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The Welsh pub named the best vegan restaurant in Europe

08 May 2024 2 minute read
The Queen Inn, Cwmbran

A Welsh pub has scooped the title of the best-ranked vegan restaurant in Europe.

The Queen Inn in Cwmbran became fully plant based two years ago when it removed animal products from its menu for Veganuary 2022.

Two years later, it has been named the fourth best plant-based restaurant in the world and the best in Europe by vegan guide, Happy Cow.

Menu items include gourmet versions of pub classics like f*sh and ch*ps and ch*cken and b*con pie.

The Queen Inn, established in the 1800s, is a family-owned business in the Welsh town and owner Ryan Edwards said they were “over the moon” to have reached the top spot on the list.

Describing itself as the “world’s first plant-based steakhouse,” The Queen Inn’s aim is to push plant-based dining in new directions.

The pub serves hyper-realistic plant-based meat cuts, including Redefine Meat flank and Juicy Marbles filet. This ‘meaty’ formula has helped attract vegans and non-vegans alike.

Vegan steak

“Most of our customers are animal-eaters who want a cruelty free way of eating their favourite pub meals,” Edwards told Plant Based News.

“We also get big parties with just a few vegans, who would usually go to non-vegan places where the token vegan will have a disappointing meal.”

For those who prefer vegetable-based food, The Queen Inn serves dishes like Cauliflower steak, Fable shiitake mushroom pie, and Chana masala.

“We always find that animal-eaters are pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meals,” said Edwards. “They realize that plant-based dishes don’t always taste like cardboard.”

A vegan platter

Since being named the number one restaurant on Happy Cow, The Queen Inn has seen “a huge surge in bookings”.

This is just one of the many glowing customer reviews on Trip Advisor: “Blew my mind. Went for a birthday meal with my family and spend ages trying to decide what to have because it all looked incredible. I will be returning very soon to try the rest of the menu!! Highly, highly recommend!”

Find out more about The Queen Inn HERE

So popular has the restaurant become they also have their own range of merchandise!


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Garry Jones
Garry Jones
14 days ago

I’m happy to recommend The Queen Inn, Cwmbran. Warmly received. Attentive table service. Oh, and the food – wish I could produce similar in my vegan home kitchen. Salivating now, making note to drift by this nearby restaurant in the next few days.

Doctor Trousers
Doctor Trousers
12 days ago
Reply to  Garry Jones

been meaning to check it out for a while, it’ll be my first choice next time my other half and I are looking for a pub to end a dog walk at 🙂

I must say it’s kind of astonishing and sad that people are so offended and threatened by just being reminded that some people choose not to consume animal products, that they feel the need to downvote a positive comment about an independent pub.

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