Having followed Provenance Food Hall and Restaurant on Facebook and drooled over their amazing food shots for a while, it was lovely to take a trip to Westhoughton with Mini Me during Half Term to review their dining experience.
Entering the traditional Food Hall first is an absolute treat as you are faced with a butchers, greengrocers, bakery and delicatessen all in one. Walking up the wooden staircase, simply walk to the bar in order to be seated. I would highly recommend booking in advance to ensure you have a table on the day! When we arrived at the restaurant, so did everyone else and it was near capacity meaning that food waiting times were a little longer, however we did not have to wait more than 15 minutes for cooked meals as opposed to the usual Lunchtime sandwich selection.
What we ate:
Children’s burger (£5 including a glass of cordial/milk) served with fries.
Fish & Chips (£12) – Beer battered haddock, with the crisp batter cooked to perfection, served with crushed peas and tartare sauce.
The children’s menu at Provenance is wonderful, with a lot of variety and basically is the same as an adult menu, with slightly smaller proportions. Knowing that all the food offered is fresh and home cooked, even down to the burger bun, makes the price of £5 for a child’s meal, including a drink very reasonable. The burger meal does come with lettuce, tomato, treacle cured bacon and Lancashire cheese, however Mini Me opted for none of the trimmings and enjoyed a simple burger with her fries and ketchup.
I do like to see a salad with a children’s meal, even if just a couple of carrot and cucumber batons and this would have been a lovely addition especially as the choice had been made for no salad on the burger. However Mini Me fully enjoyed her meal and some of my fish on top!
The main menu is amazing and made it hard for me to choose a meal as I could have quite happily eaten everything – I chose the Fish & Chips upon recommendation and was glad I did! The meal was beautifully presented and the batter was the perfect crispiness and full of flavour and worked really well with the chunky homemade chips. Alas, I did not try the crushed peas as I am not a fan, however they did look amazing and certainly would have complemented the dish.
The atmosphere in the restaurant at lunch time was fantastic and despite it being at almost full capacity didn’t feel so. It was very intimate and it was lovely to enjoy a meal in a refined eatery with Mini Me.
A scout around the food hall below on our way out meant a very tasty chocolate fudge cake (£1.60) came home with us, well it would have been rude not to treat ourselves!
Provenance really is a hidden gem in the middle of Westhoughton in Bolton and is definitely not to be missed… make sure you book a table!
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