From the moment we entered we could be sure that nothing would be too much trouble. The service was outstanding and the waiting staff's bright personality was an immediate lift. This pub ticks all the boxes for me - it's true to itself as an old building, with an open fire and unpretentious furniture offering a cozy feel, real ales and good food. The menu was comprehensive with a good selection to choose from and 2 clear sections - pub classics and restaurant dining. My husband enjoyed chicken thighs stuffed with bacon mousse served on roasted garlic mash with wild mushroom ragout. I had wild mushroom stuffed leek 'cannelloni' with blue cheese crust on spinach puree with jerusalem artichoke chips. Both were worthy of fine dining. We were also given bread and flavoured butters as an appetizer and we were asked if we were ready for the chef to prepare our mains after we'd had our starter. Consequently the meal felt well paced and not rushed. As I struggle to come to a gourmet pub and not try the chips we ordered a side portion of garlic and herb chips to eat as a starter and wow they were good and a huge portion to share! Others in the pub were dining from the pub classics menu and I am confident you wouldn't be disappointed - gigantic portions of classics such as beer battered haddock and chips.
We couldn't manage pudding (after our indulgence in chips) but the selection certainly looked enticing and included some creative twists such as rice pudding doughnuts.
I'd have no hesitation in returning to the Blue Lion for a romantic evening meal and equally I'd happily bring the children for a family lunch as the place was so friendly, relaxed and welcoming. Wonderful.
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