As working parents, weekends are really important to us. We try to do something special as a family every weekend, mostly it's things that don't cost a penny like a trip to the park or a country walk but every so often we like to treat ourselves to Sunday Lunch out! For me it's the ideal way of spending a Sunday afternoon; no cooking, no washing up and lots of time together to chat about our week!
This Sunday we were invited to enjoy Sunday lunch at the newly refurbished and reopened Whitegate Inn Beefeater Grill, in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
As we walked in I noticed the new bright and appealing decor, with wooden paneling and 'steak house' themed wall mountings. The children we're especially impressed with the 'grassy' hello sign and insisted on posing for a photo below it. It was a pleasant atmosphere and one I was looking forward to spending my Sunday afternoon in. We were greeted at the entrance and despite being early for our booking we were led straight to our table in the centre of the restaurant.
As well as the extensive menu that is available all week long we also had the option of the special Sunday Roast menu which as well as offering the option of Chicken, Lamb, Beef or Vegetable Wellington Roasts starting from just £7.99, also offered a variety of starters and desserts from £2.99 and the option to add extra roasties, gravy and Yorkshire puds to your meal for just 99p!
The children were each handed their own very special Mr Men and Little Miss Menus to choose from. I love Mr Men and Little Miss as it takes me back to my own childhood and it really delights me to see my children getting excited about the characters too. The children's menu offered a child sized Sunday lunch for £4.99 or a selection of great value meal deals ranging from £4.49 for a main and a drink to £5.99 for a 'tastebud tickler', main course, pudding and squash. This option also included a 20p donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
While we waited, the children enjoyed coloring, puzzling and more with their special Mr Men and Little Miss activity pack, I was really impressed with how detailed these were as they had something for children of all ages from coloring to word searches, spot the difference, Mr Men sudoku and a step by step 'how to draw Mr Strong! which my 7 year old was quite good at!
The activity pack also contains QR code to scan with your smartphone to take you to a fabulous app where you can create your own Mr Men and Little Miss family portrait! It was great fun and you can see ours below:
The starters soon arrived and tasted just as delicious as they looked! The children both chose cheesy nachos which came with a tomato dipping sauce. I went for the loaded potato dippers with cheese and spring onion which were a lovely start to the meal, Mr MMP chose the breaded mushrooms which he thoroughly enjoyed and Nanna splashed out on some sticky BBQ ribs which arrived with a generous portion of coleslaw.
After a short rest our mains were served, both my husband and I had ordered from the Sunday lunch menu I was delighted to find a vegetarian option that still came with all the trimmings including roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and even my own jug of vegetarian gravy! James was impressed with his beef that cooked to order, The crisp outside sealed a succulent and juicy piece of meat.
As I'm trying to make healthier choices (and I was full from my lovely roast!) I reluctantly decided to sit this course out but that didn't stop the rest of my brood! Mr MMP throughly enjoyed his enormous Honeycomb & Chocolate Sundae that was only £3.99 when ordered with the Sunday Lunch. After much deliberation my daughter Elizabeth, finally decided on the Jelly and Ice Cream which I as rather jealous of and my son Ben, went for the aptly named Chocolate Challenge. I think the pictures say it all...
We all enjoyed a delicious meal in a lovely setting with great company. The food was fabulous quality and really great value. We will certainly be returning to the Whitegate Inn to eat in the future!
We were sent vouchers towards our meal in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.