Restaurant review – TableTable at Broomside Park

Broomside Park is a bit off our beaten track, but we needed to take the boys to get their feet measured in Durham, so when we were invited to review, we decided to round off Shoe-gate with a much-needed meal out.

Broomside-Park-1We headed off from the city centre and were in the car park within a few minutes. It is in a good location, just off the A1, and very easy to get to. We don’t normally go to chain restaurants, as there aren’t any near home, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Inside, Broomside Park is well laid out, and feels very cosy. There are small, interconnected rooms, tables tucked away in nooks and booths and clever use of dividing walls, which gives you a feeling of privacy. It was early evening on a Saturday and clearly it was a popular venue, as the pub/restaurant was lively and busy.

As soon as we were seated, two activity packs appeared for the boys, which kept them entertained before and after the meal. The packs appealed to my two year old and five year old, but the packs include varying levels of activities to suit older children as well.

prawnsThe menu was as you would expect from a chain, plenty of choice with dishes you would expect to find, but with a few surprises, such as the wasabi king prawns (£5.49) which were really tasty and well presented. For his main course, my husband chose the rack of ribs and paprika chicken breast, which was a huge plateful. He thought it was tasty and well worth the money. My main course prawn salad (£9.95) was packed with prawns and the ginger dressing and fresh sliced chilli gave it the right punch. I would say that there was slightly too much dressing for my taste, but I did still enjoy it. What really stood out, however, were the children’s meals. The menu offered a main course plus either a starter or a pudding for £3.99. The mains are a mix and match, so children can choose the main element of the meal then two sides from the pictures on the menu. There are plenty of choices, and it is easy to tailor a meal for even the fussiest of eaters. The boys both chose burgers, skinny fries and then one coleslaw and one veg sticks, and I was impressed with both the quality and size of the children’s meals. My boys have big appetites and they can often be a bit disappointed when children’s sized portions don’t fill them up. They both ate everything, then went on to tackle puddings. Their banana split and scary ice cream face both went down very well, with good quality ice cream. The adults’ desserts were equally as good. We had the warm chocolate brownie and a tarte tatin and both were far better quality than the usual pre-made pub desserts.

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The staff at Broomside Park, particularly Dave, were fantastic, and everyone was attentive, quick and friendly on what was a very busy afternoon/evening. When you are eating out with children, this can be a real bonus. Fast service with a family friendly attitude is exactly what you need to enjoy a meal together, and I think that Broomside Park offers a great, reliable option for families in Durham City. There are many options if you choose to make regular visits to Broomside Park, as TableTable run a loyalty scheme which offers regular discounts, and even mums eat free offers on Sundays (after 2pm). It is a little far for us to go regularly, but I did sign up for a card just in case.

I would recommend Broomside Park for its lovely (and very efficient) staff, family friendly attitudes and its menu choices for the whole family. It wasn’t quite the weather for the beer garden – in fact we had left snow covered hills at home – but it looks like it would be a lovely place to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

Highlights 

  • sunny south facing beer garden
  • good value food
  • family friendly
  • large parking spaces in the car park
  • generous offers and discounts as part of the loyalty scheme
  • plenty of choice
  • kids eat main and either starter or pudding for £3.99 (£1.99 before 5pm)
  • Breakfast – two kids can eat free for every adult breakfast purchased
  • mums eat free on Sunday (after 2pm, voucher required)

Broomside Park’s menus are all available on their website, and you can also book online.

Note: we were given a voucher for Broomside Park for the purposes of this review. The views and opinions expressed are my own, and this review is an honest and unbiased account of our experience. The images used in this blog post have been taken from the TableTable website.

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