Clued In With Kids Review – Drew’s Kitchen at Jemoleys
Drew’s Kitchen at Jemoleys, 9 Chester Rd, Penyffordd, Chester, CH4 0JZ
We were delighted to join Drew’s Kitchen on their open weekend and enjoy a relaxing family meal with mummy, toddler and her two nannies.
Jemoleys itself is located just on the North Wales border in Penyffordd, only a stones throw away from Chester. By day, Jemoleys is a fabulous bistro style café and ceramics studio. By night, the café is transformed into a pop up kitchen, serving mouth-watering seasonal dishes that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Drew’s kitchen opens from 5.30pm on a Friday and Saturday night, and on many nights throughout the Summer months. They pride themselves on catering for families and so we thought we would pop along and put them to the test!
So what type of food is served?
When we arrived at Drew’s kitchen we were promptly shown to our table by our incredibly friendly server Sian. Lucy also came over with a smile and discussed some key points regarding the varied menu before leaving us to make the difficult decision of narrowing down our menu choice. Drinks were promptly served and after much deliberation, as everything sounded incredible, we decided to order two of the roast chicken breast served with green beans, wild mushrooms and fondant potato, a creamy chicken and smoked bacon carbonara with parmesan, and for our little diner, she selected the homemade chicken goujons served with peas and fries.
The menu will change seasonally but at the time of our visit, the menu would definitely suit the majority of tastes. Starters included the soup of the day, creamy garlic mushrooms on toast with truffle oil, crushed avocado with roast sweet potato on ciabatta and more. Starters are typically priced between £5 and £5.50. Mains included Crab meat with cherry tomatoes and herbs in an Arrabiata sauce with kale and linguini for £12, Sweet potato and spinach curry with basmati rice and flat bread for £12, Sirloin steak with garlic butter, parmesan grilled tomatoes, rocket and fries for £16.50, and Grilled goats cheese, mixed leaves, roasted beans and Mediterranean vegetables with a basil pesto dressing for £10 and many more options. Vegan and vegetarian choices are clearly highlighted on the menu and staff asked us if we had any allergies that they needed to be made aware of.
The children’s menu is also varied, and caters for typical children’s tastes, whilst also providing options for those who wish to be a little more adventurous. Options included Ciabatta pizza bread, Hot dog in a bun with fries, and any of the adults pasta dishes could be served as a half portion. Fries can be substituted for crisps or vegetable sticks (carrot and cucumber) if you prefer. Children’s meals typically cost £5 and they receive some crayons and an image to colour in to keep them entertained whilst their food is prepared. High chairs come with a tray making it easier for those following baby led weaning.
What is the quality of the food like?
Our food was all cooked fresh to order using meat from local butchers and locally sourced produce. Food arrived in very good time, piping hot (though our little ones had been allowed to cool before it was served to her so it was safe), and incredibly well presented. Portion sizes were generous, even for children and all dishes were packed full of flavour. All of the meals tasted incredibly fresh and light, were well seasoned, and it was clear that the chef had really thought about how different ingredients compliment each other. The chicken breasts were cooked well, ensuring that they were juicy and succulent, and the carbonara was rich and creamy as promised but without being too heavy. You could tell the children’s chicken goujons were made from scratch on the premises and despite there being enough food here to happily feed a twelve year old, our two year old almost devoured her plate happily.
Having enjoyed the main meals so much, we decided that we just had to try out the deserts. Children’s deserts cost between £2.50 and £3 and include rocky road, chocolate cake and Cheshire farms ice cream. Waffles can also be added. The crème Brulee was devoured by nanny (and toddler who decided she wanted the home made biscuits that came with it), and the lemon meringue was light, tangy and refreshing. Again, deserts were well presented and really enjoyable.
What is the service like?
We can honestly say that service we received was second to none. Our family had a really enjoyable and relaxing meal at Drew’s kitchen as we were incredibly well looked after. Sian and Lucy made a huge fuss over our little girl, always laughing and smiling with her and instead of just asking the adults if everything was ok with the meals, they made an effort to include her, checking that she didn’t need anything else, to which she replied ‘sauce pease’. Staff are warm, friendly and professional who certainly went the ‘extra mile’ to ensure that our needs were met. Food and drink was served promptly with very little waiting around. Our little girl was more than happy sitting there, chatting with Lucy and Sian and before she knew it, her evening meal was presented to her.
Our overall conclusion….
The three of us were in agreement that we could not find fault with Drew’s kitchen. Staff were attentive and took the time to get to know their customers. The venue was spotlessly clean, food was cooked well with lots of flavour and served promptly. Attention to detail was fantastic and there is an excellent menu choice that suits most tastes. For the quality of food presented and the service received, the price we paid was more than reasonable. We left feeling like we were extended family and so we can honestly say that we will be back again in the not too distant future.
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