Today the family and I were fortunate to try some of the offerings at the Beefeater Restaurant Taunton.
The White Lodge is a newly refurbished Beefeater restaurant not far from the M5 and the town centre of Taunton. The building is attractive and spacious with plenty of free parking.
We were welcomed by a friendly gentlemen who took us straight to our table, he offered us a high chair for little Fred, gave us the adult menus and handed Rowan the kids Mr Men, Little Miss menu & activity book and crayons… we had 2 happy campers straight away! We were immediately asked what we would like to drink and these arrived quickly. We had a very nice host called Carly, she was very friendly and approachable. Nothing seemed a problem and we got everything we ordered. She even helped Ollie decide on what to have as he was quite torn.
The first thing we noticed was how clean and fresh the restaurant looked, the space inside was light and airy. Each table had different style chairs but all complemented each other. Through the other room where there was an open kitchen was booth style seating, which again was spaced out and looked comfortable. It was nice to eat where you didn’t feel like you were sitting on each other and the person on the next tables lap!
There were also cute little pieces on the wall like this set of cow plates!
There was a lot of choice on the Mr Men/Little Miss menu, i loved how it was designed for the child to point out what they would like.
Rowan took plenty of time choosing what he would like to eat. Rowan is only 3 years old so typed menus mean nothing to him, he really enjoyed that he could see the meals and that he could pick the foods he liked best.
He went for the 3 course option:
Poor Fred is recovering from a nasty tummy bug and possibly a sudden adverse reaction to dairy (but that’s a whole other post!) So he stuck to plane biscotti and fruit bars (the staff had no issue with us using our own snacks for Fred – but we did ask first and told them the reason why).
Rowan’s tastebud tickler came out first, he opted for cheesy nachos with salsa. The portion was very generous – much to Rowan’s joy!
Once Rowan had finished, a short time later out came the mains. Rowan requested sausage and mash, but swapped his peas for garlic bread. The portion was a great size for a child with 3 sausages, a good amount of mash, a slice of garlic bread and a little jug of gravy on the side. Rowan loved being able to tip a bit of gravy on the mash.
Ollie went for the 10oz rump steak with skinny fries (which were unlimited – his eyes lit up when he was told this) – the fries also come as plain, cajun spiced or chilli and lime spiced. He asked for his steak to be cooked medium and he said it was cooked just as he asked – so a thumbs up there.
After debating on whether to get a burger, i finally decided on the Salmon Fillet – Oven baked wild Pacific salmon with a herb crust, served on a bed of kale and cherry tomatoes in garlic & parsley cream with dauphinoise potatoes.
The flavours were stunning but the only complaint i had of this meal was the salmon was a little dry, which is a shame as it would have been perfect otherwise. Luckily, there was enough sauce in the dish to help me swallow it but it was still dry none the less.
We finished our mains, at this point it was about 5:30pm and the restaurant had started to get busier. We had to wait a while for our plates to be cleared. Carly then offered us the dessert menu and asked if we required any more drinks (some of the drinks are bottomless) so we put another order in for drinks. It took a good 15-20 minutes for our drinks to arrive and for Carly to take our dessert order (but she was busily running around and not standing around doing nothing).
The gentleman who showed us to our table when we arrived came up to us and commented on how nice and well behaved our boys were, we thought this was lovely that he took the time to tell us this. The boys are very good when we are out and we are proud of them for that.
The desserts arrived quite quickly once we got our order in, Rowan opted for the Mr Men Mini Chocolate Challenge, he could create his own pudding with ice cream, chunky chocolate fudge brownies, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Ollie went for the Bannoffee Pie, he was informed a short time later that they had run out of bananas but he could still have the pie, which he did. He really enjoyed it even if it was missing a vital ingredient!
I opted for the cookie dough sundae (the diet will start tomorrow!) It was lovely with plenty of brownie in the bottom of the glass (i had to leave some as it was such a big portion size).
So to summarise;
The style/layout of the restaurant: the restaurant was very clean, neat, light and airy. It had a spacious feel and was in a great location.
Menu variation, quality & cost: there was plenty of variation on both the kids and the adult menu. The menus are easy to navigate and set out clearly – like i mentioned, the kids menu is very kid friendly, with lots of colour and photos. The Mr Men/Little Miss theme immediately makes the menu interesting to kids. Rowan did really well with his meal and normally he is so picky with food & leaves lots. I think because he knew exactly what he was going to get, there were no nasty surprises for him. His 3 course meal was £5.99 – i thought this was amazing value for money as there was so much food. Ollie’s meal was £13.79, again for a great steak cooked exactly as you want and unlimited fries (yes, Ollie went back for seconds) this was also great value for money. My meal cost £12.49 – now if the salmon hadn’t been so dry, i think this would have been a suitable price for the meal. Desserts were just under £5 each, which is about average for most restaurants, they were worth the money in my opinion. Overall, for a family meal out once in a while, the variation and the cost would bring us back to the Beefeater restaurant again (hell, i need to try the triple beef burger at some point in my life!)
Facilities: The toilets were clean and easy to find, there was also baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet. All were easy to get to if using a wheelchair, or if you have a pushchair.
Staff: The staff were lovely, and seemed really genuine. Carly took the time to speak to the boys each time she visited the table and chatted to Rowan about Spiderman as she noticed he had that on his t-shirt. Fred was smiling at her the whole meal and when Rowan announced quite loudly ‘I like her!’ we knew we had a lovely member of staff looking after us. The only negative was the wait between main and dessert but Carly was busy at the time – she had a friendly smile on her face at all times and did acknowledge that she would be with us when running around. When we left the restaurant both Carly and the gentlemen we spoke to earlier on thanked us and said goodbye.
Overall i give the Beefeater Restaurant in Taunton a big thumbs up, it had a lovely atmosphere to take the family for a meal, with subtle music in the background. The Mr Men/Little Miss activity books and crayons was a nice touch and the staff were friendly and hard working too – Carly was great. We will be back soon!
Disclaimer: I was asked to visit and review the Beefeater Restaurant Taunton. I was given vouchers as part payment for our meal. However, this was my personal experience and my own honest opinion.