Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes
The scheduled time for the taster evening was 5pm until 7pm. We arrived about 5.15 at the Brewers Fayre, Castlewood, Alfreton. There were already plenty of other guests present at this point. The purpose of this event was a tasting session for their spring 2016 menu. There were three of us in our party, my 19 year old son, my 14 year old daughter and myself. Our taste buds are quite different, so it will be interesting to see what is available for tasting. We were instantly greeted by a pleasant member of staff who made us feel very welcome and offered us a drink. My son opted for a pint of lager whilst my daughter and myself tried the new J20 – Apple and Watermelon splitzer. We were advised to take a seat and informed that others may join our table as a considerable amount of people were invited to the evening. Everyone was informed of the plan for the tasting session. Firstly we were provided with two starters, the first to arrive was Crispy potato dippers with spring onion and bacon. This starter is available within a deal on the new menu. You can have two of these starters for £2.50 Monday to Friday between 12-6. The second starter we got to try was Chicken wings with Peri-Peri sauce. Both starters were lovely and tasted delicious. My preference was the wings the sauce definitely had a spicy kick which made it interesting.
Following the starter taster the main arrived. First we got to sample Mexican Beef chilli, rice and tortilla chips. We were given a small sample of the chilli. Once again it was great. The next main meal taster was Chicken garlic chicken. There were a couple of chicken portions each. This chicken is served with chips and salad on the menu. The chicken was very crispy. It was coated in bread crumbs and had a garlic taste. I found the level of garlic to be adequate. This chicken was hit with all of us. Next were portions of roast pepper tartlets. These were great. My son pointed out that he would not normally opt to eat this type of food but he did enjoy these tartlets. The final taster we got for the main was a quarter of the cheese and mushroom burger. I have to say the burger was fantastic the meat melted within your mouth. This was my favourite from the selection of mains.
Throughout the food selections we were regularly offered top ups on our drinks. The service efficiency was great and was delivered in style by polite, patient and friendly staff. They attended to all of the guests needs. The staff are a credit to the organisation.
The last food selection to arrive was the bit which I had personally been waiting for the desserts. We had the opportunity to try the dirty mud pie which is over a 1000 calories per portion. This was truly amazing and a true chocoholic would be in heaven with this dessert. To be honest I found this one a little too rich in taste. I personally preferred the banofee pie it was the best I have had for a long while.
We have been well and truly feed, we will not need to eat for a while. We all enjoyed the selection we were given and they was nothing we did not like.
I took the opportunity to browse through the new menu. It has a wide range of dishes, all of which are very reasonably priced. There are many great deals on offer too. There are weekly theme nights if you choose. Brewers Fayre should be proud on their Spring menu and I am certain it will be a big hit.
In between tasters I was speaking with the staff. They advised the venue is closing shortly for nine days to undergo a major refurbishment. This shocked me a little as the venue did not strike me as being in need of a refurbishment. Apparently the refurbishment is to make it modern and to freshen it up. I will be intrigued to see the end result and hope to visit once the refurbishment is complete.
I used the public convenience whilst there. These were very clean, well-stocked and hygienic.
I must take my hat off the Brewers Fayre at Castlewood. They did their chain proud with their outstanding customer service levels. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble and the event was well attended there was at least 30 guests in attendance for the taster evening. I also thought it was a nice touch on their behalf to invite and reward their loyal customers who are part on the bonus scheme. It is great to see an organisation putting something back into the general community and public domain. Well done to the Brewers Fayre for a truly remarkable event.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit:
Brewers Fayre, Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Alfreton, DE55 2DY | 01773 862 899