The Lion, Settle, May 2016

Another day out in the Yorkshire hills. Today we tackled our first of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, another that sounds like it should be in Wales (see also Blencathra in Cumbria). It’s probably the easiest of the three, and certainly one of the easiest of the “big name” peaks. A lovely walk and well worth the effort.

When we got back to our cottage, we had been joined by regular MOFAD companions Karon & John (this was planned, not an out of the blue occurrence!) After a catch up over tea and cake we decided it would soon be time for dinner, so got ready to head out to The Lion (which Mrs MOFAD keeps calling The George). We came here back in August 2015 and had a very nice meal, so it was a pretty easy decision to return. They were setting up for a jazz night in the smaller bar area, so we found a table in the main bar area next to the restaurant and ordered some food and drink.

First up, a pint of Saltaire Blonde, and much like the bottled version, it lacks the promised hops but is pleasant enough.

Having conquered the first of the Yorkshire Three Peaks today, the Three Peaks burger was the obvious choice, with mature cheddar, smoked bacon and onion rings, tomato relish, toasted brioche bun and skinny fries.

Mrs MOFAD opted for the chargrilled sweet potato and halloumi burger, with chipotle mayo and rocket, in a toasted brioche bun with skinny fries.

Just like the last time we were here, very good food again. A very tasty burger, a proper hand-made effort, big tasty bacon, well flavoured cheese and a tangy relish. A nice simple salad on the side, no sign of any iceberg. Chips in a bucket (minus one point for that), but at least it was all served on a plate so you can empty the bucket and season them properly. Karon & John also enjoyed their fish dishes.

Another lovely meal at The Lion, we had walks to plan so headed back to our cottage. Settle is indeed a town full of great pubs.

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