Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
We visited the Blackpool branch of Frankie & Benny’s to try out their lunch menu which is available Monday to Friday between 11am and 5.30pm. The restaurant was really easy to find and is just on the outskirts of Blackpool, close to the M55 motorway. There is a large car park and it is situated next to the cinema so it is the perfect destination for a day out with the children or meeting a group of friends.
Their great value lunch menu offers 23 main courses costing between £5.95 and £7.95, with the addition of a starter or dessert for just £2.50 each. Standard soft drinks (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, R Whites Lemonade or Tango Orange) cost £2.65 but you do get unlimited refills. This is a great idea as we do find that when the four of us go out the drinks do start to add up especially with my thirsty sons who can finish a glass in seconds!
They also have a speedy lunch offer – “let your server know if you’d like a speedy lunch and we’ll make sure your food is served, and bill presented within 40 minutes or we’ll give you 20% off your food today, and a free lunch on your next visit!” If you are visiting in your lunch break this is what you need to hear, there’s nothing worse than waiting ages for food only to have to eat it really quickly without enjoying it so you can get back to work on time.
When we arrived we were quickly shown to our table, asked which drinks we would like and given menus and a children’s activity pack for our son. The restaurant was reasonably busy but the service was excellent.
Luke who is 9 chose his food from the juniors menu which costs £7.75 for a main course, dessert and soft drink. There is also a £4.25 menu for younger children and organic baby food available for babies from 7 months.
For starters I chose bruschetta, my husband chose the crispy coated chicken strips and our eldest son William chose the garlic and cheese mushrooms. These arrived fairly quickly but with hindsight I would have asked for Luke’s child’s meal to come with the starters as there were no starters included on the children’s menu. He ended up sharing our starters as he was hungry but it would perhaps be a good idea to add a garlic bread starter so that they have something to eat rather than waiting for the main courses to be served. The starters were all very tasty and quickly devoured!
We were spoilt for choice with the main courses and after much deliberation I finally decided on the pulled chicken sandwich, my husband had the spaghetti meatballs and William chose the New Yorker calzone. The pulled chicken sandwich was Cajun spiced pulled chicken on a toasted ciabatta with bbq sauce, tomato and onions. It was served with coleslaw and either salad or fries, I opted for the fries. William’s calzone was full of meat and he said it was delicious. Mark’s spaghetti meatballs were cooked perfectly and there was plenty of sauce with them. Luke chose the Sketch’s hot dog which he really enjoyed however having looked at the menu again to write the review it should have been served with a choice of vegetables, baked beans or salad but we weren’t given this option.
The waitress kept checking how we were doing and kept our glasses topped up without us needing to ask. We were all too full for pudding but Luke had spotted the ice cream candy shop when he was ordering and said he still had room for ice cream. When it came we were all really impressed and wished we had ordered it too! It was served in a wooden crate and alongside the bowl of ice cream were 3 mini milk bottle style jars containing jelly tots, mini Smarties and a chocolate sprinkle type sweet. There was also a small dish of marshmallows, a packet of popping candy and a small jug of chocolate sauce. I felt there were too many sweets for the two scoops of ice cream, although Luke would probably disagree! Luckily he found the paper sweet bag under the bowl of ice cream and once he had finished his ice cream he just put the extra sweets in the bag to take home with him.
I asked Luke to review the ice cream candy shop and this is what he said –
In my opinion the pudding on the child’s menu was the best bit because it included 2 scoops of ice cream, 3 small jars of sweets, a sachet of popping candy, 5 marshmallows, a gravy jug of chocolate sauce and a bag for it all. It was called the ice cream candy shop. It was all in a nice wooden tray when it arrived. Surprisingly it didn’t take long to prepare considering how much was included. It was an extra £1.95 on top of the normal children’s menu which in my opinion is quite cheap for what you get. I would rate the pudding 10/10
We really enjoyed our meal at Frankie & Benny’s and thought the lunch menu was excellent value for money. The boys loved it and we will certainly be visiting again.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit:
Frankie & Benny’s, Festival Park, Rigby Road, Blackpool, FY1 5EP | 01253 292 479