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.

Perfectly cooked Blue steak

Perfectly cooked blue steak

Beer Garden

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