The Old Sugar Loaf (Kings Feast)
We went to review this pub right in the heart of Dunstable on a Saturday evening. Like most local people we tend to go out for a meal and drinks at the weekend when socialising with friends. We wanted to see what the Old Sugar Loaf was like at a weekend. The venue had recently undergone a lovely refurbishment and we found the staff pleasant and the ambience very inviting.
The restaurant has a lovely new menu too! Ordering our food was easy. I choose a steak dish and requested salad instead of the usual pea's and flat tomato. The bar staff were very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble.
Lorraine choose a sweet and sour chicken dish and we were not left waiting too long before our food arrived. I was impressed with the layout of my plate. The food looked very appealing and my steak was cooked to perfection. Just the way I wanted it. Very Impressed! Lorraine's sweet n sour chicken came with a large portion of rice and was served with a huge helping of prawn crackers.
We had a good browse through the menu. There is lots of choice of starters and sharing platters starting from £3 and a wide selection of main courses with large meals for the bigger appetite again reasonably priced starting around £5-£6. The dessert menu is around £3-£4. We sampled the Sharing Chocolate Sundae which was Belgian waffles with chocolate fudge cake, vanilla ice-cream, a mound of whipped cream, maltesers and m&m chocolates! The dessert was huge and we enjoyed sharing it together. We didn't manage to eat it all!!
The restaurant area in the pub has been tastefully refurbished and was long overdue. I feel that the popular pub is ideal for a Sunday roast with the family, a celebration with friends or a meal with a loved one. There is something for everybody and the hospitality was excellent.
The new Sugar Lounge to the rear of the Old Sugar Loaf (Kings Feast) has also had a lovely refurbishment. We noticed the new layout which allows more seating and relaxing areas to catch up with friends. There are now large private booths ideal for a get together and party with a group of friends.The booths are circular so allows for everyone to sit and join in a conversation. Away from the newly appointed dance floor is a lounge area with large comfy leather sofas and an area for people to relax over drinks. In the main bar area there is new seating and dj/dance area. The new layout flows easily and all walkways are wider and more defined. The disco lights shimmer around the bar and everyone was relaxed and having a great time. The bar is well stocked with all the branded drinks you would expect to find. I particulary loved the new cocktail offers. All cocktails are £4 each or 2 for £6.50. They also did a giant pitcher of selected cocktails for £8.95 too. There is a patio seating area outside with patio heaters and speakers that plays the music from inside the bar. Some very subtle changes to the new refurbishment which I feel is meeting the expectations of what people want from a night out. The Sugar Loaf is in keeping with its local competitors and has a lot to offer the local community. Being a regular prior to the refurbishment I was excited to see how it had changed. I wasn't disappointed at all. It exceeded my expectations. A lovely improvement and an ideal place to meet up with friends in a relaxed, more modern and inviting atmosphere.
Overall experience 8/10
Reviewed by Shelley East & Lorraine Nickell