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Arena Square Sheffield is a good place to go for a quick bite to eat.
Table Table Pub Restaurant
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Table Table Pub Restaurant
Advantages: lovely atmosphere, good service, not over priced.
Disadvantages: small problems with orders, but we found staff resolved errors quickly and to our satisfaction
This is a pub as well as a restaurant. To get to the seated area for eating you need to enter through the bar. This was not really a problem when we went and it was quiet, however on one of our visits the pub was pretty packed as there was an ice hockey event on, and we felt a bit squashed waiting to be seated at a table with young children in our group. We weren't left waiting that long, but we were kind of in the way of people walking about.
The restaurant is spread over different rooms which only have a few tables in each, so although the pub itself can be quite busy, you don't feel over crowded when you are eating. We ate at a burger restaurant in Bluewater at Christmas time which was an awful atmosphere because there were people queueing for a table right next to where we were eating, and it felt really rushed and as though we had no privacy. Here you are not packed in once you are seated, and you don't feel under any pressure to rush about.
We have been seated in the conservatory area when we have gone. I don't know if this is where they seat families, but there have been other diners with and without children seated in this area when we went. It is an airy space, and there is a nice atmosphere when eating here. The children were provided with colouring supplies and an activity book, and were made to feel very welcome by the waiting staff who were very patient and liked to interact with the children as well as the adults. I like this sort of thing as I feel it encourages my kids to behave in a more grown up way when they are included like this.
There is a fairly typical pub style menu to choose from. There is a range of childrens meals on the kids menu too, so there should be something to suit everyones taste at this chain. They have a large selection of burgers, alongside mixed grills, pies, fish dishes, lasagnas, sausage and mash. There are a couple of vegetarian options on the menu, but they are the pretty standard veggie lasagna and burger which I am sure people who are vegetarian get a bit sick of. There are also lighter meals like jacket potatoes and baguettes, as well as a selection of starters and traditional puddings like ice cream sundaes, and puddings and custard.
The childrens menu is similar to the adults, though not quite as extensive, with a 3 choice system where kids pick a main alongside two accompaniments of a carbohydrate filler and a vegetable option. Our children were both more than happy with the choice they got, and the portions were large enough to suit their large appetites.
Our first visit, we opted for the BBQ beef burgers which came with onion rings, ample chips and a bit of a side salad. My eldest went for the pizza which was choose your own toppings, and my youngest son opted for the chicken goujons. We all had a pudding that day - myself and the kids opting for sundaes, and my husband opting for sticky toffee pudding and custard.
On this visit the restaurant was not that busy at all, and we had a small problem with the meal that the sticky toffee pudding arrived at the table still frozen in the middle. I always feel that it is acceptable if there are occaasional problems, as long as the staff are willing to resolve them to your satisfaction. My husband reported this problem, and our waitress went back to the kitchen and personally prepared him another fresh pudding which was served piping hot along with an apology, so we were happy with our overall meal. The bill on this day was around £40, which felt reasonable for a 2 course meal and a couple of drinks each for a family of 4. We normally spend about this much or slightly more when we eat at chain restaurants.
My husband decided that we should take his parents to eat at this chain when they visited us. I was a bit reluctant as I had noticed a couple of problems with a larger party than ours on our first visit. When we realised our visit would co-incide with an ice hockey match I felt the pub would be really busy and they might struggle to get it right and spoil our meal out. However, my husband booked a table, and said it would be ok.
We actually arrived at the pub about an hour before the time we had booked, and the staff hurried to prepare a table for us, which I have to say I thought was pretty impressive. We'd gone with the idea we may need to entertain ourselves in the bar till our booked time.
This time we decided to all just have a main course and go home and eat dessert as I had stuff at home to use up. This visit co-incided with the horse meat scandal, and unfortunately, the menu was now very limited as the pub had removed all the lamb and beef burgers from the menu, along with the lasagna. You could get a chicken burger, but this was going to be a chicken breast in a bun which I didn't fancy, so I found I was not quite sure what I wanted off the menu.
I opted for the chicken, ham and mushroom crumble, as did my mother in law. My husband had the mixed grill, and my father in law had the steak pie. The children went for the same choice as they had gone for before, pizza and chicken goujons.
The food this time was served with no problems whatsoever. There seemed to be a lot of waiting staff working that day, and food was brought out fairly promptly, and was all hot and cooked nicely. The crumble I had didn't look as though there was much food there, but I was actually really full after eating the dish. My father in law said his pie was equally tasty, and my husband enjoyed his mixed grill. The kids were highly disappointed not to be repeating the sundae experience they had enjoyed before.
This time the bill was a bit higher due to our menu choices, and we payed £55 for a main meal only plus drinks for six people.
My impression of this particular pub restaurant is that it has a nice atmosphere, and that it is a nice place to go for a meal as a family. I don't think I would pick it if I were going on a romantic meal with my husband, but it is on par with any other family restaurant we have been to for the quality and price of the food. There are small niggles with the food occasionally, but the staff do sort it out promptly. The thing I noticed in a larger group on our first visit was they had got one of the childrens meals wrong, but again, they did sort the problem out for that group fairly quickly. This would spoil my meal out though if they got one of our childrens orders wrong.
I think if we visited again, I would try and avoid going when something was on at the Arena that we were not going to. It was clear that people were using the car park instead of paying to park at the Arena, and justifying this by popping into the pub for a quick drink. This meant finding a parking space was a bit hard on our second visit but not impossible. I felt the pub were aware it was going to be a busy day though as there were more staff working and the level of service remained high for us.
Facilities at the pub were basic but clean and well stocked.
The food is obviously not gourmet at these prices, but we were happy with it, and would not hesitate in checking out the chain in another area after sampling the menu.
Summary: Standard pub grub for families - if you want gourmet, this isn't your place.