Monday 18 September 2017

Meal review: The Crown and Anchor Sizzling Pub and Grill, West Bromwich

One of my favourite things to do is enjoy a meal out and last weekend, we headed to the newly refurbished Crown and Anchor pub in West Bromwich, part of the Sizzling Pub and Grill chain and just 10 minutes drive away.

We were invited along to sample the new surroundings and enjoy a meal and it was great timing, as Ethan was about to start school and we wanted to do something to celebrate. My Mother-in-Law joined us and we really enjoyed everything that the pub and team had to offer.

We were warmly welcomed, with Ethan given some colouring to do, and had a table reserved for us in the family friendly section of the pub. It was a bustling Saturday, early evening, but not too busy and with other families enjoying their meals.

It took us some time to work through the menu as there were so many different options to look at - from burgers and pub classic like fish and chips, to sizzling skillets and sides. Hubs often says you can judge the quality of a pub based on their burgers and their steaks, and there was a great choice to be had.

Ethan opted for a burger, chips and corn-on-the-cob, picking the options that he liked the best to make a decent sized meal; just £2.99 by itself or for £4.50, you can add a drink and a dessert option too, including a build your own sundae, which was definitely a good choice!

I decided to go for the surf and turf, which was very reasonably priced, Ste chose the mixed grill and Sally chose the crispy duck as something different to try. With three cokes added to the bill, our order came to around £38 which, considering the choices we made, I think was reasonable.

After ordering at the bar and collecting our drinks, cutlery and condiments, we didn't have long to wait until our food came out - three of the dishes sizzling away on the chain's signature sizzling skillets. Ethan wasted no time tucking in and hubs and I shared a Jack Daniels sticky sauce between us, that was a lovely addition to what was two very well cooked steaks. Mine was well-done, just the way I like it, and had a lovely flavour and minimal fat. There were mushrooms, onions and a tomato on the side and some tasty chips too - and I managed to eat most of it. Hubs polished off his meal with gusto and Sally enjoyed the duck, but ran out of pancakes - and room - so had to leave some.

Ethan was very happy with his meal but couldn't wait to move onto the sundae, which came with two scoops of ice cream in a bowl, and then smaller bowls containing marshmallows, chocolate buttons and sprinkles, plus a small jug of chocolate sauce. You should have seen his eyes lit up when it came out!

We all decided that it would be rude not to squeeze in a pudding, so Sally and I went for two of their adult sundaes and Ste chose a Strawboffie Pie. Again, after ordering at the bar, these came very quickly and even if our eyes were bigger than our bellies, we gave it a good shot and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The sundaes are definitely a chocoholics delight!

By the end of our meal, which came in under £50 which was fantastic value, we had enjoyed almost two hours at The Crown and Anchor. It has a really nice atmosphere and the new interior is very welcoming and homely. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and we felt welcome and well taken care of. It's really nice to find a big pub that's part of a chain but that still has a personal feel, and the food really was very good with plenty of choice.

It's not that far from us at all and I am sure that we will visit again. Particularly as they have a fun 'breakfast with Santa' event coming up in December that sounds really lovely.

Do you have a Sizzling pub near you? What do you like to order?

* We were invited to review this pub but all choices and opinions are our own.


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