Kay Taylor was more than impressed with the food at her local.
When I heard that my local pub had a new summer menu with a selection of locally-sourced ingredients, I was interested to see how it would fare.
I’ve visited Dunkirk Hall on Dunkirk Lane plenty of times over the last couple of years, to sample the real ales which change on a regular basis, and to enjoy the traditional, homely surroundings.
It’s an old barn building and has been done up beautifully, and the couple who run the place have just opened a new ice-cream shop and deli in a renovated garage at the back of the pub.
It was actually this which made me interested in trying the food in the pub, because a lot of the cheeses and chutneys for sale in the shop are used in the menu.
The cosy pub, which attracts all sorts of customers from couples, punters and families, has a section dedicated to dining tables at the far side of the bar, so we chose a nice spot next to the window, overlooking the front garden area.
I ordered pâté on toast, which was served with chutney from the deli.
The pâté itself wasn’t as firm as I’d normally expect, but it was totally delicious and obviously home-made, and the texture made a nice change to the pre-pack stuff you sometimes get from a pub.
The chutney was a lovely accompaniment and also very tasty.
My boyfriend tried the breaded brie, which again, I’m presuming was home-made because the coating was authentic and herby, instead of just using bread crumbs.
The brie inside was also great, and went well with the cranberry sauce.
We took a long time choosing our main courses because there was so much we fancied - I had my eye on the ploughman’s lunch, the steak and mustard sandwich, and the steak and kidney pudding - but in the end, the Big One Burger proved too irresistible for us both.
We normally try to order something different from one another so we can taste each other’s food, but in this case, it wasn’t worth the argument, because the chance to try the home-made burger was too good to miss.
And our mouths dropped when the plates arrived at our table, because this was no standard pub grub!
Beef burger with sautéed onions, Lancashire cheese (Garstang Blue for me, for an extra 50p), crispy onion rings and hand-cut chips, served in a little chip pan tray.
The presentation was excellent and showed that real care had been taken in preparing the dishes.
And it tasted brilliant too - probably the best burger I’ve ever had.
Although we were really full up, we wanted to sample a dessert after being so impressed with the mains, and Jack ordered an individual apple crumble from the special board.
It came with ice-cream, and he was allowed to choose one of the flavours from the new shop.
He opted for an unusual, tangy, creamy key lime pie flavour, which had crumbles and lime jelly in it.
The dessert was also served with a strawberry and piece of dark chocolate, which again, added a little something special to the plate.
The bill came at under £30 (we’d paid for the drinks separately, and I also ordered a scoop of the key lime pie ice cream for the walk home).
We were delighted that our favourite drinking hole managed to make it to the top of our local eating-out list too, and plan to go back in the very near future to try some more of the meals, and some more of that ice-cream!
Name: Dunkirk Hall
Address: Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, PR26 7SW
Contact: 01772 641377
Wheelchair access: A step into the pub, and another into the toilets.