Where to go now: Frankie & Benny’s

We all love to feel spoiled this time of year, especially when it comes to food! We all know the pressures of getting the Christmas dinner perfect, which can feel near impossible, especially when catering for (what feels like) a million people! Well, Verge was lucky enough to have a wonderful meal with Frankie & Benny’s and we definitely would encourage you to do the same, fear no more family chef’s!

Frankie & Benny’s have a fantastic new Christmas menu that is just drizzled and dabbed in fantastic seasonal flavours with a modern Italian-American twist that is full of fun for all ages! We had a great time at the Purley Way location and was greeted with nothing but smiles and holiday cheer the entire time!

Never been to a Frankie & Benny’s before? Well, now is the time to head down as their nationwide 25th anniversary rebrand of over 230 restaurants is probably one of the best ways to put a seal on this year and begin the next with a bang! With more fun for the adults and deliciously creative healthy options for the kiddies it’s our new favourite mid-week gear-up and weekend celebration!

Is your sister trying a new vegan lifestyle? What about your vegetarian aunt? We know that it can be hard finding a place to eat for the whole family to feel comfortable, but Frankie & Benny’s have it all figured out. From delicious meatballs to a vegan cheese Mediterranean lasagne, theres a huge range to satisfy everyones taste buds. Plus, if you’re a Christmas traditional roast lover, there’s phenomenal turkey dinner twists available just to spice things up a bit.

The Christmas menu has been going long and strong since the 12th November and there’s still some time to grab a festive bite with those close to you. With the set festive menu being available from just £14.99, it’s hard to not pop in for a bite fit for Santa himself! The best thing about the new menu is that even if you’re trying to watch the Christmas calories you can still enjoy plenty of plant-based vegan options that taste just as good as stuffing your face quite literally with stuffing.

Let’s not forget about the sweet tooth that we all pretend doesn’t exist for most of the year- if there’s any place to break your sugar-free diet its Frankie & Benny’s! Enjoy a wonderful Trifle Sundae or a twist on a family favourite Profiterole Cake, or even a vegan Mince Pie Cheesecake!

Sometimes it’s not all about family fun though- what about the adults! Well, Frankie & Benny’s have created a naughty but nice range of alcoholic drinks that will make going to a normal bar snoozeville from now on. How does a Cookies & Cream Martini and a Vegan Frisky Lemonade sound? Yeah, that’s what we thought! But if you’re doing better than most of us and actually have kept last year’s New Years resolutions of drinking slightly less, or most likely been nominated to be the designated driver, then there are tons of alcohol and sugar free options that have unlimited refills to keep the merry feeling going all evening (without the headaches the next morning).

So this season, rather than hiding away in the kitchen wishing away dishes and constantly asking everyone to remove their shoes as more and more mysterious stains appear on the carpet, head down to Frankie & Benny’s for a stress free and delicious Christmas feast for all the family (or just you after a long night out)!

 

FULL CHRISTMAS MENU

 

Starters

 

Breaded Shrimp Cocktail –

Breaded shrimp with chopped lettuce, avocado, tomato and onion in a creamy Marie Rose sauce

 

Tuscan Soup –

A hearty mix of tomato, mixed beans, vegetables and herbs. Served with warm, toasted ciabatta and a garlic & herb dip

 

Quattro Formaggi Ravioli –

Pasta parcels filled with four cheeses and deep-fried until crisp and golden. Served with cranberry sauce

 

Mains

 

Turkey Meatball Carbonara –

Soft seasoned turkey meatballs in creamy carbonara sauce with crispy bacon and spaghetti

 

Brie & Cranberry Burger –

6oz* burger with breaded brie, crispy bacon and rocket. Served with cranberry sauce and fries

 

Turkey Meatball Pizza –

Soft seasoned turkey meatballs

with bacon, tomato & mozzarella. Finished with rocket & cranberry sauce

 

Mediterranean Lasagne –

Layers of grilled Mediterranean vegetables with pasta, dairy-free white sauce, vegan cheese & tomato

 

Desserts

 

Trifle Sundae –

Layers of ice cream with waffle pieces, custard, whipped cream and rhubarb compote. Sweet memories

 

Chocolate Profiterole Cake –

Cream stuffed profiteroles deep set in chocolate mousse on a biscuit base. Served with vanilla ice cream

 

Mince Pie No-Cheesecake –

Our unbelievably creamy vegan cheesecake with a mince pie & caramel flavoured drizzle. Served with vegan choc-chip ice cream

 

Drinks

 

Merry Spritzmas –

Smirnoff Infusions Raspberry, Rhubarb & Vanilla with Schweppes ginger ale and a hint of grenadine

 

Sleigh All Day –

A mix of Ceder’s non-alcoholic spirit with cranberry juice and a hint of gingerbread syrup

 

Cookies & Cream Martini –

Both naughty and nice! Baileys Irish Cream shaken with cookie syrup and cream

 

Frisky Lemonade –

Zesty & refreshing. Johnnie Walker with Sicilian cloudy lemonade over ice

 

 

 

 

Check out more on the official Frankie & Benny’s website: www.frankieandbennys.co.uk