Review: Moo-ving with the times – Romford Beefeater refit a success
PUBLISHED: 16:39 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 29 March 2017
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With a revamp, refreshing drinks and a tasty menu, the Liberty Bell has blossomed into a prime eatery, says reporter Ellena Cruse.
The refurbishment of the Liberty Bell Beefeater hit all the right notes.
Gone is the drab decoration and cloying atmosphere at the restaurant in Mercury Gardens, Romford. In its place is a welcoming contemporary homestead filled with splashes of country colour, wooden surfaces and painted brickwork.
The staff struck exactly the right tone and were friendly and helpful without being overly interruptive, or worse still robotic and monotonous during the dining experience.
Due to a recommendation from waitress Carla, we added fresh tomato and cheese to our starter of potato dippers and the quality of the ingredients made a traditional dish with a tantalising mix of flavours.
It always feels a bit like Russian roulette – albeit a tame one – ordering potato-based starters as I can’t stand it when they aren’t cooked thoroughly and feel raw.
Thankfully the texture was crispy and cooked to perfection and proved to be a great opening to the meal.
Armed with a deliciously strong mojito composed of rum, mint sugar and lime, I ordered a 8oz steak, served with mushroom, tomato and unlimited chips.
Despite a busy restaurant filled with families sharing their stories of the day, the meal came in good time.
The 21-day aged mature fillet, flamed to a medium rare texture, was succulent and tender.
The knife sliced through the meat like a kite through the air.
The accompanying salad was not just a plate filler and the vinaigrette dressing perfectly complemented the juicy fillet.
The portion size was more then generous and I couldn’t indulge in another helping of the spud-tacular triple cooked chips – which were fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside – despite the restaurant offering free chip refills with meals.
Thanks to contemporary mood lighting and the good-natured attitude of the staff, the venue felt relaxing and I was not encouraged to rush even through it was clearly a popular eating establishment.
As I sat at my table, which was nestled in semi-private enclave, I felt the pressures of the day drip away.
The rustic setting on first glance was open and inviting, but as I became accustomed to the environment I spotted additional decorations which beefed up my first impression.
Artwork was not just for aesthetics but had layers of educational meaning woven into them.
Patrons could learn about different meat cuts and how to order dishes in sign language.
With good quality ingredients, attentive staff, tender cuts of meat and relaxing vibes, I would definitely be moo-tivated to go back again. The Liberty Bell has grown from a Bambi-kneed calf to a family orientated prize bull.