On Saturday, since the weather seemed to be better than what we’ve been having recently, we decided to visit the Rusilip Lido. We also looked at this because we had been invited to review the Beefeater restaurant at Ruislip – The Orchard.
We were looking forward to our meal as we had been online and checked out the menu and we knew what we wanted. It’s great to be able to do that because then you don’t waste time in the restaurant.
We were shown to our table by a very pleasant hostess. This makes a big difference I assure you, as the last thing you want to do is walk into a restaurant and be served by surly staff. It just puts you off your meal entirely.
We ordered drinks for everyone – Hubs had a pint, the two older ones had a soft drink and Aeryn and I had orange juice.
And then of course the main meal. We skipped the starters as I knew that we wouldn’t manage the meal otherwise.
The children were provided with activity books that had loads to keep them entertained while they waited for their meal.
Our main meals consisted of –
Beefeater Mixed Grill for Hubs – This is a mixture of 4oz flat iron steak, gammon steak, chicken breast and pork sausages. All this is served with onion rings, grilled tomato and mushroom, a fried egg and chips. And it comes at a price of £15.99
It is a very wholesome meal and obviously very filling. It was well-cooked with the steak being served exactly as requested – medium rare.
Sticky Bourbon BBQ Ribs for me – These were melt in your mouth, falling off the bone and very tasty. I liked the fact that there was meat on the ribs as I have had ribs where there is little or no meat and that can be quite upsetting. The ribs were served with chips and coleslaw and onion rings. This is priced at £14.79
The children had their meals from the Kids Menu.
Jadyn had Mr Strong’s 4oz Flat Iron Steak served with peas and mash.
Ethan and Aeryn had Cod Bites served with chips and corn.
The Kid Meals were £5.49 for a 2 course meal which included a main, dessert and a drink of squash.
For dessert, the kids had Mini chocolate challenge which consisted of marshmallows, chocolate sauce, brownies and ice cream – quite delicious.
I had the Signature Apple and Cherry Crumble priced at £4.99. This was a bit disappointing as it was too runny and I could not taste the apples or the cherries.
Hubs had the Black Forest Gateau (£5.59) and he quite enjoyed it.
Jadyn had a Rocky Road Sundae(£4.49) and it was really lush. I had a taste and it was yummy.
I was a bit disappointed with the fact that the staff had not bothered to make us aware of the offer that Kids Eat Free on Saturdays from 12 – 5 pm. It was Jadyn who had noticed the poster and alerted me to it. Only when I asked the staff about the promotion did they tell me that there was indeed one. The promotion allows one child main meal from the Kids Menu with every full paying adult meal.
It would be great if the staff would flag this when they see families as I could have completely missed the offer.
The other thing was that when I asked for straws, there were none in the restaurant. It’s always easier to have a straw for little ones as the glasses are rather long.
All in all the meal was enjoyable. It worked out to about £70 in total which is not too espensive considering we are 5 of us.
Beefeater also serves up some pretty tasty meals starting at £4.99 as part of their Value Meals. There are quite a few tables outside too so you can sit out if the weather’s good.
Disclaimer: I was sent a £50 voucher towards our meal. All ideas and opinions are my own.