As a family, we came away from Annies feeling very happy and also very full. On a Sunday afternoon when people are usually eating a roast dinner at home or at their favourite carvery, we decided it would be the best time to visit this fantastic restaurant, which is tucked away just off St. Anne’s square.
Annies is quite unique in comparison to other restaurants close by. The website explains that Annies is a ‘home away from home’ experience (I wish my home was designed like this!). I have to agree that it certainly had a warm feeling to it. The staff were friendly and the food had a distinct northern influence.
Annies is a restaurant and a tea room and the furniture and decor makes you feel really comfortable. I love the mismatched chairs and coffee tables.
We went along to Annies on a Sunday so as well as the standard menu we had the chance to order from the Sunday menu too.
We all selected different starters and I went for the scallops and black pudding and Adam went for the black pudding on muffin with bacon, poached egg and brown sauce. The only issue with these was the poached egg wasn’t runny as we like it however we didnt ask for it to be so we have learnt that for next time.
I was really impressed with the childrens menu as it was not full of bland flavours or kids favourites and instead challenged there pallets just a little whilst still being suitable for them. Alison chose Welsh Rarebit with Chutney, she absolutely demolished it and was even licking the tiny bowl afterwards! Elizabeth had soup of the day which was leek, potato and stilton. She has never had stilton before but I found it complimented the other flavours nicely and she also finished her starter.
The roast dinner that we were served was wonderful, more that enough for anyone’s appetite. Best of all it came with the biggest Yorkshire pudding that I’ve ever clapped eyes on. Elizabeth seems to be a roast dinner connoisseur at the moment
It’s funny that the website says that you’ll need to decide what to have for pudding. As you know I’m on a diet, so I told myself that I wasn’t going for pudding and I’d maybe have a try of the kid’s or Hubby’s. I saw the dessert menu though and thought ‘fudge it!’. At least the one I chose had bananas on it.
I was pleased with our waitress when Alison was asking for something not on the menu,. which was a chocolate brownie. Fortunately because Annie’s is a tearoom, our waitress was able to find Alison a nice piece of chocolate fudge cake, which made her very happy indeed.
At the end of our meal I was very surprised to hear both Elizabeth and Alison ask if we could come back again. They never say anything like that for other restaurants, which is testament to how inviting Annie’s made our children feel.