When I first met Hubby we spent our first Christmas together at his local Beefeater with his family – Rackstraws Farm in Sandhurst, Bershire. That was the best part of eleven years ago and when we were invited to review the restaurant I was keen to see how much it had changed since then.
The Rackstraws Farm Beefeater Grill is well situated with ample parking and a Premier Inn attached. We were given a comfy booth for our meal and with two young children it was the perfect space to keep them entertained and contained – the Mr Men and Little Miss activity books, crayons and toy really helped too!
Beefeater Grill have a great kids menu which is just £5.99 for three courses and a drink of squash – or less if your child only wants one or two courses. In hindsight three courses was quite a lot for LP and Little Man and in future we’ll order two courses instead – big thumbs up to Beefeater Grill for their good sized children’s portions!
Little Man had garlic bread followed by cod bites and chips. The garlic bread disappeared instantly and Little Man made a good attempt at his main although he didn’t finish it as I think he was really just leaving room for pudding!
LP had nachos to start which was a huge portion – I would have been happy with it. Unfortunately the salsa dip was a little spicy for her but she loves eating her cheesy nachos minus the dip. For her main LP had sausages and mash but only really ate the mash and peas – she loves sausages but is really fussy with them too!
For dessert both LP and Little Man had the Mini Chocolate Challenge for dessert which I think is any child’s dream with dipping chocolate sauce, marshmallows, brownie pieces and ice cream. They both loved it! Overall we found the children’s menu fantastic with a lot of variety and a great choice of side options in case your child isn’t a fan of the one that comes in the meal – mash instead of chips for example. It was really great value too and one of the best value children’s menus we’ve experienced.
Hubby and I took quite a while deciding what we wanted from the extensive Beefeater Grill menu. One great thing about Beefeater Grill is the Daytime Value and Evening Value menus with mains from as little as £4.99. In the end we decided to have three courses and bottomless soft drinks too.
I chose the Pulled Beef and Yorkshire Pudding to start which was amazing – unlike any other starter I’ve had before. It was really well presented with a jar of pulled beef, a quartered yorkshire pudding and a mix of cream cheese and horseradish on the side. It was lovely but I could have done with an extra yorkshire pudding!
Hubby’s started with Loaded Potato Dippers with Bacon which I was expecting to look like traditional refilled jacket potato style potato skins but these were actually like deep fried potato peelings, piled up, covered in cheese, spring onions and bacon and served with a creamy dip. I could have easily had that as a main – delicious!
I decided on a lasagne for my main from the Daytime Value Menu and it came served with chips and garlic bread. My initial thought was that it looked like quite a small portion of lasagne but soon after starting my meal I realised it was actually the perfect size as I had the sides too.
Hubby had a Mixed Grill for his main that came with so many different things – even a friend egg on top! All of the meat was well cooked and he had the option of bottomless chips too although neither of us could fit in any more chips – a great offer from Beefeater Grill though!
Hubby and I were pretty stuffed by the time it came to desserts but as we don’t eat out often, and the children had decided on their desserts we knew we had to have desserts. I chose the Black Forest Gateaux which was unlike any Black Forest Gateaux I have had in the past but it was amazing. So rich, chocolatey and full of cherries. It was perfect. Hubby had the Cookie Dough Sundae which he loved but he did comment at the end that he didn’t know where the cookie dough came into it as couldn’t remember eating any! But we loved both desserts and they finished our meal off nicely.
Our first visit to Beefeater Grill in over 10 years was a really positive one. It was the perfect place to take the children with nice surroundings and a really good menu with plenty of variety. The staff were attentive and the food was lovely – we couldn’t ask for more from an evening out with the kids.
Disclosure: We were given £50 towards the above meal however all opinions are my own.