On our recent trip to Drayton Manor for Big K’s 5th birthday, we choose to eat out both nights during our stay at the hotel. On our first night we decided to eat at The Grill Inn. This is the restaurant that is across from the hotel, near to the entrance to the theme park. Upon check in at the hotel we had booked a table at the restaurant, so we were sure we would get a table early enough for the boys.
The Grill Inn Restaurant
Upon arrival we were seated at our reserved table. We waited a few minutes for a highchair to be brought to us and then the lady took our drinks order. We also ordered garlic bread as the boys were getting hungry. We asked without cheese as Little K is dairy intolerant, which didn’t seem to go down well but after a few minutes of going back and forth the lady took the order.
Maybe it is because I am slightly fussy when it comes to eating but I found the menu very selective. I ended up with just the “Grill Inn Burger”. The kids menu was pretty standard in the items you could order which is fine as chicken nuggets is always our safe meal for Little K! It took another 15 minutes from ordering drinks to ordering our main courses.
By the time our “garlic bread” had been served and the boys were eating away. Now we are not too sure but when ordering the “garlic bread” the lady mentioned that it is already set up with cheese on it. We thought they would make one fresh as we mentioned Little K being dairy intolerant. However within 10 minutes of him eating the “garlic bread” his skin had reacted, which we think was because they had just wiped the cheese off and then cooked it. In future we will be more careful when asking for food!
The staff were great, all the usual prompts asking if food was okay and if we needed anything else. However it took nearly an hour between starters and mains to be served. The boys at this point were very restless which meant my husband had to take them outside to play.
A member of staff did come up and ask if our mains hadn’t arrived yet. When I mentioned we were still waiting, she seemed pretty shocked and asked if we wanted to order anything else in the meantime. I responded by saying just our main courses would be okay.
Eventually after another 10 minutes our main courses arrived. The food was okay, my burger was black on the outside but nice on the inside. Which didn’t taste the best but I ate as much as I could as I was hungry. Both boys liked their food and Nick said his food was not what he was expecting.
Our bill came to £52. This was for 2 adult meals, 2 kids meals, 3 x drinks and our starters. Was the food worth the price no, but then from eating at a restaurant which is at an attraction, you would expect the prices.
We liked the feel of the restaurant and it was nicely set out and looked great. However, the adult meals and service we thought could have been better. Would we go back to The Grill Inn again…no probably not. We would try somewhere else first, possibly in the nearby town. It met all the family friendly options that you look for in a restaurant (highchairs, baby changing facilities, decent kids menu and colouring kit to keep the kids entertained) but for us the long wait really put us off.
The Grill Inn Restaurant
* Reviews are our own opinion. We haven’t been paid in anyway for writing this.