Had heard a few times how good The Greyhound in Bothel was, so when we needed somewhere to meet some friends from Wigton, it was decided this was the place to try.
Situated in Bothel, near Wigton, on the main road from Carlisle to Cockermouth. Very busy road and easy to drive past.
Large car park, although it was quite full the night we went.
The pub itself has a bar area, and a designated restaurant area. We had a table booked for 7.30pm, and a good job we did as it was packed, people were eating in both the bar and the restaurant. The restaurant was busy, lots of families with small children, and it was very warm, but we opened the window beside our table to get some fresh air.
The menu was impressive, with lots of hand-made fayre on it. Three Veggie options (Mousaka, Lasagna and Cauliflower & Broccoli Bake) - a little dissapointing when the rest of the menu was so vast. The meals looked huge as they were being delivered to other diners.
I wouldn't have chose to have a starter based on the size of the portions, but the friends we were with said they were too good to miss. Well, with a recommendation like that how can you not?
So I opted for Deep Fried Brie and Cumberland Sauce. It was HUGE, perfectly cooked to gentle oozyness, and resting on a bed of sauce.
Hubby had Chicken Coujons - hand battered, beautifully crisp and served with two fabulous sauces, garlic and sweet chilli mayo. Some really lovely additions to the garnish, kiwi fruit, grapes and coleslaw.
To follow I chose the Home-made Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake. I requested it with chips instead of salad - who can resist home-made chips? Had I realised the bake came topped with potatoes I might have just had salad :)
It was served with beautiful Garlic Bread dripping with Garlic Butter. The downside was the actual Broccoli and Cauliflower, it had been obviously made and re-frozen, which made the vegetables incredibly chewy and leathery. That was a huge shame as the taste of the dish was very very nice.
My hubby had his usual Gammon & Egg, served with double egg and a good selection of vegetables.
The chips came separately, and there was LOADS, far too much in fact, we had two dishes between 4 of us, when in fact one would have done quite nicely.
We were pretty much stuffed !
Our order was taken at the table, but we had to keep popping to the bar to top up our drinks. Would have been nice for drink service at the table too, but that's just a little niggle.
The total bill came to £76 not including the tip, for four people. 2 courses each and 3 drinks each.
All in all, would definately go back, wouldn't have the same dish, but there is a couple more to try.
Here are the details, don't forget to book a table if you plan on visiting.
The Greyhound Inn