Last week we were kindly invited to the Belgrave Beefeater in Torquay to enjoy a family meal out. The restaurant has recently been refurbished and it’s now lovely and bright, and pretty stylish too for a family-friendly eatery. It was our first time at a Beefeater in a very long time (I’m talking pre-kids here) so I was interested to see how it would shape up as somewhere to enjoy a meal with the kids.
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We arrived at the Belgrave Beefeater a bit early, so before heading into the restaurant area we headed into the bar, which is in the same building but a separate area. With the kids sitting happily with their dad I wandered through the bar and can imagine it being a great place to enjoy a drink in the summer – especially as it opens out onto a beer garden that looks towards the sea.
Although we were early we weren’t waiting long and were soon shown through to the restaurant area.
We were greeted and welcomed, then seated at a lovely large, round table near the windows. With kids having enough space at a table is so, so useful and these didn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of space around it for chairs, highchairs, pushchairs – you name it, and the table’s big enough to keep your drinks and precious desserts out of the way of curious little hands.
Our server introduced herself, brought a high chair over to us and asked if we’d like some time to think before ordering drinks. It might seem small but I always appreciate not feeling rushed to order as soon as you arrive, and we definitely felt like we had a good amount of time to decide on drinks and food before ordering.
It was such a beautiful day outside so I thought I’d try the strawberry and lime cider by Rekorderlig – new to me but it’s SO delicious, in fact I’ve since bought some for my fridge at home too. Oli went for another fruit cider, but there’s plenty of choice on the drinks menu from soft drinks to coffees to wines, ciders and spirits. For the kids we went for an orange squash (free with the kids’ meal) and a Capri-Sun for Oscar (which was gone within minutes!).
Once we were all decided we ordered some starters and mains. Unfortunately they were out of my favourite starter, garlic bread, but I soon found something just as delicious to order instead.
We went for the duck pate and loaded potato dippers, plus the cheesy nachos and veggie sticks from the kids menu. All the starters were tasty, with the onion chutney that comes with the pate dish a highlight. I loved that there was a fresh veggie option on the kids menu – it’s perfect for little ones on the baby-led weaning route or for introducing an extra portion of goodness to older kids.
Something that I really appreciated was just how quickly the starters came out. It seemed like hardly any time at all between ordering and them arriving at the table, even though there were a good few tables busy in the restaurant. All throughout the service was good, with everyone happy, polite and so accommodating – just what you need when you’re dining out with kids.
After working our way through our starters, our main courses arrived. We all went for something different – and opted for non-steak options, proving that while Beefeater’s great for steak it’s also got plenty of choice on the main menu for those who want something different. The kids menu is full of choice too, with those staples like sausage and chips, plain options like tomato penne pasta, plus steak, build your own wraps, cod bites and more. I liked that there’s something for everyone, and hopefully something for even the fussiest of toddlers or children.
As someone who’s not very adventurous with food, I love that there’s a few simple options on there and the staff are more than happy to make swaps and leave items off if you’re not a fan of coleslaw or dressings, for example. I swapped out the garnishes on my chicken dish for baked beans, and with Oscar’s we went for chips instead of mash. I’m always a bit nervous when making changes on orders in case they come out wrong – here I needn’t have worried at all as they were both perfect.
For our main meals we ordered the smothered chicken melt, beef and cheddar pie, and the kids had sausage and chips and tomato penne pasta.
Somebody clearly enjoyed her dinner. Ottilie loves pasta so had a lot of fun eating her dinner, plus sampling a bit of ours too. We even found Oscar eating most of his too, which is an achievement for such a fussy eater. He said his chips were really tasty (I’d agree with him there!) and he enjoyed the nachos too.
I had the smothered chicken which was delicious – the chicken especially so – and I’d probably order the same again next time we visit. Similarly, Oli said his beef and cheddar pie was lovely and he didn’t regret not ordering a steak at all.
As you can see Ottilie made a right mess eating her dinner. Sometimes I’m a bit worried about the reaction we’ll get when we dine out with a baby who gets food everywhere but nobody minded at all at the Beefeater, which was great. I always wipe down the highchair and floor afterwards, but it was nice to feel comfortable enough to let her just taste and enjoy her food without worrying about whether she was being ‘too’ messy for either the staff or other diners. Speaking of other diners, she spent most of her meal enchanting a couple seated at the next table along from us – smiles and fluttering eyes and all!
After dinner it was a struggle but I somehow found room for dessert. I ordered the chocolate brownie – it’s my go-to dessert, and I love it when it’s warm too. It was a lovely little treat and not too heavy, perfect for if you’ve eaten a large meal but want something sweet. If you’re not a fan of brownies there’s also a selection of cheesecakes, pies, sorbet, frozen yoghurt and crumble – yum!
For the kids we ordered a fruit salad and a strawberry yoghurt – both went down a treat, what with them being their favourites. The kids menu has a good choice of puddings too including fruit, yoghurt, ice-cream and the deliciously fun-sounding mini chocolate challenge.
We really enjoyed our family meal at the Belgrave Beefeater and I’d be happy to recommend it to friends as somewhere to dine out with the kids. The service was friendly and quick throughout, drinks and food arrived quickly and exactly as ordered, and the food was good. The environment was nice too (welcoming and warm) and the Belgrave Beefeater is a stroll away from Torquay’s seafront, so perfect for a meal before or after a walk or visit to the nearby theatre. The only downside that I could think of is that the car park is pay and display so make sure you have some change on you so you don’t get caught out.
Thank you to the team at Beefeater HQ and the Belgrave Beefeater for a lovely family dining experience.
We were invited to the Belgrave Beefeater to write an honest review here on the blog. In exchange we received a credit to cover the bill.
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