During a weekend away we consulted on of our favourite websites - Trip Advisor - and came across this place, it had some good reviews so we thought we would give it a go.
In a little village around 6 miles out of Lancaster, it is a large building, stood on it's own on the side of the road, plenty of car parking just opposite.
A cosy looking pub, where dogs seem to be welcome as a couple had theirs under a table. Another two rooms seem to be 'restaurant' style rooms with beautiful rustic olde worlde furniture - nice, clean and simple.
There is a large extensive menu, plus lots of specials on the chalkboard. They also show a list of their local suppliers - hand made speciality breads, ice-creams and cheeses. The menu has some South African influences on it too.
A wonderful Vegetarian section on the menu, with four options on the main menu and another on the specials board.
A good choice of wines by the glass, not just French, which makes a nice change.
I started with a Mushroom paté served with onion chutney and red onion bread. Being a non onion liker I asked for no onion chutney and could the bread be changed, that was fine. Unfortunately there was a little mix up as Hubby had ordered Garlic Bread for his starter and it all came on one plate - they must have thought I wanted the GB instead of the Red Onion Bread. The plate was put down and seeing my puzzled face the waitress reaslised something was amiss and jumped into action to sort it out - quickly, smoothly and without fuss - fabulous service !
The paté was amazing - a smooth mousey style paté with lumps of different mushrooms and fresh herbs. It ended up being served with some gorgeous farmhouse style bread which was delicious.
As mentioned Hubby had Garlic Bread, which was really really good, crusty bread soaked in garlic butter with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.
For a main I went for the option on the chalkboard - Baked Butternut Squash with spicy lentils, chickpeas and feta cheese, served with an apple & walnut salad.
It was divine, perfectly cooked, and so tasty. Would definately have it again.
Hubby had his usual, Gammon. Served with a poached egg and big crispy chunky chips.
He said it was a "really nice bit of gammon"! I can vouch that the chips were nice as I stole one ;)
The desert menu had loads of options on, lots of which were alchohol based. As hubby doesn't partake in the intake of alcohol he didn't fancy any of those, so we decided to share a "Peppermint Crisp Tart" instead. This is a South African dessert, not so much tart as we know it in the UK (ie pastry) but more like a tiramisu texture.
It was delicious, very rich and minty, and a very large piece so plenty to share.
So, everything was excellent, would definately return and recommend.
The bill was around £45 for two starters, two mains, one pud, two wines and two cokes.
Here is their website for you.
Let us know if you go.