Luckily for me and my terrible ability to follow my sat nav directions, the Rusty Cutter was really easy to find as it's just a few hundred metres off the A3. When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed and seated in a comfortable booth next to the window.
After checking out the menu, I settled on the baked camembert starter. The cheese came sprinkled with garlic and served with four slices of warm, soft bread. I honestly couldn't get enough of the camembert- it was so creamy that I didn't want it to end!
Since Beefeater is all about steak, it felt only right that I order a main from this section of the menu. After much deliberation on the type of steak to get (Sirloin? Flat iron? Fillet?), I finally decided on the 10oz rump, cooked rare. It was deliciously juicy and tender, and every bit as bloody as I like it! The steaks come with unlimited chips, which you customise to suit your own tastes. Mine were plain skinny fries, but you can also have chunky chips or top them off with spicy seasoning.
For dessert, I chose the chocolate and honeycomb sundae which was packed full with yummy brownie and honeycomb bites. The perfect way to end my meal!
Of course a restaurant isn't all about the food. The mood and ethos makes a huge difference and the Rusty Cutter had a great, relaxing atmosphere. I loved the quirky elements of humour, with cow puns galore and cute faux taxidermy.
In fact, the decor was gorgeous- very modern but with subtle nods to the history of Beefeater, such as this display of 1974 Beefeater plates.Everywhere I looked, I could see tongue-in-cheek elements of humour. I think my favourite was this huge cow labelled with cheeky renamings of beef cuts.
Every member of staff I encountered was polite and helpful, making sure we were ok at every possible opportunity. It really makes a difference having such great- and fast!- service, and made the whole restaurant feel warm and friendly.
I had a great time at the Rusty Cutter. I definitely recommend it to anybody in the area and will certainly be returning!