IF YOU are going anywhere near Denham roundabout, close to the car boot fair, you can't help but have noticed the large banner put up by Buckinghamshire Golf Club advertising their cream teas and Sunday lunches.
Times must be bad if they are opening up this exclusive golf club to the hoi polloi of Hillingdon!
Feeling like I really ought to treat my significant other after he'd given up his weekend to help out at Party in the Park the other week, I decided we'd have Sunday lunch out and try the club.
I phoned up to make a booking and to find out if they had a kids' menu. They couldn't give me an exact price or menu but said that the chef could make nuggets and chips, or Alex could choose something off the menu.
As it was a hot day, Chris didn't fancy a roast lunch, so the lady on the phone kindly spoke to the chef, who said although Chris couldn't choose a lighter meal from the bar menu, the chef could make a chicken salad for him - they were really accommodating so we booked.
The surroundings at Buckinghamshire Golf Club are impressive. The restaurant is housed in a pretty room with picture windows overlooking the lawns.
The food was excellent: I had scallops to start and a delicious roast pork main course.
Chris's chicken salad was elaborate, with lots of fresh herbs and perfect avocado, and seven- year-old Alex typically chose steak and chips from the main menu - and they'd thoughtfully put the sauce on the side in a jug and delivered ketchup.
Prices are steep but you are paying for the quality of ingredients and the beautiful surroundings. It was £23.95 for three courses or £17.95 for two courses. There are high chairs available if you need one and the staff are very child friendly, making Alex feel welcome immediately.
My only bugbear is that they need to have a proper children's menu or policy, with prices displayed. No-one seemed able to confirm the prices either on the phone or on the day.
Most restaurants of this ilk offer a half portion and half price on anything on the main menu or a choice of children's meal.
When the bill came Alex had been charged full price for his (fillet!) steak and the salad was £8. When I questioned this, I was told the prices should have been displayed as £8 for Alex and single course for Chris. Unclear prices aside, this is a fabulous place to go for a special family celebration.
Where to go: Buckinghamshire Golf Club www.buckinghamshire-golfclub.co.uk/ 01895 835 777. Open for cream tea £11- £24.50, 2-5pm every day, open Sundays 12-5pm for £23.95 for three course meal or £17.95 for two courses.
Thanks for your generosity
PS - I PROMISED to let everyone know how much we raised at Party in the Park on June 27, and I can reveal it was nearly £6,200, that is shared amongst various local charities including Shooting Star, Hillingdon Hospital Playground Appeal, Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support, the local RSPCA and others.
Party in the Park isn't a fundraising event; it's all about having a free day out for the family, so it's really amazing to raise so much money.
Thank you families of Hillingdon for helping us raise more than £15,000 over the past few years at Party in the Park.