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 regular, rolling round-up of what's new on the eating out front in Swindon.
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29 March 2015
The Best Day For A Family Sunday Lunch?
Mother's Day is right up there too, of course. But there really is something special about Easter Sunday and the whole four-day weekend.
Just in case you needed reminding, it's coming very, very soon on Sunday 05 April.
So if you haven't already, 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.
And if you fancy Fish on Good Friday - good for the 'sole' we hear! - here's some places to try.
New Spring Tasting Menu
Now being served
2015 looks set to be a great year “three” for Michael, Pauline and their 2 AA Rosette team at The Highworth where their restaurant, function rooms and courtyard for private parties, weddings and family dining make it a great venue all year round.
But what we like most when spring arrives in a new menu that shows off all the fantastic ingredients a new season brings.
Available on Friday and Saturday nights only, Head Chef Chris Lovell has produced a six-course menu that bring together all the spring flavours and textures that work well so together to build what he describes as dishes that 'really pleases the senses'.
Chestnut Mushrooms & Ox Tongue, Cornish Mackerel & Rhubarb Fresh Wasabi, Oyster Beignet & Rocks, Wilted Sea Herbs & Shellfish, Fillet & Shoulder of Roe Deer being just a selection of what's on offer.
Matching wines with four courses and welcome drink are also available for an additional £25.00 per head.
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Best of all, you can try it with friends and family completely on the house if you enter our Facebook competition via the link below.
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.
New-look Tawny Owl
Timely then that Tapas Tuesdays are also back at new-look Tawny Owl in north Swindon where three tasty dishes incl. bread & dipping oil are available for £12 from 6-9pm.
They've got a completely new menu coming out on 14 April too.
Highly regarded as Swindon's premium place to dine out, the chefs at The Weighbridge Brewhouse are always developing dishes and tastes that you don't find on the average menu.
So if you like your game, then you'll love the choice of fillets and loins currently on offer.
The Taste of The Wild option featuring the trio of kangaroo, venison and wild boar served with smoked bacon, black pudding and shimiji mushrooms sauté, then flamed in brandy and finished with a hint of cream should give you a good idea!
> Weighbridge Brewhouse - website
And while we're on the subject of fur and feathers, may we also recommend a trip out to The White Horse at Winterbourne Bassett, a proper country pub who love their game!
Three Bird Pie
White Horse at Winterbourne Bassett
Their specials board is full of seasonal delights and really homemade hearty meals as you'd expect from a pub that knows what its local customers like.
And their Three Bird Pie is right up on the popularity stakes, a recipe that changes depending on what's available but always beautifully made with a lattice pastry and served with a red wine, orange and rosemary gravy and fresh vegetables. Superb pub food at its best.
Ed's Easy Diner recognised by Coeliac UK
On a totally different subject there's some very good news for those who like a burger but are Coeliac sufferers or those who prefer a Gluten free diet.
The new menu offers a mega 85% of the dishes from the non-GF menu so there’s no need to miss out on Ed’s faves, including one of the UK's first ever gluten-free hot dog!
New Places To Eat
Always the most exciting news of the month! Where's new to try in Swindon.
And after the thrill of all those restaurants opening thick and fast at Regent Circus & the Designer Outlet earlier this year - Nandos, Prezzo, Ask, Gourmet Kitchen, Wagamamas et all - things have quietened down in Swindon in the last month as you'd expect.
Regent Circus, Swindon town centre
Describing themselves as 'Swindon’s freshest contemporary Japanese sushi and noodle bar', Yume means 'to dream' apparently.
And as another edition to the eating out options on what was 'curry corner' we can't wait to give it a try.
Reviews say it all
Prezzo, Regent Circus
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
the new Prezzo in Regent Circus, one of the plethora of restaurants that's opened at the top of the town centre we mentioned earlier.
And judging by the comments, it's still early days for them as far as getting everything right is concerned.
Here's the last 4 reviews
"So disappointed with our food tonight!! Pasta dish I had was so bland and tasteless, I've cooked better at home! Others on the table also said the same. When the bill came out my pasta dish had been taken off but a £27 service charge had been put on!! So disappointed won't be returning!"
29 March 2015
"Friday early evening & we did book but when we arrived my name wasn't on the list: heart dropped but the manager found a table within a few minutes. Nice food well served & straight into Wyvern on time.
27 March 2015
"We visited here on a Saturday evening before going to the theatre. We've been to Prezzo in other towns and were really pleased that we've finally got one in Swindon. The restaurant is large & airy with good décor & a nice atmosphere. The staff were friendly & the menu was as good as always with plenty of choice. We both had lovely fresh pizzas that were served really quickly followed by cappuccinos. Looking forward to our next visit already.
26 March 2015
"I think this restaurant could do really well, and it does have potential. However i think the staff definitely need to improve, as does some of the food. I may come back in a year or so, as it may just be where it is newly opened."
23 March 2015
Our advice, as always - judge for yourself!
Dates For You Diary
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 05 April (another reminder!)
Father's Day - Sunday 15 June
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