I’m not a cook. The G man is, but now and again he likes an evening off…so when we were invited by the lovley people at Table Table to have a family meal in the Linen House in Lisburn, who were we to say; “No thanks, we’d rather stand sweating over a cooker with two kids grabbing our shins and crying with hunger” Of course we smiled and said; “Yes please, thank you very muchly”.
So to cheer ourselves up on a dreary, rain – soaked Sunday, we trotted off for a jaunt around Lisburn and ended our afternoon with dinner in The Linen House.
My first impressions were great…its so cosy looking and extremely inviting from the outside – well kept and clean, quite homely and welcoming. And the same can be said when you arrive inside, it’s spacious and well laid out…especially for families with little ones. There’s lots of well placed tables, little cosy nooks and areas where you can have a family meal with a feeling of privacy. We were greeted by Hailey who looked after us throughout our meal and she made us feel very much at home. It’s a busy spot, too – considering it was a Sunday; there were lots of customers of all ages so it’s obviously a popular place for everyone’s tastes.
The Winter Menu was really wide ranging with so much to choose from. I opted for the Chicken Makhani Curry (delicious and proper cuts of chicken) and the G Man ordered The Giant Beer Battered Cod and Chips…and giant it was – it definitely suited his appetite! Amelia ordered her favourite Spaghetti Bolognese and for Adam it always has to be sausages! You could opt for one of thier Hearty Pies, or other fish dishes, burgers…I could go on – the menu is quite extensive. The Kid’s Menu was great too – (they can eat free on weekdays before 5pm) Main courses for kids are only £3.99 and come with two sides – and our two certainly enjoyed everything on thier plate.
They have puzzles and colouring in sheets for the little ones – the only downside was that there were no crayons left which meant Amelia was briefly disappointed but our helpful server Hailey was very resourceful and managed to get some for her – so she happily scribbled away while waiting for the food to arrive. And of course, The G Man and I had to sample a cheeky glass of wine and a Guinness. Sure, why not?
The food arrived in a timely manner and you could tell it was freshly cooked. The service was good and also very prompt as regards bringing drinks and condiments. I always worry about bringing my kids to restaurants in the evening as I know they can be ‘typical kids’ and Adam in particular has a penchant for squealing – really loudly. But here, I felt relaxed and happy and the staff were very reassuring about ‘kids being kids’ and it meant we could relax and really enjoy ourselves.
Especially when dessert came. Lord. Amelia had the ‘Scary Face Sundae’, the little man enjoyed his first ever banana split – it went down an absolute storm – and the G Man had his trademark apple crumble.
As for me? It was Chocolate Fudge Sensation Cake. What else? A lovely chocolatey end to a great meal. I’d highly recommend The Linen House for all tastes, ages and families.
**All opinons in this post are my own**