The Mayfield Hotel was one of our family’s favourite destinations for a Sunday lunch around a decade ago, but for some reason we drifted away from our twice-monthly visit several years ago.
The Seamer pub was always a very comfortable place, if a little dated, but over the past few years I had heard a lot of work had been put into refurbishing the venue, most recently since its takeover by the owners of the nearby Copper Horse.
Upon entering the Mayfield you could see the difference, the decor looks a lot more up to date, yet still welcoming.
With my three young daughters in tow I headed to the family room, where I was soon left to my own devices as they realised there was an indoor play area adjoining the family room.
There is a good choice of starters, such as soup of the day (£3.95), prawn cocktail (£4.75) and garlic mushrooms (£4.50), but having seen the size of the main dishes at the next table I hedged my bets that I would need to allow room for a dessert and skipped the starters.
I opted for the lasagne (£7.50), which was served with chunky home-made chips, garlic bread and salad.
The classic mains section of the menu also includes slow roast pork ribs (£8.50), Hunter’s chicken (£9.95) and goats cheese wellington (£7.50), as well as the carvery options and the grills and house-made burgers.
My girls all went for the same, fishfingers, chips and beans, despite my best attempts to get them to try sausages and mash and Yorkshire pudding (£4.50), chicken strips (£4.50) or a carvery (£4.95).
Their meals were £3.95 a head but as part of a deal on the kids’ menu you can get a main and a dessert for £6, so they swiftly agreed to that option having eyed the sweets.
The staff behind the bar were very helpful when I asked them questions about the meals and ordered the drinks, and they continued this high level of service throughout.
When the lasagne arrived I was relieved I had dodged the starter; huge, crispy, chunky chips nestled around a bowl packed with a sizeable chunk of tasty lasagne smothered in cheese. The moist garlic bread and fresh, dressed salad was the ideal accompaniment.
The children’s meals were quickly despatched by the two eldest girls, although the youngest found the chips a tad too chunky and smuggled them on to her dad’s plate.
They raced back into the pub’s soft play area while I finished my main, and I took this opportunity to add a sticky toffee pudding (£4.75) to our order.
When the youngsters saw the sweets heading to the table they sped back to their places, and my chances of enjoying the sticky toffee pudding soon receded as my 10-year-old commandeered my dish and I was left with her chocolate brownie sundae.
The sundae was a nice, light mix of vanilla ice cream, chocolate brownie chunks and chocolate sauce, while the toffee pudding – I was allowed to taste a bit of it – was a lovely, comforting dessert.
The total bill of £35.85, including drinks for all four of us, was excellent value for money and we shall certainly be returning to the Mayfield, which served up a treat for all the family.
RATINGS Food 8
Menu choice 8