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As a food safety expert not only do I love walking round inspecting kitchens but I also just love the experience of eating out. I love the atmosphere, the occasion and of course who doesn’t love not having to do the dishes afterwards.
Last Thursday night my son and I took advantage of “Steak Night” at the Groomsport Inn https://www.facebook.com/groomsport.inn
Groomsport is a small village between Donaghadee and Bangor in Co Down and the beer garden at the Groomsport Inn has lovely views over the harbour. The weather wasn’t great when we were there but I imagine on a sunny day it would be an amazing place to sit and enjoy a drink and a meal.
They have a fairly decent menu with something for every one. Choose from Beer Battered Scampi (£13.50), Strangford Lough Mussel Bowl (£7/£10), Chicken Stack (£12.50), Pea and Mushroom Risotto (£10) amongst others. However we were there for Steak Night…….For £14.99 you get a Sirloin steak with French Fried Onions and mushrooms, choice of side and choice of sauce and boy does this chef know how to cook a steak. In a past life I was a chef and therefore I know how I like my steak…… blue….its the first time in a long time that I have got what I asked for. The steak was succulent and cooked perfectly. The freshly battered crispy onion rings and sauteed mushrooms were delicious. The chips were cooked perfectly and the pea shoot garnish finished it all off.
My son chose from the kids menu and he chose pasta bolognese with skinny fries. Huge portion for a child but the staff were more than happy to box up the leftovers
Unfortunately neither of us had room for dessert but we saw neighbouring tables getting theirs. Both the pavlova and raspberry ruffle cheesecake looked amazing
The service was friendly and attentive without being over bearing. On the whole it would appear , like most businesses that they are doing their best to comply with current Covid guidelines although I’m not sure if it was busy that the table layout is compliant….some tables seem quite close together. There is a one way system…….enter through the front door but leave via the beer garden at the back. That would cause an issue if you had mobility issues as there are quite a few steps to go down. Hand sanitiser placed at the entrance after you come in which makes sense – you open the door and then sanitise your hands. Each table had a small bottle of hand sanitiser on it.
Food and service are both excellent and I am looking forward to returning.
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- Construction Industry Training Board NI The statutory body which encourages adequate training throughout the construction industry in Northern Ireland.
- HESNI’s Approved Code of Practice for FAAW (PDF) The Health & Safey Executive’s guidance on the correct provision of First Aid at Work in Northern Ireland. (Direct link to PDF document.)
- Qualsafe Suppliers of first aid supplies and materials.
- Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland The government agency responsible for promotion and enforcement of first aid and health and safety at work in Northern Ireland
- Meningitis Research Foundation Promoting awareness, giving guidance and funding research into meningitis and septicaemia.
- The Anaphylaxis Campagin An excellent source of information on severe allergies, with a very useful section on guidance for schools.
- Asthma UK The charity dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the 5.4 million people in the UK whose lives are affected by asthma.
- Association of First Aiders The UK’s largest association supporting first aiders, first aid trainers and first aid training providers.
- Food Standards Agency The government agency responsible for improving food safety, standards and nutrition in Northern Ireland and protecting people’s health in relation to food
- CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) A professional membership body dedicated to enhancing environmental health and promoting the highest possible standards in the training and education of environmental health professionals in order to benefit people’s health and well being