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“Memorable lunch, divine setting”
Review of Cross Lane House

Cross Lane House
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Allerford
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Hugely impressed with an exquisite mother’s day lunch in this charming little restaurant with rooms situated on the edge of the National Trust village of Allerford. The food was wonderful, the seats very comfortable, and the whole experience enhanced by the striking decor which perfectly complements the beautiful old building, parts of which we were told date back to the 15th century.

As always the hosts made the occasion special with graceful service and an exceptionally high standard of food prepared by young chef Garath Pickles who turned what could have been an ordinary roast dinner into something very special. Tenderest of lamb with an apricot and cumin stuffing and roast beef were served with an extensive range of unusual and perfectly cooked roasted vegetables. Throughout the meal, seasoning and flavourings were expertly judged and for the first time ever I found myself enjoying a portion of red cabbage, a vegetable which I normally detest because so full of vinegar. Mum was thrilled with the mother’s day message incorporated into the decoration of her panacotta dessert and delighted with the gift of macaroons which she took home with her.

Wonderful - from the pastry based little snacks offered with the aperitif in the comfort of arm chairs and sofas at the start of the visit, to the after-dinner coffee and home made treats at the end. Helpings were generous and the puddings sumptuous. This place just gets better and better; would very highly recommend a visit.

1  Thank David R
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

A warm welcome, wonderful food and a relaxing atmosphere in a house built in 1492. Log burner glowing, friendly staff, good ale and little touches that made it a special evening.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This restaurant is a gem. An unexpected find in a small village. The food was cooked to perfection, the flavours were wonderful, the presentation was excellent and the service good. As a Coeliac I was even more surprised by the delicious sauce served with my chicken. Often restaurants will adapt dishes by omitting sauces so you end up with food which often, although well cooked, lacks in flavour. Not here though. 10 out of 10 on every course. Well worth a visit.

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Thank MRSFROSTY
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

A really elegant venue which has clearly had a lot of time and thought put into it. We spent valentines night there and although the service and food was great, we felt the lack of privacy was very much compromised. I am not sure if there were extra tables squeezed in for an expected busy evening, but I feel that a great venue was let down by the closeness of tables.

We had a table either side and would guess that they were about 18 inches apart, so intimacy was a no go from the off.

Heard so many wonderful things about this place but was left really disappointed due to this.. A basic pet hate for many people and if we had known, although the food was great, we would not have gone.

Hope it was a one off with a focus on income rather than the customer experience.

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Thank adam m
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bardswalk, Owner at Cross Lane House, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2014

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and the service.
Like most businesses we do have to maximise revenue on high volume days such as Valentines Day and Mothers Day - much like any other business with such a perishable commodity. I apologise that you found the closeness of the tables intrusive. We have discussed this as a team and will ensure that the tables are more evenly spaced on future high capacity days. Feedback is the lifeline of our business so a big thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Although rural this old "long house" is only just off the main road and I fell in love with the plank and muntin screen in the entrance passageway (an early form of vertical panelling). Also spotted a couple of original doors/hinges surviving on cupboards and a slate floor in the dining-room.
We went there with friends for Sunday lunch and arrived early for 1.00 booking although it was 3.30 when we left! Two of our party chose a soufflé for starter so that was a 20 min wait which they both declared well worth it. My other half has a penchant for a certain tonic with his gin (F which is the one they serve so off to a good start. Main courses came ready served on a plate with several vegetables (some grown on site) and too much for my small appetite. I would have preferred to have helped myself. Two of us had desserts which were also enthused over. Cost for four of us was around £130 which seemed a lot but perhaps as the lunch is charged at a set price for 2 or three course you pay that even if you have only one course? In any event - loved the ambience- go there if you aren't in a rush to leave- and enjoy.

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Thank paula b
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