One of North East Lincolnshire’s newest bar and grill venues has got off to a flying start, achieving a 5-star hygiene rating within its first week of opening.
The Propeller Bar and Grill is nestled at the front of the new Hampton by Hilton Hotel, at Humberside Airport.
Opening its doors in late February of this year, word of mouth is starting to get around and when my husband and I spotted there was a new restaurant, we were keen to fit it in for a visit.
Enjoying a rare Monday off together, we decided to head out to the Kirmington area venue for lunch, rather than our usual evening meal preference for reviews.
Pulling into the free car park (just give your registration plate at the desk by the entrance), the hotel is an imposing building, towering over its airport neighbours. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to dine here either.
What should you expect?
The first word that springs to mind as you enter is “stylish” – from every angle, every detail of the fittings and furniture has clearly been thought out. In fact, it even extends to the customer toilets!
There’s a nod to Lincolnshire aviation with a large group photo of uniformed men and an eye-catching element is the neon Propeller sign on the trellis separating the restaurant from the bar area.
Attractive illuminated shelving holds wine bottles at one end of the room giving it a city bar feel along with the grey, green and mustard pallete.
We were immediately greeted by a cheerful waitress and asked whether we wanted to dine in the bar or restaurant – we opted for a window seat in the latter.
What did we order?
Settling down into comfy mustard hued (the ‘in colour’ this year) bucket chairs we perused the detailed menu. Our waitress also provided us with a lighter lunch menu (served Monday to Saturday from 12noon to 4pm) and took our drinks order of a pint of San Miguel (£4.50) and a fresh orange juice.
There is a wide selection of beverages. If I’m being a little critical, I thought the miniature bottle of orange was a little on the steep side at £2.
The lunch menu offers a variety of sandwiches served on white or brown bloomer bread, with chips and salad garnish (£4.75-£5.75). You can also opt for a soup and sandwich combo for an extra £1.50.
Alternatively, you can choose from smaller sized gammon steak, slider burger, haddock ciabatta, flatbread pizza, or Caesar salad (£4.50-£5.75)
In hindsight we should have picked from this menu but feeling confident we could smash a hearty two course meal having deliberately skipped breakfast we moved straight to the main menu.
The main menu is based around premium, locally-sourced produce and vegans are not left standing either (nachos, veg platter, pizza and salad are all options). There’s everything from steaks, to pizzas, skewers, to sharing platters, to traditional bar food and burgers.
In fact, we struggled to choose as all sorts jumped out as possibilities. I very nearly opted for the crispy duck salad and debated whether to share a seafood platter with my husband.
But with my tummy rumbling due to lack of brekkie, we convinced ourselves to smash a house burger at £14 and veg supreme pizza at £11.
How was the service and food?
After a standard 20 minute wait, my husband’s choice of house burger arrived in a stylish wooden tray. The 8oz steak burger was easily an inch thick, served in a brioche bun with Monterey Jack cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato.
The dish came with purple slaw and a basket of chips. He also opted for a side of onion rings (an extra £3.50). The dish was piping hot as steam emitted from the burger as he attempted to work out the best way to start on the mammoth sized portion.
My husband quickly remarked a la Pulp Fiction style that it was “a tasty burger” and also liked the crunchy but fluffy chips. He does prefer a thicker, creamier slaw rather than the slightly watery portion served up.
The side order of onion rings was enormous (and got the better of him) and he remarked the batter was both light and crispy. I pinched one – for review purposes of course – and agreed they were tasty.
I had opted for the veg supreme pizza, with goats’ cheese, mushrooms, olives and red onion, served on a wooden board. I had already asked the waitress to omit the olives as I’m not a fan.
The pizza was around 10″, had a nice freshly baked texture, and arrived piping hot too – the tomato base was tangy and sweet and there was plenty of cheese.
It was deceptively substantial – the onions were sweet and the goats’ cheese came through but I would have preferred a few extra mushrooms in the absence of the olives.
Was there room for dessert?
From the off, my husband had his eye on the berry crumble and I was hovering between sticky toffee pudding or the cheesecake of the day (caramel) but I’m gutted to report the pair of us were well and truly stuffed.
I’m even ashamed to say I couldn’t manage the last two mouthfuls of pizza and my husband left some onion rings too.
I can’t recall when we’ve been beaten by a main dish. Perhaps lunch times are not ideally suited to two courses and with this theory we have pledged to return on an evening to make it to dessert.
Our bill came to £35 which is perhaps a little high for a casual lunch but I would have no qualms paying that for an evening meal. Opting for the lighter lunch menu would easily have slashed the bill by half.
We felt the venue would be spot on for dining out with a group or during an evening to soak up a more bustling atmosphere – so we will revisit.
Propeller Bar and Grill do a variety of deals, including Saturday steak and grill night from 5pm – two grill menu mains and a bottle of wine for £35 per couple. Every Friday it’s Fish and Chips, a pot of tea and bread and butter for just £7.50 per head.
They also offer a 10 per cent discount on food for Blue Light, NHS and Defence Discount cardholders.
The grill is open from noon to 9pm and Sunday lunch is served between noon and 4pm.
Find them: Humberside Airport, Kirmington, DN39 6YH , 01652 413140 or go online: www.propellerbarandgrill.co.uk
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