I suppose it is fare to say I am no food blogger, however I do love eating out (who doesn't?) so when the opportunity to review Coast to Coast in Stevenage presented itself I wasn't going to say no!
What makes the difference between a good restaurant and a great restaurant is the staff, and this is the place I have to start for our visit of Coast to Coast in Stevenage.
We had our table booked for 7pm on Saturday night, probably one of their busiest times. We were warmly welcomed upon entering and quickly shown to our table, I had to say I was pretty pleased that it was one of their booth tables.
Soon after our waitress for the evening introduced herself, a very welcoming, chatty and smiley Hannah, Who briefly talked us through what was not available on the menu that evening, sometimes when you can be greatly disappointed! Luckily it was only avocados! As I was pretty confident none of us were there for just the salad this wasn't an issue.
Coast 2 Coast have released a new menu with plenty of choices and I have to admit that for both starters and mains there were a couple of things I could have chose.
After a lot of deliberating from us all and mum changing her mind numerous times we went for the following:
- Garlic and Mozzarella Flatbread
- Chorizo and Mozzarella Flatbread (Mel - being lactose intolerant had this minus the Mozzarella)
- Grilled Halloumi Salad
- Seattle Shrimp
- Spicy Calamari
Whilst enjoying our first drink I had to remark to the family that the atmosphere was great inside the restaurant with some excellent music which was at the right level, I wasn't surprised to see that the restaurant soon had full tables and people waiting at the bar to be seated but it didn't feel intrusive for us or any of the other tables near us.
When the starters arrived I was really pleased with the choices, me and dad decided to go halves on both the shrimp and calamari to mix things up a bit and neither of us were disappointed. The shrimp was delicious and calamari was cooked perfectly!
Mum had halloumi which was a seriously large serving, Mel and Little Geek both had flat breads, which if I'm honest could each have been a sharing meal rather than an individual starter!
Overall we were very happy with the starters, the squid and shrimp were to die for, and as mentioned above if anything the other 3 were huge portions!
One common theme throughout the whole meal was the meal sizes, if anything they were to generous but nobody is going to moan about that.
The meal was not rushed at all and Hannah was continually checking up on us to see if the food was ok or we needed a drinks top up, also just to chat which was nice as I do like friendly serving staff are are genuinely interested in you as a customer.
Allowing enough time for our starters to settle we moved on to our mains. We had:
- Margherita Pizza - but little geek wanted to add pepperoni
- Ham Hock and BBQ Burger
- Rack of Ribs
- Whole Roast Spatchcock Chicken
- BBQ Chicken Melt
Again we shared the chicken and ribs between me and my dad as there was not an option on the new menu for this, if anything I would love Coast to Coast to add a chicken and ribs combo option to their menu!
Overall this was a very enjoyable meal, with excellent service, delisious food all in a great atmosphere. If you are looking or planning somewhere for a mothers day surprise for your mum or your other half then you can't go wrong with Coast to Coast, and a tips for all you Dad's who might be doing the booking, check out this tweet I spotted from coast to coast!