Monday, 17 December 2018

The Blue Anchor Tadworth

My favourite thing to do is go out for food. 90% of my disposable income goes on meals out but I wouldn't have it any other way. I would save money if I didn't eat out but the way I look at it, I’d be less happy. I see going out for food as a little break from reality. There's nothing better than sitting down with friends and family, eating some good food and properly catching up. Nobody getting up to clear plates of get some more wine, all the attention is on socialising. Life gets busy and quality time with people is important and we should take the time to enjoy it. I'm realising more than ever how life is short and we need to make the most of time with the people around us while we can.


We were recently invited down to The Blue Anchor in Tadworth for their launch night. They've had a fabulous refurbishment and this was a chance for them to show it off (and rightly so!). After a hectic few months this was the perfect place for us to spend time as a family and try some of their menu. The exterior looks beautiful at night with the warm lighting leading to the door - I noticed a fire pit too which will be great on a chilly Spring evening in a few months time. Yes I'm already thinking about Spring! 



Inside it's equally beautiful with their new modern look - I need the designer to come and do my house! I found myself saying "I love that sofa" "I need that chair!" "That colour is lovely" throughout the evening due to the mixture of styles that complimented each other perfectly. It certainly has a really comfortable feel to it and you feel instantly relaxed which is enhanced by the ever so friendly staff. You feel very welcome from the moment you walk in.


We got some drinks from the bar, I loved the look of the gin station but due to my 'delicate condition' I stuck to a St Clements while Sam enjoyed the gin. Our evenings entertainment was provided by Wayne Woodward of Britain's Got Talent fame who sang some great classics and we had a great chat with him too. 


Once seated we looked through the amazing menu which had so much choice it took us a while to decide what to go for. Mason is a huge fan of lots of different cheese's and had the Deep Fried Brie in Panko Breadcrumbs with Chutney to start. I was massively jealous of this but my Chargrilled Lamb Koftas with goats curd, plum tomatoes, roasted pepper, cucumber and mint salad was absolutely delicious. All starters are priced around £7 mark which is really reasonable, especially for the portion size.



We were seriously spoilt for choice with the main menu. We all loved the sound of pretty much everything on it. On the website you can filter the menu to limit dietary options which makes your choice much easier. The staff are so knowledgeable they are able to assist you in the restaurant too. 


I was told by the general manager that the chicken and prawn linguini is fantastic so I'll definitely be going back for that at some point. Sam gave me rave reviews on the Roasted Pork Belly and Seared Scallops with potato dauphinoise, butternut squash puree, green beans, toasted almonds, cracking and red wine jus. It makes my mouth water just typing that! I went for the 9oz Rib Eye Steak and the twice cooked chunky chips were incredible and almost like crispy roast potatoes. If you're more of a fries fan you can swap for those or any of their other side dishes if you prefer. I really recommend adding the Beef Dripping sauce too! 


For me the kids menu is really important when dining out. It's £7.95 for a main and dessert or the mains alone are just £5.95. I was really impressed with the selection, Mason would have eaten any of the dishes. It didn't feel like the menu was just thrown together to keep the kids quiet while the adults eat, it was carefully thought out and far more exciting than nuggets and chips. 


With options like Chicken breast strips with coconut tzatziki, Tomato linguini, Cod goujons, and pork sausages with mash even I was tempted by the menu. After much deliberation he opted for the Beef Burger Sliders which went down a treat. 


We made sure we had room for dessert, which meant sacrificing a few those delicious chips but it was worth it. Sam's ever so instagrammable Melting Chocolate and Peanut Bomb looked great as the hot salted caramel sauce was poured over it causing it to open up and reveal the sticky toffee  pudding and peanut butter cream inside. It's served with bourbon vanilla ice cream which pairs with it perfectly. If you like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you'll loves this. There's a video on my highlights reel on Instagram if you want to see it in action!


Mason and I had Warm Belgian Chocolate Brownies with ice cream. You just can't go wrong with a brownie! The desserts are all priced around £6 and are £2.50 on the kids menu. If you only have room for something small you can have a mini dessert (either an apple & blackberry crumble,  baked vanilla cheesecake or Belgian chocolate brownie) and hot drink for £4.95. 


On weekdays they have a lunch menu from 12-6pm which offers 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. Something I'll definitely be doing is getting some friends together and heading back for the Sunday roast. They’re all served with plump yorkshire puddings, fluffy goose-fat-roasted potatoes and fresh seasonal veg. I love a roast and the smaller portion for kids is just £6.95.

Everything down to the bathroom looked perfect and the staff couldn't do enough for us. They were all so welcoming and really made Mason feel included too which I always like when we take him out to restaurants with us. It's as much of a treat for him as it is for us.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and thank everyone there for an excellent evening. I've already convinced a load of my friends and family to visit an I'll be back again myself very soon!

 *this was a complimentary visit but all thoughts are my own and I was under no obligation to write this review


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