Review: Lunch at Brewers Fayre

Neither Hubby or I have ever visited Brewers Fayre in the past but had often driven past on days out and thought to visit in the future. When we were offered a complimentary meal to review Brewers Fayre’s new menu we thought it would be a great place to stop off for lunch on our recent holiday to Bluestone in Wales.

We chose the Gordano Gate Brewers Fayre near Portishead just outside of Bristol as it was pretty much halfway on our journey to Wales. The restaurant was easy to find and had a lot of parking available, making it great for our visit.

When we went into the restaurant we were met with a sign asking us to take a seat and order at the bar, which we did. The restaurant wasn’t very busy and we chose a seat, finding a highchair easily – I always appreciate the use of Ikea Antilop highchairs in restaurants as we love them so much.

We spent some time looking at the menu whilst the children coloured in Beano themed comic books and had a look at the Beano kids menu – I loved the theme and it’s something a lot of kids would really buy into. Hubby and I loved the 2 for £10 main course offer – a great variety with something for everyone. In the end Hubby chose the Smothered Chicken and I picked Sausage, Egg and Chips – great comfort food but one of my favourites! We also had a sharing plate of Nachos to start.

The children had a kid’s meal which was great value, starting at £3.99 for one course or going up to £4.99 for 3 courses. They both had Nachos to start as crisps and dip is always a winner in our house! Then LP had spaghetti bolognese for her main and Little Man had sausages and mash.

I ordered easily at the bar and loved that Brewers Fayre offered refillable drinks – Hubby and I both made the most of that with an endless stream of Diet Pepsi! Our starters came out quickly and the children loved their Nachos.

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Mine and Hubby’s sharing Nachos were really only slightly bigger than the children’s so the portion size was disappointing but the addition of cheddar, cheese sauce, sour cream and guacamole made it a lovely starter.

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Our mains followed swiftly and Hubby’s Smothered Chicken stole the show. It was a chicken breast and slice of bacon covered in melted cheese, served with chips, garlic bread, coleslaw and barbecue sauce. I haven’t seen such a full plate of food in a long time!

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My sausage, egg, chips and beans was lovely too. Just what I wanted and really nice. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the sausages were good quality. I was pleased that I was given three sausages and this made the portion size really good and very filling!

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Little Man’s sausage and mash came served with gravy and peas and the portion size was perfect for a child. He loved the mash and peas and really enjoyed his meal.

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LP’s spaghetti bolognese didn’t look incredibly appetising, as if it had been overcooked and LP didn’t eat much of it at all although she enjoyed the accompanying garlic bread and salad. I liked that Brewers Fayre offered a choice of sides for children’s meals and did all the could to promote healthy alternatives, side salads and fruit.

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After our mains Hubby and I made the most of the Brewers Fayre 2 for £2.50 offer on dessert and Hubby had Caramel Apple Betty and I had a Warm Chocolate Brownie. The Caramel Apple Betty was like a crumble topped apple pie with caramel sauce and was served with a great amount of custard. Hubby really enjoyed it although the centre of the dessert took a while to cool enough to eat.

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The Warm Chocolate Brownie was perfect topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate and caramel sauces. It was gooey in the middle, chewy around the outside and a highlight of our meal.

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The children both had jelly and ice cream and loved it – you just can’t beat a classic pudding when you’re a child. I think LP would have happily just chased the jelly around the bowl for hours!

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After pudding the children had a quick play in the Fun Factory, Brewers Fayre soft play! Entry costs just £2 per child and there’s plenty of seating around the edge to keep an eye on them whilst you have a drink. Such a great addition to any restaurant and definitely something that would make me go back to Brewers Fayre in the future.

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Overall we really enjoyed our lunch at Brewers Fayre and thought the prices were great – it’s not often you can have three courses for a family of four for just over £30. On the whole the food quality was great and for the price you can’t complain at all. We will be making more of an effort to visit Brewers Fayre in the future, not just for the food but for the play aspect too!

Disclosure: We were provided with a voucher towards our meal for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

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