Well this is a bit of a find. Plodding our way back home from a wonderful New Year's Eve break in Cumbria we really didn't expect to find food of this quality by chance en route. You really should add the Hopper Lane Hotel to your itinerary if you are anywhere in this vicinity.
Meat is sourced locally and some of the flavours originate from the rare breed used.The menu is certainly worth perusing!
Like all successful establishments this offers a variety of services and I strongly recommend that you access their website to discover more:
Well I promised the last reviewer I would call, and I have twice ! Tuesday last week, arrived with a pleasant welcome from the young lady and later Manager Joe. Nice pint of Black Sheep. From the menu I chose a starter of warm shredded duck on a salad with pine nuts (I asked for the beetroot to be omitted). This was excellent and I could not fault it. Un fortunately I couldn't say the same of my Lamb Shank. It was under cooked , tough , and I could have done with a hammer and chisel. A properly cooked lamb shank should be supremely tender and come away from the bone. Its a dish I often choose, and also cook myself (4-5hrs with balsamic vinegar and red wine). This was the worst I have ever had. I complained and wasnt charged for it.
Tonight I gave them a second chance as I was passing.
Again 'Welcome back , sir' etc. Not particularly fancying the soup or other starter, I had the warm shredded duck again. Not warm , stone cold, though I was on the phone when it arrived so may have been partially to blame, as it was a couple of munites before I started it and it would have gone cold quickly. Selected Braised Liver with Onions, which came on a bed of mashed sweet potato, and also rather too many vegetables, cabbage, swede batons, and lots of carrots. The liver itself and excellent crispy onions actually tasted good, but the coating of a rather sticky glutinous sauce/gravy was not. A thinner texured gravy and more of it would have made it more palatable Curiously the bill was £18.20, exactly the same as the meal I had the previous night at the excellent General Tarleton at Ferrensby , some 10 miles or so away (See my review). No comparison in the food between the two !
This place is also residential , and from overhearing a telephone conversation they obviously are fairly well booked. I just hope the guests go elsewhere to eat. I wont be back again. Or at least until I see some better reviews.
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