A Brewers Fayre Festive Feast

BF 1We are not that familiar with the Brewers Fayre chain so, when Ross, Grace and I were invited to try out their festive menu, I was intrigued to find out how they compared to their competitors.

We wanted to make the end of term yesterday a little bit special. We collected Grace after school and drove over to Taunton where we paid a visit to the cinema to see ‘Paddington’ and then went across to ‘The O Bridge’ Brewers Fayre.

The parking was plentiful and walking into the restaurant, the sight of a Christmas tree and a cabinet of puddings awaited us. A little slow on greeting us, Gerald – the friendly manager who I had made the booking with on the phone – showed us to our table. He remembered me from our phonecall.

With Ross and Grace dressed as Elves(!), we were getting plenty of attention and we arrived our at table which was decorated with crackers, streamers and party poppers and a Beano comic and crayons for Ross Grace. They checked the menu with us, which we had pre-ordered, and Ross had decided to change his main course from the turkey and upgrade to the steak. Which posed absolutely no problem to the staff.

For starter, Ross had chosen the pork pate and I opted for prawn cocktail. We both shared ours with Grace.

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The portion sizes were perfect. I had a little of Ross’ pate and it was really tasty.His was served with brown bread toast and some cranberry sauce. The prawns in my dish were large and succulent. It was served with brown bread – which I gave to Grace together with some prawns – marie rose sauce and lettuce (of which there wasn’t too much). The other thing I can find with prawn cocktail is that there is not enough prawns – not so with this dish!

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For main course, Grace opted for roast turkey. This came with roast potatoes, a chipolata (which was more like a sausage!), peas, root veg mash and gravy. I had the festive burger. This was a 6oz beef burger (although it seemed bigger!) topped with brie and cranberry sauce, served in a floured bun with sliced tomato, lettuce and red onion and potato dippers and coleslaw. The potato dippers were a cross between potato wedges and chips and I really liked them. Ross had an 8oz rump steak. The cut of meat was beautiful. He asked for it medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. This came with chips, battered onion rings, peas and half a grilled tomato.

Finally, on to the puddings. I had a warm chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate and fudge sauce, Grace went for chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce and Ross had the caramel apple betty with custard. We all agreed that the desserts were a good-sized portion and the whole meal left us feeling full but not bloated.

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During our meal we also had drinks which consisted a bottomless glass of coke, a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a pint of Tribute Ale. Ross and I ended our dinners with a cup of Costa latte coffee each. We were also given a large jug of water to accompany our food.

The Service.

Despite the fact that it was a little slow in places, all the staff were friendly and happy. Nothing was too much trouble and they accommodated our requests without fuss.

The Food.

All the food was well-cooked, presented well and, as previously stated, the portions sized were judged perfectly.

The Price.

Having never experienced Brewers Fayre before, we were so impressed with the prices. The 3 course festive menu is served evenings and weekends Monday – Thursday from 5pm & Friday – Sunday from 12 noon 25th November – 30th December 2014 (excludes Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and is very competitively priced at £13.99 each. The steak upgrade costs an extra £2.49 and it is another £1.49 if you want a bigger turkey dinner. The children’s menu consists of 2 courses and is available from 12 noon from 25th November – 30th December 2014 (excludes Christmas Day and Boxing Day). This is priced at £4.99 each. Our meal with drinks and coffee came to just over £50 for 3 people. We noticed that the food was a real bargain here. There also have a specials menu each night with a different theme. It is all you can eat and prices start at £6.99 for an adult. We are keen to return to test out their curry night on Thursdays!

The Atmosphere

It was a real family atmosphere in this Brewers Fayre. The thing that Ross was impressed with – and I totally agree with him on – is the fact that the tables are all placed to the side with a walk way in the middle. I hate ending up feeling like you are sitting in the middle of everything! This restaurant doesn’t subject you to this. There is also a MASSIVE soft play area which is in a separate room to the restaurant but there is also tables in there where the adults can sit and keep an eye on their kids. This is a very big selling point to me as a stand alone soft play can cost a small fortune!

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Any Room for Improvement?

Not really, no. The only thing I would say is that they could pick up their service just a little but overall it was a great experience.

Final Thoughts?

This was our first visit to Brewers Fayre but it definitely won’t be our last. We even picked up a bonus points card whilst we were there. With a great family atmosphere, competitively priced food and drink and a friendly welcome, I can safely say that we will be returning.

You can find Brewers Fayre on their website,on Twitter and on Facebook.

Disclosure: We were given a £50 credit in return for a review of the festive menu at Brewers Fayre, however, all words, images and opinions belong to Victoria Visits and have not been influenced in any way.

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