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!!