Monday 28 September 2015

REVIEW: Whitbread Inns Butlers Leap Restaurant

Since becoming a family we have found it harder to eat out, especially in the evening. We want to make the most of the fact that Isabella doesn't crawl yet (I imagine sitting down for a meal will be almost impossible!) and go out for meals as a family.
A lot of restaurants just aren't family friendly - they don't have baby changing facilities, high chairs or a children's menu. This instantly puts us off going to those kind of restaurants now, which is a shame. 
Whitbread Inns have lots of restaurants nationwide, all of which are completely family friendly and offer a delicious, varied menu. Butler's Leap is a Whitbread Inns restaurant in Rugby (couldn't be more apt with the rugby world cup just starting) which has recently had a fantastic renovation. We had visited this restaurant prior to the renovation and although it was very pleasant, the improvement now is outstanding. Everything has been updated - the decor, menu and service. You used to have to remember your table number and order at the bar, but now it's table service. We had such a friendly, helpful waitress who couldn't do enough for us and enjoyed chatting away to Isabella! The updated decor is warm, cosy and completed to a very high quality - we were very impressed with the improvement. 
Isabella sat in her first high chair while out at a restaurant, which she loved. She's just learnt how to sit up by herself and it was lovely having her sit at the table with us, rather than spending the whole time on our laps. The waitress kindly offered us a colouring pack and crayons for Isabella - although she's obviously far to young to colour in she enjoyed watching us colour in and of course attempt to eat the booklet! 
The menu is vast and it's nice to see more than one vegetarian option on the main meals menu! There are some of the pub classics, as well as more original additions. To start I had a Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Pesto and my husband had Chicken Goujons with Peri-Peri sauce - both of which were delicious. We shared their bread board as well, which was filled with warm, fresh bread. The salad was very refreshing, with the punchy pesto to add a hit of flavour. For the main course I had macaroni cheese with garlic bread and a side salad, while my husband had a 10oz Rib-Eye Steak with chips, grilled tomato and peas (it also comes with mushrooms but he doesn't like them). I think a big test of quality cooking in a restaurant is if a steak is served how you ask - my husband asked for it medium and it was perfect! My macaroni cheese was creamy, rich and the crunchy layer of cheese on top was heaven. Finally we finished off with a Rocky Road Sundae and Cherry and Chocolate Sponge Pudding with Vanilla Ice-Cream. I don't know how we fitted all this food in, we did skip lunch but still...intense amount of food! 
We were so impressed with the quality of service, varied menu and beautiful interior design. I highly recommend visiting a Whitbread Inns restaurant if you're in the market for reasonably priced food with a family friendly environment.

Which is favourite pub classic meal?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x

*We received a voucher to spend at Butler's Leap. 
As always all opinions are my own and completely honest.



  1. Sounds like a lovely meal. I don't worry so much about the food available for kids yet as mine are still very young & I prefer to take food for them so I can be confident of salt levels, etc, but I like places that have proper, clean changing facilities, lots of highchairs, etc. #mummymonday

  2. All of that food looks delicious. I used to get very frustrated (and still do) when we'd go our for meals and there wouldn't be a proper children's meal. I used to take sandwiches for Jasmine which made me feel really cheap but I'm not going to fork out for a full on adult meal for a tiny baby!

    Good, family focused pubs are few and far between - I'm glad you've found one.


    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx


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