It’s been a long time since I have posted something here but it turns out my life has changed massively in these last months. I’ve been crazy-busy but in a good sense. That’s why I can say that new content is coming to the blog and also a new website is on the way. Stay tuned for any updates.
This next entry is about the experience my guest and I had at the new Middletons restaurant in Peterborough.
A few days ago I was invited to go to Middletons restaurant to have a first-hand experience of their food and new location. An evening for two was arranged by a member of Middletons’ team who was very attentive and did the whole booking to perfection.
Since that moment I couldn’t wait to snap some pictures of the restaurant and food I was going to taste throughout the soiree alongside my guest.
Finally at the booking night as we entered the restaurant it was clear the attention to detail was superb. We were greeted at the door and the place was bustling. Every table looked taken. We were asked to sit at the bar as our table would be a few minutes before it was available. The bar looked really cool, with a back wall of bottles, well-dressed bar tenders and huge light bulbs adding a warm glow. It was reminiscent of an American Bistro, and stirred a sense of nostalgia.
A short wait of 20 minutes and our table was ready, considering how busy it was, this was perfectly acceptable. We were seated in the main section and looking around, every table was full. The staff really had their work cut out running the place as smoothly as they did, and I can honestly say they were excellent. They were attentive and swift, and thoroughly enhanced our visit.
They handed us the menu so we could start picking the courses that we would be enjoying for the rest of the night. The options were vast and I’m sure they won’t disappoint. They range from seafood to different cuts of steaks to vegetarian options. There’s something for each palate.
For starters we ordered garlic and chilli prawns and also sticky BBQ ribs. They were served within 15 minutes. Both looked excellent. The garlic and chilli prawns were not shelled and we had to tuck in with our fingers, but there was something rustic and satisfying about shelling the fresh prawns and getting a little messy. The same thing we did with the ribs which were very deliciously cooked in a BBQ sauce with chilli and onion garnish. Both tasted great – it definitely was a great way to start.
For mains, we ordered a sirloin and a rib-eye steak which both come with a small side of peas, a field mushroom and a roasted tomato and also another side of your choice, so we went for a loaded stack of sweet potato fries and a bowl of onion rings. Our food arrived in a reasonable time, and it was piping hot. Both steaks were tender and succulent, I could really tell it was fresh. It was melt-in-the mouth food and coupled with a side of crunchy sweet potato fries was the perfect combo.
We couldn’t resist ourselves but to try another dish of their menu, so we decided to go for one of their emblematic burgers, The Middletons Burger. The burger is stacked high with 3 meats! Again, everything was well-presented as it arrived with a knife running through the centre to hold it all in place. The meats were perfectly cooked. The chicken had a deep chargrilled flavour which coupled with the sweetness of the pulled pork and the rich steak, all combined to one big mouthful of indulgence.
It was almost the end of the night but nothing stopped surprising us. I personally savoured every bite and of course the most anticipated part of the night was getting closer – The dessert time.
For dessert, we ordered a banoffee pie and a chocolate pot. Both were really good portions and both tasted amazing. We would have liked a little more of a toffee flavour, but can’t complain as it was all presented so well and as far as banoffee pies go, was very well-made. The chocolate pot was layered with chocolate mousse, caramel, fresh cream and shortbread biscuit. It’s definitely a must try dessert.
The whole restaurant has a sleek, edgy feel, softened with hints of California beach house and curvy upholstery. The attention to detail is very good, and nothing feel forgotten or unfinished, including the food and drinks on the menu. We had a chat with the staff and the head chef and they educated us a little about Middletons, and I like how all the meat is prepared at their butchery in East Anglia and sent out to the restaurants every day. You could tell that everything else in the restaurant was presented with the same care and attention.
We’ll be back for sure!