We love trying new restaurants when they open in our town so when we were invited to try the new branch of Filmore & Union that has recently opened in Beverley we jumped at the chance. There are branches across Yorkshire, however we had never visited one before. Having eaten our way through far too many chocolate eggs over the Easter weekend, we were ready to try the healthy goodness on offer at this restaurant. We had a table booked for 3pm on Easter Monday, however this was not actually necessary as there were a number of free tables when we arrived.
We were warmly greeted by our waitress who showed us to our table straight away on the ground floor, there is also a seating area upstairs. I instantly fell in love with the decor, lovely neural colours made the space very light, airy and welcoming. I will be honest I did worry that the whole menu would consist of kale based food and drinks and did have a little giggle to myself when the first smoothy I looked at was a kale one 🙂 However, if kale is not your thing there are plenty of other things to take your fancy. Both Mr ESLT and chose the Low GI Booster smoothy which contains banana, natural yoghurt, agave syrup, oats, skimmed milk and tahini. It was delicious and surprisingly very filling, so one was enough.
As it was lunch decided that I just wanted a main course. I didn’t expect to find a burger on the menu so was very happy when I did. Mr ESLT decided to try the maple roasted chorizo as a starter or ‘nibble’ as it is listed on the menu followed by chicken supreme which was offered on the specials board. As the restaurant wasn’t overly busy we were surprised to wait 45 minutes for the chorizo to be served, therefore when it was even I dug in for a piece. I guess it’s important to remember it’s not a fast food restaurant and you must be prepared to wait for great food, especially because it is all made from scratch. Considering it is listed as a ‘nibble’ it was a good sized portion and Mr ESLT was happy with his choice.
When the main courses came I was blown away by the burger that was placed in front of me. It was complete with caramelised onions in a toasted ciabatta and sweet potato fries (my favourite) making an usual unhealthy meal a well balanced treat. Mr ESLT’s chicken supreme also looked lovely, a chicken breast served on the bone on a bed of mushrooms in a tomato sauce, and he was making noises to suggest it was. My meal was so filling I couldn’t finish the burger meaning that there wasn’t room for a piece of cake or a muffin that I had really wanted to try. Although, I could have got one to take home with me as many people where doing. Before we’d even left we had decided that we would love to return and try out the dinner menu.
Filmore & Union is a welcome addition to Beverley and I’m sure it will become a firm favourite for many especially for those who enjoy healthy options and people with dietary restrictions i.e. vegan, gluten free. There is also a reasonable sized outside area which will be great when the weather gets better. It is also dog friendly and we had a very well behaved (and gorgeous) black labrador with the party on the table next to us. As with many restaurants when they first open the service wasn’t overly great as we had to ask for more drinks having been sat with empty glasses for over 30 minutes. However I’m sure this will improve over time and it certainly hasn’t put us off coming back or trying another Filmore & Union restaurant in the area.
*honest opinions as always 🙂