Helen Lindsay and the Little One find just the place to treat Dad on Father’s Day, and discover one of a dying breed – the traditional pub.
Another important day, another excuse for a family meal out.
Not being one for anything too posh, Significant Other decided a traditional pub lunch would fit the bill for this year’s Father’s Day celebrations and opted for the Nab’s Head, tucked away in the beautiful Samlesbury countryside.
Expecting a packed pub full of peckish pops, I had booked a table in advance but, apart from a few locals dissecting England’s World Cup opening match of the previous night, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We put this down to the fact that most Dads would be recovering. But the Dad in our family is no fan of football and so we got the best window seat in the house to enjoy the serenity and explore the menu.
SO immediately went for the Sunday roast, a seemingly great value three courses for £11.25, and had the choice of three different starters, two roasts and the entire dessert board!
But the Little One and I stuck with the main menu, which is packed full of traditional pub favourites from scampi to steak and ale pie, through to jacket potatoes, wraps and salads. The Kid’s Menu is limited at just fish fingers or sausages with chips and beans but small portions of most dishes are available.
I put the chef to the test and chose the Seafood Platter and took up the offer of added boiled potatoes for £1. To start, I went for the duck spring rolls served with a plum dip, and from the amount I saw being taken to other diners who had begun to join us, I was glad I did.
And I could understand why when they arrived only a short time later. The pastry was incredibly light and crispy with a generous filling of tender duck, all nicely presented with fresh salad and a little bowl of dip.
SO’s vegetable soup was thick and hearty, if a little under seasoned, and came with a warm roll, half of which was promtly scoffed by the Little One who had turned down the offer of a starter and was desperate for her fish fingers!
A comfortable wait later that even Mr Impatient couldn’t complain about, our main courses arrived, all looking splendid.
SO peered at me over his deep Yorkshire puddings with that look of ‘I’m going to enjoy this’ in his eyes; my Seafood Platter was brimming with colour, and the fish fingers did exactly what it said on the tin.
Beef was tender, boiled potatoes were particularly delicious and my selection of prawns, smoked peppered mackerel and smoked salmon, with an extensive salad and sliced bread, was fresh and flavoursome. The Little One’s fish fingers went down well but she found the “fat chips” a little filling!
After all that, I was a little unsure if a pudding would fit in, but it would have been rude to let SO eat his apple pie on his own on Father’s Day so I ordered a Chocolate Junkyard for me and the Little One to share.
In comparison with the previous two courses, the puddings were a little disappointing and lacked the ‘home-made’ quality of the rest of our food.
Both were lacking in much flavour and had a recently defrosted feel to them. But the only thing left was Mum feeling guilty after eating most of the Chocolate Junkyard herself!
In total, with two ‘lovely’ pints from the guest pump, a couple of soft drinks and a cider, the bill came to £47.20.
For good food, relaxed, traditional surroundings and friendly service we thought this was great value. We will definitely be back, only next time we won’t wait for an excuse!