Last weekend we were invited to our local Harvester to try out their new menu – especially the revamped children’s menu and we couldn’t wait. Both Hubby and I remember spending every big occasion through our childhood at Harvester but for some reason we hadn’t been with the children at all – or at least since LP was about 6 months old.
The Windle Brook Harvester in Bagshot is really well situated for both the M25 and M3. It has ample parking and as soon as we arrived the restaurant felt friendly and welcoming. We were shown to a table and the children were given their very own activity packs which blew them away – not only was there the typical colouring sheet and crayons but there was also a packet of sunflower seeds too. This is such a small thing but something the children really loved and I know when they grow the seeds they’ll always remember that they came from Harvester.
We had a look at the menu and were amazed at the amount of choice. For the children there was a pick and mix style where you pick a main and then pick sides to go with it, making a meal that is perfect for the child. The mains were really varied – everything from chicken strips to steak and they came with a choice of chips, potatoes or rice and then a great choice of vegetable sides too.
After we had ordered we went and got salad from the salad cart. The children loved being able to pick their favourite salad items and have exactly what they wanted – a lovely member of staff even grated Little Man some cheese which was a lovely gesture. There was a good variety of salad items, pasta, coleslaw and bread roles as well as a lot of salad dressings and sauces.
For his main Little Man chose chicken strips with chips and corn on the cob and absolutely loved his meal. It was a great portion size and the flower pot style dish was his corn in was so cute – and went well with the menu and sunflower seeds.
LP chose sausage whirls, mash potato and green beans – showing that Harvester isn’t just about chicken and chips and there really are choices for everyone. LP will always choose mash over chips and it was great to get a meal that was perfect for her. Her meal also came with a little jug of gravy and the whole dish made her feel really grown up, with the same style of meal adults would get and not a typical children’s meal at all.
As well as the salad cart, Hubby and I thought we’d have starters too and I went for nachos, one of my favourite starters, which although stated they were for one person I think they could have easily been split between two. They came piled high with salsa, guacamole and sour cream as well as plenty of jalapeños. The perfect starter.
Hubby went for the mac and cheddar cheese bites which are something completely different to the typical things we would eat. They came with a spicy tomato salsa dip and the portion size was perfect for a starter – with great presentation too.
For our mains I went for the cheese and bacon beef burger and chips which was the perfect portion size for me. The bun was soft, the burger was well cooked and there was just the right amount of cheese on it – a really lovely burger.
Hubby went for the Signature rump steak which came with sweet potato fries, onion petals, a grilled pepper and gravy. Hubby loved the meal – the steak was cooked perfectly and it went well with the rest of the accompaniments however we both found the gravy a bit of an odd addition. We just wouldn’t usually put gravy with a steak with a wet glaze and sweet potato fries. Apart from that the meal was lovely and definitely something Hubby would have again.
By this point we were pretty full but when we eat out we do love to have dessert. The children usually have ice cream but LP chose the chocolate pizza after the waitress’s recommendation and Little Man went for a simple jelly pot. Both desserts were exactly what the children wanted and the chocolate pizza was a great size – more than adequate for an adult. The base was made of cookie dough and LP was able to put toppings on the pizza – eating extra ones as she went. It was the perfect way to finish their meal.
Hubby chose the Eton Mess Cheesecake which was a really lovely dessert – not too sweet and the right balance of flavours. I went for the Red Velvet cake which was slightly too sweet for me – but a great portion size. I think anyone with a sweet tooth would probably enjoy this with a nice cup of tea.
We had a really lovely meal at Harvester and the children couldn’t have been happier – even getting balloons as they left. The staff were amazing with the children and as we ate our meal I commented to Hubby that you would never worry about taking children to Harvester, they are made to feel as welcome as the adults and nothing is too much trouble as far as the staff are concerned. They had lots of highchairs, child size cutlery and were happy to make meals just as the children would like them.
Now that we’ve had another meal at Harvester after years of not visiting I know that we will be back and I can’t wait for the next visit.
Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.