Last Friday night we were invited to visit our local Harvester to try out the most recent menu updates. Now I don’t think we’ve actually been to a Harvester before but our local one is a fairly new build situated at an out of town entertainment complex. Within easy reach of a large cinema and a bowling alley, it is well placed for an evening of family fun.
Described as “a family-friendly restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere”, our local Harvester restaurant sounded like the ideal place for a family meal. As a family we eat out with reasonable regularity – the children love to take control of their menu choices and for Dave & I there’s no cooking or washing up to worry about! That’s not to say that eating out with small children can’t be stressful at times – Ben and Chloe are now generally very good when we’re eating out and are happy to sit and colour their activity sheets etc but Amy can still be hard work as, like most two year olds, she doesn’t particularly enjoy sitting still for very long! She was extremely tired on Friday and I feared that taking her out for tea was going to be nothing short of a nightmare but thanks to that “relaxed atmosphere”, we were able to let her potter about on the benches of our booth or under the table without worrying that she was disturbing other diners.
At 2.5 years old, Amy can be very hit and miss when it comes to eating her meals – sometimes we’ll order her dinner and she’ll barely touch it and other times she’ll clear her plate. In the past we have tended to order three meals to share between the three of them (particularly if we know we’re eating somewhere with enormous portions) however this is becoming less doable as Ben & Chloe are developing hollow legs and will usually clear their plates so are less keen to share their dinner with their baby sister! The Harvester children’s menu allows for this by offering a choice of “Smaller Bite” or “Bigger Appetite” mains as part of a meal deal with unlimited salad, a drink and dessert. (I must admit that I was a little disappointed by the limited choice of desserts included in the meal deal as some of the puds on the menu looked amazing and I know Ben would have been thrilled with the “make your own chocolate pizza” – luckily he hadn’t paid much attention to that part of the menu so hadn’t seen it and was more than happy with his ice cream sundae).
The main menu was bursting with options and I actually struggled to choose – reading a menu whilst dealing with a toddler isn’t always an easy task! (She was in one of those moods where only Mummy would do so even when I tried to pass her to Dave for a minute, she was soon back on my knee!) I made a fairly quick decision to go for the “Butternut Squash and Chickpea Burger” topped with “Cheese and Bacon” and swapped the chips for Sweet Potato Fries at no extra cost! Dave went for a Mixed Grill which is a fairly standard choice for him.
We all really enjoyed our meals with clear plates all round and just enough room for pudding! (There’s always room for pudding right?!) Dave and I both have a tendency to go for sundaes when it comes to dessert and decided that we’d go for “Rocky Horror” (basically fudge brownie pieces and chocolate fudge pieces with vanilla ice cream) and “Cookies N Cream with Oreo” (Oreo biscuit crumbs and vanilla ice cream). They were enormous but fairly disappointing if I’m honest – they were just very plain, a lot of cream and vanilla ice cream – not enough sauce and biscuit. We’ve definitely had better.
Dinner for five including a shared starter and desserts for around £60 isn’t bad going at all. We would definitely go back to our local Harvester with the kids – in fact Ben has decided he’d quite like to go for his birthday:
Family tea with @HarvesterUK at Ashton Moss tonight – Ben is already asking when we can come back!
— Colette (@Lollinski) May 6, 2016