Harvester Restaurant Review

Over the bank holiday weekend, I was invited along to my local Harvester to try out their new and improved menu. I think the last time I ate at Harvester was when I was pregnant with Sophia, a long time ago now! So I was very excited to see what was on the menu!

We headed there on the Saturday evening, and already had our table booked for 6pm, peak time for service so knew it may be a busy one!

We received a lovely welcome when we arrived and were taken to our table and ordered drinks whilst looking at the new food menu (G&T for me!) they had a great selection on the drinks menu.

(Please excuse the quality of my photos my camera decided to stop working when we arrived)

Here's what Harvester are saying about their new and improved menu.

''Hold onto your hat… Our new menu is hitting the tables, and it’s packed with mouth-watering new dishes we know you’ll love.
We’re piling on the flavour with new favourites like our peri-peri chicken burger, succulent Cornish kiln-smoked St Louis ribs and new vegetarian and vegan options that really pack a punch. But that doesn’t mean waving goodbye to the classics – our rotisserie chicken, 28-day matured steaks, famous sundaes and unlimited salad are better, fresher and tastier than ever. So, what are you waiting for?''

Being a Tapas lover I was so happy to see that they now have tapas style starters, perfect starters to share.  Here's what we went for on the tapas menu.
Halloumi Skewers with Spiked Maple Sauce and grilled Pineapple.
Firecracker  Prawns with Mango Sauce.
The Salad Bar was delicious with a great fresh selection available.
On to the Main Menu, again a great selection to choose from, we were torn between having chicken and ribs so went for both! Here's what we chose for our main.
The Triple Combo - Quarter portion of rotisserie chicken, a southern fried chicken breast and a grilled cajun chicken breast.
BBQ Chicken Stack - Grilled chicken breast with Monterey Jack cheese, BBQ sauce, grilled back bacon with buttermilk fried chicken with buttered corn, coleslaw and fries. 
Full Rack of Ribs - BBQ sauce, grilled Pineapple buttered corn and fries
We also had extra sides of onion rings and coleslaw.
We couldn't leave it there without having a dessert, I don't know how we (or should I say I!) fitted in a dessert but the selection looked so appealing I had to try one.
Rocky Horror - Warm chocolate fudge brownie topped with chocolate fudge pieces and cherry.

So my overall thoughts on the starters, main, sides and dessert.  I absolutely loved it, the food tasted fresh, everything came out on time and together, which is important when dining out, there's nothing worse than waiting an extra few minutes for the other persons food!  The new menu is great, there is so much to choose from, everything sounds so appealing and delicious.  I am really impressed with the new and improved menu and the freshness of the food and will be going back with the rest of my family.  
Thank you to Bull Dog Harvester in Ashford (Middlesex) for the lovely food and excellent service.
Here's a little more from Harvester about their latest Campaign.
Joking aside, Brits have the best sense of humour Harvester recruits comedian to train staff to serve rib ticklers to self-proclaimed witty British public.

As a nation famed for its collective stiff upper lip, it takes a lot to make us appear blue, so it should come as little surprise that our sense of humour is prevailing even in downbeat Brexit times. According to a new poll revealed today, over three quarters (77 per cent) of us think Brits have the best sense of humour in the world.

The survey of 1,500 people, conducted by Harvester, also reveals that humour is the key ingredient when out for dinner. More people prioritise humour (65 per cent) over romance (44 per cent) when out on a date and a further 65 per cent say fun and laughter is key to a great dinner with family and friends.

However, awkward dinner experiences are not uncommon, and many Brits wish they'd been able to call on the sense of humour we're most proud of in certain situations. The top mishaps people have experienced when dining out are:
Spilling a drink everywhere (41 per cent) . Dropping food down themselves (35 per cent) . Getting food stuck in teeth (18 per cent) . Receiving a call from an ex-partner (6 per cent) . Accidentally setting fire to their hair (6 per cent)

To help its customers get through such awkward moments and have plenty to tickle their ribs, Harvester has recruited comedian Rhys James (of Mock the Week fame) to train some of the team on a variety of comedy tactics and conversation starters.

The quips and tips compliment the UK's favourite feel good restaurant's wider training scheme on 'feel good moments', and one group of staff experienced the training first hand. They were challenged to put their new skills to test on unsuspecting diners, assisted by Rhys on hidden camera, and the hilarious session was captured on video to view here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqQhyEXmRFg&feature=youtu.be

Rhys James said of the initiative: 'It was fascinating to meet the Harvester staff and a wonderful, if challenging, project to work on. We have all had an awkward dinner experience where things haven't gone quite right, and I think comedy can help to alleviate that awkwardness. Everyone I met was so enthusiastic and the feedback so far has been fantastic".

Harvester has also turned to psychologist, Donna Dawson, to comment on the findings: "Humour is the ideal way to defuse any tricky situation. Laughter releases feel-good chemicals in the brain which make us feel happy and relaxed; this, in turn, makes us appreciate and admire the laughter-givers more, while also helping us to feel better about ourselves. A shared joke, self-deprecating quip or humorous observation can lighten the atmosphere and lessen the nerves, whether it's a first date or a group bonding session. The British value a good sense of humour because it puts everyone at their ease, turns potential embarrassment into shared fun, and gets the good times off to a quick start."

Rob Pitcher, Divisional Director at Harvester, commented: "Our ethos is based on 'feel good dining' and we believe that training our staff in comedy will help bring family and friends closer together. Introducing more humour to the server and guest relationship is something we consider very important.  We want guests to know that if they go into a Harvester, they will not only be served delicious food, but they'll have a brilliant experience too!"

To find out more, visit: http://www.harvester.co.uk/ribticklers

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