Quality food made lengthy waits worth it at Kitchen and Coffee in Grantham
A couple of friends have recently recommended roasts at Kitchen and Coffee, so with the kids in tow we went there on Sunday.
The Westgate café is always popular so I wasn’t surprised to have to wait 10 minutes for a table, and was happy to do so. I’ve never been disappointed with the food at Kitchen and Coffee, and I’m pleased to say we weren’t this time.
We were invited by a friendly member of staff to wait by the window and look over the menu. It was an easy decision to make – it was a Sunday after all – and we were ready to order our roasts by the time we were shown to our table.
So off my husband went to order – and 15 minutes later he returned. It was a long time to wait to order and the queue – never ending because of the length of time it took – did seem to be in the way for staff and customers.
But never mind, the kids were happy with the stickle bricks and crayons delivered almost straight away to our table, which I was very grateful for. When you have little ones it becomes clear very quickly that not all eateries are family-friendly. Kitchen and Coffee most definitely is, which is further evident by the good-sized, and well equipped, baby changing area.
The hustle and bustle of the place is also a big plus – it’s always noisy and that suits us well with a slightly shouty two-year-old boy. I hasten to add that it’s noisy in a good way.
Our drinks arrived quickly - milkshakes for the little ones and a much-needed cappuccino for me. All top marks.
We’d hoped not to have to wait long for our food as time was ticking on and the kids were getting hungry and a little irritable. Unfortunately, we had a 40-minute wait to contend with. By the time food arrived, with an apology from the waitress, the fascination with the stickle bricks had well and truly worn off.
I blame the fact I had turned into a slightly stressed mum trying to keep her hungry toddler entertained as the reason I forgot to take a picture of the meal to share with you. You’ll have to take my word for it, the dishes were presented beautifully. And they were delicious.
The children’s meals were plentiful and just as good quality as the adults - not always the case when families eat out.
My husband, five-year-old daughter and I had beef. It was cooked to perfection, the mash was creamy, roast potato crispy and vegetables just right. The Yorkshire pudding was spot on, too, as was the cauliflower cheese.
My son had chicken instead. He was too tired by that point to eat much from his plate so I was able to try the chicken too, and it was lovely and soft.
We were too full for desserts but I will say that, as always, they looked fabulous.
In terms of value for money, I would say Kitchen and Coffee absolutely delivers. At £16.95 for an adult roast and £7.95 for a child’s, there are cheaper places to eat but you likely lose the quality.
The only negative thing I have to say about our experience is the lengthy waits to order and for food to arrive.
The setting, five-star service and food were all perfect, and the waits won’t stop us returning. I might come armed with a toddler snack or too next time, though….
Overall rating: ****