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Frankie & Bennys Chesterfield Review

It was a funny old day (03/05/15) Bank Holiday Monday, As it was a 3 day break from work it kinda felt you should be doing something but it was terrible rain in the morning and just miserable. Eventually we dared to leave the house in the afternoon out and we happened across Frankie & Benny’s Chesterfield. Cheer ourselves up with some good food, well that was the intention.

Frankie & Bennys Chesterfield in the door and not very busy great, show straight to the table, all the family has sat down except myself and there wanting to take our drinks orders and any pre-starters. Talk about up-selling my bum hadn’t even touched the seat never mind look at the menu. So we sat down arranged the kids with their play packs and then the waiter was back already. We ordered the garlic cheese bread and our drinks. He then asked if we were ready to order and we explained we hadn’t still looked at the menu so could we have a few more minutes. So he left and never to return again. Eventually after a long 15 minute wait someone came across to take our order.

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW PRE-STARTER

The Garlic and melting mozzarella turned up a large cheesy garlic pizza, the kids loved it we loved it, it was so nice there wasn’t enough. So far so good now just waiting for the starters to come

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW STARTER

 

 

I went for the spicy wings with a blue cheese dip. The wings themselves were cooked very well but for me the spicy sauce was just to much for me and spoiled the starter a little bit as my lips were burning all the way through and for about 10 to 15 minutes after. So I wont be having that again. The Mrs had the skins with cheese and bacon, well what can i say its a baked potato with cheese and bacon on it, not particular tasty, just warm and stodgy.

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW MAINS

In the distance on the kitchen pass under the warming lights I could see our order all nicely lined up so we cleared the table of the kids play packs and waited, and we waited and waited watching all the waiters just keep passing the plates of food on the pass, after 10 minutes I think the guilt got the better of them and the waiters stopped their chatting and started to send out the orders. Luckily it was not busy or we could have been in for a real long wait.

The Mrs had Grilled Chicken Pitta and take a look below at the picture, I think this is what is supposed to come to the table, unfortunately when it made it our table it wasn’t exactly the same. The wife was kind enough to share some of her main meal. The chicken was very dry and tasteless apart from the sauce that was poured on, it tasted like it was cooked earlier in the day then placed in warm water to remove all the taste of chicken possible along with making it dry and stringy. A few mouthfuls was more than enough for anyone, we did not inflict this on the children and so far no one has been seriously hurt during our visit to Frankie & Benny’s Chesterfield.

 

Grilled Chicken Pitta

I was going to have the steak and chips but I thought as we were having a treat I would have the 80z sirloin steak. I like my steaks blue and perhaps in hindsight its not the best cut of steak to have blue but hey what could go wrong. There was a slight sear on the steak but apart from that it was very pale. As i cut into it, it was very raw in the middle which is how I like it, it was a shame that the middle of the steak was cold and completely uncooked. I suspect that the grill was not hot enough to sear the outside of the meat and carry a warmth all the way through the meat, I ate most of the meat after I trimmed of all the fat. Disappointingly under seasoned and not worth £10 and defiantly not worth the £16.95 I paid. Not even with the pile of chips, the mushroom (unseasoned) watercress and the poor grilled offering of a tomato.

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW THE KIDS

The kids had the kids menu I know perfect and at £4.25 looks great value,Blue twin had chicken bites, very crispy, that crispy in fact that any 5 year old with above average knife skills would still struggle to cut them in half. I think the professional term for the crispness is “overcooked”

We love kids! We have two delicious menus for kids up to the age of 11, starting from just £4.25 for a main course, a dessert and refillable soft drinks. All of our childrens’ meals come with an optional side of vegetables, side salad or Heinz baked beans – free of charge! Just ask your server. Plus every child gets a fun activity pack with games and puzzles! Free apples available for children!

Pink twin had sausage and mash. There must have been about 3lbs of microwaved mash potato (seriously for a 5 year old) which tasted, well warm stodge. The sausages with a another 30 seconds of cooking would have made perfect drawing implements, charcoal, yes seconds away from being inedible. pink twin did eat them as she was starving and sausage is her favorite food. Oh nearly forgot she also decided to have the vegetable option as well. A few peas and two big pieces of limp broccoli. Broccoli is our eldest favourite veg but it was to limp and cold even for her to eat. The eldest had the cheeseburger and a few pounds of chips as well. The cheeseburger seemed  ok apart from it looked like it had been throw onto the plate by a quarter back from 50 yards across the kitchen.

The Menu page

Frankie and Bennys

F & B Chicken

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW SERVICE

The service was pretty poor considering that it was empty, when we asked for the kids drinks to be topped up it took over 10 mins, I was going to ask for another drink but they were never at the table long enough to actually ask, they did come to the table to ask if everything was alright and the kids said yes but before we had a chance to voice our opinion the waitress left. Eventually the wife called over the waitress to complain about the diabolical chicken, the rest of us had finished what we had manged to force down by the time she came over, she did say why didn’t you say earlier when I asked and as the wife said you didn’t actually stop long enough for me to tell you it was poor. So of she trotted to tell the manager and on her return she said that that meal would be deducted from our final bill. So after we complained we had 3 visits to the table by staff and not ONE of them actually cleared the plates away. After 15 minutes of waiting with dirty plates on our table we could take no more, we were not even prepared to stay (much to the disappointment of the kids) for the kids ice-cream that was included in their meal.  So off I went to one of the tills (the main chatting point for the staff) and asked to pay for our food. (I think it was the manager) When I was presented with the bill the chicken dish was still on there so I said ” I thought they were taking the chicken dish off” she replied “ok” printed out another receipt without asking why or even if we had enjoyed our meal. Did they care for the customer experience. I  felt like we were more of a hindrance to their little chat club at the till and the fact they are employed to serve the customers probably never enters their heads

FRANKIE & BENNYS CHESTERFIELD REVIEW VERDICT

We will not be visiting again, after a £5 voucher off and then £10 off for the very poor chicken dish we paid over £50, not a fortune but then again a few quid and I expect a little more in service and certainly  in taste  especially when I can cook much better at home for less then a quarter of the cost. Mass made food, probably cooked by boil in the bag cooks. Promises so much but delivers so little.

Places To Eat In Chesterfield Tickled Trout . Bottle Thyme are  great host and have great food.  If you are far afield and like Fish and Chips try Rick Steins in Padstow 

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Brampton manor review

The Brampton Manor Review

The Brampton Manor was renowned for its posh middle class dining many years ago.

It was a last minute decision on a Friday night to book a table at the Brampton Manor on a Saturday for 6 PM. Yes I know its rather early but some of us have to occasional work on a Sunday.  Luckily it wasn’t me andI was looking forward to a little gastronomical indulgence. Brampton Manor 5.30pm as we pulled up the drive the sun was shining.

starters Brampton Manor

Bread with Balsamic and pesto & Bread with Hummus and Olives

As we parked the car and strolled up to the Brampton Manor the first thing that struck me was the noise. mainly from all the kids playing outside on the climbing frame and generally running around everywhere, we had luckily secured our favorite trusted baby sitter (my Mum) for a few hours and the last thing I wanted to see was pesky shouting kids, I suppose the good weather has its positive and negative influences, I suppose that you have to let the kids out of the cage occasionally. Irresponsible parents leaving their kids to run havoc around strangers, but that’s a rant I will save for another day.

 

Bar at Brampton Manor Chesterfield


Limited bar space at the Brampton Manor

It was pretty packed and we walked in and waited to be seated, they asked if we would like to sit outside, why not a glorious day so the ladies went to the table why we got the drinks at the bar, for such a big building the bar space was somewhat limited and we did have to wait for a while. Eventually we did get served around £20 for a large glass of white Chardonnay, large glass of Rose (for those who cant decide) 1 Pint of cider and 1 pint of Perroni, not cheap but not extortionate.

 

 

Brampton Manor Chicken and Chorizo

Chicken and Chorizo

Walking outside into the warm sunny glow I thought what a pleasant night this should be, but then I noticed the large upside down plant pot on the table as an ashtray and a number on it. A number can only mean one thing, bar service, so form posh to basically self service another little disappointment. (a silent grrr under my breath as I don’t want to appear to much of a snob in-front of friends). A quick perusal through the menu (an old clipboard with single pages clipped on there, can not decide if its trendy,chic or crass and common.)  There was quite a few choices on there and in the heat of the night I wasn’t sure if i wanted a full meal so I was happy to see a selection of sharing boards,

THE BRAMPTON MANOR REVIEW: THE BUILDING

Inside it looked very small compared to its vast exterior, We could only see one small bar space witch at times was probably 4 deep with people waiting to be served (yes you had to order your food there as well) It was some what tired in places but then had some new modern seating,dinning areas. The exterior was very tired and in need of a good lick of paint and general tarting up but we were here for the food.

 

Inside brampton Manor

Newly furnished Interior Brampton Manor

THE BRAMPTON MANOR REVIEW: THE FOOD

We walked back into the bar and eventually when we wrestled our way to the front and began our order and then we were told that food would be at least an hour (so booking a table for 6 pm was pointless, and very misleading, might as well be a brewers fayre.  Dissapointment and a silent grumble again. Ah well the sun was still shining so a large glass of Rijoa was in order to sip whilst the food was being cooked.

  • Manor Tapas £15 / £8Stuffed Field Mushroom with Goats Cheese, Pan Fried Chorizo and Patatas Bravas, Bruschetta with Brie and a Basil Pesto, Breaded Calamari with Garlic Mayonnaise and an Olive and Sunblushed Tomato Salad with a Wholegrain Mustard Dressing

  • Cajun chicken breast £10.95 

    • Served with Tomato, Field Mushroom, Onion Rings, Homemade Chips & Dressed Leaf
  • Chorizo & Chicken £6.95 X 2 Strips of Chicken Pan Fried with Chriozo & Topped with a Pesto Mayo

    • A Choice White Rustic Ciabatta or Sunblush Tomato Focaccia. All Served with Dressed Leaves and Slaw. Add Chunky Chips for Just £2

This was for 4 people along with a few snacks

Nibbles: Seletion of Breads with Balsamic & Olive Oil £3.50 Additional Portions £2.00 Warm Bread Hummus & Olives £4.50 Additional Portions £2.00

We had one bread with balsamic and olive oil, and 1 bread and hummous

The Brampton Manor Full Menu

 

Manor Tapas

Manor Tapas

THE BRAMPTON MANOR REVIEW : THE FOOD THE VERDICT

Well after expecting an hour for the food we went back to the front line which was the mini bar area, this time we opted for a Malbec (sorry a little disappointing and expensive), upon returning back to our table outside, it was there “the food” it was only 30 mins since we ordered but the ladies were well on there way munching into the delights. (grrrr).

The Breads and bits at the Brampton, bread not bad at all, tomato infused. The pesto was fresh tangy and very tasty so I had quite a lot of that. The olives were very nice, mild and non offensive, even the non olive lovers said they enjoed them, I think it was to the brine they came in taking away any harshness of flavour. The balsamic vinegar was very thick, gooey and stick, I think they had reduced it a little in a hot pan but what did delight was the after taste of walnuts ( I will be trying to make that at home very soon) THE HUMMUS !!!! well the colour looked a little odd to

The Brampton Manor Review Chesterfield

Side order Onion rings Brampton Manor

start with but the taste was buttery,creamy lushness, moreish and quite velvety. Well worth the visit alone. The Cajun chicken was very tasty but bordering on the dry. The chicken and chorizo looked very scrummy but I didn’t have the privilege of trying any (You know who you are and if you read this please think on and give me a nible next time).  My dish the Tapas !! well the mushroom with goats cheese was simple and averagely tasty.  The Bruschetta with brie was tasty but a little grumble as I would have liked the cheese all over the bread and not just the middle. Potato Bravas, tasty but it seemed like they had new potatoes and chorizo, put them in a pan at the last minute and reheated them., ideally they should have been steeping together for a long time to allow the flavour to infuse into the spuds. Salad and mustard dressing was ok. CALAMARI very very nice indeed, crispy on the outside soft and flavorsome on the inside with a garlicky mayonnaise.

Brampton Manor Review

THE BRAMPTON MANOR REVIEW

After the ups and downs at The Brampton Manor we will be visiting again, we are even thinking of going in December for Christmas dinner. A very pleasant night out, not overly expensive and the food was very tasty.

The Mossbrook Eckington

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