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The Rhubarb Triangle.
Rhubarb Triangle (Wakefield)
Member Name: jeffjen
Rhubarb Triangle (Wakefield)
Advantages: Good value, good service, friendly atmosphere
Disadvantages: The 'chip shop' buffet didn't look very appetising, but everything else was fine.
Rhubarb Triangle is one of the pub/restaurants in the Brewers Fayre chain and you will find many of them scattered around the UK, often situated adjacent to Premier Inn hotels.
You will find Rhubarb Triangle located on the west side of Wakefield on the Paragon Business Park, just a few minutes drive from Wakefield city centre and also just a couple of minutes drive from Junction 41 of the M1.
As we arrived at the hotel, I thought both the hotel and this adjacent pub looked quite new and later found out they were purpose built in 2006. The nearby business park attracts customers here throughout the day but it also seems a popular meeting place for friends and family to enjoy a drink or a meal. We visited three times during our stay: once on arrival for a coffee, then later on in the evening for a meal and drinks and then again at lunchtime the next day before leaving for another coffee and lunch. It was fairly busy on each visit, with people coming and going all the time. The pub and restaurant are open plan and caters for just under 200 people. The car park outside is very large with adequate parking spaces for its visitors.
The name Rhubarb Triangle I must admit I found interesting and asked a member of staff about it. I was told that the pub was named after a 9 square mile triangle in the West Yorkshire area famous for producing rhubarb. I must admit my ignorance as I wasn't aware of this coming from the North-East, but I know now!
~~ Our visits ~~
Although situated on the edge of a business park, both the hotel and the pub enjoy a quiet spot located away from the busy road and other buildings and we did not experience any noise during our visit.
As we had arrived early at the hotel, we decided to visit the pub for a coffee before checking-in and I was pleased to discover they serve Costa coffee and best of all it was very reasonably priced. A regular-sized creamy latte costing only £1.69 and the large size only £1.89 which is cheaper than I have paid in an actual Costa Coffee shop.
It was a Friday lunchtime and there were a few customers from the business park having drinks but there were still plenty of seating available. The restaurant has a 'two meals for £10 and two desserts for £2,' offer available on weekdays up till 6pm and quite a few people seemed to be taking advantage of this offer which seems to be good value, as the meals are taken from the main menu and are not smaller or lighter portions. The same meal on an evening or weekend will cost you more.
Just inside the main door and off to the left, is an area around the windows with chairs, tables and cosy window seating away from the main part of the restaurant. A flat screen TV mounted on the wall was showing a news channel with sub-titles, as background music was being played in the pub. This part of the pub has a cosy welcoming atmosphere, ideal for having a drink and a chat, but you can also have meals brought to your table here too if you wish. The main part of the restaurant is more open and slightly more formal-looking, so if just visiting for coffee, drinks or a lunch-time meal, the area just inside the door I think is the better option.
There is also an outside seating area at the front of the pub with wooden benches and tables set amongst plants, shrubs, tubs and a trellis, making this an attractive place to sit in the warmer weather.
Later that evening we visited the Rhubarb Triangle again for something to eat and a couple of drinks and we sat in the main part of the restaurant this time. We ordered our meals at the bar but the staff who served us at our table were happy to offer and bring us extra drinks as well as offer desserts.
As well as the main menu, the restaurant also has a themed 'all you can eat' buffet night on Mon-Fri evenings, consisting of Curry, Chinese, Mexican and Chip Shop buffets. These buffets are set up next to the main bar and you can help yourself to as much as you like at a price of just £5.99 for adults and £4.50 for children.
Being a Friday, it was a Chip Shop Buffet when we visited and I wasn't keen on this. Had it been the curry buffet I may have been interested but the battered fish, sausages, chips and mini pies on offer at the counter didn't really appeal to us. To be honest, it didn't really look very appetising and looked a little dry as if it had sat in the dishes on the hotplate for quite some time. I think it would have looked more appealing had it been curry.
Speaking of curry, I opted for a Chicken Tikka Masala from the main menu (£7.99) and it was a served with two large poppadoms, naan bread, rice and mango chutney, My partner opted for Gammon and Eggs (£6.99) and we both enjoyed our meals which were tasty and well presented.
There was plenty of choice on the main menu if you weren't having the chip shop buffet, such as Glazed Oven Roast Chicken, Beef & Ale Pie, Beef Stew & Cobbler, or Chilli, Lasagne, steaks, burgers and salads etc to name but a few. Vegetarian options included Chargrilled Red Pepper Pasta and Vegetable Lasagne. All the meals seemed to average around £6.75 - £7.99 in price, with the steaks being more expensive as you would expect.
There are also a number of starters available but we didn't bother on this occasion as neither of us thought we could manage a starter and a main course.
As well as the main menu there were a few 'specials' on the chalk boards placed on the wall.
We were full after our meals and didn't have room for dessert but there were a number of tempting options on the menu and I would have quite fancied the Profiteroles or Chocolate Indulgence had I had some room!
There was an extensive wine menu, but I opted for Bacardi and coke and my partner had a couple of pints of draught ale. Again the prices of drinks were reasonable and cheaper than many pub restuarants I have visited.
The service was good and efficient at Rhubarb Triangle and all the staff we encountered during our visits were friendly and service came with a smile at all times. We visited again the next day after leaving the hotel and enjoyed another latte and a sandwich.
I can't really find any fault with it apart from the chip shop buffet not looking very appetising, but that didn't cause any problems for us personally and everything else was fine. If I am in the area again I will be happy to pay another visit.
Paragon Business Park,
Summary: A decent pub/restaurant in Wakefield.
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