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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Spending time together as a family with Harvester

We live pretty hectic lives. My husband works shifts, I run my own business and we have three children with various after school clubs and better social lives than us. Sometimes we are all so busy doing our own thing that we feel like we are constantly crossing paths and don't get any real quality time together during the week. When I begin to feel like I have forgotten what my family look like, I like to book us a table at a local pub or restaurant. There are no distractions, no tv's, no ipads, no facebook and no minecraft allowed and we actually all get to sit around a table and chat about our week so far.


I have had such a busy this week and really needed some downtime with the family so decided to book a table at our local Harvester as an after school treat. The comfortable booth style seating was perfect for us and we enjoyed designing some chef's hats with our children, asking what they'd been up to at school, chatting about some ideas I had for North East Family Fun and asking everyone's opinion and making plans for the weekend. It was lovely to be able to give my children my undivided attention like this without worrying about doing the dishes or cleaning the kitchen.




The children's menu at Harvester was very good value (£5 for a main and dessert) and there was large choice which was nice to see. Jack decided to make his own chicken wraps whilst the older two opted for tomato pasta. You can choose any side and vegetables too.




The portion sizes were fantastic and I was impressed that children (and grown ups) can visit the salad bar as often as they like completely free of charge. Our children are learning about healthy living at school at the moment so decided to actually help themselves to some extra salad which is a bit of a rarity!



As it was a special treat, we decided to go all out and order steak. Harvester steaks have been matured for 28 days and I have to say they tasted great! I went for the classic Sirloin with Jack Daniels sauce and wings combo (2 duck wings, 2 chicken wings) and managed to clear my plate!



Steve went for the sticky steak and rib combo which was a mammoth plate of food, again all delicious and it didn't last too long.


In true family style we decided to share puddings with the kids - there was no way we could order our own after our main course feasts. We shared a few ice cream sundaes and a bowl full of jelly. All arrived on our table in no time and providing extra spoons was no problem to the staff at all.






I will be the first to admit the kids were a bit annoyed when I said we were going out for dinner. They don't like being torn away from their computer screens and tv in the evening. They agreed when we were out though that it was a good idea and we all had a really nice time catching up with each other.

We have decided to re-create the Harvester atmosphere at home this weekend and found a recipe for their Mexican Salsa Wings on the Harvester youtube channel (see video below). We are going to get the kids involved and make our own dry rub to create our very own Harvester-style chicken wings to enjoy at home.




I would love to hear how you catch up with the family when you are all busy through the week. Let me know if you have an suggestions. 








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18 comments

  1. Sitting down to eat is something I hold dear, but sometimes life gets in the way, so eating out is a fantastic treat. x

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  2. Harvester is a firm family favourite of ours and we tend to go every few months. It's so hard to get together as a family often so going out for a nice inexpensive meal always does the trick xx

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  3. I love a good harvester meal. The portion sizes are great and everyone is just content and happy when they leave! x

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  4. I've only ever been to a harvester at breakfast time, the main courses look delicious and such good value for money.

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  5. Wow those desserts look almost as big as the kids! I am liking the look of the steak too x

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  6. We love harvester! There is one near where my sister lives. Love all the sauces!

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  7. Like you, I think eating out together is a fabulous treat, nobody is distracted by technology and you can actually sit and talk. The food looks great at Harvester x

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  8. You have given me a longing for a good Harvester meal! Great fun :)

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  9. Harvester do really good deals and the local one is always packed with families so I think as a destination you got it right - a popular choice with a great food selection.

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  10. This food looks great, and the portion sizes look great too. I love finding a restaurant that's family friendly with good food.

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  11. That's s really good price for the menu and the food looks delicious for a perfect day out

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  12. I have never actually visited a Harvester before, I know there is a few close by but we have just never visited. The food looks lovely and it sounds like you had a lovely night xx

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  13. God been ages since Iv been to harvester. Looks like a trip is coming

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  14. Ahh! It's so important to spend real family time together, nice one. :)

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  15. The food looks absolutely delicious I have to say - cute kids too! :)

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  16. I love harvester, but don't get to go very often really. I totally agree about getting away from distractions to have a nice meal together, I used to do this all the time with my daughter but now i work full time i don't really get the chance very often now

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  17. I love going out to eat as a family and Harvester is one of our favourite places to go. The food looks super delicious!

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  18. I've never actually been to a Harvester before as we don't have one near us or haven't come across one before. It looks like you had a lovely meal and the food looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try it if i come across one in the future! x

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