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 and competitions. 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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On that note, if you haven't even thought about your Christmas party yet (and some of us simply haven't) then of course it's not too late, although some of the big Friday & Saturday night dates in December will already be booked up.
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But as it's not quite turkey time yet....
New places to eat....
Always a good place to start and we've quite a choice for you this month. The first a local pub celebrating its 150th birthday with a complete transformation - the second, a back-street affair that's not really 'new' but is fast becoming known as 'Swindon best-kept culinary secret'.
The Fox & Hounds, Wroughton
A food pub re-invented
Now this is impressive. So many times we've heard of 'make-overs', 'big plans' and 'new starts' only to see a lick of paint and talk of those dreaded words 'a la carte'.
But anyone who visits the new-look Fox & Hounds at Wroughton simply won't recognise the place.
Serious investment has transformed it from a predominantly drinking pub to a modern relaxing place to enjoy proper portions of pub food and classics, plus daily-changing specials.
It's served both in the light, airy & comfortable open-plan bar area - where dogs are more than welcome - plus a separate and very cosy restaurant room called The Fox's Den.
Food is served 7 days a week both at lunchtime and in the evening, plus, of course, Sunday Lunch, where booking is advisable.
The Greenhouse Kitchen
Caribbean cooking at its very best
We think this place sums up eating out in Swindon really quite well - full flavoursome food simply done, excellent value, independent and most people haven't got a clue where it is.
With a passion for creating home cooked food 'just like my mother and grandmother' used to make, Gavin Green has created a small Caribbean oasis in the heart of Swindon town centre, just off Eastcott Hill, and 2 minutes walk from the new cinema.
As it says on their website..... Delicious and generous meals, mouthwatering Caribbean patties, hand made dumplings, daily curries and stews, fish Friday's and lunchtime bargain specials, are all on offer everyday (except Tuesday) from 12 - 9pm
One of 'Swindon's best-kept secrets' indeed.
Springs at Broome
Now serving Sunday Lunch from 08 Nov
This is worth a mention because we hear very good reports of the catering at Broome Manor Golf Club since the Council relinquished control earlier this year.
And now they're spreading their wings from golfing fayre & events to open up fully for Sunday Lunch from 08 November. Carvery will be served from the function suite overlooking the golf course, with two sittings available: 12:00pm and 1:30pm.
The Crown at Broad Hinton
This is a pub where it's always worth the drive to enjoy good food, and their new autumn & winter menu is even more reason to pay a visit.
Choose between the main restaurant or the oak-beamed library room, both ideal for a quick bite or big family lunch.
And if you like steak, then, well.... what can we say. Superb.
Extreme Steak Night - now every month
The Crown also regularly hold what they call 'Extreme Steak Nights' with a prime choice of fillet, rump and sirloin on offer, all cut to the size and weight you decide by the butcher there and then!
Extreme Steak Nights take place on the first Thursday of every month, with the next one on the 5th November.
Fresh Fish Dishes
Moving on from turf for things for surf, fish lovers in Swindon will also be pleased to see also some new excellent additions to the menu at the renowned Weighbridge Brewhouse.
Possibly the only place around where you can choose between Whole Lobster Thermidor, Spanish-style Scallops, Smoked Loin of Cod, Seabream or a Salmon and Monkfish Plate. And more.
And.... if you want to combine the two.
Fish & Grill Friday
The Bull, Fairford
A brand-new special evening offering a very good choice of fish, steak & burgers - at just £9 per dish.
The Cricklade House Hotel
The Cricklade House Hotel is hosting a dining experience like no other with 'Only Fools and 3 Courses' on 20 November. An evening of chaos & mayhem with an extra large portion of comedy - and mange tout, Rodney!
Reviews say it all
Greek Olive, Faringdon Road
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 feature a restaurant that only recently opened in Swindon town centre - The Greek Olive.
It's the only proper restaurant in Swindon were you can enjoy authentic Greek food, and what a start they've made.
We tried to book for a Friday recently and couldn't get in. No wonder!
Here's just a couple of the recent reviews:
"The meal was delicious, we can't wait to go back. The restaurant was nicely busy for a Thursday night and the staff were excellent. 10 out of 10"
28 Oct 2015
"Finally got to try this amazing restaurant after hearing nothing but positive reviews and having visited last Friday I cannot disagree with them. I really loved the Feta 'Dimitri' and Moussaka but all in our group thoroughly enjoyed their food and the service was friendly and fast enough for a very busy Friday evening.
27 Oct 2015
"Nothing was to much trouble and we enjoyed our evenings there. Lovely staff, good service and excellent food, what more do you want. Very clean and attentive, full marks."
26 Oct 2015
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!
Festive Season Fridays & Saturday:
Friday 04, 11, 18 December
Saturday 05, 12, 19 December
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