Pigging out!

Our table was booked for 12.30, so we allowed ourselves plenty of time for the journey.
This was just as well as there are roadworks coming out of town, and nowhere for the detour to go other than doubling back on ourselves for five miles down country lanes to end up…………..half a mile from home!
It actually added half an hour to our trip, but we still made pretty good time arriving just after midday.

The place hasn’t changed much since our last visit about five years ago, and we were able to take our seats on arrival despite being early. We ordered drinks at the bar, and at a cost of £1 for the two, we were definitely last of the ‘Big’ Spenders.
Our table was situated in a corner by the window in the bar (which is where they allow dogs), so Maggie was able to tuck herself away and snooze until the titbits came in her direction!

They were busy, so I’m glad we’d booked, but nothing was rushed and we were able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere whilst waiting for our starter.
We decided to share garlic mushrooms as we wanted to leave room for whatever else took our fancy. To dine out, especially without having to worry about the dog, is such a pleasant change for us, we wanted to make the most of it.

Hubby had Lincolnshire sausages and mash with fresh vegetables. It was very well presented, with three sausages mounted on rich gravy and a round of mash on the side. The vegetables were on a separate server and included carrots, broccoli, leeks and red cabbage. The mash was made with real butter and he savoured every mouthful (Maggie got two pieces of sausage).
For me, I went for an 8oz rump steak as I haven’t had one for a couple of years. This too was excellently presented with chips, onion rings, peas, mushrooms and half a tomato.
The steak was tender and moist, cooked exactly as I’d asked………. well done!
Everything had been cooked fresh and was piping hot. Maggie had four small pieces of meat from me.

The dessert menu provided a wide choice of sweet selections or cheese and biscuits if you preferred. Hubby settled on crumble of the day which was rhubarb and apple, having custard rather than cream or ice cream.
I was torn between the Knickerbocker Glory and cheesecake, so I asked what was in the former. It was basically all ice cream and sauce, so I opted for the lemon and white chocolate cheesecake instead.
Both were wonderful on the palette without being overly sweet.
We washed it all down with latte coffees.

The bill was extremely reasonable for the two of us, and we think good value for money.
Maggie had been no bother at all, and had even been given a biscuit by the girl behind the bar.

Afterwards, we drove down to the woods and walked for at least an hour. This helped Hubby’s stiffness in his legs and our digestive system from all that good food.
We recognised one car which belonged to a previous friend and Maggie’s first ‘boyfriend‘ though we knew it would be extremely doubtful we would actually meet up with him.
In fact, we only saw one lady with three dogs, all of which had found the same muddy puddle and had a rolling session, a lone gentleman walking down to the main tracks and a family of three as we were going back to the car.
We gave Maggie a drink, then made for home.

We hadn’t gone two miles before it started to rain, so we’d definitely got the timing right today. We avoided the route where the diversion was in force and came in from the other direction to discover three-way traffic lights on the corner of our road for surface repairs!

No need for me to cook or prepare anything today other than cups of tea and perhaps a few biscuits as both of us are ‘pleasantly plump’ as my Dad used to say, which for us reads ‘Truly Stuffed’!
Oh yeah. BIG Happy Birthday to me!!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Pigging out!

  1. Happy birthday! Sounds like a real treat!

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Sounds like a great birthday — even Maggie got to celebrate!

  3. Happy Birthday, make it a great day and year!

  4. foguth says:

    Wow, I wish I knew of restaurants that allowed pets around here! That would be so lovely to go out for a nice meal and be able to enjoy it with the ‘whole family’.

    • ‘Dog friendly’ is growing very popular over here. We googled ‘dog friendly pubs’ on the internet and there are several near us. We were already familiar with the one we went to today, so knew what to expect as regards quality, choice and value for money. Some places allow dogs but only if they have a beer garden or outside eating, which is OK if it’s a nice day.

      • foguth says:

        I wonder if a cat would be accepted… Purrseidon is MUCH more social than Saphera.

      • Interesting thought!

      • foguth says:

        Saphera would not do well – she’s too shy, but Purr loves getting out and socializing …. A couple months ago, we were out for a stroll & a cop cat pulled over to the curb…. Saphera tried to hide behind us, but when the window rolled down Purr trotted right over to meow…. The officer’s comment was, “You do realize that’s a cat, don’t you?” Duh! All my cats have been competent on a harness/leash (M even was, as was Rom before him). Makes me suspect that others in our county don’t take the law that cats and dogs must either be secured in a fence yard or on a leash.

  5. SarahC says:

    good for a happy birthday sounds like!

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