New Manager, Paul, arrived at The Wheatsheaf in Dunham Hill at the end of September 08 and in the few months since his arrival he's well and truly put his mark on the place!
Paul's enthusiasm, along with fresh ideas are now beginning to reap reward for his hard work and team spirit. No stranger to the pub trade, Paul has previously held managerial positions in Hotels, Beefeater Restaurants, The Royal Oak at Betws-y-Coed and most recently The Yacht just up the road at Two Mills. Paul really turned The Yacht around during his 3 year stint, perhaps the pinnacle was winning 'Chester in Bloom' in 2006 which is a very prestigious award.
We arrived at 6pm one Sunday in March and the place was packed.
Offering very informal dining, quick service and extensive menu choice, The Wheatsheaf is ideal for families of all ages - tots to Grandparents are all catered for.
The children's menu offers favourites such as Cottage Pie, Spaghetti Bolognaise & tomato pasta in addition to the usual beefburger, pizza etc and also Sunday Roast. The Kids Wacky Super Combo at only £4.75 includes a meal, ice cream, fruit shoot and a free toy - bargain!
Talk about quick service - by the time I'd ordered the food and drinks from the bar, the starters arrived just as I returned to the table!
We decided on one of the sharing platters to start, ideal if you fancy more than one dish on the menu.
BBQ chicken wings, Southern fried chicken chunks, crispy onion rings, breaded mushrooms, spicy potato wedges, garlic bread, served with a salad leaf garnish, BBQ and sour cream dips. Fantastic value at £6.95 for two people and very moorish!
The main meals arrived and once again they were very generous considering that all of the main meals are on the two for one offer there isn't any scrimping on portion size.
After great deliberation I opted for the Pacific Salmon & Herb Fishcakes served with a tomato and basil sauce and a dressed mixed salad, £8.20. Very tasty, the two fishcakes were substantial and I soon realised I didn't really need the side order of new potatoes!
Chris went for tasty basted half a roasted chicken, with Piri Piri sauce; which certainly aroused his taste buds! Served with chips and salad, great value at £9.75.
Our two sons also enjoyed their meals. Charlie opted for the child's roast beef (at 11 years old we suggested that he may be better with an adult portion, but looking at the lady's plate on the next table he decided to stick to the child's as it would have been terrible if he didn't have room for dessert!) Accompanied by a Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, new & roast potatoes and the added bonus of a chipolata wrapped in bacon!
Will tucked into Lasagne; which he proclaimed as being one of the best he's ever had and believe me he has had many! We all appreciated a breather, whilst we contemplated the dessert menu and Will enjoyed the activity and colouring sheet that he was given on arrival.
As the adults were rather full, we decided to let the boys choose two adult desserts, as long as we could sample them!
For Will it just had to be the ‘Mega Sundae' - Chocolate fudge cake, profiteroles, chocolate and vanilla flavoured ice cream. Topped with lashings of cream, chocolate and strawberry sauces and decorated with Cadbury Crunchy nuggets, Cadbury Buttons, Cadbury Flake and wafers!!!
Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds. Sticking with the chocolate theme, Charlie chose Chocolate Fudge Cake, which had a chocolate chunks and caramel layer in addition to the usual chocolate fudge butter cream. Served with vanilla ice cream it proved to be another hit.
Our verdict - Two for One provides fantastic value for money for all the family and with an outdoor play area and seating, it's perfect for al fresco dining during the summer.