Despite the name, there’s a lot for a vegetarian to eat at a Beefeater. I know strict vegetarians or vegans might argue that non-meat eaters should boycott places like this but I disagree: I think that eating at these types of restaurants sends a clear message that veggie demand is growing and they should provide more meal choices.
Anyway, so I was invited to try the menu at The Brache Beefeater Restaurant in Luton. It’s recently re-opened with a new look so they were keen to get some people to come along and sample the menu. I took a look at the options online and saw a few things I liked so decided to go. We went on a Thursday evening; the place was busy which was a good indication that the food is good. Does anybody else think that, or is it just me?
There was plenty of seating throughout and we were taken upstairs to a quieter mezzanine floor which hard large family tables or smaller, intimate tables for two. It was a relaxed vibe upstairs and the waitress had enough time to chat to us about the food and the new decor as well as serve other guests. After she made some recommendations we ordered our food.
What did I eat?
Skipping the starters, I opted for Baked Veggie Enchiladas and my boyfriend had a steak (yuck, typical), as well as a TON of sides: skinny fries, onion rings and garlic butter flatbread.
The Baked Veggie Enchiladas were wholesome, carb laden – stuffed with lime and corriander rice – with the right amount of spice. It was topped with an ample dollop (or two) of cool sour cream. The flavours worked well and it definitely satisfied my cravings for carbs and cheese which I try not to eat too often, obvs. A small side consisted of mini seasoned corn on the cobs which I also devoured.
The fries were GREAT, onions rings could have contained more onion but were crispy enough. But – the star of the show for me was the garlic butter flatbread. The flatbread was warm and the butter was loaded with garlic and delicate chopped parsley. I probably hummed of garlic for a week afterwards but it was worth it.
As usual, I couldn’t eat all of mine but that just goes to show that the portions are very generous – and that my stomach is the size of pea!
OK, I know I said I couldn’t eat all of my main meal, but there’s always room for pudding, right? I had The Warm Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream. Another winning combination. The chocolate drizzle was both salty and sweet, so a perfect end to a satisfying meal.
Our bill (including drinks and the steak) came to just over £50. Personally, I think this is decent value, particularly because the portions were large and there were many sides.
I honestly would recommend The Brache to families, large groups and even for intimate dining as there are a variety of table sizes. There is something on the menu that will appeal to everyone and you won’t leave feeling hungry. If I could compare it to another place, I’d say it’s a high end version of a Green King menu.