Eating Out - The Journey's End in Yardley,
a Sizzling Pub & Grill .
The weathers been beautiful this weekend so we headed out for a classic pub lunch as a family to make the most of it. We love trying new places, it's makes eating out more so much more exciting. We've been to several Sizzling Pub & Grills before but with their Menu changing every few months, we're always happy to go along to see what's new each time.
Our journey this weekend took us over to Yardley, about a 20 minutes drive from our home, to the Journey's End pub and grill. From the outside, it looks like your classic public house. There's free parking with no need to display and pay which is always a bonus and a time saver and you'll be happy to know, there's lots of parking spaces for everyone. Once inside, the staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the whole place was nice and clean and fresh looking. You get that 'local' feel about this place which makes you feel very welcome. It feels like the sort of place where families go to eat and neighbours go to drink every day.
I loved the Menu, there was so much to choose from. Sometimes you go to a place and struggle to find one thing you like, but not here. I actually picked about three things and then had to narrow it down to the one I'd like to try the most but boy was it tough. We started with the House Sharer which was a large platter filled with southern-fried chicken pieces, beer-battered mushrooms, BBQ chicken wings, onion rings and garlic bread, with blue cheese, BBQ & sweet chilli dips. It was much bigger than I'd expected for the price of £8.79.
The BBQ chicken wings were delicious and the garlic bread was very tasty. Everything got eaten except for the breaded mushrooms but that's only because none of us like mushrooms. We shared this Starter between the four of us, there was plenty to go round.
The Kids Menu offers a lovely choice of meals for the kiddies and comes in two categories. There's the Under 5's for £3.99 and the Over 5's for £4.99. For the kids meals you get to choose a Main, a Side, a Veg, a drink and a Desert. For the price, you are getting a lot for your money and when the food came out, we could see you got big portions for your money too. Ryan had the Toad in the Hole, with chips and corn with a lemonade and a chocolate chip cookie whereas Lily had the Mini Mixed Grill with chips and corn, a Pepsi max and a Build your Own Sundae. They were both really happy with their meals and ate it all up.
After all my deliberation, I finally decided to have the Lemon Peri-Peri Chicken & pepper Skewers which were so good. The grilled chicken pieces were cooked really well and the sauce was delicious, it was hot but not too hot, just the way I like my per-Peri sauce.
Again the meal portion sizes were very generous, I didn't get to finish all mine (I did try, promise) but there was just too much food for me to eat. I think the giant starter may have been the problem, our eyes were just way bigger than our bellies in the end - oops.
Daddy choose the Triple House Burger which comes stacked high with a beef burger, a chicken fillet, a southern fried chicken fillet and a little pot of warm American cheese sauce.
Daddy likes a big burger so he added another beef burger (for a pound) and some extra bacon too (for 60 pence). He was super happy with the outcome and enjoyed every bite.
Everyone was so full after dinner but we couldn't go all that way and not try their Desserts.
We decided to share a Nestle Rolo Cheesecake which was the only cheesecake they had on the menu so we thought we'd give it a try. It was nice and looked great but sadly for us, it just wasn't sweet enough. We like a fruity or bitter cheesecake so this one was a bit too chocolatey and plain for us. It was nice, it's just not what we'd usually go for or enjoy.
We spent around an hour and a half in the Journey's End and had a lovely afternoon. The pub because quite busy around us but it was quite a big place so it never became too noisy or over crowded. The kids had great fun colouring in their complimentary puzzle sheets and Daddy had great fun helping them, he loves a good Word Search Puzzle.
Overall, we were really impressed. The food was well cooked, the staff were friendly and the surroundings were comfortable and clean. As a family, I think we'd definitely go again.
Disclosure: We were invited for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review.