Review: Beefeater Downshire Arms, Bracknell

Beefeater recently invited me, along with a friend, to review their newly refurbished Downshire Arms restaurant in Bracknell.

The Beefeater Restaurant…

The restaurant is situated conveniently, just 5 minutes from the M4 motorway and has plenty of parking available.

Downshire Arms Beefeater

With its inviting and relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful country decor, it’s a far cry from how I remember a Beefeater restaurant to be, since my last visit some years ago.

The Downshire Arms is a great family friendly restaurant.  The seating areas are large with plenty of space surrounding the tables and booths, so even during busy times, the restaurant shouldn’t feel overcrowded.

Whilst the revamped decor is tasteful and modern, I love that Beefeater have kept some of their original features.  These fab plates displayed below are those that they served their well renowned steaks on many years ago.

The Beefeater Menu…

The menu was full of modern British classics and had plenty of starters, mains, sides and puddings, to suit everyone from vegetarians to meat eaters.

To start, we chose the Classic Prawn Cocktail and Crispy Flat Cap Mushrooms which were both really tasty!  We was impressed at how quickly the food was served up too.

Steak has always been one of my favourite dishes and whilst I had been looking forward to eating one all day, I had a change of heart and decided to try the Smothered Chicken Melt.  If there is a taste that I would like to be able to bottle up, then it would have to be this.  This dish was handsome!

Paige opted for the Chargrilled Gammon Steak, which was both tender and tasty.  She even let me try a little!  Between us we shared a side order of Crispy Beer-Battered Onion Rings and could have requested more chips if we had wanted to, as Beefeater offer them unlimited.

We shared the Banoffee Pie and Warm Chocolate Brownie options for pudding, it would have been rude not too.  They was washed down with a hot chocolate and espresso to finish.

Our final thoughts…

The staff were both friendly and helpful (without being interruptive) during our dining experience.

Whether you are looking for a yummy breakfast, relaxed lunch or romantic meal for two, this Beefeater is ideal.  With the generous portion sizes, good quality ingredients and reasonable prices, you really cannot go wrong.

We loved it there and have promised to revisit with our families soon.

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Lisa x


* We was offered a £60 voucher to use at the restaurant in exchange for our honest review.  As always, all photos and opinions are our own.

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  • Reply
    Margaret GALLAGHER
    May 1, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Have never been
    Food looks delicious and the perfect place to chill

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    Sarah Cooper
    April 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The food looks delicious.

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    Suzanne Roberts
    April 16, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    My family visited this evening. When the waitress bought our order to the table, the food looked appetising. Our eyes did not deceive. Steak cooked as requested. Chicken tender and tasty. Extra chips/salad/veg if required. Plus top-up cokes. Bonus = staff friendly and helpful but didn’t hang around the table. I feel distinctly uncomfortable with “hovering “staff. I would/will visit again.

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    Lorna Ledger
    April 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Mmmmm you have made me fancy all this now! great review!

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    April 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    This place looks great and welcoming. Can’t beat a classic prawn cocktail.

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      That prawn cocktail was lovely! Hadn’t had one for a long time so really enjoyed it x

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    Lula Mercer
    April 1, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The family and I went to Beefeater a while ago and we loved it. Will definitely have to go again soon!

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      Lisa Hudson
      April 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      I hadn’t been for years but really enjoyed it x

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    Amy Fidler
    March 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Looks like a great place to take the family x

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    Leila Benhamida
    March 31, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Sounds great. Nice and delicious food. Love the Hello sign , nice touch.

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    March 31, 2017 at 8:34 am

    My family live near Bracknell but for some reason whenever we go to a Beefeater we always end up in the one at Sandhurst! This would be much closer, and sounds lovely! You can’t beat a Beefeater for family friendly!

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