My wife and I visited The Golden Lion on a busy Saturday and, although the pub was lively, we were able find a reasonably quiet table in the downstairs section. Service was quick at the bar, the staff were friendly and the beer was good. I had the Steak and Ale Pie (which I will get to in a minute) and my wife ordered a Ploughman's. She very much enjoyed her food and it did look like a good selection of cheese, salad, fresh warm bread and home made chutney. I am an out and out carnivore but has to admit, her food did look good.
I had climbed Skiddaw on the day of our visit and the weather conditions were terrible. The wind had really taken it out of me so I was well ready for hearty meal. For the price I paid (I think around £9) I was expecting an average sized, average quality meal, in fact I nearly ordered a starter feeling that the main would not hit the spot for me. What I got was honestly one of the best pub meals I have ever been served. Chunk after chunk of succulent beef dripping in thick rich ale laced gravy and all sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of perfectly backed puff pastry. There was a side of fresh cut, proper chips and I think there was some veg but genuinely cant remember because the whole plate of food barely touched the sides on the way down!
After practically inhaling the hungry hiker sized portion that was presented to me I would not have been able to manage another bite, yet strangely all I could think about was when I would next get to eat this wonderful pie again. Good job I'll be going back again soon!
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