Last weekend we were invited to The Harbour Brewers Fayre in Carrickfergus. The restaurant is trialing what they refer to as Chef’s Counter menu, and they asked if we would review it. The concept is that on week nights, they have all you can eat buffets, with choices such as battered fish fillets, chilli beef, and roast chicken. And on Saturday’s they have an all you can eat Peri Peri Chicken night, for those who like it hot! Of course, all this is in addition to their usual menu.
I have been to this restaurant before so I knew that there was plenty of parking nearby, and the restaurant enjoys stunning views of Carrickfergus harbour. We were shown to our table and the waitress explained the ordering process. Mr C and I decided to share a couple of starters. Potato Dippers and Thai Fishcakes, both of which were beautifully presented and flavoursome.
The children didn’t have starter, instead they were busy working up an appetite in the play area. There is seating near this, where you can supervise your children, or you might choose a table with a view of the harbour and Carrick Castle. It was really enjoyable for Mr C and I to sit in each other’s company and have a little adult conversation while sharing a starter. I almost forgot the kids were with us!
When it was time for the main course, Mr C and I were able to go up to the Chef’s Counter and pick whatever items we wanted. And we were able to revisit as often as we pleased.
There was a good selection of chicken dishes, and sides like chips, rice and bread rolls. There was also a salad bar which also offered a choice of sauces. I would have liked some signs to tell me what all the different chicken choices were, and I felt the salad selection could have been a little more varied.
When I had made my choices I headed back to our table and got tucked in. The chicken was cooked just the way I like it, and food was warm and tasty. The coleslaw also deserves a mention. I pretty confident it was home-made, it was lovely and crunchy.
The kids decided to have cheeseburgers, and the portions were really generous for children’s meals.
Quite why we decided to order desert I do not know. We certainly weren’t hungry but the menu was too tempting. Mr C was delighted with his childhood favourite of Lemon Meringue Pie, and I tried the Waffle with Honeycombe Ice-Cream. All washed down with a nice cup of tea!
Overall, we were happy with our experience. It’s not gourmet food, but I didn’t expect it to be. It’s pub grub, in a place that’s really accommodating for children, and provides choices for all the family. It offers value for money, and a chance to try some flavours and dishes that you might not otherwise order. The staff were all really friendly, and if you aren’t to stuffed to go for a walk afterwards, the setting is just perfect.
Disclosure: We were provided with a voucher to use at The Harbour Brewer’s Fayre, but all opinions are mine.