Have you heard about the Cookhouse & Pub chain of restaurants? We recently reviewed the kids menu and also the adult menu at one of their restaurants in Ripley, Derbyshire. We eat out a lot and we are known to be fussy, we set our standards pretty high. I can honestly say that our meal was excellent and I can’t wait to try the Bridlington branch when we move up to Yorkshire. In fact I’m pretty excited about it, it was that good! (I’m not just saying that!)
The Cookhouse & Pub in Ripley, Derbyshire
The Cookhouse & Pub in Ripley is located right next to Premier Inn. It has a very large shared car park with the hotel. It is on Nottingham road which is easy to get to. We visited as a stop off after a couple of days up in Castleton, in the Peak District. The restaurant used to be a Brewers Fayre and has since been bought out. I have never been before but the interior looked very new and we were very impressed with what looks to be a recent overhaul. It’s fresh, clean and modern inside. The tables are spaced out well and there’s various sections to the restaurant. We sat in a garden room with windows looking out to the kids playground.
The Kids Menu – Review – Kids can eat for as little as a £1 !
The kids menu that we have reviewed below is available at a discounted price from Monday to Thursday 3:30 pm – 5:50 pm for just £1.00 with the purchase of an adult meal.
You don’t need to worry about keeping your kids entertained when you visit this restaurant. The kids menu was full to the brim with activities. My son was handed the 4 sided menu plus a ‘fortune teller’ game and some crayons. The sheets included spelling activities, an eye spy type game, the fortune teller game which we made, dot to dot, jokes, mazes and much more. We all had fun as a lot of the activities mean that adults can join in as well.
At all other opening times kids can choose two courses for £4.99 which can be either a starter and main course or main course and a dessert. You can also add on an extra course for just 75p which is great value for money. Drinks are priced at around £1.50 for kids. While we were all choosing what we fancied to eat my son was brought some veg sticks (carrots, cucumber and red pepper) to munch on plus a yoghurt dip.
There are 10 main courses for your kids to choose from and they can swap their sides to suit their tastes. They have burgers, sausage and mash, tomato pasta and meatballs, cod cubes, chicken curry and more. We were very impressed with the choice and my son decided on the tomato pasta with chicken meatballs and a side of garlic bread (he chose not to have the extra veggie stick side as he’d just eaten this but he could have swapped). I was super impressed as he’d never tried chicken meatballs before so it was great that he’d chosen something new. Luckily he really liked them and no meatball went uneaten. It was a really good sized portion of food and he was delighted with two slices of garlic bread.
Kids can also have a roast meal, on a Sunday.
There is also a really good choice of desserts for kids with 6 different things to choose from. These included mini donuts, strawberry frozen yoghurt and pancakes. Jamie chose the make your own funny face sundae. He was so excited to see sweets on his plate when it arrived that he forgot all about making the face and ate his strawberry lace, marshmallows and chocolate beans before we could realise what was happening. He declared it to be great mind you.
Main Menu – Review
I can’t go without telling you about the main menu. There is a lot of main meals to choose from with varying price ranges. They don’t have many starters on the menu but they do however have quite a few grazers which are tapas style dishes. We decided to have one of these each as a starter. You can mix and match these and the prices for 3, 4, 5 or 6 are great value for money.
As their main focus was grazers rather than starters my Mum and I chose a grazer each. I chose the mushroom and Stilton bake which was excellent. They had been sauteed in garlic and parsley and were very tasty.
Mum chose the garlic and chilli king prawns which she really enjoyed and would recommend. Each of the grazer dishes are around £5 each.
For our main course we decided upon a flatbread with toppings each. They have a choice of 5 different flatbreads each being 11″ in size. If you want a lighter version you can opt for half of a regular flatbread with a salad to accompany it. They were priced at around £7.00. Mum opted for the spicy pork and beef meatballs half flatbread with side salad. Again she was very impressed and would choose it again.
I chose the garlic and chilli prawns flatbread. It came covered in pea shoots and oh my goodness it was fabulous. The garlic was rich and the pea shoots were an inspired addition. I adore pea shoots and I wish that more restaurants used them on dishes. The whole dish was so fresh and clearly baked fresh to order. They are cooked in a pizza type oven, which we could see from our table.
As well as the above mentioned they had plenty of meat and vegetarian dishes to choose from. They had steaks, fish, lighter options, burgers, pies, noodles, curry and much more. There are many other dishes that I’d love to try.
We even managed to fit in a dessert. Mum chose a baked vanilla cheesecake with berry compote which she said was very good but didn’t think that the ice-cream went with it.
As I was full of garlic I opted for the lemon mousse with fresh raspberries and shortbread fingers. It was quite rich but went really well with the biscuits. They had a good variety of other desserts available.
We were all full and satisfied. I am looking forward to the next time we can eat at a Cookhouse and Pub. The food was fresh, well cooked, tasty and a little bit different to standard pub fare. Please click on this link for an up-to-date menu. As prices can vary across the country they do not publish their prices online. It wasn’t an expensive place to eat compared to a lot of chain pubs.
Don’t just take my word for it on how great this pub is. Here’s a review from My Gorgeous Boys for the same restaurant.
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary meal for the purpose of my review. All words, photos and opinions are my own and must not be reproduced without prior consent.