I had a rare day off from the boys on Monday and decided to visit my Dad and his partner who live in Saddleworth. My Dad suggested that we went to this pub for lunch (he and his partner are regulars) and I thought I would share the positive experience in case anyone is ever in the Saddleworth, Oldham or Ashton areas.
We arrived at the pub and despite the cold weather it was picturesque mainly due to the surrounding hills, although the pub was once a farm with a not nice name. The pub was almost empty, there wasn’t going to be a problem getting a table so we decided to have a drink in the bar first. My Dad and his partner opted for sherry, as most people know I don’t do small drinks, so I had a pint of Cornish Orchard, a deliciously dry cider with the right amount of fizz, which came complete with a branded glass. The bar area was quiet but well-preserved with some pleasant fixtures and fittings.
The waitress working behind the bar knew my Dad and asked if we would like the usual table which had a delightful, roaring fire next to it, perfect for such a cold day. The menu contained a range of traditional pub dishes and some starters and sharers which had more of a twist. I opted for the Camembert with cider soaked raisins. My Dad opted for the Chicken & Thyme Pie with spring onion mash and his partner opted for the Scampi and Chips. Our food arrived quickly and the presentation was excellent. My Camembert had an appropriate level of gooeyness, although it would have benefited from an accompaniment such as Onion marmalade or Cranberry Relish. My Dad’s pie looked especially appetising (can you tell I coveted it), especially as it came in an individual dish with a puff pastry top. The Scampi looked good too.
My Dad suggested getting a dessert and he and I both opted for the Crumble of the Day with custard, although the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Apple was a close contender. The crumble was actually Apple and Blackberry and came in a generous portion size, even I couldn’t eat it all, something which is unheard of especially when it comes to desserts.
The service was both friendly and efficient, with a good level of personal thrown in. When I paid the bill, I was given a receipt entitling any of us to £10 off if we spent £40 or more on our next meal.
I for one would be very happy to return to this place. The ambience definitely has the advantage of the setting. This is enhanced further by the facility to sit outside on a Summers day, that is if we ever get one.