Reviewed by Dorothy White
My daughter, granddaughter and myself were booked for Sunday lunch at the Warden Tavern.
The Warden Tavern is on Barton Road, the main A6 just before you leave Luton for Bedford.
The restaurant is to the left as you enter the building, with the bar to the right. Once through the main restaurant there is an extension which overlooks the garden. We were seated in the extension.
Our waitress was lovely even though she was very busy. Our drinks were brought very quickly and our food order taken. Soup of the day was Cauliflower Cheese.
I chose breaded mushrooms to start, with roast beef to follow from the special Sunday menu, £12.99 for two courses or £15.99 for three. My daughter also chose breaded mushrooms, but roast pork instead of beef.
My granddaughter, who is just 10, also chose breaded mushrooms for £1, but she likes hers minus the mushrooms, so the first task once they arrive is to remove all the mushrooms from the breaded outers which her mother and I then get to eat! She chose Chicken Goujons, chips and beans for her main course at £4.25.
The mushrooms were very good, not too crispy, and were served with garlic mayonnaise & barbecue sauce. My granddaughter had ketchup with what remained of her breaded mushrooms.
Our main courses arrived each with a jug of gravy which were quickly refilled when we asked for extra gravy. My granddaughter’s chicken goujons, chips and beans came with a child sized knife, fork and spoon and more ketchup!
Both my daughter and I had plenty of meat, 8 roast potatoes and two Yorkshire puddings. I had chosen cabbage and carrots, whilst my daughter went for cabbage and peas. What a pity they didn’t serve cauliflower cheese as a vegetable choice as it is both our favourites. We were given horseradish sauce and apple sauce to compliment our meals.
My daughter’s pork was delicious and tender, my beef was tender too, but there was far too much of it for me, I asked for the remainder to be wrapped for my dog. I couldn’t finish my potatoes either. My granddaughter couldn’t finish her chicken goujons, probably due to all the breaded mushrooms outers she ate as a starter!
Desserts – should I, shouldn’t I, what a decision! After a short break both my daughter and I decided to have a Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sundae which wasn’t included in the Sunday menu set price, and my granddaughter chose jelly – just jelly, no ice cream or anything to go with it for £1! I don’t normally have a dessert so it made a nice change. I had trouble trying to fish the last bit of brownie out from the bottom of the dish but I did it in the end!
Throughout our meal our waitress came to check everything was okay and to see if we needed more drinks, we had all opted for bottomless diet Pepsi.
I asked what the difference was between a normal and a large Sunday Roast, I was told with large you get more meat, I struggled with the amount of meat I had on the normal portion – also you can ask for as many roast potatoes as you wish whichever size dinner you choose!
The Beefeater Sunday dinner is very good value at £12.99 for two courses or £15.99 for three, or of course you can choose from the normal menu.
We decided to go without coffee and asked for the bill which was just short of £50 for two adults and a child for three courses! Very good value!
I can thoroughly recommend the Warden Tavern for a meal any time.
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