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Jaunty Goat, Northgate Street, Chester

Jaunty Goat, Northgate Street, Chester

I think we’ve wrote in previous posts how Chester, given its size and tourist industry, lacks places to eat as a vegetarian/vegan if you want somewhere different to the standard chains. I think we also mentioned that things are finally starting to look up. Jaunty Goat already has a very popular cafe on Bridge Street in Chester but have taken the brave decision to open a second, completely plant based branch. Warning – it is only small – they have done well with the space to fit in as many seats as they have but given its popularity you may need to wait for a table. And don’t go as a large group as I doubt you’d get a seat together.

We had a go at visiting when it was just myself and Emily. Again, it was busy but the very helpful, friendly staff said they had a couple of seats at the bar so result. We ordered off the Winter menu – the waitress said they change the menu regularly and try to cook seasonally which is good to know.

Wild Mushrooms on Toast
Wild Mushrooms on Toast at the Jaunty Goat

Clare:

I decided to go for the mushrooms on toast – well it was a bit posher than that – wild mushrooms on toasted sourdough with a white bean puree. Service was good and we didn’t have long to wait even though busy. But I was slightly disappointed with the dish. The mushrooms were beautifully cooked and tasty but I think they had forgotten the bean puree which I suspect was quite integral to the taste of the dish. Also, it lacked colour and looked rather bland and beige. If only they had put a handful of rocket on the side. The portion wasn’t big either – again think the bean puree may have made it more filling – so I was still hungry afterwards. Perhaps this is deliberate so you choose a dessert.

I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity of sampling the cakes which all looked gorgeous. I think vegans get a raw deal in the dessert department in most places. Not here – there were 5 or 6 cakes/traybakes to choose from. I went for the Chocolate Brownie. Hand on heart it was the best chocolate brownie I have ever eaten – vegan or non-vegan. Dense, squidgy and so chocolatey – is that a word? Had it with a coffee (well you have to) and think I chose oat milk. They had 3 plant based milks to choose from.

Will I be going back? I think so. It has a good atmosphere and it is super friendly. Plus the coffee is good and I need to try the other cakes. I’ll put my slightly disappointing dish down as a mistake and try something else next time. I’d go back anyway just for a slice of that brownie!

Chocolate Brownie
Chocolate Brownie – quite simply the best in the world – Jaunty Goat, Chester

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