A classic British roast is something that’s hard to beat – so when I find a good one, I simply have to share it with you! I was invited to experience the Sunday lunch menu at BEEFY’s last weekend and I was completely blown away by everything – the food, atmosphere and service were all excellent and it was a very enjoyable meal. You’ll find BEEFY’s at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, on the outskirts of Southampton and with views over the cricket ground. Let’s head inside, shall we?
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The decor at BEEFY’s is cosy and chic at the same time – filled with plush chairs, pinterest-worthy lighting and wooden floors.
We took a seat by the window and perused the menu – I opted for a prawn & crayfish cocktail followed by a half roast chicken, and Tom opted for confit duck leg followed by the roast rib-eye of beef. We arrived hungry and excited for a proper roast!
While we waited for our starters we were presented with a selection of freshly baked bread – a classic white, walnut & cranberry and an olive roll. Our personal favourite was the olive roll – but all three were lovely, and still warm from the oven.
Our starters arrived promptly with a smile from the waiter, and we couldn’t wait to tuck in. The confit duck leg, I’m assured, was delicious – melt in the mouth, bursting with meaty flavour and with a tangy berry sauce.
My prawn & crayfish cocktail was tasty – a classic done well, and with a twist of sweet chilli sauce. Very nice, and something I’d have again.
Shortly after our starters disappeared, the next course landed in front of us – and it was an impressive sight. Tom’s beef was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked, served with a leafy garnish and gravy.
The half roast chicken was beautiful – crispy, seasoned skin, succulent meat and falling off the bone, I couldn’t fault it. Both of our roasts came with a portion of vegetables to share, so we piled our plates high with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, carrots, sweet roasted onions and greens – all of the classic trimmings for a British roast lunch.
Trying to contain my excitement at the feast laid out in front of me!
If you opt for three courses at BEEFY’s, dessert is served buffet-style. Laid out at one end of the restaurant is an impressive selection of desserts – grab a bowl and help yourself to whichever takes your fancy. We decided to try the lemon meringue pie (my mum’s favourite dessert!) and a choc orange tart.
Both of which were very nice! I love a good lemon meringue pie, and this one was a good’un. A generous amount of lemon curd and meringue, with a perfectly soft-but-crisp base. The choc orange tart was decadent and delicious, and went down a treat with Tom, who always loves a chocolate orange!
If you’re local to Southampton and are looking for a new place to try for Sunday lunch, BEEFY’s is definitely worth giving a go. Their Sunday lunch is very reasonably priced, with two courses for £19 and three for £23.95. Find out more and book a table here!
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