Sunday Lunch | Blogtober Day 10

Sunday, October 10, 2021

I took my gran out for Sunday Lunch today.  I can’t remember the last time we went out for a Sunday Roast.


There are a lot of places to choose from and I wanted somewhere local but that was far away enough to be able to justify getting a taxi there and back.

I picked The Old Original; I haven’t been to this place since the early 2000s and it’s uphill from us which means a taxi was totally justifiable.

Looking back at the picture I took of the front of the building I noticed the sign states that it was established in 1721 which makes it 300 years old. 


They have a very varied menu with a smaller fixed price option Monday – Sunday and while we were there the Sunday Roast was one of the options on the fixed price menu.

£13 for two courses or £15 for three which seemed like good value before I checked the main menu to compare prices.

In most cases, there wasn’t a direct comparison but as some examples- I’ve based these on the closest comparisons that I noticed:

Fixed price – Leek & Potato soup

Main Menu – Pea and Ham soup £6

Fixed price – 2 Pie options (meat and vegetarian)

Main Menu – Cheese & Onion Pie £10

Fixed Price – Chocolate Sponge Pudding

Main Menu – Chocolate Fudge cake £6

There were also a number of specials available, but I always forget to check the specials boards.

We kept it simple, and both had Roast Beef followed by Apple and Cinnamon crumble with

Custard.  

Starters

We decided against a starter to make sure we had room for the roast beef but the next table to us had leek and potato soup and pate and next time I’d go for one of those. 



Main Course

One thing I wish they’d done was to give a bit more details on the menu. It just said roast of the day and as we sat down, we were told it was beef, but there was no mention of the sides.

I wish I had asked as the meal came with peas and I really dislike them and I hated leaving them but ill know for next time.

There was a lot of food and other than the beef and Yorkshire puddings the best thing was the carrot (and swede?) crush. It was delicious. My least favourite item was the mash (we’ll ignore the peas) It was still nice but I preferred everything else more. 


Pudding

There was a choice of three puddings, Apple and Cinnamon crumble with cream, Chocolate Steam pudding with Custard, or Rice Pudding.

For me, none of the combinations worked. Crumble must be served with custard or at a push ice cream.

We asked for custard, and I asked for my custard on the side, I feel like this must have been an unusual request as they double-checked we really wanted that!

The crumble was lovely, it could have been crunchier on the top (having the custard separate was to help the crumble not get soggy too soon but alas it didn’t matter) It was really cinnamoney, with big chunks of apple and the topping was nice despite not being as crunchy as I’d have liked it. 

Going back?

Yes, we would go back again, we are planning on going with my parents in a few weeks’ time. I’d also say to book in advance, it was much busier than I’d ever expected, and a few people got turned away or got a table if they knew the owner and promised not to linger!

Despite how busy it was, it wasn’t rushed and we didn’t feel like they wanted us to leave. We did go and wait outside to wait for the taxi home rather than staying at the table but I don’t think there would have been any issue waiting inside at the table. 

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