It will seem that we have spent our time here eating. Well, it is true that a lot of our getting together with friends has been over food!
Last week, soon after arriving, we bumped into Paul's childhood neighbour, Paul Atkinson and his wife, Jean, with whom we have maintained contact over the years. They suggested that--yes of course--we get together for a meal. And we agreed to meet at the Red Lion where I had enjoyed a lovely meal with Susan on our last day here in March.
Andrew Atkinson, Paul's brother, joined us too, and we spent several hours enjoying good food and good company.
Paul and Andrew's father, died on April 28th (his son Paul's 70th birthday) at the age of 97, so we had common ground there. Mr. Atkinson senior was someone my Paul loved as a child. He used to call Paul, "Bobby" inexplicably (maybe to differentiate him from his son Paul) and Paul would accompany him to the market, pushing a wheelbarrow with gospel tracts and materials for sale (the Atkinson family belonged to a denomination called Gospel Hall.)
Jean had Shepherd's Pie.
My choice was Chestnut, Mushroom and Leek Pie! The pastry was delicious--light and flaky; the filling though did not live up to my anticipation. I love mushrooms and all kinds of veggies--and I was looking forward to tasting the chestnuts. It was better in my imagination though. :)
Paul had steak with onion rings, fries and mixed vegetables (including broad beans,) all a special treat since he is trying hard to avoid carbs.
The choice of dessert (or pudding as dessert is called over here,) was tantalizing.
Jean chose a lemon dessert with icecream and merengue.
I had a delectable concoction called Eton Mess. If you love strawberries, cream, merengue and icecream, this dessert is heaven in a glass cup!
Andrew had a plate of giant profiteroles
Andrew's brother Paul had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting but the photo was fuzzy so you will have to use your imagination!
My own Paul declined dessert having splurged already on lunch.
The Red Lion is definitely a place to put on your list of places to visit for lunch if in this area. Parts of the building date back to the 1700's and the pub has the ambiance of centuries of history. The staff are friendly and helpful and we had a memorable lunch and conversation.