Address: Bentley Wood Farm, Accrington Road, Hapton.
Phone number: 01282 457881
Lancashire Telegraph review by John Anson from April 5, 2008.
HEALTHY eating is much in vogue as far as the supermarkets are concerned but when it comes to dining out, it appears as though it's not something that gets a great deal of publicity.
So it was interesting to discover that the recently revamped Bentley Wood Farm is keen to push its healthy credentials.
At the centre of things is a free salad bar - a familiar sight in American eateries. You can simply go up and help yourself to as many bowls of salad as you like either to accompany your meal or to tuck into as a starter while you wait for the main.
And the choices are fairly generous too - not just limited to a bit of limp lettuce and some grated carrot. Although the vast array of dressings tends to negate some of the healthy' nature.
The main menu concentrates on chicken, steak and fish which are all cooked on the grill or spit roast (more healthy eating for you).
I went for the chicken piri piri at £7.99 while the better half chose the simply chicken at £7.50.
At the heart of both dishes was a lean chicken breast which was nicely cooked. I've had authentic piri piri and I think this offering would better be described as chicken with tomato sauce as it hardly had a kick to it. But I really enjoyed it, served on a bed of Mediterranean-style rice.
The simply chicken dish was just that - chicken breast, jacket potato and peas with a choice of sour cream or butter for the spud.
As well as revamping the menu, Bentley Wood Farm has been remodelled slightly, simplifying the layout and making it a more pleasant dining experience.
A word of praise too for the level of service. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being intrusive - would that some other establishments trained their staff as well.
It would be easy to dismiss the healthy eating angle as a gimmick but Bentley Wood Farm's latest guise does offer something a little different and you'll enjoy a perfectly acceptable meal.
Salad bar is a good selling point and service proved first rate
Lancashire Telegraph review by Donna McKanzie from August 18, 2007.
BENTLEY Wood Farm reopened as the first Harvester Restaurant in the area two weeks before our visit and the changes were apparent as soon as the three of us walked through the door.
The décor is much brighter and has much more of a restaurant/diner feel than the previous pub grub' vibe from Brewers Fayre.
We were a touch annoyed on arrival when our drinks order was mixed up - twice - but we put it down to new business teething troubles.
The menu includes a wide range of tempting starters, sides, mains, some amazing desserts and I was particularly impressed with the vegetarian selection.
And the food more than compensated for our earlier frustrations. Between us we had Totally Stuffed Mushrooms (with a delicious leek and cheese filling), Plantation Platter (BBQ chicken wings, ribs, spit-roasted chicken, king prawns, fries and corn on the cob with dips) and Gammon Steak (with fries and eggs).
Everything was cooked to perfection - and if the generous main courses aren't quite filling enough for you there is a free salad cart, which you can top up from as often as you like.
Our bill - including a round of drinks, three desserts and three coffees - came to £45.48, excellent value for an excellent meal.
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