There is something about Maria
A rare find…It was my husband that discovered this delightful eating place - he had been browsing the internet to see if a suitable eating establishment existed in the town of Wigan, near Manchester, that catered for persons such as me - I’m vegan.
Why The Coven?This place sounded perfect from what we read on the website. Not just catering for Vegans. The management cater for all nutritional requirements to the best of their ability - this includes coeliac, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy free.
This sounded too good to be true and if I’m honest I was sceptical until I had eaten there myself and seen what was actually on offer. It is an incredible task to find somewhere that caters for specific nutritional requirements so I was also very hopeful.
The Coven has a reputation for serving up quality creations that are based on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Some of the fayre is grown in The Coven’s garden eating area! This all sounded very appealing to me and I really hoped that I wouldn’t be disappointed. Sometimes things look good on paper but the reality is quite the opposite - come on The Coven lets see what you are made off! Please don’t let me down.
Ideal location…First things first - The Coven is ideally situated for diners who are arriving via train as it is just a 5 minute walk away from the Station. If you have used the bus service then your walk will be approximately 2 minutes from the Bus Station and if you are arriving by car there are car parks dotted about the centre and you will have a short walk from whichever one you choose. If you are dining on the Thursday evening gourmet night then parking is free on the street outside The Coven and you will be on the doorstep!
I have visited Wigan town centre for a shopping trip on numerous occasions over the years and it is an attractive centre with some beautiful architecture - I particularly like the black and white buildings. I have never been to Hallgate, Victorian Square before though which is a very pretty little area that has real character and a nice ambience to it. I was impressed with the location.
First impressions…The exterior of The Coven is modest and I would say quirky - I liked it immediately as it felt comfortable. The front of the premises is clean and is presented in a visionary way - someone is obviously artistic and creative - the blackboards are fun to read. I found myself quietly confident and excited and was intrigued by the offerings on the board outside.
The welcome that we received when we entered this establishment on our first visit was incredible - we felt like old friends who had just returned from a long journey. Colin (who owns The Coven with Maria) greeted us and asked us if we were eating in - as we were he allowed us to choose our table and then he discussed our dietary requirements in detail before returning with a whole vegan menu for me and a vegetarian one for my husband. My husband is a meat eater but he wanted to try vegetarian.