Ah, what better way to spend a summer Saturday in June that with a trip to Bridlington? Who doesn’t like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom?
Unfortunately for us the weather was brass monkies. Fortunately for us, we had a family friendly restaurant to go and review so we could get inside out of the cold.
Cookhouse and Pub Bridlington
Overlooking the North beach in Bridlington, Cookhouse and Pub is in a prime location whether you’re looking for a light lunch, three course meal or just a drink after a long walk.
We arrived at the Cookhouse and Pub at 2pm, after a brisk walk and freezing game of football on the beach. Having only been open a year or so, there was still a feeling of ‘new’ about it. I absolutely loved the interior, it is spacious, stylish and modern – not tired as some places like this can be.
We were greeted by friendly staff, led to our table at a huge window overlooking the sea and handed our menus. The general menu is VAST and there is a specials menu too. It was almost overwhelming but you can be sure to find something for everyone. The children’s menu doubles as an activity sheet (with crayons provided) which is an absolute bonus.
Cookhouse and Pub food
The kids chose to start with garlic bread, for that is what they do everywhere we go, while I opted for feta & olives with hummus and Rory chose garlic and chilli prawns.
My starter came with warm bread twists and a balsamic oil dip so I was in heaven, this is the kind of picky thing I could eat all day every day! Rory got some impressive looking prawns (oi oi), though as I’m not a prawn fan – I had to take his word for it that they were tasty good.
For our next course Seth chose Hot Dog, chips and corn on the cob while Aoife chose Poppin’ Chicken, chips and beans – an absolute classic. The portion sizes for the children’s meals were perfect and I really liked that at least 1 of your 5 a day was included in each meal (unless your child decides to abandon all veg of course).
As I mentioned earlier, the menu is vast, so I went for an old faithful – Smothered Chicken. Chicken breast with BBQ sauce, cheese and bacon. This came with a side of fries, a large side salad and two pieces of garlic bread – it was really tasty but was far too much food, the garlic bread wasn’t really required.
Rory decided to choose from the ‘Specials’ and opted for Lamb Shank Rogan Josh which came on basmati rice with naan bread. Luckily, I like lamb rogan josh so could have a little taste. Another huge portion, we were impressed that the lamb shank wasn’t as fatty as you expect with pub fayre. The rogan josh was really tasty but did taste a little ‘from a jar’ .
I’m almost ashamed to admit it but this is where I tapped out, I couldn’t even finish my main so dessert wasn’t an option for me – I just had an espresso. The rest of the family ploughed on through like heroes – Aoife had pancakes with banana, strawberry and chocolate sauce. Seth chose the Funny Face Sundae – create a funny face with strawberry lace, chocolate beans, marshmallows and a cone hat – food and fun all in one. Every five year olds dream. Rory chose hot chocolate fudge cake – like a big, gooey, chocolate doorstop on a plate – I almost had cake envy.
Funny Face Sundae with Funny Face Human
Cookhouse and Pub Bridlington – What we thought
As regular visitors to Bridlington we have often complained at the lack of decent places to eat there. Pretty much every place we have eaten is just a bit…naff. Cookhouse and Pub is somewhere we would certainly visit again, the staff were helpful and attentive – nothing was too much bother. Although there are a lot of tables in the place it’s not cramped, you don’t feel like you’re accidentally intruding on someone’s family celebration.
The prices are more than reasonable, the most expensive dish being the rib-eye steak at £14.99. Children can have two courses for £4.99, a third course can be added for an extra 75p. They can also get a litre jug of squash to share for £2 which works out good value compared to fruit shoots or what not.
Cookhouse and Pub also offer a daytime meal deal of two main courses for £9.99 – bargain. This particular Cookhouse and pub is attached to a Premier Inn and offers an extensive, unlimited cooked and continental breakfast for £9.50 and kids eat free. This is definitely worth taking into account if you are considering staying in Bridlington over night.
We were invited to Cookhouse and Pub at Bridlington in return for an honest review. As always, all opinions are our own.