Veganuary restaurants: The Vegan breakfast at Bill’s where the ‘eggs’ are far better than the real deal

Veganuary is almost halfway done, but there’s still plenty of time to try out some meat-free meals.

For the whole of this month, many people have ditched all animal products.

Many restaurants now know about Veganuary and provide special menus for those taking part.

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One that has a number of dishes for those on a ‘plant-based’ diet is Bill’s.

For January, Bill’s has partnered with egg alternative brand OGGS® to add to their vegan breakfast and brunch options.

The Chelmsford restaurant is one of the ‘focus’ sites for the Veganuary offerings, and Life Writer Hope Woolston was invited down to try it out.

Bill's in Chelmsford
Bill’s in Chelmsford

I have been to various Bill’s restaurants across the UK in the past, normally for breakfast or brunch.

I haven’t however ever tried the vegan or vegetarian options so was interested to see how they compare to the regular dishes.

On the menu you can find Scrambled OGGS® on Toast or the Bill’s Plant Plate made up of Scrambled OGGS®, vegan bacon and meat-free Cumberland sausage, mushrooms, fried potatoes, baked beans, toast and roasted plum tomatoes.

I wanted to see what a vegan breakfast was like so I opted for the Bill’s Plant Plate.

As well as food offerings, you can also get a number of fruit juices and smoothies at Bill’s.

I chose the Super Berry Smoothie – a blend of redcurrant, blueberry, strawberry, banana, lime and coconut – delicious.

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Better than the real thing

The menu has several vegan options
The menu has several vegan options

When my breakfast came I was super impressed.

It looked very tasty and smelt amazing.

The portion size looked just right, there was enough to fill me up but not too much to make me feel uncomfortable.

I knew the first thing I needed to try was the OGGS®.

They didn’t look too dissimilar to eggs, but you could tell they weren’t the real deal.

Normally I can take or leave eggs, it depends how they are cooked, so I was worried how I would find these.

They were absolutely delicious.

The vegan breakfast
The vegan breakfast

In my opinion, the OGGS® didn’t really taste like eggs, but were tasty in their own way.

They were savoury and full of flavour – much more than real eggs.

The OGGS® are made from chickpea protein, but I wouldn’t say you could taste that.

The only thing I would say would take some getting used to is the texture.

Whilst not unpleasant, they do have a certain ‘powder’ texture that isn’t like eggs.

The Super Berry Smoothie
The Super Berry Smoothie

It wasn’t just the egg alternative that I was impressed with.

The meat-free bacon was also yummy. It was very smoked and wasn’t too dissimilar to real bacon in texture.

I also had a vegan Cumberland sausage that tasted just as good as a meat one – I would happily swap these any day.

Every item on the breakfast was perfectly cooked and just scrumptious.

Overall opinion

It was so tasty I ate it all
It was so tasty I ate it all

The Bill’s Veganuary breakfast really impressed me.

I can honestly say that I would happily choose it over a regular breakfast any day.

I would recommend it to anyone doing Veganuary or anyone who just wants to see if they could go meat-free.

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