While there, we visited The Shearing House restaurant, which is exclusive to Woburn Forest Center Parcs. Tucked away on the first floor of the main sports plaza, it seemed quieter than most places when we walked past with lots of space and modern interior.
We went for lunch on a Monday and I booked the table in advance, although I didn't need to as it was very quiet when we arrived.
The restaurant interior was welcoming and modern, the tables and chairs a nice mismatch across the restaurant and there was a good feeling of space. The restaurant was quite big, this picture shows the front third and the bar area. The feeling was of an upmarket British pub, with a nice relaxed vibe.
We sat on a table which overlooked the main square, it was lovely to look out of the window and see people coming and going outside the sports plaza. The big windows added to the light in the restaurant and really helped the feeling of being 'in the forest'.
The menu was very much as you'd expect from a British gastro pub. The main menu had a nice amount of choice, with a good balance of light bites and mains. Prices were on the high side of ok, given the location and surroundings.
The kids' menu was attached to the puzzle and colouring sheet they both received, and again had a decent selection of gastro pub type meals which they were both happy with.
On the main menu, I went for the lighter bite homemade fishfinger sandwich with tomato and tartare sauce. The fish looked freshly battered and cooked, and the bread was also freshly made too. It didn't come with chips, but the onion rings more than made up for this.
The sandwich was very tasty, and a hearty lite bite. The lettuce was crispy, food hot throughout and the fish very flaky amongst the batter. I could've done with a smidge more tartare sauce on the bread though!
Husband went for the chicken burger on focaccia bread with mayo, onions, beef tomato, lettuce, chips and relish, which also arrived hot and fresh.
Husband polished the lot off and said it was very nice and the chicken was nicely cooked. The portions were a good size for lunch and both meals presented really nicely.
Both the kids opted for sausage, mash and beans which they both liked. I thought it was a huge meal, especially for our three year old daughter.
Overall the meals were good quality, tasty and fresh, but we found the service slightly let the place down. Lots of soft drinks weren't available, we asked for water which never arrived, our meals weren't checked on as we were eating (which meant we couldn't re-ask for the water) and it took a good while to receive the bill. Not exactly show stopping in terms of our enjoyment, but it did take the edge off and meant we didn't want to stay for dessert. As we went on a changeover day, and it did get busier as time went on, I feel sure these were minor blips.
I'd recommend the Shearing House for a nice lunch with good British food. The surroundings were lovely, and it is different if you've been to other Center Parcs' restaurants. I'd probably say not to go if you're on a tight deadline though, just in case the service is slow again. Let me know if you visit!
The Shearing House at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest is open from breakfast time until late. You can find out more at Center Parcs' website. This review is my own views and was not requested by, or written in collaboration with Center Parcs.