Three months after a refurbishment, the Southcote Beefeater is on fire with a fresh-look interior. New tables and carpet have been added, and pictures of roaring flames sizzle on the walls. Signature booths and rustic wooden beams are among the features that have been retained.
The owners are pleased – and so they should be. Following the refurbishment, trade has increased as more customers call in for trademark chargrilled meals and other favourites.
I enjoyed my visit on a buzzing Saturday night. Courteous and attentive members of staff ensured a relaxed experience with speedy service.
Campo Viejo Crianza Rioja, with berry and vanilla hints, proved to be a fine wine complimenting our meals.
As starters, my partner and I chose the trio of gourmet breads and sauces – delectable and steaming hot! We also savoured crispy potato skins topped with melted cheese and marmalade. A side of sour cream made for good dipping.
Next, I went the traditional route with a fillet steak, cooked perfectly and served with heaps of chips, a grilled tomato and mushroom. My partner enjoyed the Mediterranean tomato risotto, served with garlic bread and a beautifully sliced chargrilled red pepper.
For dessert, I selected the chocolate fudge brownie sundae chock full of right-on-the-mark chocolate chunks. My partner enjoyed banoffee pie drizzled with sugary toffee sauce. I came close to licking his plate, the toffee was so tasty.
The variety of options on offer will appeal to beefeaters and non-beefeaters, all of whom can expect good value. Flaming Good Meal Deals include a main course for £5.95, available before 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday. In addition, evening value meals feature two courses starting from £9.95. They are available after 6.30pm from Monday to Thursday.
The Beefeater is located at Southcote Lane, Southcote, Reading, Berkshire.