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The staff are Able Able!!
Table Table Pub Restaurant
Author Name: JonathonCross
Table Table Pub Restaurant
Advantages: The staff are willing and able, great food - they have just built one in my local town
Disadvantages: NONE TO MENTION
We recently came back from a short break (before we board our cruise ship!) in the Midlands to visit a zoo (my mums made on gorillas!!) We also went to Cadbury world as you do when you go near Birmingham!!! We decided to book in at the Premier Inn (which I am yet to review.) we decided to do this and as there was a Table Table next door we booked with the breakfast and dinner time meal deal- and what a pleasure it was!!!
Value for Money; We booked the Table Table restaurant for 3 nights (3 breakfasts, 3 main meals for the family of 5) and worked out the total bill was £22 each for us 5 for all 3 nights- which is extremely good value in my opinion especially because of the amazing relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the staff and the building itself. The only thing is this. We normally go to Frankie and Benny's and are now accustomed to use there unlimited drinks refills offer with the lunch time offer- Table Table only offer one if one large drink with your meal which if 5 people have two adds £13 to the bill easily!
Standard of the Menu; I was truly delighted with the menu in all- the staff were incredibly friendly and allowed us even to alter some of the dishes ourselves!!! (I will talk about that later in the quality section) On top of that they allowed us to alter the meal deal menu and swap some dishes from another menu not on the deal!!!) we tipped the waiter heavily for this please be aware!!!
STARTERS; I was delighted to see a non Italian menu for a change (as much as I love Italian food it makes a change to see solid English pub food!!!) I shall now list what there was and give my opinion from the family and me.
Garlic & Herb breaded mushrooms- This was my favorite starter by far the mushrooms were whole- juicy and succulent. The batter surrounded the mushrooms was in no way greasy, were very garlicy and herby. They were complemented with a smooth garlic mayonnaise. The only thing to fault they only gave you 10 (I could of done with 50!!!)
Prawn Cocktail- This was my first time I tried a Prawn Cocktail- I am now very much afraid from trying another one- because I am sure I will be disappointed with anything other than the one Table Table made!!! It was FANTASTIC. the prawns were of a large size and were very delicate and soft as well as juicy. The salad was very crisp and light and the Marie rose sauce was very smooth and tasted very high quality- something Mr Jamie Olive(r) oil would make.
Chicken Liver Pâté- None of us tried this out of my family- however we did here people complimenting on the smoothness of the pate and the fresh crisp salad.
seasonal soups (v)
Cajun battered Prawns- My mother once again had this dish and complimented on the size of the large prawns in the crispy batter and a gain the quality of the salad.
The rest of my family had the gusts to ask the waiter to change a starter as they prefer to eat meat as apposed to fish and pates. They asked for the sticky chicken goujons- The chicken was in strips covered in a herby crispy batter. the chicken was not reformed (unlike birds eye) The sauce was a sweet sauce and was not to there taste and so was without hassle not topped on there chicken or crisp salad.
MAIN MEALS; I was equally surprised and delighted with the main courses as I was with the starters. The variety of the main meal was very diverse and all the meals we sampled were wonderful! I shall now list all the mains with the meal deal and give mine and my family's opinion of them.
10oz* 21 day matured rump steak- My dad is most certainly a steak man!!! he asked for a medium rare done steak (asked after ordering) Let me tell you it was done exactly how he asked for. That is slightly pink in the middle. It was served with golden brown chunky chips, which were crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The flat mushroom and grilled tomato was also to be complimented.
Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni (v)- None of us tried this dish because we are not vegetarians. It was described as Spinach & ricotta cannelloni served with rocket and cheese shavings- which would be believable because of the extremely high quality we received.
Bacon & Cheese topped Chicken breast- Another great dish which I tried. The chicken breast was of a chicken, which obviously was well looked after before being slaughtered! It was extremely large and very tender. The bacon was nice and thick- and salty. It is also worth noting that the bacon was quite salty which is how I like it with thick mature melted cheese on top. It was served with there lovely chunky chips on the side with barbecue sauce- which I personally dislike.
Gammon steak- Again none of us tried my dish- though my dad- especially was tempted because of the quality of the steak. It was described as- Gammon steak Served with your choice of fried eggs or grilled pineapple rings, half a grilled tomato, garden peas and chunky chips or a jacket potato.
Hand-battered fish & Chips** This is something my youngest brother had- (8 years of age) He was also very contented in his child's size portion. The fish was nice and flakey from what I saw. He was also surprisingly happy to find they served it with garden peas, their chunky chips and tartar sauce.
Chilli Con Carne- Again none of us tried this main dish- it was described as Chili Con Carne- Served with basmati rice, sour cream and nachos
Spring Vegetable Risotto (v) Like the Chili Con Carne none of us tried this dish it was described as- Spring vegetable and thyme butter risotto served with rocket and cheese shavings
Breaded Scampi & Chips- This was a dish that my mother tried. She was equally impressed as we were with our meals. The chips were up to standard like they were mentioned before. She received 11 pieces of good-sized scampi. The langoustine from what she told me was excellent and was hugged with subtle hints of lemon. It was served with garden peas and tartar sauce.
6oz* beef burger- A highlight for me was the Big burger loaded with crisp salad. You could also choose your topping with your tender grilled beef burger. They were
* BBQ Topping Battered onion rings and BBQ sauce
* New Yorker Topping Two rashers of back bacon and grated Cheddar cheese
* Swiss Topping Sautéed mushrooms and grated Cheddar cheese
I tried they bottom two and they were both lovely- the bacon was soft and salty (you can ask for it to be crisped should you wish) and the cheese was melted and warm. The mushrooms too were large and succulent.
Pear and Walnut salad; None of us tried this main meal it was described as- Mixed salad, pears, chopped walnuts and Blackstick Blue cheese drizzled with French dressing.
DESERTS; It was lovely to see the variety they offered here- even though it was in a meal deal. I have stated what they offered here and one particularly good point of customer service- (Although it involves the deserts I shall mention it in the service section.)
Caramel apple Crumble; This desert according to my mother was truly fantastic. The Apples used were soft but not mushy and because they were quite tart the caramel went very well with the desert. It could of been served with cream, Ice Cream or custard- she choose the Ice Cream which she stated was creamy and refreshing.
Ice Cream; Made in the Chiltern Hills from a blend of milk from Jersey cows and double cream. Enjoy three scoops of either vanilla, strawberry & clotted cream or Belgian chocolate truffle. Topped with warm chocolate flavour fudge sauce or blackcurrant coulis. We all tried the Ice cream at some point during our stay. We were all impressed! The vanilla tasted very natural and clean. The strawberry and clotted cream was my favorite because of the swirled two flavours of the ice cream- and the creaminess consistency. It also had large sweet pieces of Strawberry inserted in ice cream. The Belgian Chocolate Truffle was also something to write home about- as there was large pieces of milk chocolate making it very rich. The Ice cream was served with a wafer and one of the following sauces- the Fudge sauce and the Blackcurrent coulis.
Profiteroles; Another nice desert. I received around 6-7 warm rolls, which were smothered in a thick milk chocolate- complimented with thick fresh cream!!!
Belgian Waffles- None of us tried this desert- because we soon found our favourites!!! It was described as Served with warm chocolate flavour fudge sauce and cream.
Lemon frangipane tart (v) Like the Belgian Waffles- regretfully I did not try this desert- however now there is one in our local town- I certainly will one day so I will update the review as I try new dishes!! The tart was described as-A lemon & almond infused sponge topped with toasted almonds, served warm with cream.
Drinks- You were allowed one complimentary drink from the list and thereafter had to pay for the 2nd drink onwards. (Following list copied from there menu.)
Bottle of J20
Please ask a team member for flavours available
Large Pepsi, diet Pepsi or Lemonade, Pint of Carling lager
(Tennent's in Scotland and Northern Ireland)
Pint of Tetley's bitter
(Belhaven Best in Scotland, Bass in Northern Ireland and Brains Bitter in Wales)
175ml Glass of house white wine
Pearly Bay. A good all rounder brimming with fruit flavours. Fresh, smooth and easy.
175ml Glass of house red wine
Vita. A soft, easy drinking, fruity blend of Merlot and Cabernet grapes
Breakfast; I was very pleased to see that included with the set price we payed we always had a cooked breakfast each day which was lovely!
You could choose from an array of continental array with things like pastries such as croissants, panne au chocolate etc. There was also Kellogs cereals such as Special K and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. Fresh juice and Costa Coffee was served free of charge throughout breakfast. Juices included Del Monte , Pomegranate Orange and Apple juice. There was also an array of yogurts. You could stop there... but I certainly didn't!!! It was worth noticing that using premium brands such as Kellogg's, Costa, Del Monte and Yeo Valley giving the breakfast a premium feel to make up the breakfast. I have listed the whole continental array below.
Kellogg's Cereals Soya milk is available on request
Granola Creations Granola cereal with your choice of yoghurt, dried fruit and fresh fruit salad toppings
Porridge Please order from a member of our breakfast team
Bread Thick sliced white and malted wheat
Croissants Freshly baked
Crumpets Light and fluffy
Fresh Fruit Salad A refreshing mix of red and green sliced apples, Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet pineapple, grapes and orange segments
Mixed Berry Compôte
YeoValley Organic Yoghurts Probiotic and suitable for vegetarians
Muffins Deliciously moist muffins
The Full English; The cooked breakfast was extremely good- you could have as much or as little as you wanted- I have listed the selection below. It was very impressive!
Premium Pork Sausages Succulent and meaty
Vegetarian Sausages Made with sautéed leek
Eggs Freshly scrambled, fried, poached, boiled or a plain 2 egg omelette
Heinz Baked Beans
Atmosphere; I loved the old English pub feel to the restaurant it was very cosy and friendly. You could here the waiters saying what the customers had ordered and the pots and pans. It was a very nice experience in all.
Standard of Service; Our dedicated waiter was excellent. She even let us swap certain meals from another menu even though they were slightly more expensive such as swapping the Waffles for the Eton Mess (which was up to high standards of the other deserts) Between courses we were quickly and efficiently asked to sit down and to have our order taken. We waited around 15 minutes for our cooked breakfast (while tucking into the Continental) We waited around 7 minutes for the starter, 15 minutes for the main course and 5 minutes or the desert.
Cleanliness; I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the place. The toilets were frequently cleaned and therefore were immaculate. The waiter/waitress would clean the tables before and after the meal. the floors were also well washed and vacuumed.
Family Friendly; We all want to go there again! we went to the one in Tyycross, Atherstone. The staff were extremely understanding to my youngest brother and changed the sauces of the food to make it more appealing to him.
This review is also on Ciao by jjcross
Summary: Verdict; I can't wait to try the one in Newmarket, Suffolk- my local town!