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Beefeater is fast becoming one of our favourite chains to eat at. The food is pretty darn good for a family chain restaurant and has quite a selection, there is a varied kids menu but more than that they are seriously accommodating and friendly to the fact we need quite a space for Grayson’s needs.
We had never been to The Woodlands, Gravesend branch so when we were invited to come check it out since the refurb we were more than willing.
The restaurant looked lovely, with a very welcoming foyer and lovely ramps so easy to get Grayson in, the decor was lovely warm tones and with all the newly refurb Beefeaters they have great wall art in keeping with what they are about. Addison and Deacon love spotting all the different cows everywhere.
Our table had been pre booked in advance and it was explained that we needed seating for 4 of us plus room for Grayson’s wheelchair, I always make sure I fully explain this and that Grayson can be quite noisy, some restaurants choose to sit us away from the main tables a little but this honestly does not bother me as usually gives us more room and I don’t feel worried about the noise upsetting other Diners, even though it is a family restaurant.
The table did not seem to have been organised and when they sat us at the table they had not put a place for Grayson, I was a little disappointed as although he doesn’t feed himself, I still like to have him included at the table with his family and he does need to be fed.
I just moved seats around and we were fine, the table was a little bit smaller than we are usually sat at for a family of 5 but we were by no means squashed.
Our waitress did take some time to come over to take our order (although the restaurant was very quiet) but when she did she was lovely and polite and was happy to sort of getting the kids meals asap.
As I said before we find the quality of food at Beefeater very good value for money. We always have to change-up a meal for Grayson to suit what he can eat and they always do this with no questions. Addison had a kid’s meal of the menu and it was a great size.
Our meals very good, great portion sizes and the meat was cooked perfectly. Ashley and I both upgraded our chips to triple cooked chips which I honestly think are a must if you go, as are their beer battered onion rings. Ashley said the chicken in his Mixed Grill was some of the best he had in ages, Beefeater do know how to grill their meat.
Each child is given a Mr.Men & Little Miss Activity pack which keeps them greatly entertained during the wait for food, till the end of August each children’s meal comes with a free Mr.Men toy, which the kids are loving.
The Woodlands kindly give these out at the beginning when ordering which I think is a great idea as it gives them something to keep them occupied.
First thing Beefeater has written policy for disabled guests, which truly I am so pleased to see in a large chain, they make sure no guest feels discriminated.
The main toilets are well maintained and plenty of them for the size of the restaurant, although we found the disabled toilet not really large enough to get a wheelchair in.
There is ample free parking and 3 disabled spaces well located right outside the main door.
Outside the restaurant is a lovely park and gardens which would be great to visit after Sunday lunch for a family stroll.
All in all we love the Beefeater chain, they provide good quality food at good prices and a place that really is for the whole family.
The restaurants are never tight on space which is something you always notice when you have small children.
The restaurant looked lovely and had been done up very well, but honestly we did not find the staff at this branch as helpful and lovely as that of our other 2 local Beefeaters.
But that said we shall definitely still be making Beefeater our main restaurant of choice when we all go out for a meal and if ever in the area again we would try The Woodlands again.
Grayson loved his meal and was pleased he could sit right at the table in his wheelchair just like his brother and sister.
We award The Woodlands, 4 out of 5 G’s and 2 Super G’s.
Do you go to Beefeater ? How do you find it ?