We had lunch here today - it's half term week, so probably busier than it usually is on a Thursday. The menu is good, with things like paninis, soups, baked potatoes, salads, open sandwiches, hot meals like fish and chips and home made burgers etc. and a Specials board - today there was 'PG Chicken Stack' - 3 pieces of chicken, 1 piece of back bacon, 2 large onion rings and a large mushroom, all piled up in a stack, with a mild pepper sauce, plus any side from a choice of about 8 for £8.95 (I had garlic bread and my husband had chips, both of which we shared). The meal was tasty, the garlic bread and chips very good and the only thing I would say is that the chicken was a little overcooked - but not so much as to spoil the meal. I have been here a few times and this is the only time I have a had a minor complaint with the food. It certainly won't stop me returning!
The other 'specials' choice was Beef Tempura, Chorizo and rice and the soup today was Leek and Potato. We had pure apple juice with our meal - there was a good choice of soft drinks. Afterwards my husband had tea (real loose leaf tea!) and I had a lovely hot chocolate. There is a great selection of teas on the menu - green teas, flavoured teas etc. There were plenty of tray bakes and desserts and the restaurant is licensed, so you can have wine, beer or a selection of spirits. There are gluten free and vegetarian options and there is a kid's menu. All the food is prepared and cooked at the restaurant and they use local ingredients where possible.
There was a good range of diners at lunch today, from Mums with kids, a lady with her elderly Mum, couples, a group of friends and so on, so it appeals to all. The service was a bit slow, so it isn't somewhere to go if you haven't time to sit, relax and chat, but it suited us fine. There are just two toilets, which double as disabled toilets and nappy changing. The lighting is a bit dimmer than I like when eating, but all in all we did have a very pleasant lunch. There is good free car parking available, with a disabled space right in front. Our overall bill for the two of us was about £25.
The restaurant generally closes at 5pm but now opens later on Friday and Saturday evenings to 8pm. There is free wifi and the restaurant has won awards such as A Taste of Ulster and Best in Ireland. The website is www.primagusto.co.uk. It's very handy to Sprucefield shopping as it is just off the A1 and I would recommend trying it!
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