‘The vegan s*** is circled’: Diner criticizes ‘unprofessional’ Edinburgh restaurant for handing her a rude note when asking about plant-based options on the menu
- Lisa Cooney from Edinburgh, visited Ravelston House in Musselburgh on Sunday
- Claim server gave her a note saying ‘vegan s**** is circled’ on the menu
- She has criticized the restaurant for ignoring any ‘potential allergy’
A vegan mother has expressed anger after receiving an ‘outrageous’ note from wait staff at a restaurant.
Lisa Cooney, from Edinburgh, was dining with family at Ravelston House in Musselburgh on Sunday when she asked her waiter what food options on their menu were suitable for vegans.
She was speechless when the server returned with a menu of circled items, along with a note that fell to the floor that read, “The vegan s**** is circled.”
In addition, one of the options circled – nachos with cheese and sour cream – was vegetarian, but not vegan.
“When I first read it I was in disbelief, then I was angry and upset, it’s insulting and so unprofessional, also the total disregard for possible allergy is a concern,” Lisa told me. Edinburgh Live
Lisa Cooney, from Edinburgh, has blown up Ravelston House in Musselburgh after a server left her with a rude note (pictured) when she asked about vegan options
‘For a chef that mindset is quite shocking.
Lisa explained that the incident happened while she was out for dinner with her family who were visiting this weekend.
She asked the bartender what vegan options were on the menu, and he went to ask the chef.
On his return, he handed over a menu with circled items and a note he left on the bar, which fell to the floor.
Lisa’s father picked it up and to her horror she read: ‘The vegan s**** is circled.’
After the meal, she spoke to the manager, who apologized and agreed that the note was not acceptable.’
The server circled vegan items on the menu (pictured), including nachos, vegetable spring rolls, and a sweet potato, spinach, and chickpea curry
After speaking to staff, Lisa added that an assistant manager had spoken to her when they left, and was “much more understanding” of the situation.
Items circled on the menu were non-vegan nachos, vegetable spring rolls, and a sweet potato, spinach, and chickpea curry.
One person showed support for Lisa on Twitter, writing: ‘@Ravelstonhouse f****** shame. You should be ashamed. I’ll make sure my non-vegan friends boycott you too. Bad show.’
Social media users have supported Lisa by claiming they will boycott the restaurant in the future
Another took to Facebook and said, “Unfortunately, this is the attitude of most chefs. If they were ‘trained’ in food you would think they would seize the opportunity to use their creativity and knowledge of flavors and textures and expand their culinary skills even further now that the world is moving towards a largely plant-based way of life! Boycott places like this. Plenty of vegan eateries in Edinburgh.’
A third added: ‘Anti-vegan, redneck, a** ***** exist in every country. The world is changing fast, but these types of people will never evolve. It’s just the backward, belligerent cave-age mob misbehaving again. Ignore them and move forward to the future.’
Edinburgh Live contacted Ravelston House for comment.