“ Address: 2 Beach Rd / Sand Bay / Kewstoke BS22 9UZ / Weston-Super-Mare „
When it comes to eating out it really is one of my most favourite things to do! Here in Weston Super Mare we are pretty lucky with our fish and chips, hotels and especially our Greek restaurants (we have loads of them) and basically more or less anything you fancy eating here you can get!
This restaurant within this hotel is a real find. There are two restaurants within it one very formal to which I haven't been in and one...well not so formal and thats the one I eat in as often as possible!
Tel:+44(0) 1934 415778
Fax:+44(0) 1934 636483
The hotel is a really nice and somewhat modern cream and brown building with a large conservatory to the side of it and situated in Sand bay, in fact directly opposite is the rustic and protected by the National Trust coastline. This beach is a pretty desolate one and there is nothing here apart from this hotel, a chippy/Chinese and some houses really and it really is quiet!
Like I have mentioned there are two restaurants and we use the one used for the carvery.
So the important bits. Well there is plenty of off road parking and its free. Booking is advised, particularly at weekends or for larger parties and the place can cater for functions, weddings etc. I have booked here weekends but not bothered in the week and in fact most weeknights its pretty empty really! The place is disabled friendly and I have actually seen people in wheelchairs in here and a group of blind people who have been well looked after by staff who are regulars.
The place is dark, cosy and has a warm feel to it. Always impeccably clean with its dark tables and high backed matching chairs, the restaurant takes over two levels but isn't huge, say about 20 tables of different sizes really. There are fish tanks, nik naks and the bar is tiny but very well stocked indeed. There is a carvery area to greet you as soon as you walk in and a till to pay (cash or card) and you order at the till and pay after you've eaten. The only negative is you can't order the drinks here and you do have to pay for them separately and at the time of ordering them at the bar.
Waiting times are never long at all. You get called by table as the carvery area is small and this way it is never a food fight!
The menu doesn't have all that much on it really. The carvery (consists of two meats gammon, pork or chicken usually), there is a home made lasagna on there, steak and home made pies plus a couple of fish dishes (one I'm told is amazing salmon fishcakes) and vegetarian options. A lot of things including the carvery are on a buy two meals for £11.00 (even on the weekends). Although the menu isn't huge the options are! Each meal can come off the menu so take lasagna that comes with chips and peas though you can have jacket potato with it if you'd prefer. Then you can go to the carvery and add salad (there is a carvery salad bar) and there are vegetables and roast and mashed potatoes. My stepfather loves the lasagna and always gets that with the jacket spud and then goes and piles on the wonderful array of salad. Me, my mum and my mate usually always go for the carvery though I have tried BBQ chicken (£7.00 and not part of a deal) and have to say everything I have ever had here has been top notch.
The carvery though is why most people go here, including me and my lot! You can have one or two meats and you get very generous portions of the meat and then you can have salad and potatoes with that or have the vegetables. Again I have had both and the salad selection is wonderful with its choices of sauces, olives and things and all you do is help yourself (big up for their chilli cous cous by the way!) and although the selection of vegetables are never vast they do usually have either cauliflower cheese or braised red cabbage with fruit (which is to die for!) and then peas and carrots. Their gravy is home made my only niggles with anything is that the stuffing is always hard and the Aunt Bessies style Yorkies are always sort of crispy and chewy and well...not nice really and I now avoid them like the plague.
I haven't mentioned starters, they don't do any here and the puddings are listed on the chalk boards dotted around the place with things like chocolate fudge brownie and cream, apple pie and custard all costing about £3.50 a time.
The drinks though are expensive here. This is not an alcopop establishment but does do a wide variety of bottled beers and spirits, as well as soft drinks and hot drinks and for a large glass of wine your looking at about £3.50 a glass and almost the same for a beer!
The staff are courteous and in fact I'm on first name terms with most of them in there now! I like the cleanliness of the place and the fact that I'm never entering a bun fight to get to the carvery section to get my food and that, that area is always well stocked and kept clean and tidy.
I had my birthday meal here to which my parents took a cake in for me prior to the evening and they were happy to dec it with candles and that and bring it out and sing happy birthday and all in all I really like the easy goingness of this lovely little place.
I have heard someone once moan there that in most pubs and the likes meals are usually two for a tenner. I had to bite my tongue and not say just go there then! The food here is divine, the produce is local and seriously I have never tasted melt in the mouth gammon like I have off their carvery before and probably never will again, till I go back that is lol. You can't beat properly cooked and home made tasting food. I don't think they even own a microwave there!
This gets a huge thumbs up from me and from anyone I have ever been in there with. Its relaxing, has great grub and no one is in a hurry to get you out of the door. The place is clean, including the toilets and the music playing is background and not intrusive. I would appreciate them sorting the Yorkie Puds out mind you lol.
A little gem with great tasting, honest food!