Today we were invited to review the newly refurbished Heaton Park Beefeater Restaurant in Manchester so we drove the short distance over the Pennines to sample some of their half-term filled delights!
Before going, I had a nosey at the menu to make sure they catered well enough for vegetarians, they did and I was pleased to see a vegetarian option or two on the kids special ‘Mr Men’ menu. I knew the kids would love the Mr Men books and crayons and gift they would receive, so I thought the afternoon in Manchester would be fun and we could have a lovely walk around Heaton Park after the meal- perfect!
The pub/restaurants is super easy to find, and just off the M60 is pretty handy for motorway traffic, journeys to Manchester from the North East. There is amply parking to the rear of the pub, and it’s so close to the entrance of the wonderful Heaton Park itself it’s a great place to meet, eat and then play this half- term! I imagine the Summer months will become busy, so be sure to book using their easy-peasy online booking system beforehand!
I loved the ‘grass’ hello sign as we entered the restaurant, I could tell straight away that the place had been refurbished as it appeared clean, modern and welcoming straight away! The decor is really nice and it’s open plan seating, stairs and kitchen space adds a really nice ambience to the building, it certainly looks different inside to probably how you may guess! But no wonder I liked it’s character, the building is actually a three hundred year old coach house, named after the largest walled park in Europe!
As soon as we were seated by the lovely staff, the kids set to work choosing their meals and the Waites brought them a Mr Men and Little Miss book each, filled with fun activities, stories and crayons. This is a great touch and it certainly kept them
entertained during the short wait for the meal!
The kids chose nachos (or pizza crisps as they called them) for their starter. The meal deal for kids is really good value, for just £5-6 each you receive a two/three course meal and a drink. The best thing about the kids menu for me, was that you can change the ‘sides’ easily. This is great for fussy-eater-toddler types (Gabriel) however although Willow eats anything pretty much it’s great to see a well thought out menu and acknowledgement that eating out with toddlers isn’t always easy!
I chose loaded potato skins with cheese and spring onion. Once the starters arrived we all tucked in. The food was really good, and definitely of a higher level pub standard. The starters came quickly, which was welcomed and the kids loved their nachos and tucked in hungrily!
Whilst we waited for the mains we chatted and played some of the games in the kid’s activity books. There was a short wait and so these came in handy! Gabriel especially (3) loved the book and had fun spotting all this favourite Mr Men characters! Soon our meals were ready, and the table was filled with tasty looking food!
Gabriel had Quorn sausages, chips and peas (with vegetarian gravy- huge high five for this Beefeater!) Willow had tomato pasta, corn on the cob and chips (carb overload, but this is what she chose!) and I had wild mushroom risotto.
We enjoyed our meals, they were filling and tasty. In fact the portion of risotto was huge and I could not finish it, which I was a little sad about! The kids really enjoyed their meals and Willow even hoovered up Gabriel’s leftovers!
For desserts the kids chose cookies and ice cream. They both are every last spoon full and clearly enjoyed it! I may have had a small bite of a cookie too, it was good! (Smarties!)
I had a coffee too, which was really nice. It’s good to see Costa Coffee franchised within the pub, especially when you need a decent coffee fix!
The staff were great throughout the afternoon and even presented both Gabriel and Willow with a balloon and Mr Men sports bottle, which they loved! Overall I’d give the restaurant an 8/10 for food and service and I’d definitely return. The building is lovely, and the kids meals are good value!
Our bill came to £30 in total, which for lunch isn’t cheap, but we did have starters (and the kids had desserts!) it was also good to see that Fruit Shoots were not massively over priced (£1.60 each) because that is something that often irritates me!
So if you’re looking for something fun to do and somewhere toddler and child friendly to eat this half-term if recommend the Beefeater Grill at Heaton Park and a run around Heaton Park itself, it was beautiful in the sunshine yesterday!
*Disclaimer: I was invited to review the Heaton Park Beefeater Grill Restaurant and given vouchers to spend in exchange for an honest review- all words and opinions are my own*