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Food Review // The Penny Bank


Value for money is lower simply because some local takeaways offer a slightly bigger portion for the price. But the food was delicious, hot and arrived on time.

We were invited to try the brand new dining experience at The Penny Bank on Scunthorpe High Street.

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Food Review// Carvery @ The Beckwood ★★★★

The Beckwood have started doing a Thursday carvery. So we decided to go a long and have a try. Traditionally a Sunday thing but why not on a weeknight aye?

Thursday fresh food carvery starts from 5pm until 8pm and if you have kids then it’s an even better deal as Kid’s under 12 eat free. (Terms Apply, see bottom of review)

We arrived at The Beckwood around half 6 and there were a few in already enjoying their Thursday Carvery. We ordered some drinks and paid for our food at the bar. Which was a very reasonable price of £6.95 per adult. After paying for your carvery you are given a ticket to get your food.
The food was in a usual carvery style, go to the counter and select which meats you would like the chef to carve for you, we had a bit of everything. The good thing is that the meats are purchased from the local butchers “Taylor’s” in Ashby, so it’s good meat. You could choose from beef, gammon and turkey. All the meats were very nice and melted in the mouth, no tough beef here.

The veg selection was comprised of Cauliflower, sliced carrots, broccoli, peas and mash potato. There was also home roasted potatoes, yorkshire puddings and stuffing. All fresh veg, home cooked and hand prepared. Besides the meat being tender and tasty, my favourite thing has got to be the gravy. I do love gravy though and this was some good stuff. It was full of delicious meat juices. I do apologize for the presentation on the images but as you well know if you go to a carvery and help yourself, your plate ends up looking more like a pile on.

The staff were friendly and the setting  and decor in The Beckwood restaurant is pleasant, clean and relaxing. We sat at a table for two with some rather comfy chairs. We will definitely be returning for a carvery again sometime soon.

Our Rating (Out of 5):

Service: ★★★★

Hygiene:  ★★

Price & value for money: ★

Overall Dining experience:  ★★


  • Carvery- Kids eat free ( terms apply)
  • 2 x puddings for a £5 on selected puddings, this includes the delicious homemade cheesecakes.


Adults £6.95
OAP’s £4.95
To book you can call the Beckwood on 01724 85599

Carvery is also served on Sunday’s

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TOP places to Eat in the area

Information for the top 30 is taken from Trip Advisor, but do you agree.  We have our own little rating. We have tried and tested a few of these top 30 and hope to fit some more in over the new year because our readers do seem to love food reviews.  We want to know your favourite place to eat in the area. It doesn’t have to be Scunthorpe, maybe your favourite place is in one of the smaller towns or villages nearby. Let us know and comment the article on Facebook and we may check it out.
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Food Review // Cafe INDIEpendent Homemade Burgers

Wednesday 10th June we were invited to review the brand new menu at Cafe INDIEpendent, 169-173 High Street, Scunthorpe.

As you will know if you have ever visited or heard of Cafe INDIEpendent they are a lottery funded project that help young people in many different ways, one of the main ways is teaching them skills in a place of work, so a lot of the staff you will see around you will be volunteers.

We always expect something a little different from the venue as they pride their selves on being pretty quirky and unique and they do it well. There is nowhere else like it in town.

So down to the burgers, we went to review the homemade style burgers. First choosing which type of burger we wanted from the choices of Prime beef, Chicken or Veggie. We both went for Prime beef. That was step 1. Step 2 was pick a topping, now I’ve included the menu below so you can see all the options but we went for the Three Cheese burger and the Blue cheese & Bacon burger. Step 3 is choosing from coleslaw, garlic bread, Rabbit food (A salad) or a can of Carling/Strongbow. Now I’m not quite sure in what world a can of beer is equal to salad or has ever existed in a list with salad as an option. But hey! like I said this is Café INDIE.

Blue Cheese & Bacon Prime Beef Burger

When the burgers came they were presented beautifully. Very professional and looked just the part in the matching crockery to our teapot and coffee cup. It was served with a little pot of relish and a side dish of potato wedges. Although they weren’t really what I’d class as wedges, more slices. I did enjoy them because I’m not a massive chip fan so the thinner the better really. But that’s personal preference. The salad inside the burger wasn’t skimped on and it all looked very colourful, tasty and fresh. The burger was thick, meaty and made very well with plenty of real cheese for the topping, so non of those plastic processed thin slices to be found here. The bread was soft and made a delightful change from a thick, dry bread bun, I believe it was ‘ciabatta’ but don’t quote me on that, all I know is I preferred it to a regular bun as that’s usually the part I will discard on a burger if possible.

It is fresh and it is different and it isn’t a squashed down processed mess and you are eating it in a very unique setting and surrounding. What I like about it is all the ingredients are pretty much visible to you so you know what went into making it.

We gave our honest feedback to the Cafe, which they always welcomed as always, as they do strive on improving from customer feedback and after discussing, Cafe INDIEpendent are now re evaluated their food prices and will be serving these lovely burgers at the small cost of £5. Also the breakfast will now be priced at £5.

Overall a very pleasant dining experience with fresh and tasty food and an alternative place to eat out to your usual pub or restaurant. So why not give it a go and let us know what you think?

Café INDIE are now open from 7am serving many breakfast delights and your favourite morning beverages.

Please note: All scores are our own opinions.

Our Rating (Out of 5):

Service: ★★★★
Hygiene:  ★★★★★
Price & value for money: ★★★★★
Overall Dining experience:  ★★★★

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Food Review Retraction // As The Beckwood Chef & Manager Leaves

The new pub manager of The Beckwood has now left.

The food side was picking up as before the Scunthorpe Nights review there were around 6 people in for steak night. But the Thursday after our review 40 people were booked in to try it. We now have to say that the review for The Beckwood may not resemble the same food as talked about in our review as a new chef and temporary management have taken over.

We have to tell you this as we feel not mentioning the change would be unfair to anyone else who has seen the review and thought about booking in to try it.  Don’t worry though we have a new food review of a different town centre venue booked in for next week.

The food at The Beckwood was brilliant, but the pub trade seemed to be lacking with less people using the establishment for their local pint.

After three months, chef-manager Paddy McIlhenny and his partner Ian Brooke have quit the Beckwood in Bottesford.The pair will return to The Mallard in Scunthorpe.

The Mallard will be offering diners two steak dinners for £14 and three-course meals for pensioners at £6.25.

Lewis Dillon, owner of the Nelthorpe Arms at South Ferriby, and his partner Ness Thompson have taken over temporary management of the Beckwood.

The couple have retained some of the staff and have appointed a new woman chef.

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Food Review // The Beckwood


(Please Note: At the time of this review the pub was under the management of  chef-Paddy McIlhenny and his partner Ian Brooke who have now moved on from The Beckwood back to The Mallard.  So this review cannot stand as a true review of the representation of the food that may be served now under the temp management & new chef.)

As some of you may have seen The Beckwood has now re opened for business and they are on top form with their new menu of freshly cooked food. Thursday Night at The Beckwood on Holme Hall Avenue is now the newly appointed STEAK NIGHT.

The deal is 2 steak meals for £14, which includes a choice of sauce for your steak, I opted for the peppercorn, which was beautifully tasty and creamy and it came in a separate little jug. You also get some very sweet ripe tomatoes on the vine, which taste good but also make the plate pleasing to the eye, 3 beer battered onion rings and some fresh rocket salad on the side. To accompany your steak you also get a large bowl filled to the brim with tasty thick cut chips each. I like how the steak was presented to us on the wooden chopping board. There’s something quite artistic about it.

We asked for the sirloin steak to be cooked medium rare and that is exactly what we got, it was tender and juicy without gristle. The meal was faultless and is by far at the top of of the meals leaderboard with the reviews we have done so far. I don’t know about you but I much prefer a pub with homestyle cooking.  All aspects of the meal were excellent from taste to presentation admittedly we were taken back by the professional presentation of every meal and dessert we were served up, especially for the prices on the menu.

“The Beckwood is a must try place to eat out in  the Scunthorpe area.”

We also took my mother along who decided to try the set menu of 2 courses for £7.95, she went for the Homemade special pie of the day, which was pork with cider and mustard. It came in a rather large round dish with a puffed up pastry topping. The pork was tender and melted in the mouth. It came with the same tasty chunky chips and some seasonal veg of leak, peas, carrots and broccoli.

There was quite a wide selection of puddings and we were pretty full after the main, but they all looked so good so we couldn’t really say no. Between us we ordered the Chocolate Fudge Cake, which was rich and tasty served with a scoop of good quality ice cream. Cheesecake of the day, which was lemon, with soft chunks of shortbread pieces throughout and dashes of lemon curd inside. I personally chose The Beckwood Chocolate Brownie Sundae as I’m not a massive cake or dessert lover but this was just right for me. It had strawberries, cream, little pieces of brownie and some delicious butterscotch pieces in the ice cream, which crunched in your mouth.

Overall Dining experience was also very pleasant, the dining area was in the lounge so there wasn’t people drinking at the bar it was purely for the purpose of eating. The venue itself was clean, tidy and comfortable. The staff were lovely, very polite, helpful and friendly. The service was quick, we didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive in front of us.

We would really recommend next time you are looking for somewhere with good value for money to eat out that you try The Beckwood, it is a must try for the Scunthorpe Area and we will definately be visiting again.

Have you eaten at The Beckwood, or anywhere else in Scunthorpe that has really impressed you? Why not tell us about it, send us a comment.

Please note: All scores are our own opinions.

Our Rating (Out of 5):

Service: ★★★★★
Hygiene:  ★★★★★
Price & value for money: ★★★★★
Overall Dining experience:  ★★★★★

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