This week we were invited along to our local Beefeater restaurant – The Plough in Shirley (Solihull), following a significant refurbishment earlier this year. We used to visit The Plough every once in a while before we had Taylor to enjoy a leisurely evening in the beer garden (oh, the days!), but we haven’t been for quite some time so I was looking forward to seeing the changes since the refurbishment.
And we weren’t disappointed! The investment that has been put into The Plough is evident from the moment you walk through the door. The new-look Beefeaters have a feel much more akin to a modern country pub, rather than that of a large restaurant chain. The style is contemporary with warm neutral tones complimented by oak-effect feature walls, open fire places and natural planters giving it a rustic edge. There’s also several nods to the Beefeater speciality (steak in case you missed it) with fun cow artwork and quirky feature pieces dotted around the restaurant.
My favourite part of the refurbishment was the open kitchen where you can see the chefs cooking your meal – something you don’t usually tend to see in large restaurant chains and another feature which I think makes it feel somehow more wholesome. Perhaps it’s just me, but I definitely trust the food and its preparation more if the restaurant’s happy for me to see it being prepared!
If I’m honest, I probably haven’t eaten at a Beefeater for years – not for any reason in particular, it’s just not somewhere I would usually make a special effort to visit and we don’t have one on our doorstep. But I have to say that I was extremely impressed by both the food and the service that we received.
It was so lovely for us to get out as a family and have someone else do the cooking for a change! There are lots of options to choose from on the menu, so whether you’re wanting a feast or you prefer a lighter healthy option there’s something to suit every appetite. Personally I was starving and didn’t hesitate in ordering some beef koftas and garlic king prawns to start. We also had a flat bread to share which was huge! But at least it took my hanger away (according to Mr M I get a little angry when hungry!!)
We’ve just recently started to order Taylor food from the children’s menu when we eat out (as opposed to me pulling out squashed Dairylea sarnies and soggy carrot sticks), so I’m always keen to see what Taylor thinks of these new experiences. We asked for Taylor’s food to be served asap and the waitress made sure that it was brought out first. We ordered her the cod fingers, chips and peas which kept her thoroughly happy throughout the duration of our meal – she’s only 11 months but she ate every last bit! I find giving her peas to chase around her tray is THE BEST for buying us time to eat our own dinner…
Before we left, Taylor was given one of the Beefeater balloons which was quite literally the best toy she’s ever had! She’s still playing with it now almost one week later – despite the fact that it no longer rises and has deflated to the size of a tennis ball. So thank you for that also Beefeater.
On the whole we had a fantastic meal and the renovation really has been worth every penny, completely transforming The Plough. The restaurant is a lovely place to be in and there’s certainly none of the complacency that often comes with the larger restaurant chains (in my opinion!) with the staff being super friendly and accommodating. I would definitely not think twice about eating in a Beefeater restaurant the next time we pass one.
Disclosure: The Plough provided us with our meal in return for an honest review