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‘ Beefeater – Grilling steaks since 1974.’
With a beautiful riverside getting The Manor Inn Beefeater, Godalming has reopened its doors following a fantastic refurbishment. With bright and appealing decor, wooden floors and quirky light fittings the new restaurant is modern and spacious with plenty of room between tables. Perfect for families with children under five who need plenty of space for continually getting up and down.
Serving over 12 million customers each year the Beefeater Grill is evidence that steak is still one of Britain’s most popular dishes.
The friendly waiter showed us to a lovely table in an alcove with river views. We were having lunch, which meant the restaurant was more relaxed as it wasn’t too busy.
The menu includes everything from British favourites, chicken, burgers, fish, salads, curries, pastas plus the star of the show steak. However if this isn’t enough and you’re looking for something different there is a new limited edition menu which includes starters such as the Fish Trio and Beefeater Ploughman’s Pork Pie. Additional mains include Imperial lamb curry and British crab linguine and gin and tonic lemon trifle and berry brioche and butter pudding for dessert.
Tempted by the limited edition menu my husband opted for the Fish Trio to start. A delicious trio of fish n chip croquettes, smoked haddock & cheddar fishcake and cod & crab bites. All served on a bed of mushy peas and mint mayo. I must admit I had a bit of food envy when I saw this starter so my husband let me share. The croquettes were perfectly crunchy and creamy and rather moreish accompanied by the mushy peas and mint mayo.
I opted for a classic starter – Crispy FlatCap Mushrooms. The chunky slices of mushrooms were super juicy, crispy and mouthwatering. I’ll definitely be back to The Manor Inn for more of these mushrooms.
Continuing with my route 1 menu choices I went for the sticky bourbon BBQ Ribs – I love ribs!! I’m pleased to say they didn’t disappoint. Slow cooked until the meat falls apart and coated in an irresistible sweet, sticky bourbon glaze, these ribs provide a real depth of flavour. Served with skinny fries, chunky slaw and crispy beer battered onion rings you certainly won’t need dessert after this main.
Keen to try the new additions to the menu my husband chose – Steak and Pear Salad. This is just one of the healthier options now available at Beefeater. From oven baked seabass, grilled salmon, roast vegetable linguini, mixed bean salad and coronation chicken salad, the menu has a lot more to offer its customers than pub stodge. You can also swap your chips for a salad, jacket potato or vegetable meadley when ordering steak.
My husband’s steak and pear salad made for a fresh, light, summer meal. The rump steak was juicy and moreish and cooked perfectly medium rare just as my husband had ordered. Now the salad was what I call a REAL salad packed full of sweet rich pears and tasty pea shoots and green beans and topped off with crumbled stilton. A unique and delicious salad that certainly won’t leave you feeling disappointed with your menu choice.
The drinks menu is just as extensive as the food menu. With a great range of wines, draught beers, spirits, craft larger, beers and ales hand picked as perfect partners for your steak selection there is something to please everyone. I enjoyed a refreshing Slipsmith Gin with Fever -Tree tonic while my husband went for a pint of Purity Pure UBU, perfect for red meat.
The unique selling point of The Manor Inn has to be its riverside location. With a well equipped playground and pretty back garden it’s easy to see why this pub is a popular choice for families with young children. We’ll definitely be returning soon with our two year old daughter who will love the playground and being able to watch the narrow boats pass along the river.
Feeling full after our meals we took a stroll along the river and to our delight saw one of the only surviving horse drawn narrow boats still working in the UK. What more could you ask for?
With its modern and elegant refurbishment, quality cooked food, friendly staff and idyllic riverside location I think the Manor Inn, Godalming is set to become a hit.