We recently had the opportunity to visit the family-friendly American diner TGI Fridays for an early Father’s Day treat. It was a welcome opportunity to rekindle childhood memories both of eating out in US diners and early visits to TGI itself on holidays to London.
Our local TGI Fridays is in High Wycombe, extremely convenient for the local John Lewis store amongst other things, so between shopping and dining it was one of our most indulgent days for some time.
The first impressions of TGI is that it’s a place to head for special occasions with parties and smaller celebrations alike going on at each table. For us with little Tilly, every meal out is special and father’s day makes for a great occasion to enjoy family time together.
Keeping little ones occupied at the table for a full meal is always a challenge so we were delighted that Tilly was presented with a kids bag to keep her busy, comprising an activity book, stackable crayons and stickers. The activities are well thought-out and marked with the target age. At two, Tilly is a little young for most but was perfectly happy to browse the pages and colouring in the pictures and stickers. Putting together and pulling apart the crayons also provided plenty of distraction – a great design idea.
The menu is classic American with a range of options including steaks, burgers and Tex-Mex, amongst others. The children’s menu is nicely set out with options for both little ones and older children. Meals for small children all include a pot of vegetables comprising one of their five-a-day and at under £4 is an affordable choice.
Using Father’s Day privilege I opted to try the epic steak, chicken and shrimp meal, all of which were tender and flavoursome. ShireMum opted for one of the Tex Mex options, which she found just as tasty as she had in a dedicated Mexican restaurant. Tilly was rather focused on her chips, which is something she gets to eat extremely rarely but we did manage to get some of her burger and veg into her too.
The service was friendly and attentive and although Tilly was initially shy towards our server, he spent the duration of our visit trying to win her favour, clinching it in the end by producing a balloon, which Tilly loved.
Father’s Day competition
In the run up to Father’s Day, TGI Fridays is running a competition on Twitter to win a family ticket to an NFL game at Wembley. When visiting a TGI Fridays, simply colour in a daddy cool hat, put it on dad’s head and post a photo on Twitter with the #DaddyCool hashtag.
Disclaimer: We received £50 in meal vouchers in exchange for a review featuring the father’s day competition. The review of our meal at TGI Fridays is our own, honest opinion.