The Bumpkin is a very pleasant place to be. The decor - stripped wooden floors and so on - is typical of a gastro-pub. What makes this location interesting is that it also offers two private dining rooms on the upper floors that are ideal for client entertaining. I attended this restaurant in a party of 18 and was pleased with the service. The menu has all the usual classics: steak, slow-roasted pork, fish dishes and so on so most guests should be able to choose in advance something to their liking .
The room we had had its own bar and dedicated waiter/bar staff, so service was prompt. Whilst the room wasn't large, there was enough space for us without banging elbows.When bringing out each course the waiter had some help, so it was possible for all 18 of us to be served in a few minutes.
The food itself was very decent rather than wonderful. My mushrooms were very good: nicely seasoned and flavourful. But the toast that they sat on was quite a challenge to tackle with an ordinary table knife: it was extremely tough. It was nice when I could get at it! My fish pie had dreamy mash and a well flavoured fish filling with some very plump prawns. The vegetables that came with it were disappointing: I'm not entirely sure what one or two of them were meant to be, something simpler - just peas and carrots perhaps - would have been better. Pudding was Cartmel toffee pudding: utterly delicious and an excellent choice on the part of the restaurant.
The wines served were good value new world. Both the red and white, which were essentially house wines, were perfectly drinkable. I also had a glass of dessert wine that slipped down an absolute treat and tasted of raisins.
This is a good location for a meal - perhaps a Christmas lunch or a place to entertain a number of guests. Apart from the odd vegetables with the main course it was all decently cooked, well served and very enjoyable.
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