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Review of Middletons Steakhouse & Grill: Steak was cooked to perfection at daughter’s farewell family meal





My daughter Joanna loves a good steak and, with us saying farewell to her on Sunday as she embarks on three years at university, a goodbye meal with her mum, dad and boyfriend at Middletons seemed fitting.

On arriving just in time for our 6.30pm booking, we were quickly shown to a well-placed corner table by a friendly head waiter before being attended to by one of his assistants. The place was pleasant and spacious and already filling up nicely, with couples and groups.

It was good to see a jug of water already at the table while we chose from the impressive drinks menu, with beers and ciders, wines, gins, cocktails, mocktails, minerals and juices all available.

Josi's seabass
Josi's seabass
Nathan's cheeseburger and chips
Nathan's cheeseburger and chips

I went for a refreshing pint of Peroni lager (£5.95), my wife Josi went for a 175ml glass of Novita Pinot Grigio (£6.45) and Jo and her boyfriend Nathan both had 330ml diet Cokes (£3.50 each).

There was a decent choice of starters but we went straight to mains, each dish coming with a choice of one of the side dishes.

Jo really enjoyed her 10oz rump (£16.95), which came with tomato and mushroom and a side. She said it was refreshing to receive the medium cut she asked for as this is not always the case at other restaurants, and said the chips were particularly nice. She opted to upgrade with two oven-roasted jumbo prawns (£5.95) and said these were lovely. The peppercorn sauce (£2.50) was too sweet for her taste though.

Josi said her sea bass fillets (£17.95), which she had with tasty new potatoes, were good, although she prefers a crispier skin.

My vegetable tart
My vegetable tart
Joanna's steak with jumbo prawns
Joanna's steak with jumbo prawns

I would never complain about a lack of vegan choices at a steakhouse and grill so was happy to see a burger and a vegetable tart on the menu. I went for the latter (£11.95) and really enjoyed the shortcrust pastry and roasted veg. I agreed with Jo that the chips were lovely.

Nathan ordered a cheeseburger (£13.95). He really enjoyed it and added to the general consensus about the chips.

We had extra sides of salad and coleslaw (£3.75 each), Jo and Josi saying the slaw was really lovely.

The good thing about skipping starters was that there was room for desserts. I went for the only vegan option and found the raspberry sorbet (£6.50) really tasty and fruity and Jo and Nathan shared a ‘Middletons Sundae’ (£6.95) which consisted of chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. They said it was superb. Josi had the lemon and white chocolate roulade (£6.50) and thoroughly enjoyed that too.

My raspberry sorbet
My raspberry sorbet
Josi's dessert
Josi's dessert
Joanna and Nathan shared a Middletons Sundae
Joanna and Nathan shared a Middletons Sundae

Our total bill came to £127.71 but when we noticed a 10% optional service charge had been added we did ask for it to be taken off. The food was good and our waitress was lovely, but we thought the extra £11.61 was too much

Ratings out of five

Food: We were all happy with our dishes. ****

Drinks: We kept it simple but there was a great choice.****

Staff: Our waitress was super friendly. ****

Decor: Pleasant and unobtrusive. ***

Price: Certainly not cheap, but we had a pleasant evening.***



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