I’d not heard of Table Table before so I was rather intrigued to discover we have one fairly close to us. It was time for Sunday lunch and I took two willing assistants with me to try out the menu at The Charter in Aylesbury.
The Charter in Aylesbury is on Rimmington Way, just off the A41 as you head into the town from Bicester. There is plenty of on-site parking and we soon discovered that this is a very popular lunchtime location. We had a table booked for 12 o’clock and by the time we left the car park was full.
First impressions – tidy, clean, and very customer focussed. We waited for a few minutes to be seated, and as we walked to our table we were told all about the Table Table Tasty Rewards card (a great way to save pennies towards future meals). Monkey was also given a Horrible Histories activity pack and a crayons set. Once seated we were told who would be looking after us for the duration of our stay. Our waitress Becca soon arrived and I have to say we were all really impressed with her and her customer service skills. We’d expected to have to order our food and drinks at the bar (ok when you are in a group but a pain if you go out by yourself with a younger child in my opinion), but no, full waitress service is available at The Charter in Aylesbury, which was a very pleasant surprise.
We were made aware of the different menus available and ordered our drinks. Cheers!
There were lots of options available on the children’s menu but I knew that as long as there was pizza available Monkey would be sorted! For £3.99 children get a main meal with two sides, and either a starter or dessert included. The 5 different Starters cost 99p if ordered separately and the 9 different desserts £1.99.
Daddy P and I fancied a 3 course meal but I didn’t want Monkey to have to wait for us. No problem, his meal could be brought out with our starters.
There are 12 main meal options available and he ordered a Build Your Own Pizza, you can add 2 out of 4 toppings, but Monkey likes his pizza plain, for his sides he ordered garlic bread and coleslaw.
If you have older children, who want a little more, but still less than an adult portion, then the Junior Meal option at £4.99 offers 6 options (but no veggie option which seems strange when they are well covered in the smaller options).
Daddy P being ever the traditionalist decided on a soup starter – Tomato with Basil pesto. I opted for Calamari served with Tartare sauce.
The soup was hot and flavoursome and I was rather impressed with the Calamari – it’s so easy to over cook it, but this was lovely, not at all chewy or greasy.
We both decided to go with the Sunday Roast option having Roast Turkey (£8.99 with 3 meat options and a veggie pie, served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, root vegetable mash, green beans, stuffing and gravy). Becca told us we could always go for a slice of all 3 meats – turkey, pork and beef if we wanted. But we both fancied the Turkey. We were also provided with cranberry sauce and added cauliflower cheese for an extra 99p.
The portion sizes kept Daddy P happy and I have to say I couldn’t actually eat all of it (I did have my eye on the dessert menu!). Everything was well cooked and delivered to the table nice and hot.
Now I always find it hard to resist a pudding and the Eton Mess was calling me, Daddy P opted for the Apple and Cherry Crumble. The kids menu had something that really sparked Monkey’s interest and kept him entertained – the Scary Face Sundae comes with Vanilla ice cream, strawberry laces, mini chocolate beans, milk teeth gums so you can create your own scary face. He loved it!
We were all really impressed with The Charter in Aylesbury, for a chain eatery, the food was as good as the price. Not only that, the staff were a breath of fresh air, attentive when required, Monkey was made to feel welcome and that actually seemed to care about their customers. Sadly, something that is often lacking in other establishments. We ate well, I might have had a large and small glass of wine, Daddy P had half a Shandy, followed by a Coke and Monkey had a Babyccino, but our bill was still under £59.00. For a family meal in a child friendly environment we give The Charter in Aylesbury a big thumbs up, and I’m sure we’ll be eating there again in the future.
Worth also noting that kids eat free weekdays before 5pm!
Have you been to a Table Table eatery before? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
disclaimer: we were given a food and drinks voucher in exchange for an honest review