When you think of British food, what springs (pun intended) to mind? Classics like prawn cocktail, surf & turf and bubble & squeak? There’s nothing better than a classic, quintessentially British dish – and that’s exactly what you can expect when you visit BEEFY’s at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. Located on the outskirts of Southampton overlooking the Ageas Bowl and inspired by the iconic British cricketer Sir Ian Botham, BEEFY’s serve up a mouthwatering range of seasonal dishes – all prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
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I headed over to BEEFY’s this week for the launch of their new Spring menu, and I’m excited to say that the dishes look and taste beautiful. Let’s head inside and take a closer look at the new Spring menu, shall we?
The new spring menu offers fine dining without the fuss, with several British classics on the menu alongside some seasonal items. First up is the British Spring salad, with pan fried new potato, peas, beans, spring onion, asparagus and beetroot – a fresh combination of flavours that encompasses all of the best parts of Spring.
Next is a prawn & crayfish cocktail – a British classic that I always enjoy, served with a sweet chilli and tomato salsa to give this dish a twist.
Pan fried skate with buttered salsify, asparagus and crayfish. More often than not I tend to choose a fish dish when I’m eating dinner at a restaurant, and this one looks incredible. Light and tasty, this one promises to impress.
Seared spiced salmon with sweet potato salad, capers & chives. As above, fish is almost always my preferred choice, and this starter is a fine choice. Generously sized, bursting with flavour and beautifully presented.
Breaded cutlets of lamb with rhubarb chutney and a new potato & spinach salad. Unfortunately I’m not a lamb eater myself (allergies!), but my companion for the evening, Bex (find her here) said that these were delicious – herby, crispy and succulent.
Bubble & squeak with roasted vegetables, new potatoes, a crispy egg and streaky bacon. Who doesn’t enjoy bubble & squeak – especially on Boxing Day? If you’re hankering for some bubble & squeak and you simply can’t wait until Christmas, this starter is an excellent choice and is such a well thought out combination of ingredients.
Hampshire ChalkStream trout with minted smashed peas, horseradish & cauliflower puree and cider pickled potato. This trout has only travelled around 15 miles from the river in Romsey to your plate at BEEFY’s, so you’ll struggle to find fish more local than this! Simple and elegant, this fish dish is at the top of my ‘must try’ list for BEEFY’s.
Surf & turf, served with a 40z fillet, king prawns, scampi and chips. Everyone loves a classic surf & turf, and this one comes with a double whammy for the ‘surf’ – which I haven’t seen on many menus before! Hearty and full of flavour, this dish is an absolute winner.
Lentil & mushroom stew, served with garlic chickpea and spiced butternut dumplings. This dish is vegan and gluten free and is beautiful. Comforting and tasty, whether you’re a veggie, a vegan or a meat eater, this dish is an excellent choice.
Let’s move on to some canapés, shall we? Several of the dishes were being offered as tasters (on BEEFY’s personalised cricket bats, I might add), all of which I was very impressed by – simple, fuss-free flavours and delicious.
Roast tomato and fennel soup.
Confit duck leg terrine. These were incredible (and I might have had more than one!).
BEEFY’s burgers. Have you ever seen such perfectly formed miniature burgers?
Pulled pork and black pudding croquettes. An excellent combination of flavours and just so tasty.
Cherry tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese. A classic pair of flavours, and delicious together.
Vegan burgers with sun dried tomatoes. These were bursting with flavour – and I’d definitely recommend ordering the vegan burger for your main course if you do visit, whether you’re vegan or not!
So there we have it! A thorough run down of the BEEFY’s Spring menu, and I’d recommend visiting if you’re local to Southampton. BEEFY’s would be the perfect venue for a family dinner or a date night, with their cosy booths and spacious restaurant. You can see their menu here, and find out more about the restaurant here.