When a friend and I were royally let down, we decided to utilise our babysitters and still go out and have a fantastic night despite suffering with the Hump Day blues!
We chose to have a bite to eat at The Crofters in Bradshaw, Bolton, having been there a couple of times to the bar, I knew the bar/restaurant was expansive, airy and has a welcoming atmosphere.
The Grappa Italian Cafe/Restaurant has always come highly recommended and with a fantastic Mid-Week Special menu (served from Monday – Thursday 12pm-7pm) for any starter(with the exception of Seared Queen Scallops) and any Pizza or Pasta dish for £11.95, who were we to refuse?
Knowing I was going to be taking a break from my diet anyway, I was going to fully enjoy my evening to the max and plumped for the Bury Black Pudding (£.6.50) served with a poached egg, a delicious chive hollandaise sauce and a crispy pancetta to start.
My starter was actually served with a rasher of thick, tasty bacon rasher which I think I enjoyed more than I would have if the meal had been served with pancetta. The black pudding was cooked to perfection – clearly I am a connoisseur, hailing from the birth place of the delicacy! The poached egg was unfortunately a little over cooked when it should have been runny, my only criticism of what was a mouth watering starter, preparing me for my main course.
My friend had the Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta (£6.95) with roasted red pepper puree. I’m not a fan of goat’s cheese, so had to take her word for it that it was divine!
For the main course, I was torn as I really would have liked a pasta dish, but in preparation for my race on Sunday, pasta is on the cards for Saturday evening, instead I plumped for the Calzone (£8.50) a folded pizza with mozzarella, tomato, mushroom, ham and salami served with a side salad. It was the salad that really caught my attention, along with the fact the calzone was a total meat feast and I was not disappointed.
The calzone was delicious and packed with all the ingredients (minus mushrooms for me!) however, due to my diet, I did seem to hone in more on the colourful and crisp salad – finely chopped small red and yellow peppers and red onions with tomatoes and fresh lettuce, it was absolute bliss and before I knew it, I really was full. I even had to ask for my large portion of calzone remaining to be wrapped up. I couldn’t finish it, but I certainly was not leaving it – proper comfort food!
My friend ordered the Penne Salmoni (£7.95) penne served with smoked salmon, tomato, cream, peas and dill. It did look rather refreshing and made me hanker for pasta even more!
The service is impeccable and nothing was too much trouble, despite there being two large parties in the restaurant. To sit outside and enjoy a drink in the late evening sunshine was the perfect ending to a wonderful night, filled with gossip and men-bashing… seemingly my favourite pastime at the moment!
The Grappa menus will be changing soon, so keep your eye on The Crofters Facebook page for the latest deals and menu choices. I am glad that we chose the Grappa restaurant, it certainly did not disappoint and was just what two weary mums needed. The children’s menu is quite extensive so I have no qualms about taking my daughter there for a meal – maybe when the football season starts again so we can watch a Chelsea match on the large projector screen!
As we were just enjoying our evening and I wasn’t ‘on the clock’, I totally forgot to take pictures of our food, however felt compelled to commend the food and service at The Grappa restaurant at The Crofters in Bradshaw.