The Secret Garden
2 Hope Square, Weymouth, DT4 8TR
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Weymouth, The Secret Garden is a haven of tranquillity – especially for anyone looking for a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free treat. Draw up a chair in the courtyard and soak up the sunshine, or settle inside at a rustic table, surrounded by leafy house plants. We visited for lunch and my partner selected a hearty leek and mushroom pie with light puff pastry. I chose a spicy vegan kidney bean and black bean burger, topped with fresh chillies, grilled pineapple and vegan cheese – a deliciously sweet and spicy combination. The dish was completed with crisp sweet potato fries and vegan mayonnaise. I also chose a creamy strawberry milkshake, which tasted like summer. Alongside main meals and light bites, there’s an extensive waffle menu, and we couldn’t resist trying some out. My partner picked the vegan waffle with peanut butter and Nutella, while I savoured a chocolate waffle with sliced banana drizzled in chocolate sauce, both with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream. We could smell the batter cooking as we waited, and when the generous portions arrived we were in foodie heaven. If you eat nothing else in Weymouth, you must try these waffles – I’ve been thinking about them ever since.