Last week, we visited Frankie and Benny’s to try out their new Specials menu. I called during the day to see if we’d need to book a table but we were told to just come along as it was a Tuesday evening. We arrived at 6.30pm and were seated straight away. The restaurant was fairly empty but filled up throughout our visit and was almost full by the time we left at about 8pm. We were a party of four, Husband, Sausage and I and my mother-in-law, Lin.

We were seated in a booth at the back and Sausage was immediately presented with a kids pack, which included a pencil, activity book and a ‘Guess Who’ type game with headband and cards. The first pack she was given had actually already been written in but it was replaced by our waitress as soon as we told her. Drinks were served within minutes of us sitting down and our starters were served around 10 minutes later. Husband and I both opted for the same thing, the pulled pork potato skins:

The portion was an adequate size and although Husband and I agreed that there could have been a little more pork in the skins, the dish was tasty, if a bit sloppily presented.

Sausage and Lin didn’t have a starter but our main courses turned up no more than about ten minutes later, which meant that they didn’t have to wait too long to get some grub in their bellies!

Here’s what we had:


(meals, clockwise from top left: Sausage’s pizza from the Kid’s Menu, my Meatball Siciliana Calzone, Lin’s Ranch Burger and Husband’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich)

Sausage throughly enjoyed her pizza which was absolutely huge and far too much for her to manage, but we’d rather she left some than left hungry. My calzone was absolutely delicious. It was full of tasty meatballs and pepperoni and the sauce was rich and lightly spiced, all wrapped in a well-cooked pizza dough. Husband’s Philly cheese steak sandwich was surprisingly tender and a generous portion (although he did have one french fry on his plate which was still entirely frozen!). Lin loved her Ranch burger, which was laden with bacon and Ranch sauce and the portion was so generous that she had trouble finishing it all herself!

Next came dessert; we ordered dessert after we finished our mains as we weren’t sure we’d have enough room for it, but Lin and I battled on and Sausage had her heart set on a strawberry ice cream.

Sausage was thrilled to get not only a strawberry ice cream in a very grown-up sundae glass but a packet of chocolate buttons on the side, too! I opted for the salted caramel cheesecake, which was out-of-this-world delicious, however, and this is a WHOLE new experience for me, but the portion was actually too big! I’m never one to be beaten by food, especially not cheesecake, but I was struggling after eating half! Lin had the mint choc waffle, which was a little bit hit and miss. The warm waffle was served with hot chocolate sauce and ice cream, which made it a bit of a melty mess and the cinnamon waffle didn’t go very well with the mint of the ice cream. The waffle was also a bit chewy and thick.

All in all, our trip to Frankie and Benny’s was a great success. The dinner for four of us (two starters, four mains, three desserts and five drinks) came to £47, which we thought was really reasonable. Our server was attentive and efficient and we felt comfortable in our booth. There were plenty of families there, as well as couples and mixed groups so we didn’t feel like we had to ‘shush’ Sausage if she was loud (as almost-5-year-old girls are prone to be!). We’d definitely go back to Frankie and Benny’s and would recommend it to other families with young kids.