Restaurant review: Miller and Carter, Bexley
PUBLISHED: 17:18 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:18 11 March 2014
On a warm summer's afternoon, a walk around the picturesque grounds of Hall Place would work up anyone's appetite for a meal at Miller and Carter.
Unfortunately, my companion and I attended on a rather damp, drizzly Saturday evening, not that you would know it inside the restaurant.
Upon arrival, we were promptly escorted to our table, which was one of only a handful that was unoccupied.
As we sat down and skimmed through the new winter menu, I took in the rather unusual decor.
The restaurant retained all the beams and wooden interior from the Jacobean barn it was converted from, but the walls were covered in striking red and black paintings of cows - well, it is a steak house after all.
While the restaurant was busy, the tables were laid out in such a way that it diners were not crammed in.
Given the size of the portions on the other tables, and the rather delicious looking desserts, we decided to skip a starter and jump straight in.
Being a steakhouse, I decided I had to see if they really were deserving of the acclaim, so I plumped for an 8oz rump steak and chips, served with a cob lettuce and shredded onion bread.
My companion, not so much a steak fan, chose the lemon and chilli roast Shropshire chicken.
Both of us received generous portions and we struggled to polish off the meals, though not for a lack of trying, as they were too good to leave.
The steak, which I ordered well done, had no traces of blood at all and the bearnaise sauce complemented it nicely.
Following up with a sweet course, t lemon and sultana cheesecake was smooth and full of flavour, while my companion’s three scoops of ice cream let her sample and enjoy all three flavours.
The waitress who served us throughout was polite, quick and helpful, as she seemed to be when dealing with customers on the surrounding tables as well.
Our food did not take too long to turn up either, despite being a busy evening.
With 30 restaurants nationwide and another opening soon, it’s easy to see why Miller and Carter are popular.
While it’s not the cheapest of eating places in the borough, it’s definitely somewhere deserving of a visit.
Restaurant info: address: Bourne Road, Bexley, DA5 1PQ.
Public transport: Bexley railway station is a 20 minute walk, local buses stop almost outside Hall Place.
Telephone number: 01322 552748
Mains/steaks: from £9.95
Wine: from £3.50 a glass.
Children welcome: yes.
Disabled access: yes.