We had a quick trip up to the Lake District which isn’t actually too far from where we live. After spending the day playing Crazy Golf, having ice cream and fish and chips at Vinegar Jones( great food!) we felt we needed something to keep us from raiding our kitchen when we got home so we decided on the Crown Pub at Pooley bridge. The pub is in a great location on the banks of river Eamont so you can actually walk out from the pub’s outdoor dining area and onto the riverbank.
The customer service was great at first. We were promptly seated and noticed straight away that the vast majority of tables were reserved so the pub itself must be very popular with the locals. Given both its beautiful interior and location, I could see why it trumped over the other pubs a few yards down.
We asked for drinks to be served and whilst this was prompt, I was given a small glass of my requested cordial. I thought nothing of it until later on.
We asked for onion rings as a starter and these were lovely. They were nice and crispy, not swimming in post frying oil either so that was a bonus.
Daddy and I had rib-eye steak and the kids had rump steak. we all requested it to be done medium-rare but this was not what arrived. The steaks were well done and whilst it really wasn’t a big thing in the grand scheme of things, it did highlight the lack of attention to requests made. The steak itself was tasty enough so no complains there. The sauces accompanying the steak were the highlights.
Daddy chose a garlic butter sauce to go with his steak and I chose peppercorn. The garlic butter sauce definitely stole the show and was unlike any other I’d tasted. It was thick and creamy and some other ingredients were obviously added to it to give it that consistency. Wish I’d asked!
Alex had tomato pasta from the children’s menu and I thought the pasta was well-cooked and the sauce clearly made by the chef but the sticking point came to the cheese it was served with. It was not Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese but the grated “mozzarella ” cheese that is made from milk and cornflour thats sold in supermarkets. I use the cheese myself as part of pizza toppings for the boys but i just expected a bit more, thats all. Also, the pasta was served with no cutlery and whilst I’m used to pasta shapes like Conchiglione on kids’ menus, Tagliatelle proved to be a bit difficult to feed a toddler.
So my drink! One of my sons decided that they wanted another glass of cordial so they ordered some. We waited about 20 mins before it arrived and when it did, we were about to ask for the bill. The cordial not only arrived late but it was served in an adult glass, making me wonder why I was served a children’s glass when I clearly asked for a drink for myself and stated that Alex would be having nothing to drink….
All in all, I enjoyed eating there and would do so again as they were probably understaffed hence the hiccups experienced. As for my steak, I’ll ask for rare next time so that it comes medium rare!