A memorable meal is as much about circumstance,environment and other people as it is about food quality. So it was with my wife and I when we drove up to our caravan in Bedale in heavy traffic and driving rain. When we arrived cooking was the last thing I wanted to do and, having seen that The Buck Inn has a steak meal deal on Thursdays, we decided to go.
The journey through estate countryside to Thornton Watlass was calming and we arrived at the idyllic village green hungry but not really expecting much more than a good pub feed.
We were delightfully surprised.
The deal was two steak meals and a bottle of very drinkable french Merlot for £35.
We had sides of onion rings(£2.50) and pepper sauce (£1.95) - so far so average. However, the steaks were succulent, the chips were homemade, there was a string of vined cherry tomatoes and salad. The above mentioned sides were probably the best I have ever eaten - and I've eaten a lot of onion rings! The pepper sauce was creamy and incredibly sharp, the onion rings were crispy,hot and thin.
We followed with a cheese board of local produce that could feed a small family for a week.
Total cost with bar bill was £52 and the service both in the bar and restaurant was warm friendly and efficient.
To top it off we got chatting to another couple from Milton Keynes and he was at school with me over 50 years ago. Another couple living locally chatted to us and we had a very convivial night
which prompted my opening comments about circumstances.
Apart from the steak night which is highly recommended the rest of the menu looked very tempting and I'm sure that Sunday lunch when there is a jazz band and/ or cricket match to enjoy is something really special.
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