Have you ever made a booking and then at the last minute realised it was for a different day? This happened to me this week. We had booked a time for a meal out at Brewers Fayre to try out their new Day Time menu. I was sure we had made the booking for a Thursday, but just as we were about to leave I checked my emails to get the postcode for directions and I saw the word Friday written in the email.
A quick call to the pub we were visiting, and they changed our booking so we could still visit on the Thursday. Phew as we would never have been able to visit on the Friday as we have too many after school activities happening.
We were greeted and seated immediately upon arrival. The Brewers Fayre is attached to a Premier Inn with a pub section as well as the restaurant. The restaurant was large and spacious which was nice, as it didn’t feel like each table was too close to each other.
After we were seated and choosing from the menu, Miss A was brought a balloon and a Beano themed activity pack. She was also directed to a table near the entrance where there was a good selection of colouring, crayons and crosswords.
As mentioned we were visiting to try out the new Daytime menu which consists of a selection of starters 2 for £2.50, desserts 2 for £2.50 and a selection of main meals 2 for £10.99.
The kids aren’t left out either and can choose from a great variety of menacing meals from the new Dennis The Menace themed menu. Miss A chose two course for £4.49 as she was insistent she wanted to have a prawn cocktail for her starter as her Dad had been promising her one the next time we went out to eat.
There is plenty to choose from on both menus and you’re not restricted to ordering from the day time menu, just look out for the symbols on the menu for the choices if you’d like to. The starters offered in the daytime menu are tomato soup, garlic breaded mushrooms, or spicy potato dippers.
Prawn won our family over on this occasion and hubby and Miss A opted for a prawn cocktail whilst I chose the sweet chilli battered prawns.
The starters were brought out in good time, all of which were lovely. Miss A took a shine to our waiter and by the end of the meal he was filling out a crossword with her which was lovely. My only negative was that we didn’t have a very long gap between our starters and mains. As soon as our starter plates were cleared, we heard the kitchen say quite loudly “table 9 away” and sure enough a few minutes later our mains arrived at the table. It felt a little rushed, but it was the only part of the visit that did feel rushed so it didn’t ruin anything for us.
I chose to ordered the smothered chicken which is included in the daytime menu, whilst hubby went for lamb not one of the daytime menu choices.
My smothered chicken was a very large portion and I did wonder if I would be able to manage it, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to refuse a dessert. The coleslaw that was on my plate was nothing like I have ever tasted before. It was really nice and I would visit again just for that.
Miss A chose the hot dog which came with chips and sweetcorn. It was presented in Dennis the Menace themed paper which is a fun way for children to receive their dinner. The meal got a thumbs up from Miss A, and she happily filled in her crossword whilst our meals went down.
Desserts included in the daytime menu offer are chocolate brownie (which I chose, pictured above), ice cream or caramel apple betty. Miss A chose the Tricky Minnie Donuts which she took great pleasure in making sure she devoured all of the chocolate sauce.
Our whole meal was lovely, there wasn’t anything I could fault with the food or the service. Miss A was the only child in the restaurant at the time that I could tell, but she was well looked after by our waiter who I think enjoyed doing her crossword more than she did.
We all felt very comfortable sitting after our meal and there was no rush to go and pay the bill. Our nearest Brewers Fayre is just over ten miles from us, but it’s a place we will re visit as we enjoyed our experience and it was great not to have to cook on a week night.
Personally I think our meal was great value for money without ordering everything from the daytime menu, but if you did choose everything on the offer should you visit Monday to Friday between 12pm and 6pm then you would be receiving amazing value for money.
Disclosure – we received a voucher towards the cost of our meal but all opinions are our own