On Tuesday, Beefeater launched a new menu in time for spring, full of all the classics plus some new dishes with exciting twists, such as the chicken, bacon and avocado burger. We were invited to visit the Crossbush in Arundel to sample some of the new flavours and see what we thought. On top of a new menu, the Crossbush was sporting a new look, which gave a lovely relaxed feel to the evening.
We were greeted by our waitress, Jo, who was so kind and friendly throughout our visit. She fetched the children some paper and crayons to keep them occupied until their food arrived, asked them their names and chatted and laughed with them all evening. Miss J remarked (on more than one occasion): “She is very nice!”
We decided that it would be rude not to order starters and chose garlic bread, potato dippers and garlic mushrooms. My potato dippers were beautifully presented and full of flavour.
One of the new menu options is a sharing platter of loaded potato dippers, which look amazing, though James was insistent that he wanted to stick with garlic mushrooms instead of ordering this.
The children’s menu offers the same great value as always with three courses costing just £5.99 (20 pence of which is donated to Great Ormand Street Hospital). I love that there is a choice of two sides with every main meal meaning that the children are able to mix and match the dishes. Miss J decided to try a steak burger with fries and beans whilst the boy opted for his usual chicken and chips with garlic bread. They had a variety of drinks during our meal, including water, squash and chocolate milkshake.
The boy, fussy as ever, was not keen on his chicken though this is more a reflection of his tastebuds than the quality of the food! Miss J enjoyed the majority of her meal – particularly the copious amounts of ketchup that Jo supplied her with!
James was tempted to try the new Surf & Turf combo, which looks pretty spectacular, though at the last minute decided to go with a regular steak but with the brand new premium prawn and lobster sauce on the side.
I chose the steak, bacon and cheeseburger with spicy fries, which was all really tasty, though I would have preferred my burger to have been slightly more well done.
I also had a Baileys milkshake to wash it down, which was really yummy and not something I would have thought to order had I not seen it on the menu. Who knew Beefeater did alcoholic milkshakes?!
Pudding was delicious – I couldn’t not have the Black Forest gateau, and Miss J chose her favourite funny face ice cream.
Overall we are impressed with the new spring menu at Beefeater – there are several new dishes to try from so even if you visit regularly it’s worth popping back with the family. Prices are still very reasonable – we were able to enjoy three courses for a family of four plus drinks for just under £65.
We received £50 towards our food bill for the purposes of this review; all thoughts are our own.