry served with miso sesame aubergine, broccoli, a scorched red chilli and sticky jasmine rice (£12.50). It was such an explosion of flavours and presented beautifully. I chose the caramelised onion tart filled with roasted red peppers and lentils, served with pesto, beetroot hummus and toasted seeds (£12.95). It wasn’t bad, but it did lack flavour and the crumbly dough was just not for me. Yet again, there so many dishes on the menu. I might not have the tart again, but I will try the rest of the dishes!
Look at that curry! Perfect presentation, exceptional flavour!
One thing I’d like to add at this point is how attentive and welcoming the staff were. Nothing was too much hassle and they made sure we had our drinks topped up and everything we needed, without being overbearing. They really added to the atmosphere in what was a fantastic evening.
Chocolate, Fruit & Craft…
Standing ovation! Seriously, I’m not exaggerating. It was something special. I usually don’t have a dessert after such a meal, but definitely leave room for these.
Let’s start with the absolute winner.
Phil and Lee chose wisely – the melting chocolate & peanut bomb (£7.95). Filled with sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream. Served with a bourbon vanilla ice cream & hot salted caramel sauce. If you have a sweet tooth this is the real deal. The second you pour that salted caramel on top… the toffee and peanut butter comes so well together. And the presentation is fantastic as the chocolate dome just melts away.
Our other two desserts were vegan. This time mine was better than Ellie’s. I chose the blackcurrant mousse (£6.75) on a biscuit base, served with crushed mango and fresh strawberries. My sweet tooth is slightly different and usually prefer fruity desserts over chocolate. It was great, refreshing, well balanced and yet again – hit the spot.
The chocolate tart was good, but not exceptional. But this comes from a person who doesn’t admire chocolate desserts with a passion. So I will quote Ellie:
”Very rich, fantastic flavours and I would not be able to guess whether it was vegan or not.”
It was a wonderful evening and thank you to Prince of Wales for inviting us! So here comes our verdict:
Wonderful atmosphere, great staff and fantastic culinary abilities. The presentation was almost as good as the food.
Fascinating flavours from the main menu and vegan dishes. Food made to perfection and desserts are well thought through. Simply perfect dining experience.
A big thank you to our friends Lee and Phil for coming with us and giving their feedback on the meat and fish dishes that were on offer!
Thank you for reading,
Review: Prince of Wales Pub
95 Ecclesall Rd S, Sheffield S11 9PH
This meal was hosted and gifted by Prince of Wales but all the opinions are true and honest. [Sponsored]