Pub of the month, December 2015 – The Albert, Bowness

Several good pubs to choose from this month, including two new ones – always nice to have new pubs appearing in pub of the month. The Greyhound in Burton on the Wolds is the first new pub. It was our lunch venue after a damp and muddy walk with friends, timed perfectly to arrive back at the pub in time for lunch. A couple of ales on, and some interesting bottles in the fridge are a good start. Combine that with a good selection of food on the menu and a sensible pub that serves food all day, so there’s no need to rush back before the kitchen staff all run away at 1:55pm, and you have a good pub. Food was nice, and the Flying Dog Pale Ale was delicious.

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The Otter in Kegworth takes the runner up spot this month. This was a venue for an Xmas lunch, one that we’ve been to several times. It’s a Vintage Inn, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting, and it will be consistent and good quality. Online booking was great, and then on arrival there were a few good ales on the bar and we had an excellent member of staff taking care of us, making sure our order got into the kitchen before the table of twenty odd that came in shortly after us.

Very tasty food, a lovely piece of beef, and the other courses were equally good.

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So, on to our winner, The Albert in Bowness. A very late entry into the competition, as we visited on New Year’s Eve, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!

The Albert is a Robinsons pub, as are so many in the area. This is generally a sign that it will be pretty decent, and that is certainly the case here. As I mentioned before, they do refer to the mythical “Lake Windermere” (a personal pedantic bugbear), but that is their only real crime.

The food was very tasty, a Cumberland sausage baguette with Lakeland cheese, and a simple sprinkling of salad:-

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Mrs MOFAD had the fish goujons from the specials menu, whilst a pint of Hartleys Cumbria Way, from Robinsons (#obvs), was a classic English bitter to accompany the lunch.

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An excellent pub, and a worthy winner. Into the final 12 for pub of the year, that’s going to be a tough competition!

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