Travel Report: Young Vegans Pie Shop – Camden Town, London.
May 2019. “Have you ever tried a 100% vegan meal?” Baddi asked as we were wandering through Camden Town. I confirmed that I had not… you know… it’s something that just never quite made its way onto my bucket list. “Would you like to try? I know a pie shop and it’s really good!”. I’m all about new experiences these days so I ignored the voice in my head – Vegan Pies? – and off we went towards Camden Market and a little restaurant called Young Vegans Pie Shop.
May 2019. I don’t have any issues with vegans, probably because I’ve been lucky enough to have avoided the preachy, self-righteous types that love to tell people how they should be living their lives. And as we entered Young Vegans Pie Shop that day it struck me that Baddi is actually the only Vegan friend I’ve ever had.
May 2019. I should start by saying straight off that Young Vegans Pie Shop is tiny and it doesn’t take much for things to get hectic. So we joined the queue and as we waited I had a chance to check out their pie range. My initial impressions were good! The pies looked fresh and came in some tantalising flavours, including Vegan Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Katsu Curry and Cheeseburger. If you’re ordering online there’s a special pie available called The All Day Vegan Breakfast that’s made of sausage patty, scrambled tofu, caramelised onions and smokey baked beans. Confused about where all this meat is coming from? Well, the substitute in question is actually called seitan, a form of wheat gluten.
May 2019. I was still deliberating by the time our turn came and when Baddi went for the Vegan Steak & Ale Pie I decided to follow suit. You can also choose from a bunch sides, including cheesy fries, mashed potato, minted peas and gravy.
So what did I think of my first vegan meal? It was… solid… good… tasty… better than I expected… an interesting experience… what do you want from me? Was it better than a plate of traditional pie, mash and liquor with actual meat like I get at Harrington’s in Tooting? No, it was not. But even with my limited expertise on the subject I’d like to hazard a guess that this is probably as good a vegan pie as it’s possible to get. I also liked the vibe at Young Vegans, especially the girls behind the counter who were exceptionally friendly and diligent in making sure everyone got what they needed and was fully satisfied.
Young Vegans Pie Shop is also famed for its exquisite desserts, particularly their Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Mud Pie. And there’s not even a sniff of seitan meat substitute 😉
Young Vegans Pie Shop is situated at 60 Camden Lock Place in Camden Market. They’re open seven days a week from 11:00-21:00. I think it works better as a takeaway joint than a sit dow experience, as the shop interior is just too small. You can also order online for delivery, check out their very cool website here.
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