Autumn. My favourite season. Time for snuggly jumpers, scarves, boots, log fires, and hot chocolates with marshmallows. I didn’t have that, but on Monday we did sample the new autumn menu from Brewer’s Fayre. We were lucky enough to be invited to Cheswold Lodge in Doncaster to do so. I didn’t know that there was also a play centre there so we ended up eating in there, but it was worth the £3 each (for 1.5 hours of play time) to keep the boys amused between courses! It was quiet in the main restaurant area when we arrived at 4.30pm though.
I am always one to take forever to decide what I want from the menu when eating out and this time was no different as there was so much choice. In the end we went with the day time value menu which was obviously a bit more limited but still a great choice for different tastes. This menu is served between 12pm-6pm and with the choice of two starters for £2.50, two main meals for £10.99, and two desserts for £2.50, it means two adults can eat 3 courses each for only £16! From the kids menu you can also choose 3 courses for just £4.99 – bargain, right?!
So for starters, I went for the garlic breaded mushrooms with two dips, hubby had the tomato soup, and the boys shared the garlic bread and cheesy nachos. They were super big portions and I was actually almost full after mine. They were all delicious and the only negative is that the butter for hubby’s bread with his soup was hard so not easily spreadable. But, just a minor and everything else was perfect, with the soup being lovely & creamy and my breaded mushrooms were still crispy. The salsa with the boys’ nachos wasn’t overly spicy either so great for kids.
For my main meal I decided to go for the red pepper & caramelised onion quiche which came with chips & salad, hubby went for the chicken tikka masala which came with rice, a naan bread, a popadom & mango chutney, and the boys had sausage, mash & peas. With the kids menu there was also the option to change the side dish so they could have had beans instead, for example. They were all large meals, my quiche was mega deep! It was still hot too which is always a positive for me, and it was a light & fluffy filling with crispy pastry. I don’t usually eat the pastry but I did with this one. Hubby’s curry was lovely too, the only niggle he had was that his popadom was a bit soft and he likes them crunchy. I was impressed that the boy’s meals came with three sausages as they usually only tend to get one or two.
For dessert I decided to go for profiteroles with squirty cream & salted caramel sauce (I was sold at the salted caramel, yum!), hubby went for the chocolate brownie with ice cream, N had ice cream with raspberry sauce, and J had a cookie cup with ice cream complete with popping candy on top! The whole meal was delicious, but I think this was our favourite course. Especially mine with the salted caramel which was delicious. It was definitely J’s too as he told me so when I asked him his favourite part of the meal.
All in all the whole meal was brilliant value, coming to just over £40 for four three course meals, two adult drinks and four children’s drinks (all of that playing made them thirsty!). The portion sizes were very generous and the meals were still piping hot when they came to our table. They were very well presented too (though J did start tucking in to his main before I managed to grab a photo!). The service from the waiting staff and the play staff was wonderful too, they were always on hand and very attentive. Overall our experience at Cheswold Lodge Brewer’s Fayre was fantastic, and although it is a 40 minute journey for us, we will probably return again as the boys really enjoyed it too. (Plus I want to try the buffet menu!).
Our rating – 4.5/5
We were sent a voucher to cover the cost of our meal for this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.