We called at the Lion Inn today to look at the menu with a view to bringing a party of walkers for a meal.
It stated that meals are served with chips, salad and vegetables.
I asked the waitress to clarify this.
She explained that "chips, salad and vegetables" means "chips, salad and peas".
However, if you don't fancy salad, you can have carrots as well as peas. Big deal.
Needless to say, we took our party elsewhere.
Hope you enjoyed walking 3 miles to the next hostelry ! Fussy Bugggars you and your party ! I call in regular to the Lion and the meals are excelllent standard and enough to feed anyone. Can't believe you actually then took time to complain.
Personally I'd say taking your party elsewhere was a big mistake. The Lion is the most homely, chilled-out, relaxing pub I have ever experienced. Yes, the food is basic in terms of fancy vegetables and exotic salad ingredients, but it's good hearty food in the warmest environment you could wish for on a remote, wild moor! Your loss there mate.
Sorry to hear that our Bar Meal Menu was not clear, we will change it to read "chips, peas & salad" on the next re-print to avoid further confusion.
We did recently consider upgrading the vegetables and salad on our bar meals and tried out quite a few changes last year. However there would have been a resultant increase in price and more importantly, there was simply not enough room on the plate to add anything else. We obtained samples of larger plates, but these wouldn't fit on our tables!
We do of course serve our A'la Carte Menu in the evenings which includes a greater choice of vegetables, served on a much grander scale.
After a lot of consideration we decided to leave our Bar Menu and style of meal the same as it's been for donkey's years. The number of meals served at The Lion Inn has increased every single year since my family moved here in 1980. According to our Business Rates assessor we are the busiest country pub in the UK so there is obviously some demand for what we are doing.
However, we'd be crazy if we thought we could satisfy everyone, and maybe The Lion Inn is just not the right sort of pub for Mr Jeavons, but we appreciate him taking the time to pass on his thoughts.