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Aspinall Arms, Mitton
10:00am Tuesday 2nd March 2010 in Ribble Valley restaurant reviews
Address: Mitton Road, Mitton, Ribble Valley, BB7 9PQ.
Phone number: 01254 826 223.
Lancashire Telegraph review by Caroline Taylor from February 27, 2010.
WITH it’s rustic charm and idyllic setting The Aspinall Arms seemed the perfect place to take a group of visiting girlfriends for lunch.
And it almost was.
The meals took a long time to arrive — we waited more than half an hour — but we were in no rush.
When it finally came the food was a big hit.
We wolfed down a steak and ale pie (meaty, with thick gravy), chicken breast with roast root vegetables (slightly over-cooked chicken), and two real ale-battered haddocks (perfection).
Being chip fanatics we ordered two extra portions — and enjoyed every crispy mouthful.
The only complaint was that my fish had to be sent back as it came on a bed of mushy peas (I’d asked for no peas).
By the time another one came out the others were almost finished.
If the main courses were a success, the puddings were a triumph.
We sampled the spotted dick with custard, two banoffee pies and sticky toffee pudding.
The banoffee was everything it should be; creamy, gooey and delicious.
And the sponge puddings were luxuriously rich.
But the best thing about this place is the country inn atmosphere.
Four main courses, two rounds of drinks and four desserts set us back £64.
I’ll definitely be back.
Lancashire Telegraph review by John Anson from December 2006.
I'VE long been an admirer of the food served up at the Aspinall Arms but it has been difficult to recommend the establishment wholeheartedly because the interior has always been a little careworn'.
For the complete dining experience you do need the surroundings to do the food justice and some people can't see past a scruffy carpet.
But, a transformation is taking place at this country inn, and the decor is beginning to match the food on offer.
It is still a work in progress but the separate dining room with its stone floors, rustic, wooden tables and pale walls is a nice place to dine.
There is a standard menu of traditional home cooked pub fare and a range of specials.
We both chose from the specials board - I went for the duck and ginger sausages on a bed of mash while the better half opted for the lamb steak cooked in mint sauce.
I was served three thick sausages served on a pile of fluffy mash surrounded by a lake of onion gravy.
Fresh vegetables including carrot, swede and celeriac were served in a separate dish.
The bangers had a rich taste with just a hint of ginger and the mash was light and creamy.
The lamb steak was beautifully cooked and you could cut it with a fork.
The minty gravy complemented it perfectly and it came with a side dish of new potatoes.
At £19.45 for the two main courses, I'd say it was good value as it was one of the nicer meals I've eaten for some time.
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