As a family – and me being the main cook in the house and just not wanting to cook sometimes – we tend to eat out at least once a month and it’s nice to have somewhere different to go. The Anchor Beefeater in Scunthorpe has recently had a complete refurbishment and we were invited along for a meal at the weekend to see what we thought.
I’ve never been before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect compared with how it was previously, but I had a great first impression. We arrived just before 5pm and it was easy to find a parking space as even though The Anchor Beefeater shares parking with the hotel next door, there was plenty of spaces to go around. From the outside it looked pretty big, and it was certainly the same inside! As soon as you walk in the door you can tell The Anchor Beefeater have gone for a natural, homely feel; from the ringing of the doorbell which I thought was a great touch, to the grassy ‘Hello’ sign on the wall which I loved and just had to snap a photo of!
The restaurant has a huge floor space with lots of eating areas; small tables for couples, larger ones for the smaller family, and new seating booths which are perfect for a more intimate family dining atmosphere. There are American style booths and circular booths, and they fit in perfect with the rest of the restaurant; I like that all seating isn’t uniform and that there is a great variety for different eating experiences. Though there is a lot of seating, it is all still very spacious and light which suits the natural decor.
The little touches like the pictures on the wall, the wine glass lampshades, a coat stand, and the doorbell (as mentioned above) really set the whole theme off. The doorbell may annoy some people whilst eating but I really liked it – it felt just like being at home! I’ve also now managed to remember how to test my steak is cooked to my liking at home, due to these fab pictures that we were seated near!
Our meals were very tasty; there was plenty of choice on the menu and the portions were a good size, especially the kids. They both had the 3 course option and one of those would have done me just fine! The service from the staff was great; they were very helpful and attended to our needs, though we did ask for sauces and drink top ups when our meals arrived but we were waiting 5 minutes for these and we just wanted to tuck in as the food looked so good. That being said, the boys got free drink refills and I did with my soft drink, and the chips were unlimited; I can also say they were the tastiest chips I have eaten in a family dining restaurant!
Overall, I absolutely loved the natural homely feel of the refurbished The Anchor Beefeater and we may well visit again if we are in the area. I recommend a visit, if only for the chips! 😉
Our rating – 4.5/5
I was sent a voucher to cover some of the cost of our meal for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.