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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07 March 2014
Mum's The Word
Sunday 30 March
In case you needed reminding (you shouldn't really!), it's Mother's Day on Sunday 30 March.
If you don't want to be one of the hundreds of people queueing up to buy the obligatory box of chocolates or bunch of flowers because you've left it to the last minute, then you'd better book up Sunday Lunch - and quick!
Here's the best places to go.
If Elvis where alive in Swindon, where would he go?!
And we're not talking McDonalds here - much more Gourmet! Burgers that are literally more than 'bun' of a kind!
Our new guide highlights the best places where a burger can be not just beef but lamb - and those locally sourced too - served with hand-cut chips or fries and inbetween fresh bread that's better than cardboard.
And not forgetting the veggie burger, we know where to order one that's a genuine meat-free alternative.
Pies in Your Eyes
British Pie Week
03 - 09 March
Don't you just love a pie! Steak & Kidney, Chicken & Mushroom, Fish Pie. Shepherds pie. They are all real pub classics.
But we'll bet you've never tried a Jalfrezi one?
Well, now's your chance thanks to the Curry Kings at Rafus in Shrivenham, who have added a brilliant new dish more British than Chicken Tikka Massalla to celebrate Pie Week.
Cooked in a naan bread in a very special Rafu's way, we can confirm this is a pie to die for if you like your curries. Plus they can cook one to suit your taste - Korma, Bhuna or as hot as you want it!
And if you enter our competition via the link, you can try one on us!
Fish on Friday
Where to enjoy a fresh fishy on a dishy in Swindon
Another new guide from yours truly.
This time we think the old traditions are sometimes the best and there's still something rightfully special about enjoying fish on a Friday.
Yes, you could grab a portion of cod & chips from your local chippie - and there are some very good ones here in Swindon (see below) - but if you want to eat out and sit down to a proper plate of plaice, red mullet or haddock, then where do you go?
Reviews say it all
The Check Inn, Wroughton
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 Check Inn at Wroughton, a place becoming well known for its Thai Food.
And, ignoring the first time reviewers that are difficult to take at face value, people seem very happy with the food.... it's just the service that needs perhaps improving.
"The pub with a Thai to die for! We were taken to this pub by another landlord and what a find!"
"Guys the food here is good Thai. In fact since the demise of Pomms it is the only reliable destination in Swindon for realistic thai food. And the previously limited menu is expanding.
The service is poor and getting worse."
"A little gem of a pub, I've lived in Swindon for over 20 years & I never knew it existed until we met friends there last week. Great pub with good selection of beers, then there's the Thai restaurant! Fab food, tasty, delicious, so well presented, lovely staff....try it, but book for weekends."
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!
Mother's Day - Sunday 30 March
Easter Sunday - Sunday 20 April
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