I’d heard about Annie’s Burger Shack in Nottingham but I knew it had moved from its original location at the Old Angel pub. Lots of the information on the internet still refers to the old location, and at the time of writing their website isn’t up and running. I had heard that vegan burgers were to be had though so I decided to give it a go.
The new home of Annie’s is called The Navigation, conveniently for us located just down the canal from our hotel (Jury’s Inn) and very close to the train station. The menu has 24 different burgers, along with a few side items and a dessert specials board. It says at the top of the menu that all burgers can be made vegan, but even in some of the best reviewed vegetarian restaurants in the world I’ve been disappointed when the method of making something vegan is just leaving off half of the ingredients. I went to the bar to ask, but no problems there. Annie is rightly proud of the fact that for any ingredient listed, there is a vegan equivalent. So, whether it be cheese, fried egg, Yorkshire pudding or king prawns, if it’s on the menu it’s going to appear on your plate.
I can’t remember the name of the burger I chose but after 20 minutes of blind panic about how I was ever going to choose, I ended up going for the biggest burger on the menu – burger, chicken, sausage, cheese and bacon. Matthew went for the roast dinner- 2 different burgers, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. They came with a choice of wedges, curly fries or fries. Yes, you read all of that right.
Iphone pic of my burger
Another dreadful pic because I wanted you to see Matthew’s vegan Yorkshire pudding more clearly.
My burger was a mixture of store bought subs and home made, while Matthew’s seemed to be all home made. If there’s a particular store bought meat or cheese which you really hate, it’s probably worth checking it won’t appear. Some of the subs clearly think outside the box a bit – the vegans on the next table had the all day breakfast burger, where the fried egg appeared to be chinese style puffy fried tofu. The wedges were the better of the potato options, by the way. The Yorshire pudding was fabulous and better than any of my attempts, and the stuffing ball nestled inside it was excellent. Along side my burger, the horseradish sauce packed some punch.
These portions were so huge that not only could we not enjoy the freshly baked lemon drizzle cake or the chocolate brownie, we didn’t even finish our burgers. It was like a vegan version of Man v Food.
If I had to, I could make 2 small criticisms. Firstly, the actual burger itself, while tasty, was a bit crumbly. And second, really picky now, the boards that they were served on were a bit small and resulted in an overflow onto the table when trying to cut the burgers. But, really, that’s picky to the millionth degree and wouldn’t have mattered at all if I hadn’t greedily ordered the biggest burger on the menu! Annie’s – we’ll be back.