“ Address: 10 Brunswick St / Newcastle / Staffordshire / ST5 1HL / Telephone: 01782 635999 „
I love my food, like to try and stay quite healthy however I am not shy when it comes to indulging in a tasty meal, and have quite a big appetite. I love dining out and I feel as you get older, you seem to eat out at places but there is always one that you prefer and you continue to go back on regular occassions.
That regular restaurant for my has got to be Brunswicks, situated in Newcastle under Lyme. Its an a la carte restaurant that specialises mainly in English dishes however there are a few variations on the menu if you fancy something continental, ethnic or oriental, so there is always something for everyone of something to suit your tastes buds on every occasions.
Now to be honest Brunswicks is nothing to look at and doesn't stand out as a restaurant. Getting familiar with Brunswicks is normally through recommendation as walking around the town or driving past it would jump out as a place to eat, or you may even bypass it completely and not even realise that it is actually there. Brunswicks is actually a town house on a high street that has been converted into a restaurant. From the outside it does just look like a house and hasn't got a great deal of signage outside, which is a small downfall really, as when you have had the Brunwicks experience you are guaranteed to want to return.
I was not sure to be honest what to expect on my first visit to Brunswicks. It had come as a recommendation from a friend that is used to dining o dining in the best restaurants within the area and isn't short of money so with that recommendation in mind, it had got to have something good about it.
When entering Brunswicks, I must admit it's not all that inside either. Being a town house it is relatively small and there is not much room to move when you are in there because they obviously want to get as many people in as possible and they have around 48 covers a time within the restaurant. I sometimes find the spacing issue a problem as sometimes I feel as if I am eating on someone elses knee especially at Christmas time when the restaurant is always full to capacity, with staff walking past you, or squeezing around it does feel a little uncomfortable and a little intruding. The bar is very small and it would not be possible to actually go to the bar to order a drink as you would just get in the way. The staff are very hot on though, a little too much sometimes and when your glass is empty they are always there to ensure you get a refill if you want one, which in my case, yes I do, another glass of dry white please.
During the evening, Brunswicks offer a three courses meal for £15.99, some courses have a surcharge on them, if you having steak or the likes but for the cost, it is definetly worth it. When seated the staff always come round and offer you a bread roll. ALl the bread is baked by themselves and they have around 4 different type of bread to choose from, brown, white, italian and a tomato bread which is very nice.
The menu has around 9 different starters to choose from, not all that I have sampled, however some of the starters are as follows: Soup of the Day, Melon, Deep Fried Brie in Cranbury Sauce, Mussels, Chicken Goujons and Blackpudding in a Tomato, Bacon and Onion Sauce. I normally opt for the Chicken Goujons, which are served with a side salad and garlic mayonaise. Always very hot and prepared to order, the chicken itself inside is a very high quality and not like the packet stuff that you get in cheaper restaurants. All meals are prepared entirely by themselves and freshly cooked.
The main courses consist of around 15 different dishes, including Thai Green Curry, Fillet Steak, Pork Medallions in Peppercorn Sauce, Coq au Vin, a basic Cod and Chips and my all time favourite, Lamb Henry. Lamb Henry is a lamb shank, that is tenderly cooked (properly unlike some places). The lamb itself melts in your mouth literally, very tasty, no fat on it unlike some lamb that you can get and there is plenty of meat on it. The Lamb Henry is served with mashed potato, which is made with cream and very tasty. I am fussy when it comes to mash and won't eat anything that remotely tastes like smash or potato that you disolve in water. Fresh vegetables including brocolli, cauliflower and carrots are all served with main courses.
Desserts are always displayed on a specials board and normally consist of strawberries and cream, homemade puddings and my favourite Baileys cheesecake, I am normally full at this part of the meal, however the cheesecake is to die for and I manage to fit it in somewhere.
The food is great at Brunswicks, that is the reason that I return again and again and just put the few minor points to one side. The staff are very pleasant, sometimes a little bit in your face, however they are trying to please your but sometimes I think they are trying too hard and need to relax a little bit themselves.
Brunswicks do offer lunches in the afternoon, however I have never been during the afternoon so unable to comments.
The Christmas food is just as tasty however in the range of £25 per head for a three course meal. Unlike hotels that mass cater at CHristmas, all the food is freshly cooked to order and is always piping hot.
A definite recommendation for a tasty meal in the Newcastle under Lyme area.
Serving their customers for over 20 years. Brunswicks provides high quality cuisine in an initmate atmosphere.