22 Aug The Monument Pub: Food Review
I was partly horrified, and partly ecstatic to see that an all-Vegan pub was opening just around the corner from my University flat. My Uni life would have been MADE if The Monument had just opened a little sooner! I can imagine the many late night doner burgers, and pub garden lunches *sob*. Anyway, it’s here now, and I’m making up for lost time by visiting as much as I can whilst I’m here for the summer.
The Monument is just a short walk away from the thriving centre of the city – I would say that it’s roughly a 10-15 minute stroll away from the cathedral. It has such a nice peaceful atmosphere and is a perfect break away from the (sometimes stressful) heart of Canterbury. As soon as you arrive you are enveloped by the cosy, classic pub vibe: the dark wooden interior, the intimate high top stool tables, and the wooden rounded bar. Then you walk out into the bright conservatory-like seating area, and out into the huge garden that has plenty more seating.
The inside is perfect for a warm evening meal, but the garden is definitely the place to be for the summer; luckily, both times I visited it was a beautiful sunny day, and so I was able to feast outside. The garden is full of gorgeous and thriving wildflowers, so there are plenty of butterflies, bees, and other busy creatures; it’s a great little spot for some macro photography too.
I was totally overwhelmed by their menu, although it’s not huge; it’s still an impressive amount of choice for us Vegans. When I first visited we ordered the “Tofish and chips” and the Devil burger (I think that’s what it was called?!).
I have no clue how they made the tartar sauce but it tasted identical to the normal version in my opinion – it seems like Vegan sauces are definitely their specialty because I loved the garlicky mayo that comes with the doner burger too (I’m so hungry thinking about it!!). I definitely recommend the Devil burger (or hot dog) if you’re a fan of spicy food; the ‘Big Dick’s Hot Sauce’ that they use is the best and is actually spicy unlike a lot of hot sauces they have in restaurants.
The second time I visited we ordered an embarrassingly huge banquet that consisted of, “Italian Burger”, “Doner Burger”, “Doner Kebab”, garlic bread, onion rings, and nachos… Safe to say I was painfully full afterward but it was so worth it (I desperately wanted to try the battered Oreos but I’m always too full). In my opinion, the doner meat in the burger and kebab is good enough to rival “What The Pitta” in London! It was amazing.
My mum isn’t Vegan (or Vegetarian) and yet she loved the “Italian Burger”, and said that she wouldn’t even notice that the burger wasn’t meat if we didn’t tell her beforehand. She also said that the mozzarella in the burger tastes almost identical to dairy mozzarella, the only thing that wasn’t perfect was the texture, which I feel is so difficult to get right when it comes to Vegan cheeses.
This pub has such friendly staff, which I feel is one of the many reasons why it’s so popular. It seems like the owners are constantly working on their menu to improve it for their huge amount of customers, which is great. If you’re nearby or thinking of travelling to Canterbury you should definitely swing by The Monument and give it a try. If you’re not Vegan or Vegetarian, I can guarantee you’ll be impressed! Here’s their Facebook page and website if you want to give them a look.
P.S If you enjoyed this post here’s another amazing junk food Vegan place in Canterbury.