Review: Harvester – The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

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.

Review: Harvester - The Windle Brook, Bagshot

Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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4 Comments

  1. Sian - The Mama Story
    April 11, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Wow food looks great – nachos are my guilty pleasure! The packets of seeds are a nice touch. We love Harvester for the salad bar – if the kids are starving then we can head straight to it!

  2. April 11, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    We love harvester, especially the salad bar! I look forward to taking my girls to try out the new menu when we next go.
    Nat.x

  3. April 11, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    We love Harvester. We often go to the Metro Centre one. I do really like it but do think it’s a little expensive for a chain

    Cat x

  4. April 13, 2016 / 7:15 am

    We visited harvester on Saturday too, and were also very impressed with the kids menu! I absolutely love that you can pick and mix the items, as I hate always having chips as the only option. Glad you enjoyed xx

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