Tel: 020 8500 7712
Price: Family of four (2 Adults/ 2 Children), three courses each, plus wine beer, coffee and soft drinks including 15% gratuity = £70
Sometimes the best things in life come to you without any planning. This is exactly how I came to eating in the Chigwell branch of the Miller and Carter, Bar and Grill Steakhouse and in the process enjoying one of the best steaks I have ever eaten.
Domesticated Mum, the kids and I were out for the day, enjoying this bizarre but fantastic summer-ish weather that has invaded England. Suddenly in typically English fashion, the clouds rolled in, the temperature dropped and the rain began to fall. So we darted to the car, and not ready to go home yet headed to the pub… Except when we arrived at the pub we once knew as the Camelot, we discovered that it had been taken over and refurbished by the fine people at Miller & Carter, and transformed from a country pub into a modern looking bar and grill.
After passing through the very comfortable looking bar area, we were quickly seated, by the very friendly staff in a comfortable and spacious booth. (Personally I am not a big fan of booths. I hate having to get up every time someone wants to go to the toilet, outside for a smoke or whatever. Don’t fret though, if like me you are not a fan of the booth, there are plenty of tables there as well).
Drinks were offered, menus supplied and the food orders were taken in a very nice, relaxed, but not slow pace. The kids both ordered fish and chips from the excellent children’s menu, and Domesticated Mum and myself went for a steak off the daytime, fixed price menu.
As a starter Domesticated Mum and I had the Onion Loaf, which we both thought was going to be a loaf of bread with some onions baked on top. Surprisingly it was a delicious onion ring like dish, which was fantastic to say the least, and not too filling before our main courses.
The kids had a portion of garlic bread, which wasn’t anything to rave about, but the portion size was perfect for two kids (5 and 7) to share, and wasn’t too garlic(y) so I was still able to kiss them goodnight.
Then the mains came, and at first I wasn’t overly impressed with the presentation of the food, but as they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The steak (an 8oz rump steak) was cooked to perfection, exactly as I ordered it. And man was it ever tender and juicy!!! Mine was ordered with a jacket potato, which was cooked to perfection (but could have done with some sour cream) and Domesticated Mum had chips which were cooked perfectly (crispy outside, fluffy inside). We also had a lovely Iceberg Wedge (which is just a strange
name for a chef’s salad) which was perfectly prepared and dressed with expertise!
The kid’s Fish and Chips also get a big thumbs up from the girls who are probably two of the fussiest kids in the country, but they actually finished the whole plate of food (a rarity at the best of times) and they were large portions for a child, or some adults that I know. The fish was perfectly cooked and the batter, which I tried, was delicious, and not too thick… I would have liked it a bit crisper, but that is just being picky.
We finished the meal with some desserts. The girls had chocolate ice cream, with white chocolate syrup, which came in a massive bowl which neither child could finish (and they love their ice cream).
Domesticated Mum had the Blueberry Cheesecake with Summer fruits Eton Mess which she raved about. It was surprisingly light and delicious. And I finished with a twist on an old classic, the Profiterole Sundae, which was profiteroles, topped with a delicious Belgium Chocolate ice cream instead of syrup, and a delicious dollop of whipped cream dusted with chocolate, which was very delicious, but seriously too big for a pudding monster like me to finish.
Over all I think we were all impressed. The food was delicious, the portions are generous and the staff were excellent. The decor is modern, but comfortable and the menu offers something for everyone.
It was a totally enjoyable experience from start to finish, and I will definitely be going back!