Review: Miller & Carter Woodford Green rescues family stuck for Sunday lunch
PUBLISHED: 14:31 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:23 16 March 2017
My nieces and I stood in total disbelief when my mum said she was not making Sunday dinner.
Thinking I had misheard her, I asked in a shaken and shocked voice what on earth she meant?
Selfishly, Sunday is a day I relish after a busy week at work – I sit on the sofa while mum remains busy in the kitchen, cooking a mean roast for the family.
Adamant that we were going out for a change, we decided to try Miller & Carter, a steakhouse at The Castle, High Road, Woodford Green.
Being a vegetarian, my youngest niece, Kaede Agyemang, 17, was apprehensive, but the rest of us arrived with ferocious appetites and were greeted by restaurant manager Tim Sumption, 42.
“For the love of steak,” he said, guiding us across the red plush carpet to a sumptuous seating booth at the top of the restaurant.
“That’s a saying we have that’s part of our brand value. It’s very important to us.
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Tim Sumption, manager of Miller & Carter, Woodford Green.
Alison Jacob enjoying a delicious mocktail at Miller & Carter Woodford Green. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
Tim Sumption, centre, with his Miller & Carter team.
Miller & Carter is renowned for its steak dinners.
Kaede Agyemang and Alison Jacob joined reporter Ann-Marie Abbasah for sunday lunch at Miller & Carter. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
A rump steak dinner at Miller & Carter in Woodford Green. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
A Miller & Carter desert tray for two. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
A Miller & Carter chocolate brownie desert. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah
“We are a premium steak restaurant and our passion is from field to fork.
The chain sends its kitchen, general and assistant managers on a three-day learning experience to visit farms.
Staff see animals in their natural habit and how well they are cared for progressing onto the abattoir, boning and preparation stages.
“Our dining experience suits everybody,” he continued.
Admiring the elegant lighting and swanky decor, Kaede agreed.
“The atmosphere is good,” she added.
“You can come here for different things, as a family or as a couple.”
And to her pleasant surprise she was able to choose a charcoal sea salt grilled sea bass to tuck into.
My eldest niece, fashion designer Iesha Agyemang, 23, added: “I could come here for a business meeting or with the girls.”
The rest of us chose steak that included seasoned fries, a slice of onion loaf and a balsamic glazed beef tomato, lettuce wedge and steak sauce.
It’s hard not to dribble as I write.
“The portion sizes are generous,” continued Iesha.
“And the service is great.”
Looking pretty pleased that her master plan paid off, mum Alison Jacob added: “The food is very tasty, the staff are really friendly.”
Despite, feeling full at the end of the meal, Iesha and I felt it would have been absolutely rude to not try the warm chocolate brownie, served with vanilla bean ice cream and dark chocolate and pistachio shard.
Kaede and mum shared an indulgent tasting plate with a selection of glazed passionfruit tart with fresh berries, ice cream, home-baked biscuits and brownie.
It would be an understatement to say I was green with food envy.
Luckily, I will have another chance to taste the restaurant’s delicious food.
Mum was so impressed she immediately booked a table for us and the rest of the family for Mother’s Day.
For more information or to book a table visit millerandcarter.co.uk