As I explained in my post on Friday, Butlins Minehead Review Introduction, I will be writing a series of post covering the major aspects we as families look for in on our Holidays. Today will be looking at the Dining during our stay at Butlins Minehead. The majority of Dining was at the Dining Package Restaurants but we also did try out one of the other on-site restaurant which were pay over the counter, we had Burger King like the big kids we are. We found that the staff were friendly whilst serving us and we were able to get seated easily even during the lunchtime rush. The kids spent most of the time playing in the soft play area whilst we ate our meals. We only brought them some chips so they didn't get full up for dinner time.
Dining Package Restaurants
We had the Premium Dining package which allowed us to dine in either of the two premium onsite buffet style restaurants, there were others for different packages. They served breakfast and dinner but not lunch, in the morning they were open from 7.30am-10.30am and in the evening 4.30pm-7.30pm. The two restaurants were called The Deck and The Yacht Club and were both considerably large and very well staffed. We were greeted at the door by some very friendly staff who were very helpful in explaining that you could dine in either restaurant and take food between them. This was a great for us because we preferred to dine in The Deck restaurant because of the booth seating so we knew if we wanted something from The Yacht Club we wouldn't have to sacrifice our favourite restaurant.
The Yacht club, we didn't actually dine here during our stay but we did have a good look around. The Yacht Club was a very spacious airy restaurant and, only in this restaurant, there was a carvery on offer everyday this was the main difference between the two restaurants. We had a carvery from The Yacht Club on the Sunday but sat in The Deck restaurant and although we thought that the selection of vegetables was limited it was very nice and you could tell it was freshly cooked.
The Deck Restaurant was our favorite because they had booths for us to sit in which with three very excitable young children suited us as they couldn't escape easily. This is where we ate and picked all of our meals from except for the roast on Sunday. We didn't realise until after going across to the Yacht Club to get our Roast dinners on Sunday that they were serving it on both sides. This was only a Sunday thing because it was a traditional dish for that day.
The Continental options
Selection of Cereals, Pain au Chocolat, Croissants, Danish Pastries, Pancakes, Yoghurts, Grapefruit, Prunes, Fresh Fruit, Toast and Preserves, Cheese and Cold Meat Selection.
The Famous Butlins Breakfast
Tasty Bacon, Red Tractor Sausages, Vegetarian Sausages, British Eggs, Mushrooms, Heinz Baked, Beans, Fresh Tomatoes, Golden Hash Browns, Sautéed Potatoes, Black Pudding
Freshly made Omelettes
Ham. Cheese, Onion and Mushrooms
Toasted Breakfast Sandwiches
Your choice of Crispy Bacon or Red Tractor Sausage cooked on the grill by our chef.
Triple Decker BLT
Crispy Bacon, Fresh Lettuce and Sliced Tomato on Toasted Bread.
Evening Meal Choices
There was just about every classic British dish to chose from in the Deck Restaurant and also a number traditional International dishes. Both Restaurants offered three courses which was great because you didn't feel awkward going up to the counters a number of times.
There were a whole host of Starters to chose from Chef’s Soup of the Day, A selection of fresh seasonal salads, Duck and Orange Pâte, Smoked Salmon and Cold Meat Platter.Main CoursesClassic Roast
The Classic roasts were served in The Yacht club everyday you could chose from British Roast Topside of Beef, Farm Assured Roast Turkey, Roast Gammon or Hand Carved Roast Pork. Served with all the trimmings.Curries
The Curry was served with rice, poppadoms and naan bread. Choose from Beef Madras or Chicken Tikka Masala.The Fire Grill and british classics
The fire grill served Beef Burger, Butterflied Chicken Breast, Gammon Steak, Classic Red Tractor Bangers and Mash or Tender Braised Steak. Chips were also available with the meals.The Wok Station
You can get freshly made wok dishes here, we really loved this station they served Sweet Chilli Chicken, Hoi Sin Chicken, Served with Prawn Crackers.The Italian station
This was also another favorite of ours they serves a number of different pastas Porcini Mushroom Parcels, Tagliatelle, Linguine or Garganelli. There was a lovely selection of sauces to choose from too Tomato and Basil, Pesto Cream, Bolognese or Carbonara.Vegetarian Options
We are meat eaters so I have no idea if these are good, please let me know?Risotto or Falafel and Spinach Burger.
DessertsHot puddings were on offer as well as cold ones St Clements Sponge Pudding(Hot), Apple Crumble Served with Custard(Hot), Eton Mess (Cold), Raspberry Delice (Cold), Lemon Crunch Cheesecake (Cold) or Fresh Fruit (Cold)
Cheese and Biscuits
Unlimited Ice cream was a very big hit with the kids.
You do not have to be an expert to see that the food choice is huge which I loved because on holiday you want to know you have a choice of everything you love. They had some childrens favourites on a serving counter which was lower than the rest which was brilliant because the kids felt like they were being all grown up. The childrens options when we were there Beef burgers, Hotdogs and fish fingers served with chips and peas or a pasta dish. Kids could also get plastic cutlery and plastic plates at this station this made our lives much less stressful not having to worry about china and metal dinner wear clattering together.
We loved that in both restaurants you could get unlimited drinks Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Latte, Hot Chocolate, Fruit Juices, Squash and Filtered Water. This was great because the kids managed to spill a few cups full in the short weekend whilst we stayed. I was dubious about having a coffee because often coffee from machines which are unlimited can be frankly poor. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that the machine made a really nice coffee and I found myself taking full advantage of the unlimited beverages.
We made the most of the three courses each day which we had worried about doing because of the accumulation of plates and constantly getting up to clear our table. Thanks to the ample numbers of waiters and waitresses our table ended up being cleared very quickly after each course. They always checked with us if we had finished with something before they took plates which was nice because the kids did take their time to eat everything.
Butlins really have hit the nail on the head with the Premium Dining package I couldn't fault it at all the dining experience at the two Restaurants was exceptional and it is one of the things we really miss. The thing I loved the most about eating at The Deck and The Yacht Club was getting meals at the stations which cooked things freshly for you. Watching the Chefs cook for you was really fun and you felt like you were getting a nicer dish.
The cleanliness, the ample amount of staff on hand to help, the choice of food and the relaxing modern atmosphere made the Premium Dining Package at Butlins Minehead somewhat of a holiday highlight. Check out our daily vlog The Gibblets to see us enjoying The Deck Restaurant for the three days we were staying.