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Eating Out - WHAT'S NEW 

Our regular round-up of what's fresh on the menu in Swindon
 
Eating out in Swindon - restaurant news, new menus, tastes, themed-nights and more
Special theme nights, new restaurants, chefs winning awards - and especially special offers. You'll find it here in our rolling round-up of what's new on the eating out front in Swindon.
 
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04 June 2015
 
New Places To Eat

Always a subject we like to highlight, and it looks like springtime does mean a little bit more choice on our doorstop. Hand me a menu!
 
Greek & Ouzo Business
Faringdon Road

Now if there's one thing we do have a soft spot for here at SwindonWeb, it's Greek food.
 
We really quite like it, especially if there's plate smashing involved - and ouzo!

That's why we were delighted to spot the opening of The Greek Olive restaurant in Faringdon Road, which is the new venture of Michael Kalotinis who spent over 20 years running his own restaurant in Kos.

We haven't been in yet but the early reports on the cooking sound very promising, so we do wish them luck. It's a location that unfortunately never seems to have worked very well in Swindon town centre but as they are offering something that no one else is, we can but hope.

> The Greek Olive - more info.

More Time For Thai!
Wood St, Old Town

Swindon already has three very good Thai options - the Thai Orchid in Victoria Road; the excellent cooking at The Check Inn in Wroughton and the hidden gem called Jicsaw in Cricklade.

So those who like their green curries, noodles and spicy som tam will no doubt be eager to try out Old Town Thai , which is now open in Wood Street.

It takes over the premises that was the old Los Gatos tapas bar and briefly the Polish restaurant Karczma Polska which closed very quickly. Not sure why because the dumplings were superb.
 
And also....
 
..... it's not quite new but it definitely looks like it after a very impressive refurb inside and out - El Toro. New menu too we hear.
 
 
Eating Out Events
 
Fathers Day!
21 June 2014
 
Let's start with the biggest day of the year for dads, and as good an excuse for eating out as they come - Sunday 21 June.
 
The old chap always deserves a treat on Father's Day, and there's normally nothing more content than a man with a full stomach!
 
So what's on offer?
 
Sunday Lunch Italian Style!
Rustico, Swindon town centre
 
An Italian is always a pretty good bet for a big family celebration.
 
Nearly everyone loves a pizza - especially the kids. Plus there's the pasta, steak, fish and, of course, the vino.
 
And now Rustico in Commercial Road, there's Sunday Lunch too! With an Italian twist. Sounds interesting.
 
 
All made fresh on the day, there's a choice of three meats of either veal, beef or lamb and served with vegetables incl. an Italian 'Yorkshire' pudding.
 
It's £8.99 for one course or go large - and don't dad's like that! - for £11.99. Kids can tuck in for £4.99.
 
 
Eat As Much As You Like
Swindon Rendezvous, Le Rendezvous & Jade Garden
 
The ideal place to go for dads - and families - with big appetites! And who doesn't like Chinese, eh?
 
Swindon Rendezvous
 
'Rendezvous', as we all know it, really is a bit of a cut above as well on the food & service side, so Pop will feel he's being made to feel like a king for the day.
 
 
Le Rendezvous
 
Le Rendezvous Swindon
And at Le Rendezvous, they also have a private dining room that can sit everyone round one big table at no extra charge. Worth calling asap, though, to reserve it.
 
 
Jade Garden
 
Tucked away in Old Town and sometimes overlooked, Jade Garden has one of the best restaurant party rooms available if you're planning a BIG family get-together this year. Each as much as you like here is £17.99, with children under 12 half-price and under 7s free!
 
 
Dad's Love A Curry!
The Curry Place, Rodbourne
 
Good food and a freebie - all dad's like that! So tuck in here on the 21st as part of a table for four and you'll only pay for three of you because Dads eat free!
 
 
Garden Pizza!
White Horse at Woolstone
 
Summer is well, errrr.... sort of here, isn't it? so we're not making too much of al fresco dining just yet (more next month).
 
But the new garden woodburning pizza oven at the White Horse at Woolstone has definitely got us in the mood for enjoying a bite to eat outdoors.
 
 
For now, they only get the oveb fired up on Thursdays and Sundays, which makes it a perfect opportunity if you fancy taking the old man for a drive in the country and a pizza (and a cool beer, no doubt) on Father's Day.
 
Again, it's worth calling ahead to book.
 
 
Felice Festa del Papà
Fratello's
 
Talking of properly-made woodburning pizzas, this place also never fails to tick all the right boxes when it comes to big family gatherings. It's an Italian thing, isn't it?
 
Best of all, their Two For £14 menu - any pizza or pasta - is available on Father's Day Sunday as well from 12 to 6pm, so there's no excuse for not inviting the whole gang along too.
 
Felice Festa del Papà is Happy Father's Day in Italian by the way (or at least that's what we've been told!)
 
 
 
 
Traditional Sunday Lunch
The complete guide
 
You can't go far wrong with this one on Father's Day. But best book early to get the best table, although our SwindonWeb guide does tell you who serves late.
 
 
Plus.....
 
.... we hear Arkell's are making a big thing of Father's day this year with some big prizes and a VIP Swindon Town day up for grabs at their managed houses.
 
More details coming soon!
 
Wine & Dinner Event
The Highworth
04 June 2015
 
Fresh from their recent 2 AA Rosette award, The Highworth has put on a couple of very popular tasting menu events recently that has nicely showcased their chef Chris Lovell's culinary skills.
 
In early June, they are hosting a Wine & Dinner Evening too with Jeremy Borg; producer of boutique South African wines with a very distinctive feel.
 
5 courses and 5 wines for £45 per head. Limited places are still available.
 
 
The Tenner Fest
Old Town
07-13 June 2015
 
The first ever Old Town Tenner Festival is running this month from the 7th to the 13th June. An amazing idea that brings together a great selection of Old Town businesses offering brilliant value deals for just £10.
 
The ever-popular 20 At The Kings is gaining a great reputation for it's food and drink and that week you can sample a set 2-course lunch or one-course evening meal. There are also selected bottles of wine for just £10 too.
 
Tenner Festival Swindon
 
 
The Swindon Food & Drink Festival
Lydiard Park
27 & 28 June 2015
 
And talking of festivals, how can we write this roundup without mentioning how much we're particularly looking forward to taking in the first Swindon Food & Drink Festival later on this month.
 
Taking place at Lydiard Park, it's offering food talks, celebrity chefs - including Gregg Wallace, cooking demonstrations from local restaurants you'll know including Fratellos & Los Gatos, marquees with lots on offer, wine & gin (from Magnum Wine) tastings and more.
 
Should be fun!
 
 
Reviews say it all
Gurkha Village, Cricklade Road 
 
If you've read this column before you'll know we like to have a quick look at TripAdvisor reviews of Swindon restaurants to see who's having nice things said about them.
 
We 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, with thoughts of Nepal in our minds, we thought we'd look up the Gurkha Village in Cricklade Road.
 
Offering what they describe as 'traditional Nepalese food' it would appear there isn't too much wrong with the cooking, just the service seems to a bit hit and miss. Lots of Groupon offer, though.
 
'Wonderful Service'
 
'Myself and my partner went here with a Groupon. I am quite a fussy eater, but the food was wonderful and the service was fantastic.'
April 2015
 
'Nice!'
 
"Decent meal, service was a little bit slow but the food made up for it.
The Wednesday deal is great value for money, and I have to recommend the Mo Mo's as a starter."
Feb 2015
 
'Unexpectedly Delicious, Can't Wait To Return'
 
"We were looking for somewhere a bit different for dinner and were so glad we stopped here. The restaurant looks ordinary from the outside but don't let that deter you. Inside it's clean, welcoming, the staff are excellent and very attentive. We hadn't had Nepalese before and the waiter was very helpful and recommended a variety of different dishes. We took his advice and were not disappointed. The chili chicken and aubegine side were especially good. We will definitely visit again
Jan 2015
 
Our advice, 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!
 
Father's Day - Sunday 21 June (reminder again!)
 
Don't forget....
 
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