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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26 April 2015
Congratulations are in order!
2 AA Rosettes Award
We mentioned last month that we thought 2015 looks set to be a great year “three” for Michael, Pauline and their 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.
So the award of 2 AA Rosettes for the standard of their cooking & service comes as no surprise. Well done, indeed, especially for new head chef Chris Lovell!
Tasting Menu Event
The Highworth's a la carte menu is available 7-days-a-week but on Friday and Saturday nights only, head chef Chris has also produced a six-course tasting 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'.
He is also holding a special 7-course tasting menu evening on 22 May, with booking essential.
Al Fresco Italian
With the incredible weather we've been enjoying here on the Cost del Swindon recently, some of us have even managed to enjoy the first spot of al fresco dining of the year.
It's been popular at Cricklade House, one of the other AA rosette recognised establishments in Swindon, with views to match the food.
It's also the last few days to enjoy their Italian-inspired April menu as part of their 'Round the World in 80 Days' food theme - next month India.
All change at Rustico
New team, new chef, new menus
As is also usual at this time of year, there are plenty of venues improving their offering as the summer months approach.
Rustico is most definitely one of them, with a recent change in management and a brand-new menu as a tempter too.
Heading things up is Eduardo, formerly of Fratello's, who has installed a new head chef with big plans for the future.
And although this maybe an eating out guide, we must mention the quality of their food is now equally good in takeaway form just in case don't fancy cooking this week.
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New spring/summer menu
The Tawny Owl
Always popular for its steaks, new dishes at The Tawny include an excellent selection of sharing platters for one, two or four people and even more lunchtime light bite options.
All can be enjoyed in a new-look restaurant area that's very family-friendly or the refurbished terrace and garden area. There's even a voucher on their website for a FREE coffee just for popping in to have look.
Spring & summer offer
Table 'd'hote value at 20 at the Kings
Another excellent venue for enjoying good cooking has extended its early year table d'hote offer for the coming season.
3 courses for two people incl. a bottle of wine can still be enjoyed for £40 at 20 at the Kings.
The choice is always changing - 4 starters, 4 mains & 4 desserts - or you can simply go for two 10oz ribeye steaks - and can be enjoyed in the impressive Grill Room or in the bar if you prefer.
New Places To Eat
And guess what?...
There's another new eaterie opening up on the back of the Regent Circus bandwagon. And this time it's an Indian!
No reports yet on the food, but for eating out options at that end of town, it's fast becoming saturated with choice - big chain or independent?
It certainly means that, in our opinion, tired establishments like The Jewel in the Crown will certainly have to up their game if they are to compete with the plethora of newer, better alternatives on offer.
More than just a new name
L'Artigiano is the new name for Italian in Lechlade, with new owners not only changing the name from what was Pino's but totally transforming the menu.
Reviews so far are excellent - especially for their genuinely homemade breads, so if you are considering a small trip out of town for a night out or summer brunch, then this one could be on your list.
Time for a try out, we think.
Reviews say it all
Bombay Lounge, Peatmoor
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, while we're on the subject of Indian restaurants appearing to rest on past glories, we take a look at what people have been saying about the Bombay Lounge in West Swindon.
And judging by recent comments, it's reputation as one of the best places to enjoy a curry - and a great charity night - is fading fast.
" Ordered a takeaway via phone at 9.50pm, it arrived at 10.05pm. Evidently not prepared from scratch, simply reheated. We didn't eat the food on the grounds that we weren't sure how many times it may have been reheated or how freshly prepared it was. Obviously, there's a bit of speculation on our part but we were not willing to take the risk. Won't be ordering from them again."
"..... left feeling like I had been stitched up. Never going again, stay away!"
“Bunch of village idiots running the place”
".... food was rubbish and there idea of a mixed biriyani is mixing a load of soggy cabbage and rice together . Crap food and rude village idiot manager!
Our advice, as always, is judge for yourself!
Date For Your 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!
Father's Day - Sunday 15 June
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