Kay Taylor was tempted by the smells coming from the Rose and Crown pub on her lunch break
I do enjoy a good pub lunch once in a while, and I usually look forward to it at the weekend after making my way through home-made salads and soups all week at work.
But as it was Friday, and the weather was unusually nice, I decided to venture out of the office and show my friend the sights of Chorley.
As it happened, we only made it a couple of paces out of the door, because the tempting smell of fresh chips billowing out of the Rose and Crown pub was too good to ignore.
So in we went, and found a lovely seat by the window - to enjoy looking outside at the nice weather.
The barmaid, or waitress in this case, came over and took our drinks orders, so we didn’t even have to go to the bar, and told us what specials were on offer that day.
The lunch menu, although quite small, actually had a lot of options which I fancied trying, including creamy garlic mushrooms and black and white pudding for starter (ranging from £3.75 for soup to £3.95 for prawn cocktail).
My friend and I decided just to go for main courses though, as we didn’t have a lot of time to spare, and again, I found there was plenty I would have been happy to order.
The mushroom stroganoff caught my eye first, as did the steak and ‘guest’ ale pie - made using one of the pub’s weekly guest beers.
In the end, I decided to go for one of the specials, scampi, because I couldn’t resist having some of those chips which had lured me into the pub in the first place.
My colleague went for a steak, brie and onion ciabatta, and both meals were served with a side salad and sauces.
One thing I liked about the choices was that out of the five ciabatta fillings (including chicken and sweet chilli mayo and tuna mayo), all were also available in a jacket potatoes or sandwiches, so there really was something for everybody.
The main courses ranged from £3.50 for a cheese and onion sandwich to £8.95 for the steak and ale pie.
As for our choices, they were perfect.
We both dived in and hardly came up for air, and although the portions looked relatively small at first, they were big enough to fill us up comfortably.
The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, with a traditional pub feel, whilst also having all the latest mod-cons such as flat screen TVs to please the sports fans.
It’s a popular little pub, and with grub like that it’s no wonder people keep going back for more.
I know I certainly will, and next time, I’ve got my eye on that pie.