We were invited along to the newly-refurbished Beefeater Stanborough in Hertfordshire to see what we thought. I hadn’t been here in years – in fact it was one of the first places James and I visited when we were newly dating. I didn’t actually realise it was a Beefeater though!!
My first impression as I walked in was how open and spacious it is. I don’t know about you but I dislike nothing more than feeling like I’m sitting on top of the person next to me! We had a table booked but as it wasn’t that busy we were able to choose where we sat. In true parent style we chose a table away from everyone else. Just as well really because our usually happy got lucky baby was in a terrible grump!
James and I didn’t choose a starter because we are the type of people who save ourselves for pudding but Little chose some veggie sticks which came served with a yogurt and cucumber dip.
The menu has so much to choose from and I had every intention of trying something new. But true to form I played it safe and ordered the Gammon Steak. I am really fussy with my gammon and always cut the whole outside off as there is nothing like chewy fat to put me off my meal! But I was surprised. For a 10oz steak there wasn’t that much fat. Oh and I would highly recommend there chips. Proper chunky pub chips! I would happily pay £12.49 for it again.
James ordered the Mixed Grill and although I think its a bit pricey (£16.29) he assures me it was worth it. And believe me he has tried a lot of mixed grills in his time! He ordered his steak medium which is very unlike him but he tells me it was very well cooked with a nice flavour (and no blood in sight!!).
The kids menu also has great options. You can even order steak and chips as part of the meal deal – how awesome is that? As always we read the menu out to Little and she chose her own meal. She thought Poppin’ Chicken was funny so thats what she chose. When it arrived I tried it for her, for review purposes, and the chicken was actually really flavoursome. It came with skinny chips and beans. Amazing value at £5.99 for 3 courses and a squash!
Now the bit you have all been waiting for.. pudding!
When the waitress brought the pudding menu over she recommended the Mississippi Mud Pie if I was up to the challenge. Challenge accepted! Oh my life – it was divine! A crunchy biscuit base, with gooey chocolate brownie, layers of creamy chocolate and white chocolate shavings, served with vanilla ice-cream! All those different textures – it was like a party in my mouth. But I did fail at the challenge! I managed just over half before I just couldn’t manage anymore. Well worth the £5.29 in my opinion!
James ordered the cookie dough sundae and Little the warm chocolate pizza slice. I tried both, again for review purposes, and I can tell you they are both delicious too!
Overall I am very impressed with the food, decor and value for money. The staff there are super lovely too. One lady saw that Baby was slipping in her highchair so brought over a pillow and helped us get her comfortable! I’d say that is good staffing.