We were invited to visit and review the new Beefeater restaurant at the Carnon Inn near to Truro on Saturday. We used to visit a lot before it became a Beefeater, so we were interested to see what had changed.
The answer to that was pretty much everything! The outside still looked the same, with plenty of outside seating and a decent sized car park. Inside though it was completely different to how it was. It looks much more modern and a bit quirky now. The table with the bench seats below is the table where we were sat, those seats are really comfortable.
The image above is a stock imaged supplied by Beefeater, as when we went it was really busy. This did mean that there were a lot of delays in being served and in our drinks being brought to the table. If we’d been in a rush, I think I would have been a little frustrated and have kept to having one or two courses.
However, we weren’t in a rush we were out for a family meal to spend time together. The politeness and friendliness of the staff also more than made up for a bit of waiting. Despite how busy it was our waitress Amanda didn’t make us feel rushed when ordering and she was brilliant with the boys.
The boys didn’t want anything for starters, but Si and I couldn’t resist. Si went for the Loaded Potato Dippers and I went for the Crispy Flat Cap Mushrooms with ranch and smoky BBQ dips. Both were really good and pretty generously portioned for a starter. I would probably have preferred a garlic type of dip to go with the mushrooms instead of the ranch one, but that’s personal taste.
For the main course Simon ordered the 10oz Rib-Eye steak and it was cooked to perfection. I stole a bit and it was beautifully tender and I think I’ll be ordering it whenever we go there again. His beer battered onion rings that he ordered as a side were great too and the peppercorn sauce was some of the best we’ve ever had.
My main meal was the Smothered Chicken Melt and wasn’t as photogenic as Si’s meal. However it tasted so much better than it looks through the lens. The chicken was cooked perfectly.
I felt a teeny bit short-changed in the chip department as it wasn’t a very large portion at all, but as it turned out eating three courses this really didn’t matter.
The boys went for their usual favourite from any children’s’ menu, the Poppin Chicken. One with beans and one with peas. I love it when a children’s menu lets you change over which sides you have if you wish. Really helpful for fussy children. Usually Fin at 13 does eat from the adult’s menu now, but he had his eye on a nice big dessert so wanted to save room.
Harley had a dessert off of the children’s menu, the mini chocolate challenge. As is usual with my youngest, he sweet talked the lovely Amanda into swapping the strawberries from the menu for something else and she made his day by bringing smarties instead. Where ever we go he seems to flutter his eye lashes and get to order off the menu or switch things around.
Fin and Si both chose to have the Rocky Road sundae for their dessert. It was pretty big and since neither of them really talked much at all until it was finished, I would say they enjoyed it.
For my dessert I went for the Banoffee Pie which was a generously sized portion and absolutely delicious. The biscuit base was just the right amount of sweet and I only just managed to finish it.
We really enjoyed our meal at the Carnon Inn and we will definitely be going back. Especially now that they’ve given us a Beefeater reward card to use.
Pop to the Beefeater Carnon Inn website for more information on opening times, menus and more.