“ 46 Plassey Street, Penarth, CF64 1EL. tel = 02920 706644 „
There aren't that many completely vegetarian eating places in the Cardiff/Vale of Glamorgan area, so it's a real treat to be able to go out for a meal and know that there's no chance that something non veggie will have found its way into your food. I'm not a strict enough vegetarian to ask about every last ingredient and where they bought their cheese (I'm not vegan) but I do wonder sometimes when I'm ploughing through the one so-called vegetarian dish in the restaurant that friends wanted to eat in whether the cook really bothers not to use meat stock or other unpleasant substances. An added advantage of going to Tomlins is that the food is wonderful. The menu changes regularly so you get an interesting choice each time you go. (It can be a bit overwhelming when you're used to having the one 'vegetarian special' on a standard menu). Each dish comes with a parchment bundle of roast potatoes, shallots and garlic - gorgeous. Also, they try to use organic ingredients as far as possible and sell organic wines. It's not the cheapest place to eat but it's worth it for the quality and the wine is surprisingly affordable - my friend assumed that organic wine in a restaurant would cost at least £15 for the cheapest bottle but there are several for under £10. Non-vegetarians also enjoy the food, although may be less familiar with some of the ingredients. Oh yes and there are always choices for vegans, who have a harder time than us veggies anywhere else. The menu says that Tomlins is allergy aware, so let them know if you have any problems and they'll try to help. I've never needed to ask them about this, so I can't comment on what kind of help they can give. What else can I say? There's plenty of on-street parking in the area and the staff are friendly. They open Tuesday to Saturday in the evenings, Friday and Saturday for lunch and they do every other Sunday lunch.