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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Beefeater Grill - Review

Today it's my birthday and luckily for us we were invited to review our local Beefeater Grill. Beefeater are part of the Whitbread group and have locations throughout the UK and have been around since 1974. As a child we had the tradition of eating in a Beefeater restaurant with all our neighbours families every New Year's Day, usually in a group of around 8 adults and 8 children, and there was always plenty of space for us. I noticed that was the same today upon entering the restaurant in Cannock, the Longford House is a very spacious building that also houses a function room, and with the Civil ceremony license that they possess, and a Premier Inn right next door, it would be an ideal location for a wedding.

Upon entering the restaurant we waited to be seated and within a couple of minutes were shown to a 'booth' adorned with a bunch of helium balloons* and given our menus, along with activity sheets and crayons for the children. The restaurant didn't seem to be very busy, but it was still only 12.15pm, and with us being in a booth (with high sides) I felt that if Jack was a bit noisy we wouldn't need to worry about disturbing other diners. We placed our orders for drinks and were asked if we wanted any Nachos to share to be going along with. Our drinks were brought quite quickly, as were the Nachos however, once we'd placed our orders for main courses the wait was around 30 minutes, which is not an unacceptable wait but had the restaurant been full I wouldn't like to imagine how much longer the wait would be.

Jack and Hanna both ordered from the Children's menu and the other 3 of us from the main menu. The children's meals can be ordered as just a main meal for £4.25 or for an additional £1 you can include a drink and dessert in the meal deal. There is a choice of mains and then a side of chips, mash, garlic bread, rice or jacket potato can be added, along with an additional item such as beans, corn or salad. There are all the usual choices expected on a children's menu in a grill type restaurant; sausages, pizza and burgers as well as bolognaise, curry and steak and a couple of vegetarian options.

The main menu has steaks from £11.99 and burgers from £8.99 and a small selection of pastas, salads and vegetarian options. All the burgers and steaks come with a choice of side and bottomless spicy or plain chips - perfect for hungry 11 year old boys! If you visit before 6.30pm Monday to Friday you can save £4 on a Sirloin steak and £1 on a burger from their value menu.

We felt that the food we received was of great quality, the steak was cooked just as I'd asked for it and the chicken breasts were not overcooked, both with the added flavour of being chargrilled. The service was friendly and we were regularly asked if we needed anything, but not too often that it became intrusive. The restaurant was clean and tidy and we would happily return there again.


*Our table reservation was made in advance by the PR however I didn't feel that we were treated any differently to any of the other diners because of this.

We were provided with £50 credit towards the cost of our meal


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