Saturday, 2 April 2016

The Butchers Bar & Steakhouse - Long Eaton, Nottingham.

Ever since The Butchers opened back in February, I knew I had to pay a visit.
I've never been to Long Eaton before, but from what I'm told, I'm not missing much. That is until these doors opened. 

As we followed the satnav down a dark one way street that was slightly off from the town centre, I questioned as to whether we were being taken to the correct location. Luckily, I spotted the sign (above) from a distance and was pleased to see one parking space remaining outside the building. Parking is free on the road after 6pm or there is a pay and display car park a little further down.

I absolutely loved the look of the building. It gives off old school factory/ industrial vibes and I'm sure there's plenty of history behind it.

When entering the building, you arrive in the bar.

It looks really trendy! I love how the place has been decorated, especially the little 'butcher' references here and there such as equipment and nooses above the bar, the wall art and meat hooks.

We ordered some drinks before being taken to our table in the restaurant.
I had a Frobishers and Ashlea had a BrewDog. I was very impressed by this font that the beers are dispensed from, they have so much choice! 

In the restaurants, the quirks continue. We headed through the metal doors to find walls draped with fly screen chains, skulls and a set of old fashioned scales.

We were seated and given menu's by our waitress. She was really friendly and told us to give her a shout if we needed any help with anything on the menu. 
The choice was quite surprising. I was expecting it all to be big slabs of meat, (which a lot of it is) but there are plenty of alternatives too.

To start, I went for the Chicken Lollipops which consist of pulled chicken in panko breadcrumbs with aioli. Ashlea went for a couple of the nibbles rather than an actual course - choosing Homemade Jerky and Spiced Pork Scratchings. 

I very much enjoyed my starter. It was the perfect size, wasn't dry at all and the flavours all went together great. I really liked how crisp the panko crumb was. 
Likewise, Ashlea enjoyed his too, keeping on the table to nibble on throughout the evening. I tried the scratchings but they were too spicy for me! 

Now for mains courses. Ashlea loves his steak which is one of the main reasons that I wanted him to accompany me here. I knew he'd really appreciate it.
All of the meat used is local, coming from either Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. They can even trace your piece back to the farm - impressive. 

Ashlea had the 16oz 35 day aged Rump (medium rare) with a smoke & spice rub and a portion of Peppercorn & Brandy sauce. 

It looked superb. The portion size was huge! All of the steaks are cooked on their Josper Grill which uses traditional cooking methods. It also creates these grill marks which I think makes a steak a steak.

The meat was cooked perfectly which he was very happy about as it's usually a hit and miss. With Ashlea being a chef, if it isn't cooked correctly, it's going back.
The rump cut is taken from the back of the cow and therefore known for being tough. However if taken care of from the beginning can actually be super tender. This is exactly what you get here at The Butchers. The quality of the meat was so high and that really stood out to us both. 
The pepper sauce was a great accompaniment along with a cup of chips. A big thumbs up from Ashlea.

I'm not keen on the idea of a steak, but like I mentioned earlier, there are lots of other options to chose from on the menu. I still wanted to have Beef as my starter was Chicken and decided to go for the 60/20/20 Burger. The patty is made up of 3 different cuts of prime beef and served in a ciabatta style bun with all the usual jazz.

I really enjoyed my meal, but nothing about it really stood out to me. Burgers are so popular at the moment that it's quite hard to be the most memorable. Not saying that I didn't like it, but it was just a burger really.
The part that I loved however were the chips. They were seasoned with what I think is cajun. They had a slight spice but not overpowering, just enough to enjoy flavour rather than heat. They were crispy with a fluffy centre. I could've eaten more!

Then on to dessert. I absolutely knew I was having one after seeing what was on offer whilst browsing earlier on. I wasn't sure whether Ashlea would have one or not as he ate every single piece of that rump! But he spotted one too good to miss.

I had the Slutty Brownie. I've been wanting to try or bake one of these for years but never actually got around to it. If you don't know what a slutty brownie is, it's a base of cookie dough topped with Oreo cookies and then drizzled in brownie batter before baking until gooey. This is actually my ideal dessert.
I fell in love. The layers were well proportioned and that brownie - oh my! It was like having a chocolate fondant on top. Along with the fresh whipped cream, it was a fantastic dessert.

Ashlea had Warm Peanut butter Cookie with a huge scoop of peanut ice cream (it was literally the size of a tennis ball) and a drizzle of peanut butter & bourbon sauce. 
Speaking of desserts being perfect for someone, this one had Ashlea's name written all over it. I knew he would order this right from the start. I had a try even though I don't like peanut butter and I understand why a lover of the stuff would adore this dessert. 

To sum it up, I had a great time at The Butchers and looking to return for sure. Our waitress was very helpful (as were all of the staff) and always making sure we were okay throughout the night. 
The interior is fab, so quirky and different, especially for somewhere like Long Eaton. I really think this place can be the start of something for the town. 
   Although there isn't much else in Long Eaton, when you think about it, it's actually a really good location for a restaurant as it borders Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire - kind of like East Midlands Airport in the sense that you're not sure where the hell it is really. This means that it's really accessible for a lot of people. 
   One thing I wanted to add was that the restaurant was really cold. It's open plan with nothing to break it up in the middle and although they look nice, I don't think the original single glazed windows help with that. I ended up keeping my coat on which I think prompted them to turn the heating on. A little later I was just about ready to take it off.

Take a look at their website:
I'd definitely recommend a visit here if you're looking for somewhere new.

Thanks for reading,



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