Nice Place Poor food slow service overpriced. Dont bother.
Went to the Beefeater (Southampton) on the last bank holiday with my family as they were visiting.
Not until we were sat down then told that the Meal deals was not on as it was a Bank Holiday, so we ordered from the regular menu. Looked overpriced around £10 a meal, and was hard to choose from as they choice were not as good.
Ordered our meals disappointed when they arrived, one of us had Sausage & Mash @ £9.95 (as she did not want peas no replacement was offered) Overpriced. 2 of us had the Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon @ £10.50 - we asked if we could have a few more chips and was told if we paid for another portion (Bad)
The desserts were all over £4 and as we were disappointed in our meal we did not bother.
The meals came to £38.50 luckily I had a voucher from a previous meal at the same restaurant where one of us was ill after having the Beef & Ale Pie.
Very disappointed with the meals and overpriced
Better going to a Toby or Harvester
Although this time we did not get caught out with the Dipping Bread Trio @ £3.99
To celebrate a family birthday 2 weeks ago we booked a table at a Beefeater restaurant for 7 adults, 2 children and baby (highchair required). Due to the amount of us they only have one table large enough and we could not get the time we wanted, as it was a Sunday date we wanted I don't blame them for being full It just means next time we need to book even more in advance.
The particular one we went to on this occasion is in Maidstone and has a lovely setting by a river so if the weather is right you can spend several hours there leisurely socialising. They have an enormous amount of outside seating we have never had a problem getting a table but the ones directly by the river are harder to get. During the summer they also do a BBQ eating option so if you can not get a table in the restaurant (mainly for those who haven't booked) or don't want it eat indoors, it is an excellent idea of theirs.
We had a nice time and great service especially considering it was packed inside and out. The restaurant itself is very clean (as was the toilets) and decorated quite modern. The food/menu is the only area that really lets them down. Although the food was nice I couldn't use the word great. We all agreed that unfortunately their menu is overpriced. I compare the likes of Harvester and Beefeater venues as restaurant versions of fast food places like McDonalds and Burger King. Mass produced food for the masses. One of our party ordered the Sunday roast at £9.99 and it looked like a premium microwave meal not a home cooked meal, my sister said it was nice (theres that word again) just not great. We have a local carvery that is £3.50 during the week and £6.50 on Sundays and the difference is quantity and quality of the food is vast. We all agreed that smaller restaurants seem to be more able to serve fresh cooked meals at good prices. If they want to charge £9.99 for their roast it needed to be significantly bigger without having to pay a £2 surcharge to 'go large'. None of us felt after a 3 course meal uncomfortably full, is that good or a sign we hadn't eaten enough?
I would go back to a Beefeater but only if our other favourite restaurants were fully booked.
I have eaten at a couple of different Beefeater restaurants and the food has always been very nice. Being a chain you know you can expect the same menus and setup regardless which one you visit. They don't just serve beef burgers and steaks, they also offer pasta dishes and seafood options such as salmon and prawns and excellent lamb. I visited recently and they were offering a specially price menu of 1 course for £5.95 2 courses for £7.95 and 3 courses for £9.95, I think this is only available Monday to Saturday before about 18:00, the menu was very good value for money with various different choices. I also find their Bar menu excellent, in the summer if you can sit outside its great, they offer a wide range of sandwiches and baguettes. If you can manage it the desserts are great, one being a chocolate brownie sundae which is very tasty!. I don't know if it is all Beefeaters but certainly everyone I have been to has a Premier Inn next door and are obviously part of the same company now. Don't forget you can also earn Nectar points!
I have to say even thought we have a beefeater within 5 mins walking distance and i usually always enjoy my meal its never my first choice of restaurants... Its usually case that we are arguing over who is going to drive so we end up going there so we can walk and both drink !
I always find the food a bit boring and not much value for money, even though it is tasty... nothing ever really appeals to me i never know what to choose..
I always find the staff a bit in a hurry to get you out of the door and get the next person in.. and quite often the food turns up cold because its been sat up on the shelf waiting to come to you for about 10 mins..
I find there sunday roast a bit "rubbish" but they do usually do a nice steak when its hot!
Beef eater restaurants are usually positioned near a Travelodge, the Travelodge in Plymouth has a successful Beefeater restaurant. We often go for a meal a month and enjoy trying something new every time.
The menu at Beefeater restaurants is varied with plenty of choice for everyone. As the name would suggest Beefeater do a lovely steak, they also do excellent burgers. The char grilled taste is a real treat. Starters and desserts are also very tasty. The food is not only superbly cooked but is served by kind, professional staff. We have never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be served, saying that we never feel rushed either.
Once ordered the food is served hot and fresh, it really is excellent service and the staff couldn't do enough to help.
The most attractive feature of Beefeater restaurants is that the price is excellent. We can use £40 and have a lovely 3-course meal with wine and drinks. For the quality, service and portion sizes the price certainly beats other local restaurants. We would much rather go out and spend money on a meal once a month than buy a take-away and its nice to say "we won't cook" tonight and go out.
The restaurants are comfortable and in Plymouth the lighting is bright enough to see what you are eating but not too bright that it's off-putting. The tables usually have a vase of flowers and candle and the seats are very comfy, to sum up in 2 words...just wonderful!
My Mother and I recently visited a spa in Nether Poppleton, York. After our lovely day of pampering we were famished so decided to visit the Beefeater pub that was on the industrial estate where the spa was located.
The Beefeater restaurant was attached to a Premier Inn hotel, which I think you will find is the case for most of the Beefeater restaurants nowadays. The first thing we noticed about getting into the restaurant from the complex we were in was that it wasn't very easy!! It didn't seem to be very well sign posted, we could clearly see the restaurant but didn't know where the entrance was to get into the car park!! After 5 minutes of driving in a circle we managed to find the entrance. The car park had plenty of space and was easily accessible (once we found it!!) There were plenty of disable car parking spaces in front of the restaurant if these were required.
As soon as we walked in I noticed the pleasant ambience that the restaurant/pub had, the décor was very neatly done, with wooden beamed ceilings and wooden floors. The furnishings looked expensive and were done to a high standard in dark reds, yellows and browns. There were plenty of seating areas to choose from. Myself and my Mother chose to sit in a quite little alcove next to a fire as it was a very cold day!!
Through the day they have a special offer on food, if you order before 630pm Monday to Saturday you can have one main course for £5.99, two main courses for £7.99 and three main courses for £9.99, which I thought was great value for money.
I must say though that I didn't think there was a great deal of choice for this deal. There were only four starters; this didn't bother me as I only wanted a main course anyway. There were only 8 main courses to choose from which included, steak, gammon, fish and chips, ratatouille, paprika chicken, beef burger, sausage & mash, risotto and a quesadilla wrap. I suppose that there would be something on there that everyone would like and for the price you can't grumble really, but I like to have a bit more choice when I am eating out.
I decided to go for the Quesadilla wrap. The food arrived five minutes after we ordered which was super fast service, but when food arrives so quickly it suggests to me that it isnt freshly cooked and has just been warmed up in a microwave. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and try it before I complained!!! The wrap was a tortilla wrap with a chili glaze that had been baked close and was filled with Brie, spinach, caramelised onions and was served on a bed of wild and white rice. I have to say that it was delicious!! Although there wasn't a great deal of Brie inside the wrap there was enough to taste it and the chili glaze and caramelised onion were a perfect accompaniment to the wrap. I felt full after eating this although the portion didn't look too big.
Overall I was very impressed with both the atmosphere, the service and the food. I would definitely have lunch here as I thought value for money was excellent. A I have not tried eating there on an evening I don't think it would be fair to comment on what I feel it would be like, but I think I would be put off eating there on an evening as I prefer freshly cooked restaurant food.
The address for this Beefeater is - White Rose Close, York Business Park, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6RL, T: 08701 977280
I admit that I am one for finding a good restaurant that I like and going there for most of my meals out. I have been to my local beefeater now many many times, and other beefeaters around the area, and have never been disappointed!
-...:: General ::...-
Beefeater was first established in 1974 and since then has grown to be a chain restaurant of around 140+ branches throughout the country. Their mottos evolve around 'the fire behind the food' and their passion for being the 'home of chargrilliing'.
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I am one for knowing what's on the menu before I go and Beefeater does all it can to improve customer service. Beefeater.co.uk allows you to access their food and drink menus, get allergy information and find your nearest branch. Alcoholic beverages are served along with the usual soft drinks and tea/coffee etc. The food served (menu covers all branches of Beefeater as this is a chain restaurant) has great variety.
A bar menu is available for foods such as: sandwhiches, salads, jacket potatoes, baguettes, sharers and some of the usual daytime restaurant menu.
They offer 'Set Menus' at a great price - £5.99 main one course meal, £7.99 two courses or £9.99 for three courses. To qualify for this you just need to order before 6.30pm and choose from their set daytime menu. Order for a selection of starters, inc. soup, garlic bread and melon or skip straight to the mains. They offer a good variety from beef burgers, paprika/plain chicken, steak, risotto, salad, and all come with sides (ie. salad and chips) so you definitely get your moneys worth. The deserts include icecream, apple crumble and profiteroles.
If you order later in the day, you can choose from a larger selection of food and pay the normal price, which is still very reasonably priced!
You get very good portion sizes and if there's anything you're unhappy with just speak with the waitress. Ie. if you prefer piri piri rice instead of chips, salad with no viniagrette, plain chicken instead of smoked paprika... You don't have to worry about being a fussy eater because they'll try their best to suit your requirements.
The service has always been very fast and friendly. They've never got my order wrong so far the food has been consistantly hot and served in good time. Each meal I have had has tasted delicious and healthy with side salads and I have never had reason to complain. The general atmosphere is lovely too; all of the Beefeaters I have been to have been clean and cosy, with good seating and separate bar areas, along with outside seating, and you don't get loud music blasted at you which can get annoying!
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This is somewhere I've visited on two or three occasions as it is very close to my parents home in Liverpool, but I believe that each visit has ended with us saying we won't go back there again. The last visit was a result of a relative telling us it had had a revamp and they'd really enjoyed their visit, so off we trotted early last Saturday evening, a party of five with high hopes of a pleasant meal.
It was pretty busy when we got there with all the outside tables taken up and children running around in the sunshine. It's a fairly big restaurant, completely non smoking, traditional decor - lots of wood and it seemed clean enough. We arrived at 6.30 which was the time we'd booked the table for, but it wasn't ready so we had to stand by the bar for a few minutes and try to order some drinks. It wasn't too long before we were shown to our table and our orders were taken. Once in our seats however, we were left to our own devices for an hour before the meal was served. To pass the time we used the napkins to clean the filthy wine glasses and some of the cutlery. After about 45 minutes, the waitress came to ask if we'd like more drinks and was reminded that we had actually ordered a bottle of wine which she'd forgotten about, so she brought us that.
At last the meals arrived and they were generally disappointing. My vegetarian pasta linguine was tasty enough but would have been better served hot rather than lukewarm, Mum didn't like her burger which was pink in the middle, Brother wasn't impressed with the sea bream and although Dad enjoyed his king scallops he did find the portion a bit meagre. Only my husband seemed satisfied with his steak. The prices would have seemed reasonable enough if the food had been better, but obviously no-one wants to pay for a meal they haven't enjoyed. We didn't bother with a sweet. The wine was nice enough but the credit for that goes to Jacob's Creek.
The evening ended with us saying we won't be going back there again.
As you come off the M32 into the heart of Bristol you are surrounded by perfect examples of horrendous concrete 1960?s and 70?s architecture, the office blocks were horrendous when hey were constructed and they were still horrendous till their re-development a couple of years ago. One of them is now rather posy apartments, and the other monstrosity that was Avon House is now a Travel Lodge, attached to which is the Beefeater. Which has incidentally been there for years. As a child I used to go past and stare at the deep red curtains and the gilt, never did get to go in their though. Of course Beefeater didn?t fit in with the new trendy image and it turned into the Grillbar, which was a very nice place. Anyway it was 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, we finished the Christmas shopping and as it was Alan?s birthday decided to go out and eat. It wasn?t until we entered the place that we realised it was back as the Bristol Fashion Beefeater. Now this Beefeater does not resemble many of the Beefeaters in that it doesn?t look like a pub, it looks like a ?trendy wine bar?. Its on two levels, downstairs is the bar and upstairs is the restaurant, completely non-smoking I may add. And its very austere, large windows, wooden tables, little decoration around and very basic décor. Stark is probably the word to use, and it makes it look a cold, the kitchen is also visible so you can say if they really do spit on your food! Its also quite large, so it was very disconcerting when we went in to find the place completely and utterly empty! I know it was only 3pm but there were large crowds of people everywhere else, actually though that?s not unusual for this, even when it was the Grillbar it was always very quiet, which I find quite strange being as its almost in the middle of the shopping centre, surrounded by offices and right next to the bus station! We weren?t even sure if it was open.! But a very nice polite waitress showed us to a table and took our drinks order as
we perused the menu. That?s when we realised the place was absolutely freezing! A quick word to the waitress got the nearest heater to us switched on, but even so it was quite a while before the place heated up and even then my partner kept his coat on. The menu was quite simple, to say the least!, Fine if you are a meat eater, but I imagine the vegetarians would have a bit of a problem, actually I couldn?t even see the vegetarian options, but then I was really looking too hard! The starters were all around the £4-5 mark, which I did think was a little expensive for what is a chain restaurant, and very uninspired, prawn in batter with a ginger and chilli dip, soup, potato skins, chicken strips, etc. Personally we went for the Big Dipper to share, at £3.99 each. Compared to Bella Pasta it was an absolute plate full. 2 potato skins each, which could have done with being a little better cooked, as the cheese was only melted not crispy, I found the battered mushrooms a little too watery, the prawns were delicious as was the chicken strips, the bowl of salad had a nice tangy dressing and the sour cream and ranch dips nothing to complain about. Of course next is the main courses, and these I did think were expensive, the majority of the dishes were £12.25 each, like I said this is a chain restaurant, and it is definitely more expensive than many others of the same ilk. Steak of course features heavily in lot of guises, but there was also paella, duck in orange sauce, salmon, etc, didn?t really see any pasta dishes. You could have your steak with a variety of other options including chicken, prawns and ribs, there is also about 5 different sauces and you can build your own with onion rings, garlic bread, mushrooms, cheese, etc. In the end we both opted for celebration steak, which comprised of sirloin steak, covered in stilton cheese with a wild mushroom and wine sauce, both cooked medium. These came with chips and salad, and I was very disap
pointed in the chips, for £12.25 I expected a huuggeee pile of freshly cooked, plump chips, and actually there was very few, probably half of what I would give my partner when I?m cooking at home. I know they were fresh cooked because I saw them but all the same there were quite a few that were like those tiny little ones you get at the bottom of a bag of oven chips! But the steak, the steak was an absolute triumph, definitely one of the best, if not the best steak I?ve ever had in a restaurant. It was tender, very little fat, no gristle, it was so tender you didn?t even need a steak knife! And perfectly cooked, just enough pink juices to make me happy. Compared to the charred remains I had eaten a few weeks earlier at a Wacky Warehouse this was a king! The sauce was also delicious and plenty of it, definitely enough to soak my chips in, it didn?t overly detract from the flavour of the steak. I would have liked some vegetables though. That over and done with I wrestled with the dessert menu, again around the £4, there were quite a few options, Apple pie, Pancakes with syrup and ice cream, chocolate cake, etc and the one that I had to go for ?Jaffa Cake Cheesecake?. Any Jaffa cake lovers have to try this, chocolate cheesecake with a layer of jaffa cakes through the middle, topped with a warm chocolate orange sauce and cream, I couldn?t have eaten an entire one let alone just a slice. My partners pancakes were also declared a success, three large sweet Scotch pancakes with warm golden syrup and ice cream, he scoffed every last morsel. All in all, every meal we ate was well cooked, very tasty and quite large portion wise, although I do keep debating with myself as to whether the rather large prices were justified. There also seemed to be a plentiful supply of drinks options, I?m sure the fact they had a bar helped. Sticking to soft drinks I?m afraid I cant supply any more details. I was also quite impressed by the waitresses honesty, I asked f
or De-caff coffee and for the only time ever in a restaurant admitted that it was actually instant, not filtered as the rest of the coffee. The annoying thing? I still get charged for a filter coffee, even more so in fact. I know its de-caff but it was still instant coffee. Still it was a very good brand of Douwe Egberts. The total bill, for 3 meals each, 2 soft drinks and a coffee came to approximate £40, still deciding if that is expensive for two people!! The most annoying thing was the music, in fact I was nearly driven mad by it! There was the usual Christmassy pop music being played and it was quite loud, but then the lads in the kitchen whacked up their own radio which was playing garage and R?n B, most disconcerting hearing John Lennon and Missy Elliot played at the same time rather loudly. As soon I started to get really annoyed with it, it would stop! Then start again, it was only after a while I realised that it was only going down when the manageress was walking into the restaurant. Then she caught them, and shouted at them to turn it off, at least we enjoyed our desserts in relative peace. That was the only let down of the meal, oh, and the cold! They also do a Christmas menu, the ?Emerald Club? which is a card that gives 25% off meals for the over 60?s, and a ?Family Club? which does exactly the same. There is also a Childs menu available. The cleanliness was very good, as was the service, the toilets were passable although absolutely freezing, my partner did point out that they had a sign up showing when the last time the toilets were checked for cleanliness and was rather perturbed to see it said the 18th October! They were clean however. I was quite impressed by the Bristol Fashion, I would describe it as a more up-market Harvester, but if it wants to charge those prices then I suggest it gets rid of its chain restaurant stigma, let the Bristol Fashion establish itself as a credible restaurant. Will I go back? Pr
obably but there are quite a few places wanting my patronage first!
Beefeaters are a national chain and tend to be situated beside holiday inn or something similar. Inside the Beefeater the decoration is mostly wood but is light and friendly. Consumers have to choices the pub or the resturant. They both now serve the same menu, which each offering differnt specials and offers. At the moment the pubs are offering two meals for a fiver there is a choice of four meals and include gammon steak and chips and chicken salad. The portions are small as you would expect under this offer. The resturant offers three course meny for twelve pounds. This offer is an excellent buy as there is a large choice on the menu including two types of pasta, steak, chicken and fish. The poritions are large, and the food is always freshly cooked so looks very appealing as well as being hot. The normal menu has something to suit all tastes, and offer a very good vegitarian range. The ultimate chocolate challenge is something definately to be tried this is for two people though as it is a a deep trifle bowl filled with wippey icecream, chocolate brownies, chocolate balls, chocolate sauce, fresh cream, chocolate flakes and so on. They offer a good range of wine to go with the meal although they can be expensive. The bar is average price and does a very good range of real ales and largers. They also do special offers on spirits which are a very good buy. The pub itself is friendly with a good atmosphere as the restuarant is seperate you could easily sit with a group of friends and get drunk without feeling out of place. On some evening they offer live entertainment normally a singer. The staff are friendly and efficient. This is an exellent pub change where young and old are both made to feel welcome.
It had been a couple of years since our last visit to a Beefeater Inn. This was not for any particular reason, except that we thought we could get better value elsewhere. During our visit to Gloucester we decided to eat at a Beefeater Inn and went to The Orchard in Quedgley on the outskirts of Gloucester for an evening meal. There was plenty of space to park and we were greeted very politely when we entered the Restaurant. We asked for a table for two and we were asked if we wanted a drink from the bar first. We said no and that we would order a drink with our meal. Obviously this was the wrong answer as we were then left for ten minutes in the bar, even though the table we were eventually shown to had been empty and ready throughout this time. I still feel that the prices are a bit expensive, but we thought the best value seemed to be the three course meal, especially as the choices with this option included the main courses that both of us wanted. The cost of this meal was £12.95 each. We started with a joint “dips” selection that was very tasty and almost a complete meal on it’s own. For the main course I had a steak whilst my wife had fish. The portions were generously large and an excellent quality. For dessert we both had Ice Cream Sundaes which satisfied any hunger that we may still have had remaining. The quality of all of the food was superb. It was all hot, well presented and very tasty. The waiter could not have more polite. We were left with a good gap between each course so we did not feel at all rushed, but also did not feel that we were waiting around a lot. In all we had a very pleasant meal in good, comfortable surroundings with very good service. I am sure we will be eating at a Beefeater Inn again soon.
I have recently left work after a long spell of ill health, and I decided to take a few friends out for the evening to say thank you to them for their support over the last year. I decided to go to a local Beefeater restaurant, The La Reserve in Sutton Coldfield, as we had been there last year to celebrate my birthday and had really enjoyed our evening. I booked the table for eight o’clock for myself and 7 guests about a month ago. We arrived early, let the staff know that we were there, bought drinks from the bar and sat down to await our call. We missed one of the announcements at about 8.05pm so my partner went and asked if we had just been called. He was told that it was not our call, but that we would be called in five minutes as they were ‘just changing the tablecloth’. This was an interesting remark in itself, as they don’t use tablecloths! We were finally called to our table at 8.30pm, half an hour late, with no apology for the delay. We were given menus and told that, Rachel, our waitress would be along to take our orders. She duly came and took orders for starters, main courses and a round of drinks. She returned after about 25 minutes to apologise for the delay and to say that our drinks were on the way. After another five minutes she brought some of our drinks to the table, bringing the remaining two after yet another five minutes. While we were waiting for our food to arrive we saw a couple at a neighbouring table get up and walk out as they were fed up with waiting for their meal. We did consider doing the same! At 9.20 my partner went to find the manager to complain, as we still had not received our first course. This did actually begin to arrive while he was away from the table. He returned and said that he had been told that the Service Manager would be coming to have a word with us. The starters all eventually arrived, but with such a time lag that the first peo
ple to be served had finished eating by the time the last were served. The Service Manager, Michelle, came to our table just as my partner was eating his first course. She was very confrontational and just announced ‘Someone here wanted to speak to me?’ in a sharp voice. As she had already been made aware of the fact that we were not satisfied I would have thought that her approach should have been more along the lines of ‘Can I help you?’ or ‘What appears to be the problem?’ My partner explained to her about the delay and she told us that it was fault of the waitress and that she would have a word with her immediately. This was clearly NOT the case as our waitress was working very hard indeed and she, at least, kept us informed of the progress of our order and apologised for the delays, which were obviously not of her making. The Service Manager then offered us a round of drinks. We pointed out that we already had our drinks so she offered to remove the cost of these from our bill. We agreed to this and thought that the situation would show a marked improvement. Sadly this was not the case. Our main course arrived at 9.55pm and our sweet at 10.50pm, meaning that we finally finished our meal at about 11.20pm. There were two members of the party who had a considerable distance to travel home and were expecting to be on their way by 10.30pm at the latest. The waitress brought our bill, but as she looked at it she realised that there were still two glasses of wine charged which clearly should have been removed as per the Service Manager. As she had no authority to change it she had to go and find someone else who could. The correct bill finally arrived at 11.35pm. The amount charged was £83.40, which included a reduction for two Beefeater special offer vouchers that I had used. We had intended to go back to the bar after the meal to sit and relax with a last drink but,
as we finally got the receipted bill at 11.41pm, the bar had closed and we just left the restaurant feeling very disappointed. I must just add in their defence that the food, when we got it, was very good and there was a varied choice at reasonable prices. What should have been a special night out for me was completely ruined and I ended the evening in floods of tears with my friends trying to console me. I have now written a strong letter of complaint to the manager demanding a full refund of my £83.40 together with an amount of compensation for the distress caused to us all. UPDATE Just to let you know that we have now received a full refund and an apology from the manager.
All the Beefeaters I have been to are very much the same, & with the same menu. The menu is not bad, good range of meals to choose from..the usual Steaks, Chicken, etc. They do have a Lighter meals section and a choice of Veggie food. They are Child freindly too, and have a kids menu. Also when you arrive the kids are bought some crayons and activity pack. Which keeps them quiet for a few minutes. There are usually kids,slides, climbing frames etc outside, which is good in the warm weather. There are Mother & baby facilities in the loos. Also there is access for disabled & disabled loos. Personally I think the menu is overpriced! prices are not more than I would expect to pay for a meal at all, but basically they are serving Fast food, all straight from the freezer, so how can thay justify the prices. They can`t get you fed quick enough...the service can`t be faulted, I think staff are told to serve as fast as possible and get people out as quick, so they can ready for someone else. You couldn`t spend a relaxed evening in a Beefeater, as they don`t want you there.