Kempton Park

On Boxing Day I donned my fascinator, paused, threw out a question on Facebook as to whether I should indeed be “donning” a hat for the boxing day races at Kempton Park, debated for a while and then decided not to. Thank the Lord, the Boxing Day races at Kempton Park are not the place to wear a hat but are so much fun even without one! If I had wore one I would have been mortified!

Whilst Bradley and I spent a tidy sum betting with only one horse coming in, we had a great time and I am looking forward to next year already.  Mid plastic cup full of wine  I thought it would make a great place for a corporate event or wedding…

Kempton Park is located in Sunbury on Thames, very close to Kempton Park mainline station, just 44 minutes from London’s Waterloo.

Kempton Park has a handful of function spaces that could be used to host dinners, receptions, conferences or even award ceremonies for up to 750 people reception or 650 seated.  You can find the room capacities here.

 

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Kempton Park

Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AQ

Tel: 01932 782292

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Craft & Grill – Walton

When you work in London but spend your free time in the area, you notice there isn’t that many varied non-chain restaurants in Walton. It’s like Christmas when you spot that a new one has opened, and I am always super keen to try a new venture out!

The Craft & Grill (IMG_0074formerly the Noble Vine and I believe an All Bar One) opened (or re-opened) a few months ago and last night we decided to give it a whirl. Situated on at 29-31 high Street, its not too hard to find parking!

I booked a table for 4 for 8.00 pm which wasn’t really necessary as there wasn’t many people in there. It was quiz night and I would have thought quite busy but alas, it wasn’t.

Decor wise, the place feels like it is pitched as. An American Grill.  Big wooden tables, simple decor and huge bottles of sauce! It has a nice, relaxed atmosphere which is as I expected.

The menu itself features everything you would hope for, burgers, chilli, ribs and those all important buffalo wings.  We were starving so for starters (or small plates & boards as they are called), we ordered 3 lots of wings (£6.00) and a rather huge bowl of their Smokehouse Nachos (£6.00).  The portions were very generous and quite tasty.  The boys went for the Louisiana Hot Hot Hot wings and I had the Buffalo BBQ.  They weren’t as hot as we had hoped but equally good. The tasted quite fresh as opposed to the usual heavy sauced taste wings sometimes have if that makes sense? I think if I am going to break the diet, I want to eat something really decadent and I think perhaps they just needed a bit more…calories?!

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On to the mains. I went for the Cobb Salad (£9.00) which was really good and I couldn’t finish it – great size.  The boys went for the ribs which they both said were really meaty and tasty and Josie went for the “Simply Chicken” (£8.00) which looked tasty.  All of the portions were a huge size and very very well priced.

As the restaurant is called Craft & Grill I probably should mention the booze to which there are 30 bottled craft beers from around the world and Bradley & Bunce probably tried 6 of them! I had a bottle (alright 2 bottles but I shared “some”) of the Malbec which was only £18.95!

 

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Service wise, our waiter was fab.  He was attentive but not OTT.  Service was at a good pace from ordering to starter to mains and nothing was too much trouble for him.

Every Thursday there is a quiz on at 8.45 pm to which we came 4th! and we have all agreed to go back next week. We all really enjoyed our evening there, it was different and we loved the quiz!

Craft & Grill would be a great venue for a birthday party of an informal get together – I haven’t inquired about exclusive use but I am pretty sure you would be able to.