When the new out of town shopping mall, New Square opened it’s doors a couple of years ago, the town folk of West Bromwich and the surrounding areas were really keen to see which shops and restaurants would come to town. Luckily for us, one of our favourite restaurant chains, Harvester opened one of their restaurants there and we have been regular customers ever since.
Comfortable family dining
We recently visited the restaurant for dinner and we really enjoyed the menu. When we’re dining as a family, I’m always quite conscious of other diners. As a general rule, Olly is quite well behaved but there have been occasions when he won’t sit still, wants to visit the salad bar on a frequent basis and is quite loud. Harvester welcome families with open arms so it was nice to see other families dining alongside us.
Olly was given his menu, an activity placemat and some crayons which kept him occupied whilst hubby and I browsed the menu.
The childrens menu at Harvester is really good. The bright and colourful menu is visually appealing to children and there’s a wide selection of family favourites to choose from. Olly opted for grilled chicken breast with chips and peas. The Kids Meal Deal is a bit of a bargain as the portion sizes are very generous and you get a main, drink, dessert and unlimited salad for just £5.99.
Love the unlimited salad bar
One of my favourite things about Harvester is the salad bar. It’s unlimited so you can go up as many times as you like and fill up on all the lovely vegetables on offer; there’s lettuce, cucumber, onion, carrot, sweetcorn, beetroot, tomato to name just a few as well as pickles, pasta, a selection of sauces and toppings such as fried onion bits and croutons.
Lots of choice for adults
The menu selection for adults is great. So many tempting choices and even on the starter menu, your tastebuds are tingling with the options available. My hubby opted for the loaded potato skins with cheese and bacon whilst I stuck to my salad for starters knowing full well what I was about to order for my main course.
As you know I’m following the Slimming World plan so opted for a delicious 10oz rib-eye steak with dirty rice (mixed with tomato, peppers, celery and black beans spiced with smoked paprika and herbs, yum!) grilled flat mushroom and half a tomato. My word, it was delicious. The rice probably wasn’t that SW friendly but it was something different to chips and it was really tasty and full of flavour.
Hubby finally settled on the mixed grill as we don’t often get that much meat on the menu at home and after a long week at work, he really wanted to treat himself. Olly took a liking to the sausage and gammon and happily pinched several pieces of his plate.
All the food was hot, tasty and very filling and since I’ve been following the Slimming World plan, I’ve really noticed when restaurants use a lot of oil in the cooking. Luckily, there seemed to be very little oil on the steaks which was great for us all.
Finish off with a treat
No family meal out at a restaurant is complete without a pudding. We had reserved room in our pudding tummies especially as the puddings at Harvester are amazing. I chose an extremely naughty Honeycomb Explosion sundae (32 syns but worth every last one) hubby had the biggest piece of chocolate fudge cake I have ever seen and Olly had ice cream and chocolate sauce. In actual fact, Olly left his ice cream and helped hubby with the chocolate fudge cake as it was so tempting!
Friendly, helpful service
We’re always very aware of the customer service in restaurants when we visit to review as we hope we’re not given any special treatment. Our waiter, Pinda at Harvester was really helpful. He was friendly and engaging, taking time to involve Olly in the conversation and offering suggestions when we couldn’t make our minds up about what to choose off the menu. To my delight, Pinda didn’t have a clue we were there to review the meal so it was nice to know that he served us exactly how he served the rest of the customers in the restaurant which was great.
Our meal came to just over £50 and that included a round of drinks each. We took advantage of the refillable bottomless glasses which are great value for money.
We had a lovely meal at Harvester at New Square in West Bromwich. The toilets were clean, the customer service was great and the food was tasty. What more could you ask for? We will definitely be returning to Harvester for more yummy food later in the year.
Thanks to the team at Harvester, New Square for inviting us. We received a complimentary meal and drinks but all words, images and thoughts are my own.