February 16, 2016

It’s Monday night and instead of my usual 30-minute Pilates session, I’m relaxing with family at a bar. (Who said Mondays were boring?).

To celebrate my partner’s brother’s 20th birthday, myself and close family visited The Watermead in Lostock, Northwich. This wasn’t my first experience at the bar, but the handful of times I’ve been before, were merely unplanned week night outings – nothing special!

The variety of alcohol drinks to suit your mood is something that made this bar stand out, but with hangovers and work not being a great combination for the next day, diet Pepsi was my best friend.

The Appearance Of The Bar

Monday Night Laughs At The Watermead

[Source: http://www.watermeadpubnorthwich.co.uk/]

Bounded by new homes, a Travelodge and contemporary offices, lies The Watermead. With having a few months break since my last visit, I couldn’t help but say to my partner “Imagine if this was your house”.

And then we started to plan what the living would look like and what we’d do with all the spare rooms.

And if you had the chance to see the building in person, I’m sure you would too.

Though, realistically, it’d be far too big to accommodate an average family, because it’s much larger than your average bar.

Upon driving past the entrance to park, the building stands tall with a chimney, bay windows and extended hallway. It looks modern and fits in well in the secluded part of Lostock.

It’s like everyone in Northwich had the same idea of going out for a meal – thinking it wouldn’t be busy because “it’s a Monday and everyone will be relaxing at home”. The car park was heaving and had us worried that we wouldn’t find a space (naive of us for not making a reservation).

Just like we judge a book by its cover, we judge a bar by its building. You can tell by the recently-brushed pavement, smear-free windows and orderly gardening that it’s well looked after.

Opening the door, it feels like you’re walking into your home. Carpets and a hallway. Perfect and cosy. So far so good…

The Service and Food

monday night laughs at the watermead, northwich

Standing near the door trying to decide for ourselves whether we should seat ourselves or wait for someone to take us to a free table was slightly awkward.

There’s never really a designated space for people in that situation, so you’re stuck between dodging customers who want to get out of the door and waitresses who are rushing to serve food to famished groups.

Despite that, Monday was a good choice for the birthday boy to have his birthday because it was quiet and we were spoilt for choice on where to sit.

10 seconds was too long of standing in the doorway, so we settled for seating ourselves in an isolated area near the bar.

It was the perfect spot – not too far from the kitchen so our stomachs would have to wait 20 less seconds, but private enough for catch-up conversations and gossip.

But, first things first, everybody grabbed the menu.

There are generally two reasons why it might take a while to choose what to eat. 1). You’re trying to find something on the menu that you could stomach. 2). Everything sounds so good that it’s difficult to choose.

Luckily, on this occasion it was the latter.

food at the watermead northwich

Just looking at this picture makes me want to go back again tonight. Succulent chicken covered in a tomato sauce, with melted cheese on top, a handful of chips and a fair portion of salad to make you feel less guilty about the carbs.

The fact that I nearly forgot to take a picture because I’d began tucking in straight away says it all. The meal was delicious and the right portion size.

Usually, you’re left feeling bloated and regretting the last few chips that you’re still putting in your mouth anyway. However, that did mean there was room for dessert.

review of the watermead, northwich

Try not to lick the screen if you can.

The picture doesn’t do this justice, because it tasted 10 times better than it looks. Topped with mini oreos, and chocolate wafers, it was to die for.

I couldn’t help but keep licking my lips afterwards to try and get more of the taste, and I don’t have a sweet tooth. Maybe it was the cake stand right near our table that tempted me…

Both of these meals came to around £13 – money well spent and we only waited about 15-20 minutes for the food to arrive (which is perfect because everybody always waits until they’re about to pass out before they drive to a bar).

Depending on what day and time you go, there are curry nights, carveries and 2 for £10 deals – and the meals are well-kept with occasions like Valentine’s Day and Christmas time.

Probably more suited for a weekend, there are a variety of alcoholic drinks. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been to a bar that’s as big as this one.

Here is just a minute collection of the drinks they have:

Wines

  • Hardys Chardonnay (made in Australia)
  • Black tower fruity wine (Germany)
  • White Zinfandel (USA)
  • Canaletto Pinot Grigio (Italy)

Soft Drinks

  • Dandelion and Burdock
  • Ginger Beer

Hot Drinks

  • Moroccan Mint tea
  • Mocha Latte
  • Americano
  • Cappuccino

Inside The Watermead

Monday Night Laughs At The Watermead

Posters of quiz nights and events were on nearly every available wall and window; it seems that it’s the place for a meal for a special occasion or a few hours out of the house for something fun to do.

I’m the type of person who always struggles to strike the balance between looking too casual and being too over-dressed, so it was great that the chilled environment meant you were accepted for just wearing jeans and a top, with your hair in a bun.

So not too much effort is required, which makes it perfect for unplanned meetups or a quick meal out.

When you’re eating, the last thing you want is to be accompanied by cobwebs and dirty carpets, so I’m pleased to say that it was clean and tidy (including the modern toilets).

With a variety of ages at the table, we all still found something we liked to eat and drink and it’s not often that happens when you’re out for a meal.

As a whole, The Watermead caters for all ages and events. As you can see from the above image, the layout provides different areas depending on your reason for visiting.

So if you wanted to work in there for a few hours and grab a coffee, you wouldn’t look out of place as there are areas further from the bar to quietly get on with some work (just don’t sit too close to the kid’s playing area).

Overall, the night was a pleasant experience – from the appearance of the bar, the service and menu. If you’re a busy bee and want to throw on some eyeliner and head out for a meal, then this is the place for you.

But also, it’s one of those “nothing fancy – does what it says on the tin” type places, and every town needs a bar like that. Honest and homely with reasonable prices.

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