Review of Ego at the Knowles Arms
It was the other half’s birthday recently and I wanted to treat him to something nice. Unfortunately, the absence of willing babysitters and a shortage of available funds meant that a lavish evening out wasn’t really an option at the time. However, we did have enough to enjoy a nice lunch out in Blackburn. After a request for recommendations from my lovely friends on Facebook, I decided to surprise him with a visit to Ego at the Knowles Arms, located at the bottom of Pleckgate Road in Blackburn.
Ego at the Knowles Arms
We visited Ego at the Knowles Arms on a Tuesday lunch time when the venue wasn’t particularly busy. We hadn’t booked beforehand and we able to walk in and be seated. For those looking to visit during a weekend or evening, I would recommend booking a table before your visit to avoid disappointment. This can be done by telephone or using their convenient online booking system.
The venue has a vast car park and can accommodate a number of different vehicles. Because Ego at the Knowles Arms is a well-known location within Blackburn, it is also highly accessible for taxi drivers, train travellers and is situated close to local bus routes. For those getting the bus, head towards Pleckgate School and you’ll find EGO a little further down the street next to the dual carriageway.
As we entered the venue, I was pleased to see that the décor was light, pretty and looked sophisticated. The staff greeted us in a friendly manner and we were taken directly to a table in the main restaurant. Table water was offered and a drinks order was taken before we were presented with the lunch menu.
The lunch menu itself was extremely reasonably priced with all starters and desserts costing £4.50 and all main meals priced at £7.00. I opted for the Soup Du Jour whilst the birthday boy chose something a little more adventurous in the Grilled Goats Cheese Brioche. There were also vegan options available, gluten free options and a kid’s menu to choose from. However, we were not made aware of these options so it may be something that you need to ask for when ordering.
Food at Ego at the Knowles Arms
The soup of the day was Carrot and Coriander served with a side of butter and crusty bread. Our waitress, Amy was extremely attentive in making sure that we had everything that we needed during serving. As I said, my partner chose the Grilled Goats Cheese Brioche with aged balsamic vinegar, caramelised red onions & Jen’s beetroot chutney. The soup was thick, homemade and tasty whilst the Goats Cheese Brioche was soft, creamy and delicious. The beetroot chutney provided a lovely tang to compliment the cheese.
For the main course, my partner opted for the Prime 170g rump steak with peppercorn sauce, plum tomato, skin on fries and rocket. A brave choice I thought, for just £7.00 per course. He chose to have it cooked medium rare. I chose a Spaghetti Carbonara. The food arrived quickly and was piping hot when it arrived. The steak, which I was particularly nervous about, looked absolutely delicious and my partner was very happy with his choice.
My carbonara also looked and tasted divine! The portion was very large and more than enough for me. In fact, I had to beg Amy to remove the plate because I was so stuffed but unable to stop going back for more! The steak was very nicely cooked and extremely tasty. The portion size was perfect for a light lunchtime meal and the peppercorn sauce was deliciously peppery. The skin on fries were elegantly placed in a side dish on the plate and kept away from the sauce which is the way that my partner prefers it.
Desserts were priced at £4.50 per dessert which again, I found very reasonable. However, we were both completely stuffed from the first two courses!
Overall view of Ego at the Knowles Arms
I found Ego at the Knowles Arms to be extremely clean, tidy and the lunch menu offered excellent value for money. The food was very well presented and really delicious, whilst the service staff were friendly and attentive. As you can see, our food came to just £23 and to be honest, had it been more expensive I still would have been happy to pay extra because it was worth it.
Table water is offered and drinks are priced at their usual price so be mindful of the additional cost. We did enjoy a few drinks during our visit which increased the cost of our bill substantially.
But hey ho, it’s not every day that you turn 21 again is it?
Overall score for EGO at the Knowles Arms
10/10 – We absolutely loved it here and will definitely visit again.
*This review was undertaken with no knowledge or endorsement from Ego at the Knowles Arms and is completely independent. The meal was paid for by myself and there have been no benefits or perks offered for the writing of this post.
Unfortunately, due to a technical error many of the photographs that we had taken of the meal were lost. However, EGO do have a substantial number of photographs on their Facebook and Social Media accounts.*