We had tickets to watch a band playing in the function room and decided to book a table to eat before the gig. What a good decision that turned out to be.
We arrived for our 7pm booking and were greeted by the waitress and taken to our table. She took our drinks order and presented us with the menu. Unfortunately my husband realised at this point that the tickets for the gig were no longer in his pocket and must have fallen out when he took his money out to pay for our train tickets. Fearing that the evening was ruined, he went to see the duty manager (Craig?) who said that he would speak to the band’s manager and see if anything could be done and within a couple of minutes he returned, told us not to worry and assured us that he would get us into the gig. Thanks for saving the day Craig.
So with that hiccup out of the way and a very welcome drink in hand we decided what we were going to have to eat. I chose the duo of lamb from the main menu, OH chose a pork dish and the couple we were with chose sausages and mash and a lamb dish from the specials menu.
We waited approximately half an hour for the food to arrive and ordered a second round of drinks (3 beers and a large Chardonnay). As we waited we noticed that the bar was filling up and the atmosphere was very lively.
Our meals arrived and we realised that we should have ordered vegetables from the menu as side orders (a little OTT in my opinion as the main courses we ordered varied from £9 to £13 and an additional £1.75 for some vegetables seems a little stingy). We weren’t told this when the waitress took our order and she didn’t ask if we wanted anything else with our mains so we presumed that they were included.
Anyway, that’s by the by because the food was lovely and presented so nicely on the plate. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and ordered desserts. Again, it took another half an hour for the desserts to arrive but they were worth the wait. The trio of desserts turned out to be a mascarpone trifle, a chocolate brownie with brandy snap basket and homemade ice cream plus a strawberry shortcake type tower.
We got our bill and it came to just over £90 (£100 with tip) for 4 mains, 6 pints of beer, a large Chardonnay and 4 desserts which, considering the quality of the food, seemed like very good value.
We don’t live in Preston and don’t visit very often but we wouldn’t hesitate to eat there again if we are ever in the area.
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