I'm getting ahead of myself though. When I was invited to test out Beefeaters new festive menu at the Castle in Newton Mearns, I had no inkling of the carb-fest that awaited me. I just made a date with two of my favourite people, Aileen and John, and got mildly excited that I'd be eating my festive meal a few weeks early. The restaurant is in a handy location right off the motorway, not far from Silverburn and Glasgow city centre, so it was the perfect place to meet.
A few bites in and we all admitted we were somewhat surprised by the quality of the food, not to mention the generous helpings. I think we all had some preconceptions about chain restaurants and bland pub grub and Beefeater definitely challenged these. Despite having my turkey sans gravy, it was far from being dry and boring as I feared it might be. Tender and flavoursome would be a better description, and the accompanying cranberry sauce made it even more exciting. John's steak was cooked to perfection, although he admitted that the peppercorn could have used a little more kick.
Then there were the chips. You knew I was working my way back to them, right? Despite John being the only one to order anything with chips, our awesome server Mark brought us a couple of advance refills when he realised we were all tucking into them. Light and fat and fluffy with a slightly spiced seasoning dusted onto them, these chips were heavenly. I said more than once that I'd go back for them alone and Aileen agreed. In fact, we were still talking about this meal the next day as we drove to work, as we sat down for lunch, as we drove home...
Thanks to Beefeater for having us and providing us with a lovely meal! The festive menu is available right up until the 30th of December and prices start from just £15.49 for two courses. So, what are you waiting for?