Food Review – Miller & Carter
Having only opened again in March 2016, this small but well-respected food chain, Miller & Carter, have caused a bit of a stir as the newest steakhouse in Ipswich. As a child, my family and I would often come to the Sheppard and Dog for a nice carvery, but as time passed, the venue grew tired and stale in décor and food. However, under the new brand of Miller & Carter, this newly refurbished steakhouse, sitting on the outskirts of Ipswich, has been completely brought back to life. The décor has been brought right up to date with glass panels in the entrance and lobby areas, a funky wine ‘room’ and quiet seating areas separate from the well-laid out restaurant. All the seating areas feel private but at the same time the entire place feels open.
With festive spirits well under way, Miller & Carter haven’t let us down with their Christmas decorations. Their Christmas spirit oozes throughout the restaurant, their impressive Festival Menu and delicious Festive Cocktails including non-alcoholic ‘softails’. We began our visit with an Elderflower Sherbert (with elderflower cordial, apple juice and lime juice, shaken and finished with lemonade and a slice of cucumber), and a Strawberry Twist (with cranberry, apple and strawberry purée).
Our starters were a meal in itself. We opted for a sharing board of hoisin sticky duck wings, salt & pepper calamari, spinach & feta bourekas, chipotle glazed chicken wings, hand-cut nachos, dressed slaw, lemon aioli, smokey tomato relish and a few extras of puller brisket croquettes, garlic king prawns, refreshing salmon pate with soft toasted bread, baked cheddar mushrooms and black pearly scallops.
I was impressed – even our youngest diner (ages 11) thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the food. Every now and again we heard a gentle, “Mmm, that’s so yummy!” coming from one side of the table. The presentation of the Young Guests menu makes children feel valued and gives some great options like Barbeque Chicken Lollipops.
For mains, the steak was moist and cooked perfectly, the accompanying peppercorn sauce was gorgeous, the sea bass and mash was a lovely light main in contrast to our full-on starters (our responsibility completely!) and the turkey roast with seasonal vegetables was delicious.
In all we found that the menu was properly designed to suit any person. Though a steakhouse, there is something for even the lesser carnivores amongst us. I can’t say there are many options on the menu for those with special dietary needs, however, where the menu lacks in variety for those people, the chefs make up for it by tailoring certain dishes to your needs. There is even a folder of information to explain the ingredients of each dish and sauce, flagging up any ingredient that may cause concern for allergy suffers. So if you do have an allergy or are vegetarian or vegan, just ask the waitresses to help you with choices.
What I loved the most was the Raving Fans Bell. Anytime a compliment was given to the chef, the waitresses rang the bell and you could hear the chefs give a little ‘whoop’ in the open kitchens. It made for a brilliant atmosphere and a connection between diners and staff.
Overall, we found that the food was gorgeous and the pricing a little dearer than a regular restaurant, but as this is a steakhouse and everything given a little extra flare, the price was very reasonable. The atmosphere at Miller & Carter is relaxed and elegant, while the staff are genuinely lovely and always ready to service you.
Written by The Big Food Blog
Photos by Gillian Atacocugu
Miller & Carter, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP10 0DF. 01473 659210.
Richard, Jack, Amy, Sheila, Jade, Alex, Charlotte, Alice and our lovely waitress, Rochelle.