“ Address: Grimsby Road / Humberstone DN36 4AH „
From the outside this is a really large building with a front car park going a little around the side, when busy there are never enough car parking spaces however Tesco is a minute up the road from the Peartree so if it isn't raining or horrible weather and you really want to go there then you can just park in Tesco. This has a little garden and fence this has stones and a few potted plants,nothing spectacular but effective all the same to make it seem nice enough, this has a few other potted plants dotted around the place making it look a very pleasant place to go for a meal or a casual drink. There are several entrances into which are also used as exits which when busy it is an inconvenience, but the Peartree is wheel chair friendly with ramps where needed and wide enough doors to suit everybody.
It's hard for me to comment on what it looks like inside now because I have not been there for around a year and it was refurbished earlier this year. When first walking in it is very warm and well lit with fixtures from the ceiling and lamps on the windowsills although they probably could have less lights on if they wasn't so dimly lit, however this only makes the Peartree seem cosier. In front of the entrance was the bar which was quite large for a restaurant bar and had 3 staff on if I remember rightly so they must of been expecting a lot of people coming in. To the left was two levels of tables, tables of 2 - 6 people and then up the step were tables to suit larger groups and a row of tables amongst the windows, on the opposite side was little booths in the wall which were curved and could seat 6 - 8 people comfortably. On the right hand side of the bar were more tables TV's and this to me seemed like the pub side of the Peartree, this was fine but it wasn't sectioned off at all and when football or other sports was on TV all you could hear whilst trying to have you meal is rowdy drunken old men, this did not make it seem very appealing at all. The décor was simple, if slightly dated such as the carpet wasn't the nicest but I can't remember the exact design, it also had tacky ornaments like vases and paintings on the wall. But as I say this has been fully refurbished since I last went in there
As for customer service this wasn't the best, the last time I went here was for my birthday meal, I book a meal a week in advance for a table of 15 so you'd assume we'd get a table for 16. Well when we arrived we was shown to two separate tables, one in the middle of the top level and one in a wall booth, I stressed to them I asked for one table and they confirmed that's how it would be, apparently someone called up last minute for a table and they had no room to set up my table, this annoyed me because I had more people and booked first and to rub it in even more the table I had booked was right behind my table, I made it quite clear that I wasn't happy but because there was so many of us we decided to stay where we was.
As far as I'm aware usually you have to go up to the bar to order your food, however we had someone come and wait on us she first took all of our drink orders and two of them speedily bought over all the drinks at once which was great because it meant we all had what we wanted together. Next we was given a menu between two of us which was fine because we all already knew what we wanted so ordering the food was really quick. However we waited for the food for around half an hour which is fine, but some meals came out before others so I have a suspicion they don't put orders in at the right times to finish cooking at the right time so everyone can be presented with their meals at once, this is really annoying, in any restaurant because I feel rude eating before everyone else has their meals but mine was one of the last ones to arrive anyway so I didn't need to worry about that. When finishing out meals the dirt plates empty glasses were on the table a good 20 minutes before someone came and slowly took them away, they came back afterwards and asked if we wanted deserts but not if we wanted any more drinks we had to go out of our way to ask rather than be offered, it isn't that big a deal but when your spending a large amount of money like I did you expect to be waited on a little bit at least.
As I can recall most of the people there had a mixed grill type meal which as you can guess consists of mixed meats such as chicken, beef pork and sausage and then chips, salad and onion rings, I had a vegetarian friend there and I have to say the selection was a very small choice, you could basically only have a veggie lasagne and that's what he had to choose I felt a little let down by this because what if he never liked lasagne? he would of just had to have chips and gravy or something and that's not exactly what you eat at a restaurant. I had a normal lasagne, it arrived on a plate and in a long round dish and was quite a generous portion one to big for myself but I did my bets to finish this. The pasta sheets were quite dry and crispy on the top which suggested to me that this was a little over cooked, however underneath the pasta was nice and soft and easy to cut through, the cheese on top was a lovely orangey yellow colour which was crispy and crunchy, the way a cheese topping should be in my opinion. The sauce tasted very similar to the past bolognaise sauces you can buy in those jars for the supermarket the meat in this was very sparingly so this dish that I choose didn't really have anything spectacular about it.
The Peartree have a stupid amount of different menus consisting of a drinks menu, wine menu, main food, children's food, deserts, Christmas menu, offers menu and curry menu, these are all on each tables with the condiments which is way to many for everyone to look at, they should have drinks and deserts on the main food menu. One of the reasons why me and so many people go to the Peartree is because it is buy one get one free on the main menu, so in my party of 15 we only has to pay for 8 meals and non of them are over £10 each so it's really quite well, what with several drinks each which were soft drinks and alcohol drinks our bill came to just over £100 which is really good value for a party of that size.
The customer service does need quite a bit of improving from when I last went because I wouldn't be happy with that service again especially if there is so many of us at once and saying a lot of money to be there. It is cosy and warm to be in but if your positioned next to a radiator it can be too hot and if your near the door your too cold so you do need to get a spot in the middle. The food is fine but isn't very varied, it was the average meat, pasta and burger dish's but nothing that jumps out and that is unique to the Peartree so it doesn't really have any attractions that would bring people in. It is clean inside, once people have left their table it is cleaned almost straight away ready for the next customers, the toilets are large and are always cleaned and have a disabled toilet too, although very time I have come here there are always tissue paper shortages which is stupid. The car park also is not big enough for the size of the building, it can hold over a hundred people who're eating easily but there is limited parking space, just because Tesco has a massive car park right near it doesn't mean the Peartree doesn't have to provide. I haven't been there since it has been refurbished but after the Christmas rush I will go and see if anything has been improved.
Tel: 01472 601092
Getting to the Pear Tree is easy, it's not cooped away down a country road or anything like that and is near a main road. It is also right at the back of the Cleethorpes Tesco (Hewitts Avenue) which is huge so I can see why it's always busy! The car park isn't huge and we struggled to find a spare parking space as it was absolutely packed, but we managed in the end. Even if we hadn't found a place though it wouldn't of been a huge issue, because there is a large car park in Tesco's and there's a small walk way which takes literally one minute to walk to get to and from the Tesco car park. The Pear Tree's parking is completely free, as is Tesco's, so I can not really fault the parking but I just wish they had a few more spaces.
We arrived at the Pear Tree just after 2 o'clock and it was very busy and to be honest quite cramped. The Pear Tree does have an outside dining area which is very pleasant and reasonably spacious however due to the weather this was desserted and so it was heaving inside! There is also a childrens area outside which is quite impressive, it has a large climbing area and is always popular with the older kids - I don't particullary think the outside play area is very toddler friendly and as far as I know the inside play area that they used to have has now closed down, which is a shame as it had a more diverse range of toys and activities which children of all ages could enj
The outside of the Pear Tree is nice, it's nothing striking but I think it's quite cosy looking - like an old country cottage. As soon as you walk in the door you can either head straight to the bar or you can ask to be seated, this took a while for us as it was so busy but we eventually were seated at a table for four (there were six of us) but to be honest because of the way it was laid out this wasn't an issue - there were three chairs on one end of the table and the seat against the wall was in a long sofa style, meaning we could all fit on and had plenty of space although the child at the table next to us kept slipping himself onto our part of the sofa/seat which was pretty annoying, i'd prefer it if this seat wasn't so long that it connected with the people at the next table.
The atmosphere of the Pear Tree is nice and friendly, it's nicely lit up and is always warm enough to feel cosey but not so warm that it feels boiling. The decor is also nice. They have lovely oak floor, nice cosey wallpaper and various wooden decorations. They also have a large fire place opposite the bar which I love. The pub is pretty spacious and I didn't have any issue popping to and from the bar, the staff were quick at taking our orders but unfortunetly service went downhill from here. We ordered our food at around 2.15 (it took ages to choose what to eat due to the 2 for 1 offer - it's confusing to work out what's in the offer and what isn't!) and mine, my mum's, my half brother's and my boyfriend's food arrived at around half past 2, however my grandma's and my cousin's food didn't arrive until around quarter to 3, and my cousin had excactly the same as me. I appreciate that they were busy, but they didn't let us know the food would be late, neither did they apologise when the brought it to the table - by the time the food had been brought over, the people on our table who had already had there food brought over had almost finished which was very inconvinient.
The food itself wasn't great, either. Everything on the menu sounded very appetising and there was a wide range of food to choose from. There was the usual pub grub on the menu including fish and chips, sausage and mash, scampi, and bbq ribs, and there was also more 'posh' bits on the menu such as stirloin steak, gammon hock, salmon fillet etc. I decided to try the Aubergine Moussaka, which is described on the menu as "Chunks of grilled aubergine with soya mince, tomatoes and herbs, topped with sliced potatoes and cheese sauce. Served with garlic bread and a side salad." I was expecting this to be lovely and was really looking forward to it. It arrived on a large plate with the bread on it and the moussaka itself was in a cerematic dish. It looked really nice and I had a generous portion (i'd say it'd be enough for two people) and so I tucked in. It was nice at first but after two or three mouthfuls I realised how hot it was! It nearlly burnt my mouth out and the spice took the flavour away.
The cheese sauce tasted like the packet stuff and I really did not like it. I asked my boyfriend (who loves spicy food) to have a taste and he said it was nice, but he said he wouldn't be able to eat more than a couple of mouthfuls due to the sheer spiciness. My cousin had the same dish as me and agreed it was much too spicy. When paying, we did mention that the food was inedible due to how spicy it was and joked that the chef must of dropped the whole jar of spice in, and he simply took the money, nodded and walked off. No apology or offer of a refund, or even an offer to talk to the manager. On a plus side though the garlic bread was nice - I got three generously sized slices of it and it was really cooked to perfection and tasted fresh. The salad was okay but a bit 'soggy' and it wasn't anything special - lettuce, grated carrot, large slices of tomato and a bit of onion.
My mum had the sticky BBQ chicken which is "A whole chicken crown smothered in BBQ sauce. Served with chips, coleslaw and corn on the cob." She seemed to enjoy it and, like mine, her portion was generous, but she did comment that the chicken was a bit dry, although I am unable to comment on this as I didn't try it. I did however try some of the BBQ sauce and it was gorgeous! Very tasty and it had a lovely unique taste to it rather than it tasting like the packet/premade stuff. The corn on the cob was large and looked nice and fresh and the coleslaw looked freshly made and my mum enjoyed it. My boyfriend had the slow cooked pork shank. This is described on the menu as "gentle braising gives our pork shank a melt in the mouth texture complimented by a cider sauce flavoured with caramelised shallots, apple slices and wholegrain mustard. Served perfectly with mashed potatoes and vegetables." His portion, again, was huge, and it was both well presented and tasted amazing - I had a few bits of the pork which really did fall off the bone and melted in my mouth. My boyfriend finished it all as he enjoyed it so much and he's normally the kind of bloke that prefers to eat crisps and chocolate rather than a big, hearty meal! The veg looked fresh and was tasty, although I noticed that the carrots were a little undercooked but not to the point of being inedible.
I can't remember what my grandma had but I have a feeling it was the ceaser chicken burger. When asked if she'd enjoyed it she gave it plenty of praise which is a good sign as she is usually a very (very!) picky eater. My half brother had a classic burger and he also really enjoyed it, clearing his plate and complimenting the food. Due to the offer which was on (2 for 1 on the main courses), none of us bothered with the starters but all sounded very appetising and there was plenty to choose from. Some of the starters sounded quite posh, too such as the smoked haddock tart. We didn't bother with the puddings either as I think we were all full after the meal to be honest - you get very large portions so it is brilliant value for the money, it's just a shame I wasn't able to eat mine! haha. The puddings all sounded lovely and there is a wide range to choose from - there are hot puddings such as apple pie, chocolate pudding, sponge puddings, bread and butter pudding and there's also cold puddings such as brownies, chocolate pot, cheesecake and various other yummy desserts including ice cream sundaes. Desserts vary in price from £2.85 to £3.65.
Drinks wise, they do pretty much everything - alchohol, tea, coffee, soft drinks and cartons of juice. Our table had mainly diet coke and tea. Per glass of coke was around £1.30 and a cup of tea was £1.60. Our bill for the food all together came to just over £38 which I don't think was bad at all for six people. Everyone felt full (even me, thanks to the small salad and garlic bread) and we tipped the waiter £2, we didn't get a thankyou mind! I think the 2 for 1 offer is brilliant value and a majority of the food is nice, although I felt let down by my meal due to it being too hot and there wasn't any mention of it been spicy on the menu. The service was a bit hit and miss and I know they seemed rushed off there feet but I don't think it would of hurt for them to be a bit more attentive to us seeing as two members of our table were quite obviously unhappy with our food and another two members were not served until half an hour after the food was ordered. The wide range of food available, the reasonable prices and warm and cosey atmosphere make up for this though and I give the Pear Tree 3/5 stars.
**On a side note, this is definetly a pub that is wheelchair friendly, there are also disabled toilets and disabled parking spaces.**