A few weeks ago, I was very kindly invited* to the recently refurbished Beefeater restaurant in Longbridge, Birmingham. I saw this as a great opportunity for a date night with the Hubster as well as a chance to try somewhere I hadn’t been before. Whilst I have been to a few other Beefeater restaurants, I wasn’t even aware that there was one in Longbridge, so I wanted to go and check it out for myself.
We decided to go for a meal on a Friday night. The Hubster drove so we parked in the car park within Longbridge town centre. There were plenty of spaces and it was a free car park so long as you were less than 3 hours, so that worked for us. We walked up to the restaurant and this was how it looked from the outside:
We worked our way round to the front door and spotted that attached was a Premier Inn. Longbridge isn’t too far from Birmingham town centre, therefore it’s quite handy for people to stop in.
Once we arrived inside, we were impressed with the modern and fun decor:
We were greeted by friendly front of house staff and shown to our table. My husband and I were then told who our server would be for the evening. We were placed by the window, this was our view of outside. On a wet and miserable day, we were glad to be out of the rain!
Then it was time to have a quick look at the drinks menu before deciding what we fancied. We were quite impressed with the range of wines, beers and ciders.
I opted for a large Pinot Grigio Rosé and my husband went for a Thatchers Haze Cloudy Cider. Unfortunately the waitress can’t have heard me say rosé, and bought me over white wine instead. However, I enjoyed the taste of the wine so it ended up working for me. We also had water on the table.
Next it was time to choose our food. I always fill up too much on starters so decided to skip straight to mains (and hopefully have space for pudding!). I decided to go for the Minted Rump of Lamb (priced at £14.19). It was a piece of minted rump lamb, seasoned and chargrilled. It was served with dauphinoise potatoes, buttered kale, slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and a red wine & thyme sauce.
My husband opted for the Duo of Beef (priced at £19.99). Claiming to be “a beef lover’s dream”, it contained both beef short rib and slices of smoky beef brisket. It was served with a helping of skinny fries, spiced BBQ beans with smoked bacon, seasoned mini corn on the cob and chunky slaw.
We were quite impressed with the speed at which the food came out, especially because we were both peckish. I really enjoyed my meal and thought it was full of flavour. The sauce was rich and I loved the dauphinoise potatoes. The lamb was a little bit fatty, but mostly fine and very tasty. The hubster thought his was okay, telling me it was just standard ‘pub grub’ (he’s quite difficult to impress!). Whist I thought mine was priced quite well, my other half was expecting just a little more ‘something’ for nearly £20 for his main.
Next it was time to choose puddings. Of course I had left a bit of space, especially with my sweet tooth! I was undecided between the Mississippi Mud Pie and the Cookie Dough Sundae, but after a little chat with the waitress I decided on the sundae (priced at £4.99). This was made up of vanilla and cookie dough ice creams, layered with chocolate brownie chunks, topped with chocolate sauce, a whip of cream and a wafer. My husband went for the Trio of Sponges (priced at £5.49). It consisted of lemon drizzle, raspberry jam & coconut and chocolate sponges, served with a jug of custard on the side.
Look how epic it was! It was rather yummy, but I’m afraid to say it beat me. I’m obsessed with cookie dough so of course I made sure I picked out all of those pieces, as well as the bits of brownie. It was mainly ice cream that was left over, so I didn’t do too badly! Like the mains, the puddings came out in good time.
My husband really enjoyed his puddings. He is coconut obsessed so was pleased it featured on the menu. It was nice for him to be able to try different flavours of sponge within his one pudding choice.
Overall, we had a lovely date night! The restaurant was easy to find, the parking worked for us, the service was great, the food tasted good and so did the drinks! I think the pricing was mostly on point, and was relative to what we would normally spend. I’m sure we will definitely return to the Beefeater in Longbridge in the not too distant future. Overall, I think I would give it 8/10. You can find your local Beefeater here.
So do you have a local Beefeater that you like going to? Or perhaps there is another chain you prefer? What do you think to our food choices? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
* I was very kindly invited to the restaurant to sample the menu and had a specified amount of money to spend. However all opinions are my own and I would never recommend somewhere I didn’t love myself!