CN’s resident vegetarian, Emily King, looks at what meat-free options are on offer for lunch meetings
For the vegetarians within the conference industry, finding somewhere to host a lunch meeting can prove challenging, as can pleasing vegetarians attending conferences with the catering on offer.
As National Vegetarian Week 2016 took place 16-22 May and celebrated all things meat-free and animal and environmentally friendly, I hope to enlighten the industry herbivores on some of the venues here in the capital offering tasty veggie bites.
All Cavendish Venues’ catering menus have vegetarian options. Whether it’s their mushrooms and organic eggs for a breakfast meeting, a choice of vegetarian fillings in a sandwich for a lunch catch-up, or herb falafels with mint yoghurt dip for after-conference dinners, Cavendish Venues know how to cater for vegetarian delegates.
Similarly, Church House, Westminster, offers a three-course dinner menu that provides plenty of vegetarian options for delegates (£47.95pp day rate). For starters you have a choice of asparagus and cheese toasted brioche, or pea and mint gnocchi, and it’s mains options include a Welsh rarebit, or squash ravioli.
The QEII Centre is another venue boasting a varied vegetarian menu (from £37pp day rate). Not only does it offer a vegetarian hot buffet with options such as butternut squash and macaroni cheese, and miso and sesame braised vegetables, lemongrass and ginger rice, but it also has a salad menu with more than 10 vegetarian and vegan dishes.
If it’s just a lunch meeting you’re after then perhaps the following veggie treats may take your fancy?
The Bridge at Excel has various vegetarian options to choose from. These include a vegetarian burger with portabella mushroom, spinach, goat’s cheese, and tomato chutney accompanied by a brioche bun and skinny fries for £10.95.
All Bar One at the O2, Greenwich, offers vegetarians to choose from sharing platters including halloumi skewers, or a houmous duo with crystal bread, and mains such as a grilled halloumi and portabella mushroom burger, or a vegetarian pad thai. Prices range from £6.25 for a sharing platter, to £10.50 for a main.
Knowing where to go to cater best for your vegetarian clientele can make or break a conference. for them, and having suitable veggie options available could bring fantastic feed-back.