Last night we visited the Beefeater Restaurant in Ormskirk to sample their current festive menu. I haven't eaten in Beefeater before as we don't live really close to one, but didn't mind the small trip we had to make to be able to sample our first Christmas meal of the season.
The new Festive menu contains a good choice of starters, Mains and puddings for adults and a smaller choice available for children. So what did we think then?
We arrived at the Morris Dancers Beefeater at around 5:30p:m and we were instantly welcomed with a warm greeting. It was also lovely to see the Christmas tree as we walked through the door. I always look for Christmas touches if I am eating out at Christmas time and the restaurant was nicely decorated, but not really where we were sitting, which was a shame. It lacked a bit of atmosphere as a result and had the table not been prepared for our arrival, I would have asked for a more festive area of the restaurant where we could see the tree etc.
Once we were seated, the service was quick and friendly and we soon had drinks on the table. Lager for the hubby, blackcurrant for the kids and diet Pepsi for me, the designated driver!
The starters arrived soon after. I ordered Flat Cap Breaded Mushrooms with a ranch and smoky BBQ dip and my husband had Tomato Soup with Roasted Red Pepper. We could have chosen Pate or Prawn Cocktail too, if preferred.
Everything was nice and hot and the portion sizes were good. The soup was reported as tasty and the peppers really helped to lift the look of the meal. My mushrooms were also crispy and delicious. The only thing I would change, is a small side salad would improve the mushroom dish, in my opinion.
Starters were not available as part of the children's festive menu, but I'm sure we could have ordered something, if we wanted to, as an extra.
The Main Event.
We all ordered Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings and trimmings we certainly did get. I'm fussy over Christmas dinner, but this was beautifully presented and had all my favourites included. There was also the choice of Steak, salmon or festive topped burger and a vegetarian tart too.
There was plenty of good quality turkey, the sprouts were fresh and bright green, the root vegetable mash was tasty and the roast potatoes cooked well. I loved the gravy which had good flavour, not watery like can sometimes happen. It was also nice and hot too. The children's portion was a good size. but came with peas instead of the sprouts and root vegetable mash. Lauren finished it off and said it was nice.
Lauren had ice cream for dessert and Harry and Matthew wanted fruit and Ice Cream which wasn't really an option, so it was lovely to see that they catered for us by putting a smaller portion of each in 2 ramekins so that they each had both. I ordered Caramel Apple Betty.
The caramel sauce that came with this was divine and the custard was really creamy. Again, it was nice and hot so the custard had a good texture. I also liked the texture of the apple betty as it was a nice soft cake base.
In between courses, the kids were kept seasonally entertained with the We're Going on a Bear Hunt themed table mats containing a word search and a nice wintery background for adding your own picture, using the crayons provided.
We really enjoyed our family Christmas evening out. The service was quick, friendly and professional and the food was delicious. Thank you Beefeater.
Do you take your family for a pre-festive meal? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
*We were provided with a voucher code to cover the cost of the meal. All opinions are honest and are mine.