I have to admit that The Spinners Arms wasn’t my first choice when I went to Adlington for something to eat.
My boyfriend Danny and I had planned to visit a restaurant in the village, but it turned out the opening times on its website were incorrect and it was shut.
It was Sunday afternoon, our stomachs were already rumbling and we didn’t fancy going home to cook something ourselves.
Instead, we both pulled out our mobile phones and looked online for somewhere else to eat.
The Spinners Arms soon came to our attention, as it had glowing reviews on a popular website.
We weren’t far away, so quickly decided that a pub lunch sounded good.
As we walked in, it was clearly a traditional pub with a warm, welcoming
There was a line of regulars sitting at the bar, supping their drinks and chatting with the staff.
We looked around for somewhere to sit and browsed the bar menu on the table.
It contained hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, soup and “basket meals” such as scampi and chips or sausage and chips.
The home-cooked hot roast beef and onion sandwich caught my eye, but I was getting quite hungry by this point and fancied something more substantial.
Luckily there was a specials board too, with dishes including Cumberland sausage and egg, beef lasagne and chicken rogan josh.
I was pleasantly surprised to see most of them priced at just £4.25 – a bargain for pub food.
There wasn’t a massive selection of food on offer, but there was enough.
Danny ordered beef and mushroom in red wine sauce, while I opted for barbecue chicken pasta bake.
When we placed our orders at the bar, we were given the option of chips or rice with the meals.
I suppose they’re popular accompaniments for main meals, but I wasn’t sure either of them would go particularly well with my pasta.
We both went for the chips.
We ordered drinks too – an apple and mango J2O (£2) for me and a pint of Wainwright’s for Danny (£3.10).
Luckily for our rumbling stomachs, it only took around 10 minutes for our food to arrive.
My pasta looked delicious but I was overwhelmed by the amount of chips on my plate.
They tasted okay, but I’m not a big chip fan to be honest and would have preferred a larger portion of pasta instead.
The pasta was really good though. There was a generous amount of chicken with it and a really tasty barbecue sauce.
Danny enjoyed his beef and mushroom, but thought it would have been nicer with a crust.
He liked the chips too, eating some of mine as well as his own.
Both meals came with a very small side salad too.
Despite the overabundance of chips, both meals tasted good and filled us up.
They were certainly good value for money too, with the bill coming to just £13.60 in total, including our drinks.