The ASK campaign is all about bringing families together for meals and as a busy family, we fail at this much of the time! It is really important to me though, so any opportunity for a meal out with friends and family and a gaggle of kids is very welcome!
Our meal at ASK was at 5pm on a Friday evening and as you would imagine, there were already quite a few families in there. It’s a well known restaurant chain and has never yet failed to impress the whole family. This time I was visiting as a party of 7. The kids vastly out numbered us. With Mr Mumbler working away, I’d gone with a friend, between the two of us mums we had… a 9 year old, a 6 year old, a 5 year old, a 4 year old and a 5 month old baby. I know, what were we thinking right!?
The staff were attentive and made a real fuss of the children and they didn’t bat an eyelid when the inevitable first full cup of juice went flying. Or the second for that matter. Starters were served quickly, the kids had ordered off the £6.95 (Prices correct Apr 2018) menu and their starters were “Vegetable sticks with bread soldiers and dip” For the adults it was a delicious mixed Antipasto sharing platter with breads, cured meats, cheeses and dips.
Thankfully (when you’ve got this many kids in tow) the main courses followed fairly swiftly after the starters and once again the food didn’t disappoint. The children had ordered a selection of pizzas and pastas from the kids menu. All were really tasty and the potions were generous. The two eldest kids (9 & 6 years) managed to finish their pizzas but the youngest two (5 and 4 years) didn’t stand a chance!
During the meal, our youngest guest- a 5 month old was getting fretful and had clearly had enough of meals out! She was beyond tired and so my friend made the decision to take her out for a run around in the car (to get her to sleep) while I stayed with the rest of the gang to finish our dinner. The staff helped us out by quickly boxing up my friend’s dinner so that she could enjoy it later on at home.
Meanwhile, the kids and I really enjoyed our main courses. Mine was a MASSIVE calzone. And then my daughters opted for a dessert off the main menu (Chocolate Etna). Had they not been so la-di-da, they could have had “Tip & Top Ice-cream” (which sounds like a make your own sundae with toppings) fruit ice-lolly, fruitti or Chocolate pizza from the children’s set menu, followed by a babyccino, all of which would have been included with the £6.95 menu.
The only minor criticism that I’d have of the place is the wooden highchairs. They’re fine if your baby is over about 7-9 months old and can sit up unsupported, but for tiddlers, they’re pretty useless. If you’re taking a young baby then take some blankets or muslins to pad out the highchair.
All in all it was a great meal out, perfect for families and if you hunt around on the internet or join the ASK mailing list, then there is usually a voucher code doing the rounds.
Please note: Dinner at ASK was kindly provided complementary (I know, tough job but someone’s got to do it!) However, no amount of Pizza would ever be enough for us to write a dishonest review, therefore reviews contain our honest views and opinions and always will.