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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Simply Deanes, The Outlet, Banbridge

We had a road trip last weekend which involved heading North. There's simply nothing nicer than driving on a sunny day - you just wish that the open road went on forever.

We ended up outside Banbridge where we called into The Outlet. The Outlet is beautifully laid out on a curving arc with plenty of parking. I wouldn't make a trip to the North especially for the Outlet, as I saw it as a cross between Rathdowney and Kildare Village. However, if you're in the area, it's probably worth a stop. It was for me, as I found out that they have a Puma Outlet with a great selection of runners. Result!

We went for a late lunch at Simply Deanes, an outlet from Michael Deane's Michelin-starred restaurant. The interior is sparse and minimalist with an exposed ceiling, ventilation pipes and a concrete floor. I initially liked it, but after a few minutes sitting, it felt just a little too open.

The menu is short and simple and I chose a jambon and blue cheese salad, while he went for the burger, served with fries. My salad turned out to be a relevation amongst salads. Moist jambon slices, crumbed blue cheese, mixed leaves served with candied walnuts, a spiced pear half and balsamic dressing. Together, the ingredients packed a powerful punch.

The burger was moist, served with bacon and cheese with delicious thin fries. It really tasted of beef, a rare event in burger-land. Very good indeed.

Total bill for the two dishes, one americano, one espresso and one large bottle of sparkling water came to approx 22stg.

Simply Deane's, The Outlet, Banbridge, BT32 4GJ, Nothern Ireland. 028 4062 7220

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