Eating Out - WHAT'S NEW
Our regular round-up of what's fresh on the menu in Swindon
Special theme nights, new restaurants, chefs winning awards - and especially special offers. You'll find it here in our new, regular round-up of what's new on the eating out front in Swindon.
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06 April 2014
The Best Day For A Family Sunday Lunch?
Just in case you needed reminding, it's coming very soon on Sunday 20 April.
So get on the phone or book online and find a pub or restaurant near you for one of the best meals of the year - Easter Sunday lunch with all the family.
Here's the best places to go.
Award-winning Food For Less
2014 looks set to be a great year “two” for Michael, Pauline and their 2 AA Rosette team at The Highworth with the addition of a new function room and courtyard for private parties, weddings and family dining.
But what we like most this month are the spring offers available throughout April.
For really good food for less (and the chance to stay the night!), these take a lot of beating.
Sunday - Thursday
Spend £40 in the restaurant and stay the night for £30.
Friday & Saturday
FREE glass of fizz on arrival for a table of 4 or more.
Anytime in April
Spend £30 four times in April and get a FREE £25 voucher
The hotel, bar & restaurant also have a bottle of wine offer, extended 2-4-1 on cocktails and a their fantastic tapas on offer a 3-2 offer as well.
More details on their website.
Talking of Tapas!
Where's best in Swindon
Spring means the clocks going forward and it still being light after six o'clock (the cue for a glass or two for some!)
And in the last week the weather's definitely been good enough for thoughts of summer and tapas - that most sophisticated of continental options that's become very popular in Swindon in the last few years..
So next time the sun's out and you're feeling sociable, here's the best places to enjoy a tipple and a nibble in Swindon.
Someone once said 'the Americans serve cheese as a starter, the French before dessert and the English as a grand finale!'
So if you like your Red Leicester, Port Salut or Stinking Bishop - and you're still putting off your new year diet - please look away now.
The new season cheese board at the Weighbridge Brewhouse looks magnificent and tastes even better. And we know, we've tried it! And even took a picture of it.
They also say the flavour of cheese tastes even better when sipped with real ale (or is that visa versa?). So with an in-house brewery just yards away and new craft ales on tap - hence the Brewhouse name - can a grand finale get any better?
New Places To Eat
Always the most exciting news of the month! Where's new to try in Swindon.
Hoopers Place, Old Town
Kurma or Calamari? You can have either at Asiana, the new Indian-Italian restaurant & bar in Old Town.
For your chance to enjoy a meal and drinks
to the value of £50 at Asiana on us,
just answer the simple question via the link below.
Just opened in what was the short-lived Texicans at the bottom of Vic hill. We haven't checked this place out yet but it looks like there are already quite a few Chennai Dosa's outlets in the UK, all offering South Indian & Sri Lankan food to eat in or takeaway.
We've heard there is a new Gin Bar and Moroccan restaurant opening later this summer in Old Town, Swindon. More news coming soon!
Eating Out Events
For some of us it's any excuse to get out and enjoy an evening tucking into good food or something completely different.
Pat Murphy at The Royal Oak at Bishopstone
Monday 07 April
If you like cricket, football and very good food, then this is the evening for you.
Pat Murphy from BBC Radio 5 Live returns to The Royal Oak to give his view on last winter's Ashes debacle, plus answer questions on his career covering football for over the last 25 years including writing Brian Clough's biography.
And there's a few tales to tell there for sure!
The night includes three courses of superb Michelin rated food at Helen Browning’s award-winning pub, The Royal Oak. £25pp.
But hurry, there's only a couple of tickets left!
Rose & Crown
Thursday 17 April
A special event at The Crown in Stratton St Margaret to raise money for Cancer Research.
The evening costs £7.95 per person but with £5 going direct to the charity.
Expect to find typical Mexican dishes on the menu include sizzling specials, fajitas, plenty of tacos and salsa and the odd bit of Tex-Mex.
And for something completely different....
A Sunday of Smokey Delights
Bunch of Swines Pop-Up Restaurant
One of Swindon's best-kept secrets, the people at Bunch of Swines are world beaters - quite literally - when it comes to BBQ'ing.
And after the success of last year's pop up restaurant idea, they are bringing it back this Easter at the Regent Hotel on Sunday 20 April.
There will be two sittings: 1pm (almost sold out) & 6pm.
WIN 2 TICKETS
And best of all, we've 2 tickets to give away in a competition.
Reviews say it all
El Toro, Old Town
If you're a regular to this column you'll know we like to have a quick nosey at TripAdvisor reviews of Swindon restaurants to see who's having nice things said about them.
We all know the jury is still out on TripAdvisor and whether you should believe what's been written, but sometimes you can just tell it's pretty genuine - not obvious, flattering comments from mates or unfair criticism from rival establishments.
This month, we take a look at what people have been saying about
El Toro in Old Town, a place with a growing reputation for its Spanish cuisine, steaks and tapas.
And the comments not surprisingly are very good indeed!
"The food was delicious and thankfully we took the advice of the waitress when ordering as there is so much choice you could easily order too much tapas. All staff were very friendly and attentive and the place was very busy! Overall, completely satisfied and will definitely go again...."
"My colleague and I had been in Swindon on business for a week and prior to el toro our food ranged from mediocre to near poison. On wednesday 5th of March we came for a meal and liked it so much we came back the following night as well. We were greeted and served by a beautiful, friendly and helpful Spanish waitress (sorry I didn't get a name) who did everything perfectly...."
"I went here with a party of friends for my birthday. Ed and his staff really looked after us and the food was great as usual. Can thoroughly recommend."
Our advice, as always - judge for yourself!
Dates For Your Diary
It pays to book early
There's always a few days in the year when a trip out for a meal is almost compulsory. So to avoid disappointment or, worse still, the drafty table next to the back-door and bins, here's the key dates.
They'll be on us before you know it!
Easter Sunday - Sunday 20 April (another reminder!)
Father's Day - Sunday 15 June
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