Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I make a pretty awesome Sunday roast. My mum has taught me well and I’ve added my own little stamp over the years. This means that I don’t really like going out to eat a Sunday roast. I loathe paying for a meal I could have cooked better myself. This means that despite eating out a lot, we don’t often eat out for Sunday dinner.
A few weekends ago though we had a really busy Sunday. We had a Christening in the morning and lots of other bits we needed to get done so I couldn’t be bothered cooking. It was the perfect opportunity for us to go check out Beast by Night, the new restaurant at Farmer Copley’s.
As you can probably gather, and if you’ve seen my earlier posts about Farmer Copley’s, it is a working farm, and the restaurant is situated on the farm. Therefore, as you’d probably expect, most of the menu is heavily meat based. Having said that, vegetarians like myself, are catered for too.We booked our table for as early as possible as Luca was at school the next morning, and when we arrived we were quickly seated in one of the booths. These are lovely and intimate and unlike some restaurant booths, you are not sat back to back with another table. There are people behind you but they’ve been cleverly designed to have a nice space between them so you don’t feel like your sat on top of one another.
The decor itself is beautiful. Lots of wood and leather, with a very natural feel to it all but also subtly paying homage to its farming roots. It’s a warm and inviting place to gather and eat with some quirky touches, like the bowler hat light shades. It’s a place I can imagine my whole family eating together for a special occasion.
We were given our menus and then we placed our drinks order. Cloudy lemonade for Luca, a bottle of wine to share and then I also took up the offer of a strawberry & rhubarb cosmopolitan. It was so yummy!
The gentleman who took our drinks order really knew his stuff too, talking us through the wine options so we could make the best choice. Which was handy as I can be quite fussy with wine.
After a browse of the menu I decided to skip the starter and opt for a pudding. As much as I would have loved to I can’t manage three courses and the puddings sounded incredible. Ant however could manage seven courses if you let him and so he started with the Sweet Chilli Pulled Pork Fritter. Ant was really impressed with it and said it was absolutely delicious.
At the same time Luca was served his kid’s meal. The kids menu at Beast by Night is one of the most impressive menu’s I have ever seen. There are 8 different options, all homemade and no chicken nuggets or fish fingers in site. There is also a little note at the bottom that reads;
If your little one would like something different, please just ask, we have the farm shop on site and chefs ready to create something that they will love. Alternatively they can have a child’s portion of anything from the main menu.
I really think that is a lovely little touch as we all know how fussy kids can be at times. Knowing you can go somewhere that really will cater for your child is such a bonus.
Anyway, Luca ended up choosing the ‘Butchers Award Winning Pork Sausage’ but opted for chips instead of mash, weird kid! It came out with Ant’s starter and he demolished it in a matter of minutes. Definite sign of approval from Luca who usually eats like a bird.
When it came to our main courses Ant opted for a steak. It’s something he rarely gets at home so is a huge treat for him when we are out. The menu tells you everything you need to know about the meat you are eating too.
Our beef is all home & locally produced Aberdeen Angus x Black Limousin, all from heifers (females) and grass fed. Then the meat is hung for 28 days, prepared by our Farm Shop butchers and then cooked by our chefs on the Robata grill. The result is sublime juicy tasty steaks.
Ant said he had to agree that the steak really was sublime.
I went for a vegetarian Sunday dinner as the vegetarian option that day was a vegetable & goats cheese stack and I’m not keen on goats cheese. As I said before I make a mean sunday dinner so I was a bit dubious but I really wasn’t disappointed. Everything was delicious and my meal was served with roasted butternut squash as well as all the other usual trimmings. I found this to be a lovely touch as most places I’ve eaten a Sunday ‘roast’ at just remove the meat when I ask for a vegetarian one and don’t replace it with anything.
It really was scrummy and didn’t leave me much room for pudding. Because of this we decided to share a pudding whilst Luca had his ice cream. We agreed on Sticky Toffee pudding and when it arrived it smelt heavenly. In fact it looked and smelt so good we dived straight in and I forgot to take a photo of it. Bad blogger!
As you can probably tell it tasted as good as it looked and didn’t last long with both of us eating it.
Once we were all fit to bursting we rolled back to our car, very satisfied with our meal and the service we received. The staff were all really friendly and willing to help with any of our questions or changes to the menu. Nothing was too much to ask. The setting is beautiful and we really did have a delicious meal. We will absolutely be going back to Beast by Night to try out more of the menu soon as it ticked all the boxes for us as a family.
*Disclaimer – We were kindly given the meal free of charge in exchange for our honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own*