Last Friday I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy a dinner at Bill’s at Rushden Lakes. It’s a restaurant I’ve been to a couple of times before and is hands down one of my favourites.
The table was booked for 6 pm. I was worried there would be no one else there but luckily there were already a few tables seated.
Bill’s Restaurant is set on the Boardwalk alongside Skew Bridge Lake. For me this gives it a real holiday vibe, eating dinner overlooking the water. In warmer weather, they also have plenty of outdoor seating to really make you feel away from home.
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It always amazes me how large the restaurant is inside and how many people it can sit. Yet the tables don’t seem to be too close together. I find the recently updated decor fascinating. And as you walk from one end of the restaurant to the other it almost seems to change slightly. It has a slight Alice in Wonderland Vibe with its dark velvet seating slash tropical feel with its large plants inside and trees outside slash English home with a mix of artworks on the walls and display cabinets full of varied ornaments. All this together somehow really works and provides a modern, trendy yet comforting feel.
Upon arriving at the restaurant we were really made to feel welcome by the cheery and professional staff. Once we were sat at our table I was straight onto the drinks menu remembering on the last visit I had really enjoyed a specific cocktail. I soon found it to be the Bill’s Collins which is Wyborowa vodka, rose liqueur, rhubarb & lemon, topped with sparkling water, so refreshing!
the food and (drink)…
Once I had a few
sips glugs of my Bill’s Collins I looked over the menu. Whenever I eat out I always end up having a burger and Bill’s do a couple of amazing ones. But this night I was determined to try something new and I’m so glad I did.
For our starters, I had the Fried Halloumi Sticks with Bill’s Chutney and the other half had the Crispy Calamari with red chilli & lime aioli. I always get a bit nervous having a starter that I will get full and not want to eat my main. But these were a really good portion size and I cleaned the plate.
For mains, I had the Roasted Butternut Squash and Feta Risotto. I am a sucker for anything with Feta in and the Rissotto did not disappoint. It was a really flavoursome dish with baby spinach & courgette and topped with shredded fennel salad & toasted pumpkin seeds. I always think pumpkin seeds add a delicious crunch however a little more feta would have been nice. And although I again finished everything on the plate it was a struggle, especially as I had had a starter.
I thought I would wash down my main by trying a different cocktail. This time I went for a Hedgerow Fizz which is Wild Sussex elderflower cordial, a frozen blackberry and topped with Prosecco. This is now my new favourite. I love elderflower and anything with Prosecco in it is a winner for me!
On my previous visits to Bill’s I have absolutely loved their take on the Eton mess. It was basically a mix of cream and meringue topped with passionfruit! Due to the restaurant changing over to their Autumn menu this was no longer available. However, they did have a Spiced Pear and Raspberry Eton Mess that I went for instead. Although still delicious it is not as good as their passionfruit summer version, hopefully, that will be back next year.
The other half doesn’t usually go for a dessert but he couldn’t resist the warm triple chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream & a chocolate flake. This was divine and is probably what I will have on our next visit.
Having eaten so much food I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get out of my seat for a little while. So we passed the time with one last cheeky cocktail for the road. This was an Aperol Spritz – Bittersweet Aperol topped with refreshing Prosecco & soda and garnished with an orange wedge. I had no idea before ordering what Aperol was and I probably should have asked! The first couple of sips were nice but then it got too bitter for me and I couldn’t finish it.
conclusion of Bill’s Restaurant…
Overall we had a really enjoyable night at Bill’s. The atmosphere, staff, food and cocktails were all amazing! As I mentioned already we have been a few times before, a few of those times were for lunch with the kids and they have always been very welcomed. I noticed there were a few children in the restaurant when we were there last week and it was absolutely fine.
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