When I was asked to attend a press event for a local restaurant that had been refurbished recently, I was disappointed we couldn’t make the date! However, I was very excited when they invited us along for another night to check out the new menu. We decided to make it an early birthday celebration for me, sans children so as soon as we found a babysitter (thanks in-laws!) we booked our table and looked forward to reviewing The Nag’s Head Brentwood. For full disclosure, we were invited along and given a free three course meal and drinks in return for an honest review.
After dropping the children off at their grandparents, we drove to Brentwood. My husband has thoughtfully booked a hotel for us for the evening so we didn’t have to worry about driving home and could both enjoy a drink! It’s rare we get a night away from the children so we wanted to make the most of it. We stayed at Mary Green Manor which was an ideal location for the resturant, being just a 10 minute walk away (in heels!). There is a Holiday Inn even closer as well!
We drove past the resturant on the way to the hotel and I immediately said how lovely it looked. It’s very inviting from the outside, with plenty of car parking spaces and a lovely outdoor terrace area which I think would be nice in the summer. It is on a main road though so I’m not sure how noisy it gets outside.
When we arrived in the evening, the restaurant was all lit up so looked very pretty. When you walk inside, there’s a little seating area which I assume would be used if you are waiting for a table or if you were having a drink after your meal. It was small but cosy! We were greeted by Michelle who was lovely and friendly and showed us immediately to our table. She asked us if we used the car park – we didn’t but I had read online that you need to give them your reg number when you arrive as the car park is controlled by a parking company to ensure only customers use it.
Once we arrived at our table, we were immediately told who our server was, and if we would like a drink or if we’d like to look at the menu first. We opted to look at the menu so we were left to sit down and have a look. I loved the look of the restaurant straight away! It’s a fairly small restaurant, and quite dark but it creates a lovely cosy, romantic atmosphere. There were about 10 tables, I think, with two, four or six people on them so they could fit a lot of people in there without it seeming like it was overcrowded. The table had a candle and a flower on it and I liked the simple decoration – I’m not a fan of tables that have loads of “stuff” on as it’s annoying when your food comes and there’s nowhere for anything to go!
Our server arrived and took our drinks order first and then quickly returned to take our food order. I order the soup to start – spicey sweet potato – and Craig had lamb koftas. When the food arrived, it looked delicious and I was excited to dig in! I’m usually the type of person who will only eat tomato soup, but I was blown away by how tasty this soup was! Seriously, it was delicious! And it was hot too – I often go to restaurants where the soup is served kind of lukewarm and by the time you get to the end of the bowl it’s cold. But this was beautiful, and the bread that went with it was lovely too. Craig thoroughly enjoyed his koftas too, I can tell by the fact there was silence at our table for 5 minutes as we enjoyed a hot meal with no interruptions!
Once our plates were cleared, it wasn’t long before our main courses were brought out. I had roast rack of lamb with accompanying vegetables and a potato tart, and Craig went for a steak with chips! Again, the meals were bought out quickly and they were hot and steaming when they reached our table. My lamb was cooked to perfection. It fell off the bone and melted in my mouth, it was so delicious. The potato was gorgeous too, it wasn’t described as a dauphinous but that is what it tasted like. Craig enjoyed his steak and chips too, he had no complaints at all and ate them almost before I could even take a photo!
Finally, we ordered dessert! Craig actually wanted me to quote him as saying that he thought the dessert menu was excellent because there was so much to choose from! He is not really a dessert fan, but it can get boring to chose from the same three dishes on a menu, so he was excited to see over ten choices. I went for ice cream with a cookie as I was honestly so stuffed from the previous two courses, and Craig went for a fruit crumble. Both dishes were amazing, I was extremely disappointed that I couldn’t actually finish my cookie because I was so full up.
We spent a good few hours at the restaurant, and in no way felt rushed at any point. We were able to sit and enjoy our meal, have a lovely conversation and not have to worry about anything. Every server we came in to contact with was lovely, friendly and couldn’t do any more for us. They had the perfect balance of being attentive, but not annoying and disturbing us every few minutes!
I know when you read a review sometimes you can wonder if it’s one-sided, and if we are just saying what we think people want to hear. However, I pride myself on always being honest and giving a fair review. We don’t go out very often, so when we do I expect a great experience – this means I’m often expecting the best of the best and tend to nit-pick little things (Craig moans at me all the time for it!) But I can truly say I have absolutely no complaints about The Nag’s Head. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to return and take the children back with us too. With Mother’s Day coming up, they have a great set menu available so if you haven’t already booked somewhere, I’d recommend getting in quick!
Thank you Nag’s Head, we look forward to returning soon!