Reviewed by Shaun Howells
A well-known pub and eatery in the area, the Clock Tower restaurant has recently changed from the Table-Table brand within Whitbread to Brewers Fayre. Our party went along to see how the rebranding has affected this popular eatery.
The Clock Tower is situated opposite a newly built Premier Inn and set within very spacious grounds with ample parking. Whilst situated alongside a busy main road there is a large outdoor seating area littered with floral displays. The outdoor area was very busy and no one seemed too affected by the noise from the main road.
Upon entering the Clock Tower we were greeted by the manageress who was very welcoming and was very keen to show us the newly refurbished dining area. The pub as a whole was quite busy and the newly refurbished dining area really has the wow factor with solid wood flooring, soft furnishings and art deco pieces that we certainly didn’t expect from a Brewers Fayre.
The menu was fairly standard but with plenty of choice, we were particularly impressed with the “all you can eat” menu, the theme for which changes on a daily basis. All meal options were very competitively priced and we soon got to picking our starters. We decided our party would have the Sharing Platter and Camembert Bites to share. When the food arrived it was very well presented and piping hot. Whilst enjoying our starters we discuss the children’s menu which had plenty of options and a fantastic deal for families. They offered a Main Meal and Dessert for children at just £4.45 which we felt offered real value.
For the main course I ordered Smothered Chicken which came with chips, onion rings, garden peas, coleslaw and garlic bread which was reasonable at £8.95. My partner decided to go for the “all you can eat” menu which was chicken themed and had various chicken dishes which again carried plenty of choice with a selection of sides for just £9.99. Finally, our third party member Jean had the Sirloin Steak, which again came with a variety of side options and garlic bread at just £11.95. All meals were very well cooked and presented and Jean’s steak was cooked exactly as requested, medium rare.
For those who would still have room for Dessert there is quite a choice! Not only can you choose from some delicious options on the main menu, they also have a Dessert Cabinet hosting there “Enormous Cakes” which really live up to their name! We genuinely had never seen dessert portions quite like it! So much so, they offer you a “take away” box for those with eyes bigger than their belly! We thought the take away option at a reduced price, was a really clever idea and something we took advantage of on the night.
Throughout our time at the Clock Tower the service we received at our table was very attentive and efficient. All staff were very friendly and chatty, though we found on occasion, the service at the reduced in size bar area was a little slow and unorganised. Also the condiments on our table were a little dirty from previous diners and the lack of ashtrays in the outdoor areas resulted in the attractive exterior being littered in cigarette ends. These were the only negatives to what generally, was a very good dining experience.
The Clock Tower, as a Brewers Fayre, is never going to offer a ground breaking dining experience, but it achieves what it sets out to do and ticks all the boxes. With the friendly staff, a warm welcome and competitively priced, tasty pub grub, it seems things are certainly on the up and a repeat visit from our party is guaranteed.
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