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The Full Nelson

Restaurants, Vegan Deptford
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A snug Deptford spot with craft beer and veggie/vegan grub.

The Full Nelson, a slim new bar on Deptford Broadway, is squeezed so tightly between the neighbouring buildings you could easily miss it. But duck inside and you’ll find yourself in a snug space that’s low, narrow and feels like it might once have been someone’s living room. There are a couple of trendy tropes in the decor – stripped bricks, a few swinging lightbulbs – but otherwise the vibe is individual, with heavy music pumping out of the speakers and chummy rock ’n’ roll barmen who look like they might once have toured with AC/DC.

There are four taps hosting beers from the likes of Beavertown and BrewDog, and a decent range of cans priced at £3, but it’s the food menu that really catches the eye – it’s full of vegetarian and vegan junk food. A tray of beer-battered cauliflower was topped with a wonderful sweet chilli and barbeque glaze, while a Sith burger came with dollops of Deptford Death Sauce and a handful of jalapeños that made my nose run. Both were very messy and totally satisfying – just what you want when you’re knocking back a fizzy pale ale.

One drawback is that it’s only open four days a week and closes at 11pm. Coupled with the fact that the small room quickly fills up with punters vying for their own bit of elbow room, it’s difficult to settle down for more than an hour or two. Still, Deptford’s buzzing right now, so no big deal – besides, you’ll have an excuse to come back.


Address: 47 Deptford Broadway
Transport: Deptford Bridge DLR
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OH. MY. SEITAN. I would say OH MY GOD, but seitan is a lot more fitting for this review. The vegan junk food here is so good it should be a crime - the "chicken' wings almost melt in the mouth and are smothered with the most unctuous buffalo sauce. Let's put it like this - even my non-vegan partner has been talking about them CONSTANTLY since we went there.

We also got a side chilli cheese fries, huge portion and so flavoursome, some sweet and salty fried pickles and a couple of corn dogs to share. As you can see form the picture - this was a mountain of the most delicious food but came with a teenie tiny under-£20 price tag. Yes - under £20 for all the food pictured. I know, it's a steal. 

My one insider tip here would be to get down there early or risk waiting for a table. It's only a small place, with probably seating for 25 people tops. They don't accept any reservations, so it's either get there pre-5pm or stand awkwardly around whilst salivating over the other patrons devouring their food! 


This oddly situated bar/vegan junk food heaven is quirky and fun! Not only do you get value for money but their food is amazing ranging from nibbles to burgers! I a must try is Vegan Wings made from seitan (a vegan protein-rich food made from wheat-gluten) as you have a choice of buffalo, BBQ or Teriyaki. My favourite so far is BBQ, sweet and savory 'chicken' wings with a crusty covering and chewing inside. But its not just their food that's amazing... cocktails galore! Head to The Full Nelson on a Wednesday for 2-cocktails-£10 and enjoy a vegan espresso to wake up your hump as you choose alternative milk, as well as vegan friendly White Russians. Spice is what I like and that is what I got when I treated myself to another cocktail...Bloody Mary! Spicy, peppery, hint of lemon and a crunch of celery makes for the perfect Bloody Mary cocktail. I was very impressed with my drink and cant wait to go back to this must see bar/restaurant. I wish they were open everyday but Wednesday-Saturday will have to do for now. I do warn you this is a very pokey bar so best to visit in small groups or alternatively take away.  

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