This was our first time at a Beefeater, we booked for my fiancés birthday for six people at 7pm on a Sunday night. We arrived and after following all the signs and walking rough around the restraint to find the main entrance we’re greeted by some solid branding. The place looked nice overall and was definitely trying to go subtle western steakhouse.
We arrived five minutes early and were asked to wait so took a stool in the bar, we got in a round of drinks and finished them by the time we were seated. Probably about 10-15mins later than our reservation. I was disappointed after ten minutes we didn’t get any kind of acknowledgement or apology for the delay.
We were sat on a round table for eight though in truth it was only for eight by the night of chairs, if we had eight sat on that table it would have been a tight and uncomfortable fit I think. Another round of drinks followed quickly. As they were going for a more “homely” approach the tables were all uneven on top which does give a pause every time you put your beer down. The tables were so laminated it kind of missed the mark for me. It’s not work scrimping of functionality for the sake of appearance in my books. No spills though!
We ordered a set of sharing platters. The Beefeater Sharing Platter for £10.99 and ti split well between two with all the elements being pretty spot on for me. The dipping sauces were not subtle with the piri piri having some heat and the ranch some proper tang. Surprisingly it was the mushrooms that stole the show there. Our other starter was however not so good, the Garlic Flatbread Strips while plentiful just had no garlic taste to them at all. Even the garlic butter was so lacking in garlic that it just tasted like oil and not even very nice oil. We ended up needing those sharer dipping sauces for the garlic bread in the end just to hide the oily taste. That was a big disappointment to start things off with.
With our mains of course I had to have the Porterhouse, I’m a steak kind of guy and it had to be done. They cooked it perfectly rare but it was a little drier than I expected. The server was very gracious and didn’t kick my father-in-law out for ordering his sirloin well done. It came as ordered (ruined and burn imo) but perfectly cooked for a well done order.
The side coleslaw seemed pretty unnecessary but the other sides were nice bar the Prawn & Lobster sauce which was overall just a bit bland for us. I was expecting a good amount of that seafood flavour to come from it but it was just lacking. I can highly recommend the macaroni balls for a good bit of cheesy indulgence.
We skipped desert as we had cake sitting back home. In truth after the Porterhouse I needed the breather anyway. Overall the restraint was well lain out with a good amount of space between tables though it would be worth filling that table with staff to see how tight it is. The staff were all very pleasant and timely in coming over and we had the same waitress most of the time. That always helps, she introduced herself by name and showed some personality which will always improve the experience over corporate drone waiters.
We were really disappointed by the garlic bread but on the whole the food was good, I can’t account for whatever food was mashed into the floor under my chair however from the previous diners. I thought best not to try that. I considered it as a traveling snack as going to the bathroom involved a small adventure through the restraint, up a flight of stairs and through some odd corridors. I think by the end we were in the hotel itself.
I’d definitely go back again but it will take some work for that five star.
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