Reviewed by Melanie Allen
We have been to Frankie & Benny’s before but not at this location. We (myself, my husband and two children aged 8 and 10) were here to sample the Christmas menu at the Warrington restaurant in the evening. This Frankie & Benny’s is just off junction 8 of the M62, within easy driving reach of Widnes, Warrington and St Helens, with ample parking. It is next to a Travelodge, Starbucks, Harvester and minutes away from Gemini Retail Park, which includes Ikea, Marks and Spencers, Next, Boots and McDonalds.
We were greeted by a pleasant young girl who we assumed to be the manager who led us to our table which was crowded with various adult menus, crackers and party poppers but no junior menus. We were then asked for our drinks order and if we would like some garlic bread with cheese, which we chose to have. Had we not been there before, we wouldn’t have known what selection of drinks were on offer at this stage. However my children remembered the kids cocktails from last time, so ordered a Missy Licious and a Refresher. My husband asked what draught beers were served and chose a pint of Budweiser, whilst I as the nominated driver had a large diet coke (we were told they weren’t refillable in the evening). We also asked to see the children’s menus, which the server promptly brought over, along with the cheesy garlic bread, which was quite oily but very tasty.
We had already looked online beforehand at the menus, so didn’t need much time to peruse them. For a 2 course menu it was £16.95 (£19.95 for 3 courses) which was really reasonable for a Christmas menu. The children then noticed that there was no kids packs on the table, so we politely requested them, only to be told that they had ran out of them, but kindly offered to bring them some paper and pencils instead. We pulled our crackers and popped our party poppers and the table started to get a bit cramped.
My husband’s starter of Pulled Beef Salad (warm pulled beef with mixed salad dressed with olive oil, carrots, red cabbage, cucumber, mayonnaise and horseradish, served with freshly baked rosemary bread and finished with fresh chopped chives) arrived shortly after, which was nice but a bit overpowering on the dressing side. It looked a lot like a big bowl of coleslaw. I decided against the starter and go for a dessert instead. So next to arrive were our main courses. My 8 year old son ordered Ribs and Fries off the Junior menu (£7.75 for main course, dessert and a unlimited drinks) and my 10 year old daughter ordered the chicken pasta in tomato sauce (with a little pot of cheese as an extra). These portions were very generous for a child, but as it was so nice and child friendly to eat, it wasn’t long before we had two clean plates.
My main course off the Christmas menu was peppered salmon fillet, which came with a separate Neapolitan sauce and jacket potato. The description on the menu said that the vegetables were in minted butter, but there was no evidence of the taste of this. The salmon was very moist and flavoursome.
My husband originally ordered the Frankie’s Festive Dinner, only to be told that the only vegetables available were peas, which we found quite amusing – how can you have a festive dinner without carrots and sprouts? Instead he ordered the Bacon Cheese Burger, served with fries and a small side of coleslaw (coleslaw overload due to his starter). The burger was appetising and enjoyable but the fries were similar to those served at a certain fast food outlet with golden arches. Nevertheless he cleared his plate!! More drinks were brought during the meal and the server was very attentive and nothing was too much trouble for her. She tried to engage with the kids and my son thought she was very funny. I appreciated the effort she went to.
For dessert, I had the red, white and blue sundae which is an unusual dessert to have on a Christmas menu, but it was unexpectedly luscious. The kids gobbled up their ice cream candy shop and brownie sundae, and then I finished off my meal with a salted caramel hot chocolate. I don’t drink sweet hot drinks normally but this was lovely and smooth flavoured, not too sweet but could have done with being a little hotter, as after I had stirred in all the cream, it was a bit on the cold side.
Toilets were clean and well maintained and by the time we left the place was practically empty. A lovely evening was had and we were well and truly stuffed. I like Frankie & Benny’s due to it being family friendly and very reasonably priced and this location was no different to the others.
I would rate our visit 4 out of 5 (lost a point due to not having any kids packs or sprouts!).
For more information or to make a booking visit:
Frankie & Benny’s, Gemini 8, Apollo Park,, Charon Way, Burtonwood, WA5 7YA | 01925 711278