When you think of spending the evening at a casino, I’m sure it’s fair to say that having food is not going to be the first thing that springs to mind, with enjoying a drink or two and having a flutter probably being the main focus of the experience. Having visited a couple of casinos in the past, the idea of eating in one had never occurred to me before, however I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Grosvenor Casino is leading the way and trying to improve the dining experience for its guests. Intrigued, I went along last Thursday night to sample their offering for myself*.
Located on Anchor Road in the city centre, close to @Bristol and Millenium Square, Grosvenor Casino Bristol is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We were greeted in the reception area by Eddie, the General Manager, who was really friendly and welcoming. He showed us through to the casino itself and gave us a tour – the casino was a lot bigger than I had expected, and despite it still being early in the evening, it was already quite busy and had a good atmosphere.
After being shown to our table in the restaurant, we were brought a plate of bread and olives to nibble on whilst we perused the menu – and it was safe to say that the meal was off to a great start.
The ciabatta was lovely and warm, the olives were plump and flavoursome, and the olive oil and balsamic vinegar were perfectly combined for dipping – delicious!
For drinks, I opted for a classic Cosmopolitan and my boyfriend ordered a Tanqueray Gin and Fentimans Tonic Water. The drinks were perfectly mixed and tasted great! The cocktail menu here was really extensive and there was a good choice of wines, beers and spirits behind the bar.
When it was time to order our mains, I chose the Premium Surf ‘n’ Turf – a grilled Rump steak with all the trimmings (coleslaw, grilled mushroom, grilled tomato and onion rings), served with skin-on fries and topped with juicy king prawns in garlic butter. My boyfriend chose the Full Rack of Ribs, which also came with the same array of sides. My steak, I can safely say, was one of the best I’ve ever had – cooked to perfection. The king prawns in the garlic butter were meaty and full of flavour. At the end of the meal, my plate was left well and truly clean, proof that the food had been really good. My boyfriend really enjoyed his ribs too and had lots of good things to say about them. The menu here certainly reflects that of a traditional grill house, with meat, chicken and fish taking the main focus, but it was also nice to see several salads and Asian inspired dishes too such as Singapore Noodles for something a little bit different.
Although we were almost fit to burst after our delicious mains, somehow we found room for dessert – well with Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart on the menu, who could resist? Served with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce, the tart was everything I hoped it would be – rich and sweet, with a lovely salty hit, it was to die for! My boyfriend was equally pleased with his Raspberry Tart – he said the fresh raspberries were really tangy, and it was the perfect finale to a fantastic meal.
After dinner, we were shown to a Blackjack table for a training session – something Grosvenor are proud to offer its less experienced guests who might be new to certain games in the casino (as I was). I really enjoyed having a go (without the monetary risk), before we moved on to the Roulette table where I was able to play for real. And as an added benefit, I even left £7 up at the end of the night, which I was very pleased about! For me, it was the icing on the cake of a really great evening, and I really enjoyed myself.
All in all, I really enjoyed my dining experience at Grosvenor Casino Bristol. All of the staff that I met were friendly and welcoming, and the service in the restaurant and in the casino itself was excellent. It is clear that they are trying to make a real effort with the food they serve here, and our meal was extremely tasty. I noticed that they also offer a range of party packages that include dinner, a drink at the bar, gaming tuition as well as a free £5 gaming chip – perfect if you’re a beginner like I was! If you have never visited a casino before and fancy having a flutter and learning something new, I can certainly recommend visiting – I’ll definitely be back soon!
*Although I was invited to visit the casino for dinner for the purpose of review, the words, thoughts and opinions stated here are all my own.