When it comes to family friendly, affordable, eating out options, the Brewers Fayre chain is always near the top of the list. This Autumn, they have launched a new menu, along with a brilliant week day, daytime offering which runs from 12 – 6pm Monday to Friday. During this time diners can enjoy two starters for £2.50, two mains for just £10.99* and two desserts for £2.50, meaning you can enjoy a three course lunch for less than £20.
Last week I went along to sample some of the dishes from the new menu at the Walsall branch of Brewers Fayre. This is one of the newer restaurants in the chain, with lovely views of the canal basin, and the restaurant is always friendly and welcoming. We were booked in for 2pm, and were supposed to be taking Joe along, but he decided to take a trip to the football instead, so I had a lunch date with the hubby – a pleasant surprise.
The new menu is packed full of pub classics including the Ultimate Sausage And Mash, with a new, larger Yorkshire pudding, Chicken and Ham Pie and a whole section of the menu devoted to curry lovers, including Chicken Balti, Beef Rendang and Vegetable or Chicken Biriyani. We opted for a sharing starter, a combo feast platter that included king prawns, breaded chicken goujons, garlic and herb breaded mushrooms, battered onion rings and slices of garlic baguette. There was also a selection of dips, and we also upgraded to add chicken wings covered in peri peri sauce.
This is an excellent starter, perfect for sharing and very good value. Everything was hot and tasty, with the King Prawns being my pick, cooked tempura style. This would be a great snack if you’d just come for drinks and suddenly got an attack of the munchies.
We each chose a main from a different part of the menu. I went for one of my favourites, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne. I asked if I could change my salad for chip and this was not a problem. The Lasagne was a huge individual portion and was super tasty, with creamy cheese, lots of wilted spinach, and a lovely tomato layer. The lasagne on its own is a substantial dish, but with added chips and garlic bread, this would be a filling meal for even the biggest of appetites.
And, speaking of big appetites, Pete chose one of his favourites, the mixed grill. Described as ‘a mouth watering meat feast’ the mixed grill consists of a grilled 4oz steak, two juicy pork sausages, half a grilled chicken breast and half a gammon steak topped with two fried eggs, onion rings, tomatoes, peas and chips. (Phew!). Pete had no complaints about anything on his plate. The steak was cooked how he requested – medium, and the food was both tasty and plentiful.
We both finished and enjoyed our mains, but there was no room left for pudding, we were totally full.This is a shame, as the desert menu also looks pretty good, I will have to go back and check out the Oreo Cookie pie which sounds pretty amazing.
With the half term holidays just around the corner, this might be a perfect time to check out your local Brewers Fayre and the new and improved menu.
*We were provided with a voucher to pay for our food and drinks in order to review the food and service. All opinions are my own.