Renowned for their steak experience, once you visit this meaty marvel, you will want to return again and again.
Inside, Miller and Carter have created a festive ambiance, especially with what must be an at least ten foot tree as you enter. Both floors have plenty of space although on the night of my visit, they certainly didn’t take long to fill up… I was about to understand why.
First, to drink, we took our time to order as the menu included many of my favourites but also some signature cocktails, particularly the festive cocktails that will be a big hit over Christmas. We went for the Candy Cane Collins cocktail which is Jack Daniels whisky, lemon juice, Chambord black raspberry liquer mixed with lemonade and finished with an edible candy cane. If you choose one festive drink then this has to be the choice… It was tangy yet sweet and bursting with taste. Brilliant start.
As Lucy, our waitress for the night (who I have to say was amazing at what she does) went through the substantial menu options on offer, we couldn’t help but feel the excitement she had generated. To start, we ordered Cluck and Duck Wings and Sticky Chipotle Chicken. They were both presented beautifully. The chicken and duck both fell off the bone and packed a punch in taste. The sticky chicken was exactly that and my colleague told me it was the best sticky chicken he had ever tasted and was portioned just right. Both Miller and Carter starters were an unparalleled success. Next were the mains. Miller and Carter are all about the experience. In fact, not just any experience, The Steak Experience. Lucy again, conveyed exactly what we wanted to hear, her attention to detail and her passion really shone through. I won’t give too much away but if you go to Miller and Carter, you must get a steak. We went for the 12 ounce Ribeye, to come medium well, with peppercorn sauce and mash along with lettuce dressing with bacon and mustard. Yes you heard me right, even the lettuce gets a dressing. We also ordered the 8 ounce fillet, to come rare – which was the recommendation, béarnaise sauce, sweet potato fries and lettuce with bacon and mustard again. To go with the steaks we ordered two large glasses of red wine. We went for the soft and mellow Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Umani Ronchi. With its delicate aromas of plum and morello cherry, it was a quality wine and perfect for our steak.
Within no time at all, our steak experience was about to commence. I don’t think I looked anywhere else other than what was on my plate during my main. It was a significant portion. The fillet was rare, and I’ve rarely tasted a steak so amazing. It was sublime. Both steaks were both the stars of the show, but everything else was just as tasty. I would’ve ordered the lettuce with the salty bacon and sharp mustard dressing as a snack alone it was that tasty.
After a much needed break before our desserts, we decided to go all out. Fresh berries and sorbet meringue – a refreshing strawberry & prosecco sorbet served with raspberry & white chocolate meringue, rhubarb & rose curd and fresh berries – it was light and a great way to soothen the tummy after the two previous hearty starters. A real star of a dessert. Also, Miller’s Chocolate Hazelnut Bomb – an indulgently rich chocolate & hazelnut ganache encased in a nutty chocolate shell and served with praline ice cream, a zesty orange curd and raspberry sugar tuille – Unbelievable. My colleague usually struggles to finish desserts… That evening, there was no struggle.
I would like to congratulate Lydia and her staff at Miller and Carter for doing a cracking job. The food speaks for itself and the service is fast, precise and it just feels like they care. No wonder they are expanding with their Sunderland branch also thriving and a new development in Gosforth Park in the pipeline. Miller and Carter, I will certainly be back soon. If you love steak, just go. An easy score this week.