Reviewed by Dawn Watson
I was delighted to be chosen to review the Brewers Fayre in Falkirk. We received a lovely warm welcome on arrival and shown directly to our table, where our waiter explained how to order food and drinks and also about the Chef’s table which changes every night from 5pm. Choices for this include pizza night, curries, burgers etc… all ‘eat as much as you like’ and for around £7.50 per person we all thought this was extremely good value for money. We were also very impressed with the children’s menu. A great choice of starters, mains and puddings with lots of lovely healthy options sneaked in. This menu ranged from £3.99 for one course to £4.99 for three courses with choices including garlic bread, vegetable sticks and dips, to popcorn chicken for a main or pizza or even spaghetti bolognaise. My daughter also liked that she could change her side (beans are not her favourite so she chose mini corn on the cob instead). Drinks were not included, however price was on a par with most restaurants with some good healthier options too, also liked the fact you could choose milk.
My daughter chose popcorn chicken which came with chips and mini corn on the cob. A good size portion for her age – 8 years and considering what a fussy wee eater she is she ate everything and thoroughly enjoyed it, finishing with scoop of ice cream. While waiting on our food arriving my two girls enjoyed some fun in the indoor play area which has a wee soft play area, craft and quiet den area and includes supervision too, so allows you to enjoy some quiet time. Both girls were welcomed and signed in, however my eldest at 12 years was just a tad too tall for the play area although she enjoyed some colouring in with her wee sister. Me and my parents decided to choose from the Daytime Value Offer 12-6pm Monday to Friday, this offer includes two starters for £2.50, 2 mains from a selected choice for £10.99 and 2 puddings for £2.50 – excellent value considering each meal was about £9 each – both my parents chose smothered chicken which came with chips and coleslaw. Both were impressed and said the chicken was very tasty. Other choices included lasagne, curry, fish and chips, gammon, a good variety. I started with a prawn cocktail – which came with brown bread, prawns were lovely and succulent and a decent size, and for my main I chose their New York burger which came with chips and coleslaw and we ordered a side of onion rings. My burger was in a kind of bagel style of bun which wasn’t great if I’m honest, and my burger was slightly overdone making it dry and hard. I probably wouldn’t choose this again, I was really disappointed in this, almost felt had been made for a while and reheated to melt a bit cheese on it… My eldest daughter, due to her age, was recommended to eat from the main menu and not the children’s so she chose the Yorkshire pudding filled with sausages veg and mash which she really enjoyed and was wise to choose from this menu as she would have still been hungry I think if she chose from the children’s menu. She finished her meal with hot chocolate brownie and ice cream, her favourite and she said it was delicious.
To finish we had two desserts for £2.50 – one ice cream and one salted caramel profiteroles – the profiteroles were delicious, generously filled and lovely salty caramel sauce poured over. Our meal and drinks for five of us came to just under £60 which we felt was good value…
I would point out that the ‘bottomless’ soft drinks can be expensive unless you will definitely have more than one drink… at £2.75 for a glass of cola, this seemed quite expensive as it wasn’t explained to us that this was a help yourself and as many times as you like type of drink, hence the price, so worked out quite dear.
Throughout the year the Brewers Fayre have themed activities during the morning for children in their play den and Halloween was the theme from now until the end of October with various activities on and at the end of the month to celebrate Halloween they have a disco on – this is all free when children are eating at the restaurant. Ideal for families looking to have some time together but also to entertain the children. Afternoon activities are aimed at school age children and once again have a variety of different things going on.
We would definitely eat again and aim to dine with the Daytime Value Offer as this was super value for money We would award this 4*.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit:
Brewers Fayre, Beancross Road, Polmont, Falkirk, FK2 0YS | 01324 720 726