Restaurant review - Midge Hall, Leyland

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Kay Taylor was impressed with the quality of food and the value for money at Midge Hall, Leyland

What better way to spend a scorching Sunday afternoon than a stroll to the pub?

My better half and I decided to take a walk in the sunshine to a pub/restaurant at the weekend, and opted for Midge Hall, which is about 20 minutes from our house in Leyland.

Just the right distance to work up a healthy appetite.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Midge, so I had high hopes for the pub lunch, and after getting slightly lost on the way there, we were ready for a good meal and drink when we arrived.

We sat outside in the beer garden, which has a children’s play area and plenty of tables.

I was glad to see a good choice of typical pub meals on offer, including sandwiches at around the £5 mark, but I was ready for something a bit more substantial after the walk there.

I ordered a haddock fishcake salad to start with – quite a bold choice for me, seeing as I normally like my fish in scampi format (also on the menu), but I wanted to be a bit more adventurous this time.

Thankfully, my risk paid off, and the two fishcakes were really tasty and fresh, served with a light salad and some dipping sauce.

My only criticism was that one of them had a tiny bone in it, which could put some people off, but it didn’t bother me too much, and helped reaffirm that they were probably made on the premises.

My partner had an exciting haggis and black pudding ‘tower’, with a creamy cheese sauce and a similar salad to mine. It didn’t take him long to finish it, and he said it was excellent.

For the main event, I went for gammon steak, which came with a lot of options! Chips or potatoes? Chips. Veg or salad. Veg. Pineapple or egg? Both please.

It also came with mushrooms, (which were a bit soggy, if I’m honest), a grilled tomato, and onion rings, which were crispy and delicious.

It was a seriously hearty meal to get through.

The carrots and green beans were a bit disappointing and limp, but it didn’t really matter as there was so much more on my plate to enjoy. I certainly didn’t leave hungry!

The gammon was great, as were the chips, and my other half enjoyed his steak and kidney pie.

That should have been enough, but with the sun shining down, it seemed silly to walk away without trying the ice cream.

And apple pie.

We shared that, because we were already pretty full, and it was made to perfection. The apples were soft and mouth-watering, the pastry light and airy, and the vanilla ice cream cold and creamy.

After visiting the pub, I can see why it’s so popular. It’s ideal for families, with a children’s menu and an array of portion sizes and prices to suit everyone, as well as the play area outside.

One of the Midge’s strengths is its value for money, and our whole bill came to around £35, including a couple of beers.

While it was the best way to spend a sunny afternoon, I have to admit that the walk home wasn’t quite as easy as our journey there.

We had a little extra weight to carry that time.

Factfile -

Name: Midge Hall

Address: Midge Hall Lane, Leyland

Cuisine: Traditional pub fayre, very reasonably priced

Disabled access: Access for wheelchair users through the front door, and toilet facilities

Rating: 8/10