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We tried Hub Box’s veggie menu at the new Royal William Yard venue and it was ‘awesome’

Known for an array of tasty, filthy burgers, hot dogs, and fries, Hub Box has been around in Plymouth for years. Since moving from the urban, student-friendly City Center location on Old Town Street to the bright, laid-back space on the Royal William Yard, the burger chain has now settled into their stunning new home.

This was not my first visit to Hub Box by any means, though it was the first time I’d seen the new location and it was stunning. I was incredibly excited to get to dive into some of the meatless menu items at this burger joint.

For a burger restaurant, Hub Box has a good array of vegan and vegetarian food to choose from. As well as the classic plant-based patties, there were also a couple of specialized menu items, as well as some meatless dirty fries.

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First impression on walking in: ‘wow, this is different’. Compared to the dark and somewhat dimly lit restaurant I’d known before, there was so much light and space at the RWY location. I was lucky enough to chat to Luke Taylor, head of food at Hub Box, who talked me through some of the developments.

Luke told me they try to match the interior design to the location they’re in, which is why each Hub Box has a distinctive design to them. This one has kept the shipping container in a nod to their roots, but there is a certain ‘beachfront surfer’ vibe going on, which is appealing and enjoyable.



We went to the new Plymouth Hub Box restaurant at the Royal William Yard to taste test their vegan and vegetarian range – and it was delicious.

Staff were quick to take my drink order – a Strawberry Cooler – and were friendly and polite the entire time. I love being in an environment where staff can laugh and relax with each other because it makes the whole experience more relaxing. It’s nice to get the sense that they enjoyed being there.

The cooler was delicious – sweet, tangy, and perfectly fizzy, it was exactly what I wanted when I got off that warm and sticky bus. Plus, it is always a nice bonus when an establishment has ‘grown-up’ non-alcoholic drinks, for the designated drivers amongst us.

The food quickly followed out, on three separate plates. I’d ordered the ‘It’s Seoul Good’ burger, sweet potato fries, and a side order of nachos.



The It's Seoul Good burger, sweet potato fries, and an order of nachos - what a lunch order!
The It’s Seoul Good burger, sweet potato fries, and an order of nachos – what a lunch order!

Starting with the burger – made of panko breaded jackfruit, Korean BBQ sauce, gochujang mayo, kimchi, pickled red onion, crispy onions and lettuce. Jackfruit can often be soggy and mushy, but by coating it in the panko breadcrumbs, there was a delicious crunch to the patty.

It was a little spicy, but nothing overpowering if that isn’t your thing. The Korean BBQ sauce was smokey and tangy, which, when combined with the sour pickled onion and kimchi really popped, hitting all the taste buds in all the right places.



This awesome burger utterly shattered my expectations and made me enjoy jackfruit

This was my first time trying kimchi and, short of traditional gherkins, it added the pickled tang that is my favorite part of any burger. All of the crunchy elements also gave it a delightful texture, contrasting nicely with the soft center of the patty.

Fries are ordered separately at Hub Box, and I ordered the sweet potato fries, just for something a bit different. Crispy and crunchy with a fluffy, sweet inside, they were perfect for dipping into the toppings on the nachos.

I love a good plate of nachos. I make them at home fairly regularly, and you can bet if it’s on a menu, I’m ordering a plate of cheese-loaded crisps as a meal.



Nachos!

The Hub Box nachos are, indeed, a good plate of nachos. There’s a really balanced mix of flavors without anything being too spicy or too overwhelmingly cheesy – which is my absolute nightmare.

The salsa and guacamole were incredibly fresh and vibrant-tasting, cutting through the rich cheese and cheese sauce perfectly. It would make an excellent sharing plate if you’re into that, but I’d probably get the nachos instead of chips, since I was unable to finish both.



Sweet potato fries can be limp and disappointing, but these were so crunchy and satisfying

Overall, I had a delicious, peaceful lunch at Hub Box. My favorite menu item was the Korean veggie burger, because it completely blew away my soggy jackfruit expectations.

For anyone who is after a meatless option – or those just looking to try something a bit different – the meat-free options at Hub Box are just as delicious as their meat-full range. It is an excellent choice for anyone looking to grab a bite on the Royal William Yard

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