The Beech House Amersham

The Beech House is a local restaurant chain to where we live. They have a total of five locations in Amersham, St. Albans, Beaconsfield, Solihull & Hampton Hill. The first one opened 5 years ago in Beaconsfield and is about to re-open following a massive extension where it has almost doubled in size.

The Beech house in Amersham opened in February 2018 it is just a short walk from the station (around 5 minutes to be precise). Upon arrival we immediately spotted the outside seating area, and both commented that it would have been lovely to have been able to sit outside had it been a glorious summers evening.

There are several seating areas at The Beech House making it suitable for all types of parties (it isn’t a small restaurant it seats 140 customers).  We were shown to our table which was at the black of the restaurant, the interior design of the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and made us feel very relaxed.

We arrived at around 7pm on Thursday evening and the restaurant and bar was already filling up. Our waiter for the evening introduced himself and offered to make us a summer cocktail which of course we accepted right away. We were served the Watermelon Spritz and the Pineapple Punch, both of which tasted so delicious and we would highly recommend.

To start we decided to go for the Antipasto Misto board, as it meant we got to try a little bit of everything. We loved this starter and we were really impressed by the size of the sharing board, you could have shared it with 3 people.

We also shared the Calamari which came with a spicy mayo dip (lemon, chilli, harissa)! We love calamari so were pleased with this choice.

For main we struggled to decide what to get, we wanted to get 2 dishes and share them (obv) but there was SO much choice it difficult to decide what to go for. We also didn’t want to go for bread over load as we wanted to get dessert too!

In the end we opted for a burger and a build your own salad. There was a pulled pork burger on the specials menu which we were really tempted by,  but in the end decided to go for the classic on the main menu, the Bacon and Cheddar House, it was a decent burger and superb choice!

For the salad, there was lots of choice on the build your own, we went for the superfood and omitted the tomatoes and replaced with avocado. We also added halloumi, who doesn’t love halloumi!

For dessert we were informed that the sticky toffee pudding was now vegan so we thought we would give that a go, and we were also told the panna cotta was new so decided to give it a try. The Peach Melba Panna Cotta was our favourite and we are so glad we went for it, it was really light and made us feel all summery! We loved the addition of the berry granola.

We were also give a dessert cocktail to accompany our desserts and it was the most refreshing thing! It was so green but so yummy, we would go back for this cocktail any day!

Thank you so much for having us and treating us so well! We cannot recommend The Beech House enough and it’s so perfect that it is so close to home!

Giggling Squid Review

Giggling Squid started back in 2002 in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage which is now their Brighton restaurant. It all started with a Thai Tapas Menu which is still available on their lunch time menu.

We have heard so many great things about the Giggling Squid we knew we had to try it. We are really loving our Thai food at the moment and it’s great to try lots of new dishes.

We visited the Bath branch of the Giggling Squid and had the most incredible evening. The restaurant was an instagram dream and had such a lovely ambiance. We arrived just after 7 and were shown to our table.

The restaurant is full of flower wallls and they also have ginormous bird cages that you can book (they do try and keep this for customers celebrating special occasions).

Carys was our waitress for the evening and oh my goodness she was just so lovely and super helpful! You can tell she really enjoy her job, which just made the entire evening even more enjoyable.

We were offered a bottle of white or red wine, we went for the red wine and we are glad we did because it was delicious. We were also served a ginormous bowl of prawn crackers (Rachel’s favourite) with sweet chilli sauce, they didn’t last long as you can imagine!

To start we went for the sharing platter which is new on the menu and costs £16.75. We have been ordering the sharing platter a lot recently as it means we get to try a little bit of everything. The sharing platter at Giggling Squid included; Strips of hand-cut pork grilled on skewers, salt and pepper squid, Thai chicken wings, vegetable spring rolls. It was also served with three sauces are favourite being the tamarind, how have we never tried this before!

For mains we decided to mix it up a little bit as we always go for the same thing which is usually two curries, so this time we ordered a Salmon Paneang. The salmon Paneang was a Salmon fillet in a creamy, red curry sauce with stir fried Tenderstem broccoli and pak choi. Even though salmon isn’t typically Thai, the flavours were absolutely incredible. Giggling squid describe the Salmon Paneang as ‘A friendly, comforting dish using super popular ingredients’ and we couldn’t agree with them more.

We also ordered the Prawn Massaman curry. This type of curry is a Muslim style curry from Southern Thailand, it’s made with coconut milk and dry spices such as cumin, cinnamon and star anise. We really enjoyed this curry but we will say if you aren’t a massive fan or star anise then you may not like this dish as the flavour is quite powerful (especially if you eat it like I did LOL).

We also shared a side of brown rice which we are really enjoying at the moment. For a while we always got sticky rice which don’t get us wrong we also love, but there is just something about brown rice that makes it our fave.

For dessert we ordered the Lychee yoghurt ice cream which was full of so much flavour, it was very light and refreshing and made for the perfect dessert. We also loved the fact there were pieces of lychee in it.

We also ordered the black sesame ice cream as it really intrigued us, this is a unique flavour to Giggling Squid as well so we couldn’t not order it. We were not too sure about the flavour at first but actually it really grew on us and we finished the entire bowl, it did have quite a nutty flavour which we really enjoyed.

We also enjoyed a fresh mint tea which was the perfect end to a great evening. The teeny tiny tea pots and cups are so cute and the waitress said she could top them up if we wanted.

If you are looking for a great Thai to visit then it just has to be the Giggling Squid, we honestly cannot recommend the food enough!