I was recently invited along to the Brewers Fayre at Craig House on the outskirts of Edinburgh (well Musselburgh). Not my usual hang out but with a 2 year old we find ourselves in these kind of family restaurants a bit more often nowadays and are regularly disappointed with the soggy fried food on offer. But I was very pleasantly surprised with the lovely dinner we had here.
With an extremely warm welcome we were showed to our table in the cosy restaurant, overlooking the gardens and outdoor kids play park (had it not been evening and freezing we would have ventured out). Paige was given crayons and a magazine to colour in. A nice touch.
The menu has your usual "pub grub" favourites on offer: burgers, curries, fish, steaks, pasta etc but also has a different themed buffet each evening, for example, Mexican, curry, chip shop, pizza. On this particular evening it was Chip Shop. It looked really nice but we opted for something else. Here's what we had...
Spicy potato dippers (£2.79)
Garlic and parsley breaded mushrooms (£3.29)
Southern chicken goujons (£3.99)
Paige also got a starter with her kids menu (from £3.99) of vegetable sticks with dip. Often some dried up carrot, but this was a lovely fresh array of peppers, cucumber, carrot and celery sticks. She was impressed and ate almost all of it!
Everything was really fresh and crispy with an array of dips to accompany them. Paige loved the chicken! And yes that was a lot of food for the three of us, however, I was kindly told when ordering that I'd be cheaper getting an additional starter as they were 2 for £2.50 - a bargain!
Already quite full, our mains arrived. I went for one of the new curries on the menu - a chicken balti and hubby ordered the Ultimate sausage and mash with a giant Yorkshire pudding (£8.49)
My curry was delicious (genuinely better than some Indian take aways I've had!) and was served with a crisp popodom, mango chutney, light naan bread and rice.(£8.29)
Paige's spaghetti bolognaise arrived with peas and garlic bread which I barely expected her to look at after our starters but you guessed it, she ate the lot! We've never seen her eat so much!
Never one to shy away from dessert, I went for the Cadburys Indulgence sundae (£4.29). It was huge and scrummy and completely unnecessary, however, I was ably assisted by my ice-cream-loving partner in crime, Paige.
All our drinks (including Costa coffees) were free self serve re-fills too. Great service from very friendly staff and brilliant value for money. For a family friendly out of town restaurant with plenty of parking - this place hits the spot perfectly.
Carberry Road, Inveresk