When asked to review the new Longwall Beefeater, Oxford, we took the opportunity to go for Sunday Lunch. We almost always have a Sunday roast & I love the theatre that comes with the carving and a fighting over the last Yorkie Pud, I also like it when I don’t have to cook it!
The new decor has lovely high ceilings with dark beams throughout, but the building shape, the decor, the Venetian blinds at the windows and wooden panels made it feel dark, especially on one of the sunniest days we’ve had this year. Unfortunately it has no outdoor seating. I can imagine this would feel comfy & cozier in winter.
The children loved the colourful Mr Men menus but we were only given one between two. Anyone with children knows that’s how arguments start!
Luckily we bought our own crayons and Lego colouring magazines as we weren’t offered any children’s activity packs. Still, wading through the different menus kept us busy for a while.
Often restaurants give a ‘set price’ for a children’s meal whether you want three courses or not; the Beefeater menu is different; much smarter. It’s flexible & gives you the choice of one, two or three courses, each individually priced, with options to swap in different sides at no extra cost.
The children’s menu which was so colourful, it reminded me of my childhood days at Wimpey! This menu couldn’t compete against a kids Sunday lunch option listed on the adult menu. The Little Shires chose the three course option at £5.99 p/person but the starters they wanted – veggie sticks and garlic bread – were repeated in their main meals. So I encouraged them to have cheesy Nachos with tangy tomato sauce and garlic mushrooms with tomato sauce instead.
My children see food in its natural state, so know what a mushroom looks like so when these came arrived looking more like moustaches it made them all giggle! The mushrooms were very deep fried and with the substitute BBQ sauce they didn’t go down too well. The nachos, however, did although it was missing its tomato salsa.
— MummyShire (@MummyShire) 15 May 2016
The Little Shires both chose Macaroni cheese for their main. It came with a thick layer of over-melted cheese on the macaroni but it was so mild it was tasteless, and there was no flavour in the white sauce. I don’t believe in dumbing down children’s food, and if your child goes to nursery or has school meals they’re eating curries & bolognaise full of flavour – just like us!
I opted for the Sunday lunch. The roasts were a little overdone & the sweet potato mash was overly starched, which can just about be forgiven, but the green beans were unforgivably like rubber. The beef and gravy were the saving grace of the meal. It’s called Beefeater, so I suppose it makes sense that they know how to cook beef!
Whilst tucking into my meal, the Little Shires both said, if they came back, they’d choose the Sunday lunch option.
Pudding of Cookies & Ice-cream and Mini Chocolate Challenge was the best course. I ordered the chocolate Brownie with an Americano coffee, which were all deliciously sweet and sugary, although the waitress never did bring me my coffee.
For the children’s three course meals and my two course meal, the bill came to £31 which I think would be reasonable, if the mistakes could be ironed out.
Overall, the restaurant offers lots of choice but as Little Mister said his main meal was ‘very yellow.’ Using local produce I’d like to think more greens could be added to the kids meals without too much additional cost. Maybe pizza restaurants delivering snappy service spoil us, but not having servers on the same floor moving things on was challenging. It took 40 minutes from being seated to getting our first course, and that was about the pace throughout our meal – still, at least when it came the children were super hungry!
After their main course I asked the Little Shires if you’d come back with Daddy and they said no, however they changed their mind after pudding. Maybe we’ll take DadTired later in the year, after a brisk, wintery walk when we want to warm up with just pudding and a hot chocolate!
Beefeater Longwall is offering 25% off with this exclusive discount code until 6 June 2016: 588114017
Disclosure: We were invited to Longwall Beefeater to review its new menu, to the value of £50, in exchange for an honest and true review.
Longwall Beefeater is open daily from 6.30am – 11pm, apart from Sunday when the opening hours are 7.30am – 10.30pm. Visit the website for more information
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.
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