Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Special Family Meal Was Roaring Success

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Special Family Meal Was Roaring Success

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Byline: GORDON BARR

Lion & Lamb Horsley, Northumberland Tel: 01661 852952 Web: lionlamb-horsley.co.uk Email: enquiries@lionlamb.co.uk Parking: Car park and onstreet Open: 7 days a week 5/5 FAMILY came to stay last week for a big party I was hosting.

Suffice to say we were feeling a little fragile on Sunday morning and having spent Saturday preparing a `smorgasbord' of delights for our guests (it was a Swedish theme, celebrating the 40th anniversary of ABBA's triumph at Eurovision) nobody felt like cooking. So it was left to Fusspot and myself to choose somewhere for Sunday lunch.

As my family had been a great help to us the previous day, we wanted to take them somewhere special and I decided for a treat to take them to the Lion & Lamb.

I hadn't dined here for a handful of years, but remembered the service and food to be spot-on and so Fusspot phoned to see if we could book a table for five.

We were in luck - I say that as this place does get very busy so booking is advised - and within half an hour we were in the car heading to the small Northumberland village of Horsley.

Our table was ready for us when we arrived and already I could see my family were happy with the choice.

The premises was originally a farmhouse built in 1718, using stones from Hadrian's Wall. In 1744 it was converted into a coaching inn and to this day it has held a great reputation.

This was my first time dining there for lunch, and I'm pleased to say their Sunday menu is as good as it gets.

Most main courses are PS9.95, but you can choose two courses for PS13.95 or three for PS17.95. We, of course, opted for three.

I had soup of the day (PS4.95) for starters, a beautiful tomato and roast red pepper combination that had a gorgeous smooth yet delightfully thick consistency, and which came served with fresh bread. …

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