Reviewed by Lynn Short
Formerly The Pickhurst Tavern, this new Miller & Carter steakhouse opened on 26th February this year following a complete refurbishment.
Our table was booked for 7pm so it was already dark by the time we arrived. The Miller & Carter signage was easy to see as we approached and it has its own large car park. There are disabled parking spaces to the left of the building near a ramp entrance, the main car park is to the right of the building. The exterior was well lit, the parking areas and features were all clean and tidy.
We were warmly greeted when we arrived and our reservation was checked. We were shown to our table which was at the far end of the restaurant and we walked through a variety of seating areas to get there. This is a large restaurant designed in such a way as to create the impression of several separate dining areas by the clever use of pillars, mirrors and artistic dividers. There are some 50 tables but it does not feel at all overcrowded. The lighting was low but not so low as to cause difficulty in reading the menu. There was background music, however this was unobtrusive and we were able to talk to each other without having to raise our voices.
Miller & Carter are steakhouses and pride themselves on the quality of their beef, they do of course have alternative choices and a vegetarian option. I chose Baked Cheddar Mushrooms to start and my husband chose Bourbon Glazed Pork Bellybites, both were delicious. I then had a fillet steak (rare) and my husband had a sirloin steak (medium rare), the steaks are served with parsley butter, seasoned fries, a slice of onion loaf and balsamic glazed beef tomato, a lettuce wedge and a steak sauce. The lettuce is served in a separate bowl and there is a choice of 4 dressings, the steak sauce is served separately and there are 5 sauces from which to choose. We also had side orders of grilled asparagus and garlic mushrooms. We were provided with steak knives which were fearsome looking weapons, however I didn’t need to use mine as the ordinary knife just slid through the steak as if it were butter it was so tender. All the food was well cooked, well presented and delicious.
There is a good wine list and I had a glass of Merlot which was excellent, my husband who had drawn the short straw and was driving had an elderberry and pomegranate tonic.
The dessert menu was very appealing but did not include a cheese option. Unfortunately neither of us could manage a further course – next time we will skip the starter and have dessert instead.
There is a special menu for younger guests and high chairs are available. There is also a separate small dining room, with a set menu, for private parties and seats up to 12 people.
The restaurant was very busy during our visit but the staff were very efficient and they were all neat and smartly dressed. Our waitress, Hayley, was very good, helpful and polite; she was able to easily answer our menu queries, she took our order promptly and our food was brought to us after only a short wait.
Miller & Carter is open daily from 11.30 to 23.00. Take a look at their website www.millerandcarter.co.uk for more details and don’t wait for an excuse – just go!
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Miller & Carter Bromley, Pickhurst Lane, Bromley, Kent BR4 0HH | 020 8462 1876