The Roundstone Pub Restaurant – Review

The Roundstone Pub Restaurant is part of the Whitbread group and with pub restaurants all over the country we were excited to be invited to try out their new family friendly summer menu. The Roundstone Pub can be found just outside Worthing on the A259 and is conveniently located between Worthing and Littlehampton. We often pass the Roundstone on trips out as a family and I have often wondered what their food was like.

The Roundstone had a lovely feel to the place from when we were greeted and seated. There are lots of little alcoves around the building and this gave a lovely feel of having your own private space, and not upsetting any of the other diners. The Roundstone was quite dark when we went in, but we were seated at a lovely bright table overlooking their outside space. We were welcomed by the manager and waiting staff, and soon had drinks while we decided what to try for our dinner.

the roundstone

The summer menu had plenty to choose from, there was also a Sunday roast menu, specials as well as a great looking kids menu with a Horrid Histories theme. I was pleased to see that the kids menu had a great selection to choose from and with a buffet style choice you could mix and match your kids favourite foods for £3.99. This included either a pudding or starter.  You also had the option for £4.99 to have mini versions of the adult mains, this would be perfect for families with tweenagers. The boy loved the Horrid Histories kid pack which came with crayons and kept him amused for a good amount of time while we waited for food.

Dad and I decided to skip on a full starter and share a bread board, as we wanted to save room for pudding. Dad and I had lots to choose from, and soon had picked something tasty. Dad chose surf and turf, something which is a very special treat, I don’t oftern cook steak at home. I chose to try out the vegetarian pie, with a spicy tomato pastry and fresh veg, which came with the Sunday roast trimmings and I do love a good Yorkshire pudding. The waiting staff were very friendly, and seemed to know lots of the other diners. We soon realised that this friendly pub has lots of very loyal customers, and the waiting staff enjoyed time to chat and get to know their customers which makes the Roundstone pub a family friendly place to eat.

roundstone food

The food was quick to turn up, and was hot and looked great. I did think that the plates were rather large and this meant that it looked like you had less on your plate. The boys hot dog looked very lost! The food was very fresh and tasty and Dad was impressed that his steak was exactly as he likes it, and he said the prawns were very tasty. My vegetarian pie came with roast potato’s, Yorkshire pudding, and the carrot and sweed mash was lovely. The boy wasn’t feeling quite himself and while he enjoyed the mash and peas said that the hot dog didn’t look very appealing. I thought it looked like a nice hot dog with a traditional style English sausage, something I think on a good day the boy would have enjoyed.

We made sure that we saved room for pudding, and I had my eye on the banoffee pie, while dad had to try a jaffa cake sundae. The boy chose to have a pudding from the specials rather than the kids menu, choosing an eton mess. The kids puddings looked great fun though with coffin puds with chocolate mouse and body parts. Our puddings looked amazing, and tasted just as good. Dad said he was inspired for us to make him more jaffa cake sundaes. My pudding was the nicest I have had on a meal out, and they were all very reasonably priced too, starting at £3.49.

roundstone puds

I have to sum up that the Roundstone pub has been a great place to stop off and eat, and will be a new family restaurant to add to my list. Our meal including drinks came to £59.46 and we thought for the amount we had was good value for money. I will certainly keep the Roundstone in mind as children eat free on a weekday before 5pm and also for breakfast. There are plenty of offers on the website as well as joining the Tasty reward card, where you can eat for free on your Birthday. The roundstone pub is a great place to take family and I would recommend it as it had a lovely warm friendly family feel, and lovely staff.

Disclaimer, we were asked to try out the Roundstone pub and were given credit to spend on our food. Our opinions remain our won and have not been altered.

 

An evening out at Dean’s Diner Port Solent

When I was asked to pop along to Dean’s Diner and try out their restaurant at Post Solent I could hardly refuse. As a family we have a great love of all things American, and this would be right up our street.
Dean’s Diner as the name might suggest is an old American style 50/60’s diner, they serve proper burger style food, fries, shakes and good old homemade pudding favourite’s.
For this mission we took a friend who we can call J, she is also a huge American & Disney fan, and many an hour has been spent comparing Disney rides. So this seemed the ideal opportunity to have an evening out and discuss all the rides we will be trying in Disneyland Paris in just a weeks time!

Port Solent itself is a Marina, so has great views out from all the restaurants over some pretty nice boats, and although it was a warm evening, the boy chose a booth inside for us to sit in. The restaurant has a great atmosphere with all the decoration that you would expect, from red leatherette chairs and tomato shaped sauce bottles, to a real juke box and serving bar! There were lots of other customer but we were seated quickly and it didn’t feel cramped. We were handed menus and we were asked by our very cheerful waitress Emma if we would like drinks straight away, or time to think.

We chose to have a good look first and then decide, and it wasn’t long before Emma was back to take our orders. We chose all our food and drinks and Emma who was possibly the most cheerful person I have met, was only too happy to explain items on the menu for us.
The food and drinks arrived very quickly, and we soon tucked in. The boy had been to a party so we didn’t order a full meal for him but instead he shared some of Daddy M’s ribs. The kids menu looked good with a mix of burgers, hotdogs fries and other bits, along with mini milk shakes all with a fun colouring sheet and puzzles.
I chose a simple chicken burger with sides and J chose a combo meal. All the food looked appetising and was nice and hot, and there were fun touches like the fries coming out in little baskets.

Soon it was time to clear away and have pudding, and this is my favourite bit! Unfortunately there was only one piece of apple pie left, which meant I had to share with the boy, while J had hot fudge cake, and daddy had a pancake stack. Now I would go back just for the apple pie as it was lovely, and we all tried some of J’s chocolate cake which was rich and also very nice. All too soon dinner was over and it was time to go home, so we said our goodbyes, took a few more pictures and strolled back to the car.

I would recommend this restaurant for the atmosphere and I would love to sit outside of an evening, so this is a great spot. The food was of a good standard and plenty of it, if you like American style burgers, its like an upmarket fast food joint. You do have to order all your sides separately which can make it expensive, and for the three adults and one child (the child had no main meal) the bill came to £63.50. We thought that the combo meals looked the best value, but I think you are paying a little extra for the area this restaurant is in. The staff were all happy and seemed to be enjoying their work and we couldn’t fault the service. I think if we pass this way again, I might just have to pop back in for that missing piece of apple pie!

Thanks to Dean’s Diner we were given our food and travel, the review and thoughts however remain ours and are unaltered.