Last week My Three and Me were invited to try Brewer's Fayre Chef's Counter meals. We were asked to visit the Anchor Inn, Gargrave which is near Skipton. The pub isn't local to us but we decided that as it's been a while since we all went out together for something to eat that the journey and the chance to hang out together as a family would be worth the hour and a half drive. The journey itself was actually very enjoyable as our Sat Nav took us on lovely route avoiding motorways and any traffic issues - it meant that we could all chat about what we'd been up to that day and as the boys had just started their new after school clubs we had plenty to chat about.
When we arrived both Matthew and I said how lovely the pub looked from the outside, there was plenty of parking spaces provided too. Once inside we found that the staff were both helpful and welcoming, the pub is very traditional inside and has both an indoor and outdoor play area to keep children entertained. We thought that it was reasonably quiet for tea time on a Wednesday and we liked that we didn't have to wait long to be served. The boys and I couldn't wait to try the Chef's Counter buffet ( £7.49 per adult and £4.49 per child) and Matthew was looking forward to trying the Mixed Grill (£12.99).
Depending on which day you visit the Chef's Counter menu changes - Monday is Pizza night whilst if you were to visit on a Thursday you can enjoy as much curry as you like. When I looked at the menu online prior to our visit I thought that we'd get to enjoy Burger and Hotdog night but I do believe we had eaten from a Family Favourites menu or something similar (we weren't told what it was just mentioned as the Chef's Counter buffet) as there was a variety of dishes available to eat - curry, rice, popadoms, chilli, nacho chips, fish, chips, beans or mushy peas, chicken or beef burgers, garlic dough balls and pieces of chicken. The food was hot (always a good sign) and there was plenty to choose from.
The boys loved that they could decide what they wanted to eat and that they could go back for more if they wished - which they did. As you can see each had a plate full to start with. The food was very nice although the bread buns were a little hard due to being sat under the heat. If I was to recommend anything to change it would be that customers could make their own burgers instead of them being ready made on the counter that way you can decide if you'd like to add salad yourself instead of it already being in the burger and that the bread buns be sat away from the heat so that they don't dry out. Matthew had no complaints about his Mixed Grill - it arrived quickly and his steak was cooked exactly how he liked it.
Although too far to go just for a meal at the spur of a moment or for a can't be bothered tea for us, the Anchor Inn it is definitely somewhere we'd visit again when visiting attractions in the area. Not too far away is Malham, Bolton Abbey, a lovely canal and a steam railway. It would be the perfect place to stop and have a meal before heading home from a family day out.
*We were sent a £50 voucher for our visit but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*