James Rogers tries out Nigel Haworth’s Clog and Billycock at Pleasington, near Blackburn and is impressed with the quality and value.
The drive from Preston to Nigel Haworth’s Clog and Billycock is surprisingly long, and has you questioning if you have missed the turn off.
But, with patience, the signpost to Billinge End Road is clearly marked and within minutes down the road you arrive.
The main dining area is spacious with comfortable seating.
Maintaining a balance of rustic and contemporary design, the pub is brightly lit.
Quirky additions like clog wall lights add to thebuildings charm.
My date observed the quietness inside and suggested music could add to thoverall ambience.
Being a Monday night only a few diners were in so we had a choice of where to sit, however, later on the waiter was overheard saying at weekends it gets packed.
The menu had a good selection of dishes with vegetarian options and ordered a pint of cordial and soda (£2.35) and two pints of Warstiener (£4.10 each), a German beer that was light and crisp, while we chose.
My companion ordered the Ascroft’s deep fried cauliflower fritters with curried mayonnaise (£3.75).
I did try one but the sophisticated flavours were lost on my palate, but she did assure me they were delicious.
My choice of the Basket of Clog Bread (£3.75) came with butter, rapeseed oil, treacle vinegar and black pea humous.
Having never considered to put anything other than butter on bread I was persuaded to try the vinegar,which did blend well with the tasty humous.
For main courses, the more elegant one went for Nigel Haworth’s Lancashire Hotpot (£12) which consisted of Lonk lamb, braised english onions, potatoes and pickled red cabbage.
Her slight disappointment that the red cabbage wasn’t warm was glazed over by the hotpot itself.
It was a well seasoned dish with soft lamb meat. The potatoes were perfectly cooked and the overall taste was given a big thumbs up.
My order of the cheese and onion pie (£11) was also a success.
It comprised of two cheese’s, Butler’s Lancashire andSharrocks Bomb which complimented each other nicely, with a healthy portion of onions all wrapped up in a light and flaky pastry.
All the portions were generous, so I didn’t see the point of jacket potato and salad with my dish, but it certainly added to the value.
To finish off my date had the double chocolate mousse (£5.50), an ultra-light mousse with a warm chocolate sauce, and as you would expect it didn’t disappoint and ended an enjoyable meal.
The total cost came to £46.55, which was surprisingly reasonable for such top-notch food.