We were travelling North along the A1. It was lunchtime as we approached Buckden and so we decided to stop for light lunch as we were dining with friends that evening. I had used The Lion, a historic coaching house on the Great North Road, very many years ago. The fact it is in CAMRA's national Good Beer Guide 2013 had nothing to do with our choice as I was driving. We elected to take our break at The Lion rather than the other two hotels in Buckden.
When we arrived, the staff made it very clear, right at the very start, that there had been a catastrophic failure of the kitchen's extractor fans and the statutory safety interlock had shut off the gas supply to their cookers. They explained that their normal menu was therefore unavailable but they could offer us sandwiches and soup. The staff must be given full marks for their honesty.
We chose to stay and we must confess that our home made soup was truly wonderful: absolutely delicious, great recipe, very well prepared, by their chef, and well presented. Their accompanying home made bread was served hot, had a lovely crumbly texture and was so tasty that we had second helpings.
I would like to commend the Lion's staff for dealing with their crisis with calmness, much good grace and customer friendliness. They also had a wedding party to contend with too. They kept calm and carried on! What heroes, well done!!!
We will certainly return to the Lion in the future, if only to dine from their full menu. If the food on their main menus is as good as their soup then we would be in for a real treat..