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A nice choice for a family meal
Harvester Pub & Grill
Member Name: huggy2009
Harvester Pub & Grill
Advantages: Great value, the salad cart
Disadvantages: The main meals are average at best
The Harvester restaurant is a nationwide chain of restaurants, it is not upmarket and is not in anyway a culinary journey of new tastes and experiences but I have to say I enjoy it just as much as I do swanky meals in the City.
Harvesters are generally set in the outskirts of towns and cities in large old pubs, they have a pub area, where you can simply go for a drink and a large area for the restaurant.
They do try with the food choice, from burgers to pasta, from ribs to fried chicken, from salads to soups, the menu is eclectic, being honest it is a case that none of the food is excellent it all tastes as though it has come from frozen or pre-packaged rather than fresh ingredients but you appreciate with the price that they were never going to fly the ingredients in from organic producers in Mali.
One of the real plus points of a Harvester grill when you take kids is the buffet selection. When you order a main meal you can take a bowl to fill from the salad cart as many times as you like, products on the cart include tomatoes, peppers, sweetcorn, beetroot, potatoes, pasta salad and many other things. The foodstuffs are pretty good for you, I accept they may come from a tin or a jar, but this gives you the chance to stock up on vegetables such as beetroot which are exceptionally good for you and makes you feel better about the meal you will eat.
A main meal can cost as little as £4.50 with the Earlybird Saver menu, when you include the salad cart and perhaps an unlimited soft drink for £1.50, this is a very competitive price for a really filling meal experience. Other mains cost around £6-£8 or a Jacket potato is just around £3.99. You can also order large platters to share for about £13-£15 which are enormous. Desserts cost around £4 and are huge and very sickly, but being honest i'm generally so full that I never have a dessert.
Overall the place is great value, the food is standard at best and won't make you want to rush out and become a cook, but it is filling, offers healthy options, loads of vegetables, some nice desserts and the prices are excellent. It is looked down upon my some snobbier elements but is a good place to take the family for a decent Sunday lunch experience.
Summary: A nice choice for a family meal